Join us in our 23rd year.

October 29 | 1:00 P.M.| Bloomington

Lawyers insured by ISBA Mutual who attend the entire conference will receive a $100 premium credit upon renewal.*

Where:  Radisson Hotel & Conference Center Bloomington-Normal
                   8 Traders Circle
                   Normal, IL 61761

When:  October 29, 2019
            12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Check-in
            1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Conference



Under Pressure: Ethical Considerations for Struggling Lawyers

Dr. Diana Uchiyama, JD, PsyD, Executive Director, Illinois Lawyers' Assistance Program

Recent studies have confirmed that the overwhelming stress that is commonplace in our legal profession disproportionately results in lawyers suffering levels of depression, anxiety, addiction, and other serious issues at rates much higher than those seen in the general population. Such mental health and addiction issues often lead to avoidable mistakes and can have severe consequences for both lawyers and their clients, often resulting in ARDC complaints.

What you will learn:

  • The most common reasons complaints are filed with the ARDC;
  • How mental health and addiction issues are connected to mistakes that lead to ARDC complaints;
  • What one can do to minimize the likelihood of making these mistakes.


ARDC Grievances: Making the most of a difficult situation 

Samuel Manella, ARDC Counsel for ISBA Mutual and Clinical Professor at DePaul University

Understanding grievance process, the role of the ARDC, what is included in your coverage, and what your role is, will minimize difficulties if the ARDC contacts you.

What you will learn:

  • A step-by-step review of the disciplinary and investigation processes
  • Where grievances come from
  • What to do when you receive a complaint
  • How the defense process works
  • Your role 
  • Potential outcomes
  • How your coverage works

Each year approximately 5% of those attorneys receive an inquiry letter from the ARDC. ISBA Mutual provides the defense of an ARDC complaint and will pay up to $25,000 of legal fees costs, but if you take action before notifying us, it could cost you your coverage. And a mishandled grievance could even cost you your license.


Preparing for the Unexpected: Backup Lawyers for Solos & Small Firms

Jeremy N. Boeder, Tribler, Orpett & Meyer P.C.

Only one in five solo and small firm lawyers has a written succession plan in place. The figure is even lower for solo practitioners – only 17.2%.

Contingency planning is prudent not only for ethical reasons, but for professional and personal considerations, as well. Absent a written succession or “backup” plan, you cannot provide your clients with the level of service that they expect from you. If you suffer from a short but incapacitating illness, you are likely to return to a law practice experiencing potential malpractice claims, breach of contract claims, lost clients, and cash-flow problems. Moreover, without a backup plan in case of your death or incapacity, you are likely to leave your loved ones and devoted office staff with the burden of trying to ensure that your clients’ needs are met.

What you will learn:

  • What to look for in a backup lawyer
  • How to set up your initial backup-lawyer system
  • What goes into a backup-lawyer agreement
  • What must be covered in annual reviews of your backup-lawyer system

Lunch will not be provided.

This event is free of charge and available to all Illinois lawyers. Every lawyer who attends this free conference will receive 2.50 hours of approved general MCLE credit, which includes 1.50 hours of professionalism MCLE credit and 1.00 hour of mental health and substance abuse credit (pending approval).

*Upon renewal of their ISBA Mutual policy, their firm will receive a $100 premium credit for every lawyer who attended and completed the entire conference, subject to the following conditions.

  • Each premium credit will be issued in the name of the participating lawyer and is not transferable. The premium credit may only be used by the lawyer to whom the credit was issued.
  • The premium credit may only be redeemed once per lawyer, per policy renewal on policies with renewal dates after the conference date in which the lawyer attended.
  • Lawyers can only use one policy credit per policy renewal, regardless of the number of events they attend.

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