News Tag: Training


March 14, 2018

Mental Health Pro Bono Program

Each year, nearly one in five Americans will experience a mental health concern and countless more will watch a loved one struggle with mental illness. In Cook County alone, 200,000 residents will experience a severe mental health episode each year. When mental illness strikes, friends and family often struggle to understand the available medical, legal, and supportive services; how they intersect; and how they can be accessed on behalf of a loved one.

The Mental Health Pro Bono Pilot Program will provide much-needed assistance to families struggling to get legal help for their loves ones during and after a severe mental health episode. As a pro bono volunteer, you will work directly with families, offering them vitally important information about their legal options ranging from guardianship to involuntary inpatient commitment.

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February 14, 2018

Breaking Poverty Barriers To Equal Justice

Join the CBA’s Legal Aid Committee on Tuesday, March 6th at 3pm for a multimedia, interactive video and panel CLE presentation designed to help legal professionals better understand the life circumstances and day-to-day challenges of their clients who are experiencing poverty. Expert panelists will provide practical strategies to help legal professionals communicate more effectively with their clients and improve client services and case outcomes. Attendees will receive 2.75 PR-CLE credits.

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January 20, 2017

Mediation Skills Training

Interested in building your mediation skills and volunteering as a mediator? Take the Center for Conflict Resolution’s (CCR) Mediation Skills training. This hands-on 40 hour training will be held on February 27-28 and March 6-8 from 8:30am-5pm at 11 E. Adams. For pricing, CLE credit availability, other information, and to register, visit CCR’s website.

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November 3, 2016

Pro Bono Week 2016—Enthusiastic Crowds, Exciting New Programs

The CBA and CBF’s 12th Annual Pro Bono Week featured a number of successful programs and events that underscored this year’s theme, Caring, One Person at a Time. Rachel O’Konis Ruttenberg, Executive Director of the Family Defense Center, and Andrew Vail, Partner at Jenner & Block LLP, co-chaired the Week, which ran from October 24 to 28. We are delighted that hundreds of legal professionals in Chicago came together to celebrate the important pro bono work being done in our community and to encourage even more pro bono work in the year ahead.

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November 2, 2016

Don’t Miss the Annual CBF Advocacy Workshop!

After all the election results are in and the dust has settled, the CBF will hold its 3rd annual Advocacy Workshop! Larry Suffredin, CBA Legislative Counsel and Cook County Board Commissioner, will share his wisdom about the new landscape at the federal, state and local levels and how that may impact access to justice issues.

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June 16, 2016

CARPLS Training Now Offered Online

Interested in doing pro bono work and want control over your training schedule? CARPLS now offers the substantive law portion (consumer debt, landlord/tenant, domestic relations) of its training online! Complete at your own pace (for up to 3 CLE credits) and then attend an in-person training in July to learn the CARPLS system. To register, or for more information, contact Leslie Wallin at 312.421.4427 or lwallin@carpls.org.

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June 8, 2016

Unlimited Legal Training Thanks to PLI and Leonard McKenzie

Legal Aid Academy Colleague Corner
By Meg Benson, Co-Chair of the CBF Legal Aid Academy Advisory Committee

Leonard McKenzie loves legal aid lawyers. At least in the professional sense. He admires the work they do and wants to help them help their clients better.

Leonard is the Scholarship/Pro Bono Privileged Membership Manager for the Practising Law Institute, a national continuing legal education and professional training organization in New York. PLI offers attorneys hundreds of accredited CLE programming, both in person, on the web and on demand. Many programs are relevant to legal aid and pro bono attorneys. In fact, just a quick glance at the current schedule shows programs for working with homeless youth, serving on a nonprofit board, consumer law for pro bono clients, defending immigration proceedings and a public interest boot camp. There are scores more.

Leonard’s job is to make sure legal aid lawyers get these programs for free. Yes, free.

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May 18, 2016

Sharing Ideas, Strengthening Ties

A diverse group of more than 1,000 leaders and advocates from throughout the country and beyond came together in Chicago last week to exchange ideas, challenges and best practices for access to justice at the annual Equal Justice Conference. Co-sponsored by the American Bar Association and the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, the conference was held in Chicago this year for the first time, giving an opportunity to showcase some of the great work happening here around these issues. The CBF helped to lead the local host committee—co-chaired by John Levi and Lee Miller—which presented local programming, hosted a gathering for conference attendees at Goose Island Brewery, and made it possible for more than 35 local legal aid advocates to attend without cost to their organizations.

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May 13, 2016

Family Law Pro Bono with Incarcerated Mothers

Are you interested in helping families maintain stability and positive parent-child connections during a time of crisis? Want to learn more about family law?

Join the CLAIM (Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers) Program of Cabrini Green Legal Aid for their upcoming training on Saturday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at CGLA (740 N. Milwaukee Ave.). This training will focus on how to access Cook County Jail, short term guardianship, court ordered guardianship, divorce, custody, visitation, and general DCFS issues.

After the training, volunteer shifts can be completed any day of the week, 365 days a year, from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. and do not require advance scheduling.

Register for the training through ILAO or email Alexis Mansfield with any questions.

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February 8, 2016

The Honorable Mark A. Drummond: A Triple Threat

Legal Aid Academy Colleague Corner
By Meg Benson, Co-Chair of the CBF Legal Aid Academy Advisory Committee

Mark Drummond is a trial lawyer, a jurist and a teacher. All at once.

Judge Drummond has been on the bench in west-central Illinois’ 8th Judicial Circuit since 1999. Sitting in Quincy, on the banks of the Mississippi River, he presides over both civil and criminal trials.

We know that once an attorney puts on that black robe, he or she has to put aside the advocacy of litigation to remain impartial and objective. However, many attorneys believe that, “Once a trial lawyer, always a trial lawyer” and, underneath this judge’s black robe, beats the passionate heart of a trial attorney. As a result, in addition to serving as a judge in Quincy, he teaches litigation skills to attorneys around the world.

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