News Tag: Training


July 22, 2015

CBF Legal Aid Academy Partners with Kirkland & Ellis for Expert Deposition & Trial Skills Training

This summer, 40 legal aid attorneys and members of the CBF Justice Entrepreneurs Project participated in a three-day expert deposition and trial skills training program sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis LLP through the CBF Legal Aid Academy.  This is the second year in a row that Kirkland has partnered with the CBF Legal Aid Academy to provide free, high-quality training to attorneys in the legal aid community.

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May 20, 2015

Meet Catherine Sanders Reach, CBA Director of Law Practice Management & Technology

Catherine Sanders Reach wants attorneys to know that no matter how proficient they are with today’s technology, there is always more to learn. Technology makes our work easier, more efficient, more productive and, often, more fun.

Director of Law Practice Management & Technology for the Chicago Bar Association, Catherine’s words of wisdom come from experience. Her first job out of the University of Alabama with her master’s of library and information studies in hand, was as a law firm librarian. The late €˜90’s were a heady time for her profession as information moved from print to digital…

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February 9, 2015

Meet Brenda Chauncey, Director of Firmwide Attorney Training Administration at Kirkland & Ellis

Brenda Chauncey Kirkland & Ellis’ Director of Firmwide Attorney Training Administration has a long, unwieldy title. This is perfectly appropriate however, because her very big job would be, in lesser hands, just as unwieldy.

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January 14, 2015

CARPLS Legal Aid Hotline

Help low-income families solve their everyday legal problems! CARPLS is an innovative legal aid service that offers an immediate response to the everyday legal problems confronting low-income families in Cook County. Volunteers are needed to cover hotline shifts during the day (M-F) or in the evening (M or W) and are asked to commit to 36 service hours annually. The next hotline training cycle begins Wednesday, January 28. No experience is required and attendees will receive MCLE credit. RSVP or get more details…

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August 13, 2014

Learning a Better Way to Teach

Seventeen legal aid attorneys recently participated in an interactive two-day program on designing and delivering effective trainings offered by the CBF Legal Aid Academy. David Cruickshank from Edge International, an expert in legal skills education, presented the program…

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June 2, 2014

Nine New JEP Participants Begin, Bringing Program to Full Capacity

The Justice Entrepreneurs Project (JEP) recently started its third class of participants, bringing the program to capacity with a total of 29 participating lawyers. Chosen through a competitive selection process and hailing from seven different law schools, the new participants are: Anthony Abou Ezzi, Mark Almanza, Rachel Boehm, Cindy Campbell, Sivonnia Debarros, Stacey Dembo, Esther Lee, Paul Lytle and James Plucinsky.

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May 27, 2014

Legal Aid Attorneys Receive Free Top-Notch Deposition Training

On May 14, forty-three legal aid attorneys had the opportunity to participate in a two-day deposition training sponsored by Kirkland & Ellis LLP through the CBF Legal Aid Academy. Kirkland attorneys and staff customized the program for legal aid, building on their very successful KITA (Kirkland Institute for Trial Advocacy) program, which utilizes hands-on learning with immediate feedback, lectures and demonstrations.

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May 27, 2014

Meet Faith Pincus, Founder & CEO of Pincus Professional Education

Once we leave law school, it doesn’t take long for most attorneys to realize just how much we don’t know. And, for most of us, that feeling never really goes away because, no matter how long you’ve worked as an attorney there is still a lot you don’t know.

Faith Pincus, founder and CEO of Pincus Professional Education, has made it her job to help all attorneys, including those working at legal service programs, learn essential practical skills. She built her brainchild, Pincus Professional Education, into a leading CLE company that provides high quality legal education including skills and strategy training for attorneys at all levels.

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May 25, 2014

The Power of Partnerships

CBF Report February/March 2014

The CBF Legal Aid Academy: Bringing Top-Notch Training to Legal Aid Advocates

Over the past five years, hundreds of attorneys have received high-quality training and professional development opportunities through the CBF Legal Aid Academy. The Academy brings together our legal community to ensure that legal aid attorneys have access to the opportunities that allow them to sharpen their skills and continually improve as attorneys, managers and advocates. Through the generous contributions of attorneys, law firms, CLE providers and others, the Academy provides these opportunities without sapping the already stretched budgets of legal aid organizations.

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October 16, 2013

Legal-aid lawyers learn, then teach

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin
By John Flynn Rooney | Law Bulletin Staff Writer

On a Monday and Tuesday last week, 15 legal-aid leaders went through a training program on the ins and outs of trial skills.

The following three days, they taught the same program on opening statements, direct examinations, cross-examinations and closing arguments to about 40 legal-aid […]

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