Illinois Civil Litigation Skills for Paralegals
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Complying with Rules of Professional Conduct N. Lane
and Ethics during Litigation
Duty to preserve client confidences
Duty to keep clients fully informed
Duty to be diligent
Duties of truthfulness, candor and full disclosure
Avoiding the unauthorized practice of law
Understanding and Working with Evidence N. Lane
Types of evidence:
documentary, demonstrative, physical, circumstantial, testimony, computer-generated
Rules for admissibility of evidence
Reasons for inadmissibility
Preserving and managing evidence
Beginning a Civil Case S. Tang
Obtaining service of process
Asserting crossclaims and counterclaims
Enhancing Your Interview Techniques B. Klimek
Interviewing clients and witnesses: purpose and objectives
Conducting interviews: what to ask, how to ask it and when to ask
Post-interview follow up: what to do with information obtained
Conducting Formal Discovery L. Setzen
Defining the scope of discovery
Preparing and answering interrogatories
Preparing and responding to requests for admission
Making and responding to objections
Enhancing Your Investigation Skills K. Hasan
Identifying the elements of proof
Determining what facts you need to prove
Utilizing information obtained
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This webinar offers paralegals
5.0 CLE hours, including 1.0 ethics hour
Continuing Education Credit Information
This webinar is open to the public and offers 5.0 CLE hours, including 1.0 ethics hour, to paralegals.
The National Association of Legal Assistants and the National Federation of Paralegal Associations have each approved this event for 5.0 CLE hours, including 1.0 ethics hour. Paralegal certification is not required to participate in this webinar.
Completion certificates will be awarded to participants who complete this event, respond to prompts, and earn a passing score (80%) on the quiz that follows the presentation (multiple attempts allowed).
Principal attorney of Kasan Law
Mr. Hasan represents individuals, families, and corporations in transactional and civil litigation matters, including real estate sales and purchases, plaintiff’s personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, nursing home negligence, and general injury matters. Mr. Hasan earned his juris doctorate degree from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law. As a law student, he completed an externship for the Honorable Judge Michael R. Panter (Ret.) in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Law Division. Before starting Kasan Law, Mr. Hasan practiced in the areas of personal injury, civil rights, police brutality, and civil litigation. As a trial lawyer, he gained diverse legal and litigation experience in both Illinois state and federal court. Mr. Hasan has written multiple publications, in the Illinois Bar Journal, regarding the use of social media evidence in the courtroom and its impact on litigation. He frequently presents on the topics of using social media and electronic evidence at trial, obtaining social media and electronic evidence during discovery, and the impact of social media evidence on litigation.
Benjamin F. Klimek
Partner at Stamos & Trucco LLP
Mr. Klimek is a 2003 graduate of DePaul University College of Law. Mr. Klimek earned his undergraduate degree from Hope College in Holland, Michigan. Upon graduation from law school he joined the law firm Baker & Enright where he defended doctors and hospitals in medical malpractice actions. He has also represented insurance companies in coverage and coverage litigation matters. Mr. Klimek has served as counsel for numerous insurers and has litigated numerous commercial and contract matters. He also served as general counsel for multiple small and mid-sized businesses in Illinois. Mr. Klimek joined Stamos & Trucco LLP in 2012 where he devotes his efforts to defending medical malpractice actions, while continuing his general civil litigation and commercial law practice. Mr. Klimek is admitted to practice in the State of Illinois and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Owner and staff attorney of Lane Legal Services, Ltd.
Ms. Lane operates a general law practice with a primary interest in civil, criminal defense, and immigration matters. She has successfully represented clients in various complex state and federal matters by providing clients with positive results for over 13 years. Ms. Lane graduated from Friedrich-List Schule in Ulm Germany with a degree in business and from Texas State University, where she studied Psychology and Modern Language German. She earned her J.D. degree from Michigan State University. Ms. Lane is admitted to the Michigan, Illinois, and Texas state bars.
Leah D. Setzen
Partner at Grunyk Family Law
Ms. Setzen’s practice focuses exclusively in family law matters, including custody, divorce, adoptions, civil unions, guardianships, mediation and appeals in DuPage, Will, Kane, Kendall and Cook counties. Throughout her career, Ms. Setzen has gained extensive civil and criminal trial experience and has tried more than 100 jury and bench trials. She also educates other family lawyers and members of the community by serving as a presenter to local advocacy and support groups, bar associations, professional organizations and law students.
Stephanie L. Tang
Kogut & Wilson, LLC
As a partner in the firm, Ms. Tang represents individuals in all aspects of family and matrimonial law proceedings. She strives to provide personalized attention to all of her clients and walk them through each step of the litigation or settlement process. Her effective communication and organizational skills help clients feel comfortable and prepared through one of the most stressful times of their lives. As a certified mediator and Fellow with Collaborative Divorce Illinois, Ms. Tang is able to offer clients alternative processes to resolve their divorce outside of the courtroom. She is also a Certified Financial Litigator with the American Academy for Certified Financial Litigators, uniquely positioning herself to assist clients with complex financial issues.