Legal Education

The Decalogue Society of Lawyers is an accredited MCLE provider

  • All classes listed are offered free of charge to the public.
  • CLE credit is available only to members of Decalogue and co-sponsoring organizations.
  • If you are not already a member, you can join here for membership benefits starting now and continuing through June 30, 2017.

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2016-2017 Decalogue Society Of Lawyers and Decalogue Foundation Legal Education Series

Sponsored by Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc.

  • Registration is required for all classes and must be made on-line.
  • Reservations can not be made by phone or email.
  • Registration opens 4-8 weeks prior to each class.
  • Decalogue members may email the office to pre-register for classes that are not yet open.

Our 2016-2017 CLE Season has come to an end.

Decalogue is proud to have provided 37 MCLE credit hours, including twelve hours of Professional Responsibility, more than sufficient to meet our members’ needs for the entire 2 year reporting period.

We hope that you have benefited from our offerings and encourage you to come back to the website throughout the summer as we announce classes for the coming year.

Previous Classes

§ Sponsored by Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc.

Sunday, August 7 10:00am-12:00pm
Topic: Illinois Marijuana Laws
Speaker: State Representative Lou Lang
Location: Ezra Habonim Niles Township Jewish Congregation
4500 Dempster, Skokie
2 hours MCLE Credit
Co-Sponsored with Ezra Habonim Niles Township Jewish Congregation

Tuesday, August 16, 7:00-8:30pm
Topic: Sex Trafficking
Speaker: Donna Fishman, JCAST Chicago
Location: Temple Sholom, 3480 N Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
1.5 hours MCLE Credit
Co-Sponsored with Temple Sholom

Monday, August 29 7:00-8:30pm
Topic: Iran – Update on Sanctions After the Nuclear Deal
Speaker: Inna Tsimerman, International Trade Counsel of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc.
Location: Anshe Emet Synagogue, 3751 N Broadway, Chicago
1.5 hours MCLE Credit
Co-Sponsored with Anshe Emet Synagogue

§ Wednesday, September 28, 11:30am-1:30pm
Video CLE – The Good Wife: Another Ham Sandwich
Speaker: Prof. Cliff Scott-Rudnick will lead a discussion of ethical issues posed in this episode of the award-winning legal drama
Location: John Marshall Law School, 315 S Plymouth
Co-Sponsored with John Marshall Law School
2 hours Professional Responsibility credits

§ Wednesday, November 2, 12:15pm-1:15pm
Navigating the Workers Compensation Commission
Speaker: Arbitrator Milton Black
Location: 134 N LaSalle Room 775

§ Wednesday, November 9, 12:15pm-1:15pm
The 2nd Amendment and Gun Rights in Illinois
Speaker: Lester Finkle
Location: 134 N LaSalle Room 775

§ Wednesday, November 16, 12:15pm-1:15pm
Maximizing Social Security Retirement Benefits For You and For Your Clients:
Inside the Black Box!
Speaker: Avram Sacks
Location: 134 N LaSalle Room 775
1 Hour Professional Responsibility Credits

§ Wednesday, November 30, 12:15pm-1:15pm
The New Residential Closing Process
Speaker: John O’Brien
Location: 134 N LaSalle Room 775

§ Wednesday, December 7, 12:15pm-1:15pm
Elder Law and Ethics
Speaker: Michael Erde
Location: 134 N LaSalle Room 775
1 hour Professional Responsibility credit

Hon. Gerald C. Bender Memorial Lecture
Sunday, December 11, 2016, 9:30am-12:00pm
Responding to Antisemitism in the UN (and other International Institutions): What can America Do?
Speakers: Prof. Steven H. Resnicoff, David Levitt, Michael Weil
Location: Lincolnwood Jewish Congregation AG Beth Israel
7117 N Crawford Avenue, Lincolnwood
Co-sponsored with DePaul College of Law Center for Jewish Law & Judaic Studies and Lincolnwood Jewish Congregation AG Beth Israel

§ Wednesday, December 14, 12:15pm-1:15pm
Police/Civilian Interaction
Speaker: Jonathan Lubin
Location: 134 N LaSalle Room 775

§ Wednesday, January 11, 12:15pm-1:15pm
Current Trends in ADR
Speakers: Cecilia Horan and Elizabeth Lyons
Location: 134 N LaSalle Room 775

§ Wednesday, January 18, 11:30am-1:30pm
Special MLK Day Video CLE: “Ali”
Speakers: Judge Leonard Murray, Sharon Strickland; Class Leader: Prof. Cliff Scott-Rudnick
Location: John Marshall Law School, 315 S Plymouth
2.5 Hours Professional Responsibility Credits
Co-sponsors: Black Women Lawyers Association, Cook County Bar Association, John Marshall Law School

§ Wednesday, February 1, 12:15pm-1:15pm
To H-1B Or Not To H-1B and Other Immigration Questions
Speaker: Nancy Vizer
Location: 134 N LaSalle Room 775

§ Wednesday, February 8, 12:15pm-1:15pm
2017 Income Tax Update
Speaker: Lawrence Krupp, Director, Kessler Orlean Silver
Location: 134 N LaSalle Room 775
1.5 hours General MCLE Credit

§ Wednesday, February 15, 12:15pm-1:15pm
Entrapment – Are You Predisposed?
Speaker: Hon. James A. Shapiro (ret’d)
Location: 134 N LaSalle Room 775

§ Wednesday, March 15, 12:15pm-1:15pm
Mediation Q&As
Speaker: Hon. Michael Panter (ret’d)
Location: 134 N LaSalle Room 775
1 hour Professional Responsibility Credit

§ Wednesday, March 22, 12:15pm-1:15pm
Family Law IMD
Speaker: Judge Grace Dickler
Location: 134 N LaSalle Room 775

Monday, March 27, 7:30-9:00pm
Social Media: Do the Laws Adequately Protect Our Kids?
Speakers: Marsha Nagorsky, Associate Dean for Communications, University of Chicago Law School; Deborah Pergament, Managing Attorney, Children’s Law Group, LLC; State Sen. Ira Silverstein
Location: Congregation Ezras Israel, 7001 N California
1.5 hours General MCLE credit
Co-Sponsored with Akiba Schechter Jewish Day School and Congregation Ezras Israel

§ Wednesday, April 26, 11:30am-1:30pm
Ethical Limits of Advocacy
Speaker: Wendy Muchman, ARDC Director of Litigation
Location: ISBA Mutual, 20 S Clark
2 hours Professional Responsibility Credit

§ Wednesday, May 10, 12:15-1:15pm
Burnout in Lawyering II
Speaker: Alice Virgil, M.A., L.C.S.W.
Location: 134 N LaSalle Room 775
1 hour Professional Responsibility Credit

Thursday, May 18, 11:30am-1:30pm
Unrepresented Litigants
Speaker: Judge Deborah Gubin
Location: John Marshall Law School, 315 S Plymouth
2 hours MCLE credit including 1.5 hours Professional Responsibility Credit
Co-Sponsored with John Marshall Law School

§ Wednesday, May 24, 12:15-1:15pm
Service of Process
Speaker: Joel Chupack, Partner, Heinrich & Kramer
Location: 134 N LaSalle Room 775

Legal Encounters with Halacha

Special CLE Series with Rabbi Yona Reiss

These are advanced level classes with a prerequisite of advanced Talmudic study.

Monday, July 11 12:15pm-1:15pm
Topic: When Politics and Halacha Collide: The Truth about the American Rabbinate, the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and the Validation Process for Jewish Conversions
Location: Kirkland & Ellis, 300 N LaSalle

Monday, August 8 12:15pm-1:15pm
Topic: Shylock's Pound of Flesh & Halacha
Location: Kirkland & Ellis, 300 N LaSalle

Monday, September 12, 12:15pm-1:15pm
Topic: World Trade Center Agunot
Location: Kirkland & Ellis, 300 N LaSalle

Monday, November 7 12:15pm-1:15pm
Topic: Can A Woman Be President?
Location: Kirkland & Ellis, 300 N LaSalle

Monday, December 5 12:15pm-1:15pm
Topic: The Tripartite Agreement for Agunah
Location: Kirkland & Ellis, 300 N LaSalle

Monday, January 9 12:15pm-1:15pm
Topic: Ribbis in Finance Part I
Location: Kirkland & Ellis, 300 N LaSalle

Monday, February 13, 12:15pm-1:15pm
Topic: Ribbis in Finance Part II
Location: Kirkland & Ellis, 300 N LaSalle

Monday, March 6 12:15pm-1:15pm
Topic: Ribbis in Finance Part III
Location: Kirkland & Ellis, 300 N LaSalle