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Free CLE

Free MCLE

The CBA offers members a wide array of FREE CLE that qualifies for Illinois MCLE credit and professional responsibility credit. Members can earn free Illinois MCLE credit by attending in-person or live Webcasts of committee meetings. The CBA also offers members access to many free seminars both in-person at the CBA or online via live Webcast (or watch the archived version later). Click on a link below, then scroll down for a program list.


Upcoming Seminars  •  Archived Seminars  •  Committee Meetings

Free Professional Development Tools

Plus! The CBA's LPMT Division offers bi-weekly How To technology training programs at no cost to members. How To sessions typically do not qualify for MCLE credit, but are an effective way for you to stay fresh and topical on what's happening in law office technology. Members also have online access to free Practice Pointers and Minute with a Judge videos.


Upcoming How To's  •  Archived How To's

Practice Pointers  •  Minute with a Judge



Upcoming Seminars
 
  Date   Description
 
05/07/2014
 
Effective Billing To Minimize Lost Time & Revenue
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
MCLE Credit: 1.0 IL PR (subject to approval)
Attendance Options:   In-Person
 
05/07/2014
 
A Glimpse of Digital Forensics
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
MCLE Credit: 1.0 IL PR (subject to approval)
Attendance Options:   In-Person
 
05/08/2014
 
Succession Planning for All Stages of Your Career
Time: 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM
MCLE Credit: 1.5 IL PR Credit (subject to approval)
Attendance Options:   In-Person
 
05/08/2014
 
Mentor/Reverse Mentor Speed Learning
Time: 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
MCLE Credit: 1 PR credit (subject to approval)
Attendance Options:   In-Person
 
05/09/2014
 
The Social You: Positioning Yourself Online for Success
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
MCLE Credit: 1 PR Credit (subject to approval)
Attendance Options:   In-Person
 
06/17/2014
 
BB Series: Preserving Issues for Appeal At the Trial Level-W
Time: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
MCLE Credit: .75 IL MCLE
Attendance Options:   In-Person

Archived Seminars
 
  Date   Description
 
03/18/2014
 
BB Series: The Fundamentals of IP Law - W
MCLE Credit: 0.75 IL MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
02/21/2014
 
8 O'Clock Call: Juvenile Courts in Illinois - W
MCLE Credit: 1.0 IL MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
02/20/2014
 
BB: How To Create a Trial Notebook for Use At Trial - W
MCLE Credit: .75 IL Professional Responsibility Credit
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
01/23/2014
 
BB: Client Development: How To Become a Rainmaker - W
MCLE Credit: .75 IL Professional Responsiblity
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
12/17/2013
 
BB: The Division of Professional Regulation Proceedings - W
MCLE Credit: .75
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
12/05/2013
 
Mentoring Program: Crossroads of Ethics & Technology
MCLE Credit: .75 IL PR MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
11/20/2013
 
Breakfast Basics Series: Taking & Defending Depositions - W
MCLE Credit: .75 IL PR MCLE Credit
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
11/18/2013
 
Basic Skills for Newly Admitted Attorneys Only - ALL DAY W
MCLE Credit: 6.0 IL Basic Skills PR MCLE Credit
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
11/15/2013
 
8 O'Clock Call: Domestic Relations Division
MCLE Credit: .75 IL MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
10/15/2013
 
BB: Rules for Rookies: What Courtroom Novices Need To Know-W
MCLE Credit: .75 IL MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
10/11/2013
 
Pursuing Fees From Clients - W
MCLE Credit: .50 IL PR MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
09/26/2013
 
Breakfast Basics Series: Clarity in Writing - W
MCLE Credit: 1.25 IL MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
09/20/2013
 
8 O'Clock Call: Law Divisions of Illinois Circuit Courts
MCLE Credit: 0.75 IL MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
05/10/2013
 
A Web of Ethics:Applying IL Rules of Prof Responsibility
MCLE Credit: 1 IL PR Credit
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
05/09/2013
 
What You Might Not Know About Malpractice Insurance - W
MCLE Credit: 1.25 IL PR Credit
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
04/12/2013
 
8 O'Clock Call: Probate - W
MCLE Credit: 0.75 IL MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
03/20/2013
 
Requests To Admit in State & Federal Court - W
MCLE Credit: 1 IL MCLE Credit
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
03/19/2013
 
Administrative Rule Making: Advocacy & Public Participation
MCLE Credit: 1.75 IL MCLE Credits
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
02/27/2013
 
Opening Statements - W
MCLE Credit: 0.75 IL MCLE Credit
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
02/25/2013
 
YLS Three Part Series: Sales-Free Selling....
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
02/22/2013
 
8 O'Clock Call: Pro Se Litigants: A How To for Attorneys - W
MCLE Credit: 0.75 IL MCLE Credits
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
02/12/2013
 
YLS Three Part Series: Sales-Free Selling....
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
01/22/2013
 
YLS Three Part Series: Sales-Free Selling....
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
01/16/2013
 
Contract Language: Choosing the Right Words - W
MCLE Credit: 0.75 IL MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
01/11/2013
 
Your Attack on the Affidavit - W
MCLE Credit: 0.75 IL MCLE Credits
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
12/13/2012
 
Succession Planning - W
MCLE Credit: 1.25 IL PR MCLE Credit
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
12/07/2012
 
8 O'Clock Call: Civil Litigation in the 1st Municipal Dist
MCLE Credit: 0.75 IL MCLE Credits
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
11/30/2012
 
New Lawyer Tool Kit: Basic Skills for New Attorneys - W
MCLE Credit: 6.5 IL Basic Skills Course PR Credits
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
11/09/2012
 
8 O'Clock Call: Mortgage Foreclosures in Cook County - W
MCLE Credit: 0.75 IL MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
11/07/2012
 
Careers in Intellectual Property Law - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE Credit
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
10/30/2012
 
An Overview of the Affordable Care Act - W
MCLE Credit: 1.75 IL MCLE Credit
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
10/24/2012
 
Pro Bono Week: Using Legal Skills To Protect Voting Rights-W
MCLE Credit: 1.75 IL MCLE Credits
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
10/22/2012
 
Pro Bono Week: Representing People With Disabilities - W
MCLE Credit: 1.75 IL MCLE including 1.75 PR credits
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
08/03/2012
 
Native American Lawyers, Civil Rights & Federal Indian Law
MCLE Credit: 1.25 IL PR Credits
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast

Committee Meetings
 
  Date   Description
 
04/21/2014
 
Real Estate Taxation, Assessment & Appeals Subcommittee
Time: 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
MCLE Credit: Yes
Attendance Options:   In-Person
 
04/22/2014
 
Alliance for Women Committee
Time: 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
MCLE Credit: Yes
Attendance Options:   In-Person
 
04/22/2014
 
Federal Taxation Committee
Time: 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
MCLE Credit: Yes
Attendance Options:   In-Person   CBA Webcast
 
04/22/2014
 
Intellectual Property Law Committee
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
MCLE Credit: Yes
Attendance Options:   In-Person   CBA Webcast
 
04/23/2014
 
Joint Class Action and Professional Responsibility Committee
Time: 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
MCLE Credit: Yes/ Professional Responsibility Credit Approved
Attendance Options:   In-Person
 
04/23/2014
 
Futures & Derivatives Law Committee
Time: 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
MCLE Credit: Yes
Attendance Options:   In-Person
 
04/23/2014
 
Real Property Law Committee
Time: 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
MCLE Credit: Yes
Attendance Options:   In-Person   CBA Webcast
 
04/23/2014
 
Television Committee
Time: 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
MCLE Credit: No
Attendance Options:   In-Person
 
04/24/2014
 
Media & Entertainment Law Committee
Time: 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
MCLE Credit: Yes
Attendance Options:   In-Person
 
04/24/2014
 
YLS Environmental Law Committee Meeting
Time: 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
MCLE Credit: Yes
Attendance Options:   In-Person   CBA Webcast
 
04/24/2014
 
YLS Health & Hospital Law Committee Meeting
Time: 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
MCLE Credit: Yes
Attendance Options:   In-Person
 
04/24/2014
 
YLS Labor & Employment Committee Meeting
Time: 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
MCLE Credit: Yes
Attendance Options:   In-Person
 
04/24/2014
 
YLS Tort Litigation Committee Meeting
Time: 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
MCLE Credit: Yes
Attendance Options:   In-Person
 
04/25/2014
 
Employee Benefits Committee
Time: 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
MCLE Credit: Yes
Attendance Options:   In-Person   CBA Webcast
 
05/05/2014
 
YLS International Corporate & Trade Law
Time: 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
MCLE Credit: Yes
Attendance Options:   In-Person
 
05/13/2014
 
International & Foreign Law Committee
Time: 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
MCLE Credit: Yes
Attendance Options:   In-Person   CBA Webcast
 
05/13/2014
 
Law & Literature Committee
Time: 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM
MCLE Credit: No
Attendance Options:   In-Person
 
05/20/2014
 
YLS Creative Arts Committee Meeting
Time: 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
MCLE Credit: Yes
Attendance Options:   In-Person
 
06/10/2014
 
Law & Literature Committee
Time: 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM
MCLE Credit: No
Attendance Options:   In-Person

Upcoming How To's
 
  Date   Description
 
04/22/2014
 
How To…Hire the Right People For Your Law Firm
Time: 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:   In-Person   CBA Webcast
 
04/23/2014
 
Creating Elegant Powerpoint Presentations Hands' On Training
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
MCLE Credit: None
Class size limited to 24
Attendance Options:   In-Person
 
04/24/2014
 
Creating Elegant Powerpoint Presentations Hands' On Training
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
MCLE Credit: None
Class size limited to 24
Attendance Options:   In-Person
 
04/29/2014
 
How To Use Freelance Attys To Grow Your Practice & Profits
Time: 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:   In-Person   CBA Webcast
 
04/30/2014
 
Microsoft Word Basics (Hands' On Training)
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
MCLE Credit: None
Class size limited to 24
Attendance Options:   In-Person
 
05/01/2014
 
Microsoft Word Intermediate (Hands' On Training)
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
MCLE Credit: None
Class size limited to 24
Attendance Options:   In-Person
 
05/06/2014
 
How To…Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile
Time: 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:   In-Person
 
05/07/2014
 
Law Practice Management & Technology Expo Hall
Time: 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Attendance Options:   In-Person
 
05/13/2014
 
How To…Optimize Your Website for Mobile Phones
Time: 1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
MCLE Credit: No MCLE
Attendance Options:   In-Person   CBA Webcast
 
05/13/2014
 
Optimizing Your Linkedln Profile (Hands' On Training)
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
MCLE Credit: None
Class size limited to 24
Attendance Options:   In-Person
 
05/14/2014
 
Google Search Like a Pro (Hands' On Training)
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
MCLE Credit: None
Class size limited to 24
Attendance Options:   In-Person
 
05/15/2014
 
Creating a Monthly Email Newsletter (Hands' On Training)
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
MCLE Credit: None
Class size limited to 24
Attendance Options:   In-Person
 
05/20/2014
 
How To…Evaluate Cloud Case Management Systems
Time: 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:   In-Person   CBA Webcast
 
05/21/2014
 
Basic Adobe Acrobat for Lawyers (Hands' On Training)
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
MCLE Credit: None
Class size limited to 24
Attendance Options:   In-Person
 
05/22/2014
 
Intermediate Adobe Acrobat for Lawyers (Hands' On Training)
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
MCLE Credit: None
Class size limited to 24
Attendance Options:   In-Person
 
05/27/2014
 
How To…Billing and Accounting Reports
Time: 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:   In-Person   CBA Webcast
 
05/28/2014
 
Optimizing Your Linkedln Profile (Hands' On Training)
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
MCLE Credit: None
Class size limited to 24
Attendance Options:   In-Person
 
05/29/2014
 
Google Search Like a Pro (Hands' On Training)
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
MCLE Credit: None
Class size limited to 24
Attendance Options:   In-Person

Archived How To's
 
  Date   Description
 
04/15/2014
 
How To…Save Your DUI Clients Money & Headaches: BAIID Basics
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
04/07/2014
 
How To…Use Cloud Computing in a Law Office - W
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
04/01/2014
 
How To…Manage a Growing Real Estate Practice - W
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
03/18/2014
 
How To…Easily Prepare Documents With Draftonce - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
03/04/2014
 
How To…Write for the Web - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
02/18/2014
 
How To…Reduce Admin Calls - W
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
02/04/2014
 
How To…Use Crash Plan for Backup - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
01/21/2014
 
How To…Automate Scheduling Appointments/Reminders-W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
01/07/2014
 
How To…Migrate From Windows To Mac - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
12/17/2013
 
How To…Set Up Two Factor Authentication - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
12/03/2013
 
How To…Use Relativity for Basics EDiscovery - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
11/19/2013
 
How To…Use Box for Online Document Storage/Collaboration - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
11/05/2013
 
How To…Integrate the New Timeslips With QuickBooks - W
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
10/22/2013
 
How To…Get More Work Done in Your Small Office - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
09/24/2013
 
How To…Use LastPass To Manage Passwords - W
MCLE Credit: none
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
09/10/2013
 
How To…Use Google Drive for Document Storage - W
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
08/20/2013
 
How To…Perform Social Media Discovery Automation - W
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
07/23/2013
 
How To…Backup Web-based Email
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
07/09/2013
 
How To…Get Local With Google Places for Business - W
MCLE Credit: none
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
06/25/2013
 
How To…Use DropBox for File Management - W
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
06/11/2013
 
How To…Supercharge the Web With the Chrome Browser - W
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
05/28/2013
 
How To…Create Reusable Forms With The Form Tool - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE Credit
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
05/14/2013
 
How To…Use ESignature Tools - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE Credit
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
05/07/2013
 
How To…Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE Credit
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
04/30/2013
 
How To…Market Your Firm With Facebook - W
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
04/16/2013
 
How To…Encrypt Email Messages - W
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
04/02/2013
 
How To…Build a Blog (and More) With WordPress - W
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
03/19/2013
 
How To…Use BoxCryptor To Encrypt Files in the Cloud - W
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
03/05/2013
 
How To…Master the Basics of Excel - W
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
02/19/2013
 
How To…Build Your Own Website - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE Credit
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
02/05/2013
 
How To…Better Understand Your Website Analytics - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE Credit
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
01/22/2013
 
How To…Use Social Media for Your Job Search - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
01/08/2013
 
How To…Manage Your Google Calendar - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
12/11/2012
 
How To…Find the 25th Hour in a Day With MS Office 365 - W
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
12/04/2012
 
How To…Use An RSS Feed Reader - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
11/27/2012
 
How To…Use Adobe Acrobat for Document Review - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
11/06/2012
 
How To…Unlock Power Google Search - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
10/30/2012
 
How To…Use MS Outlook Add-Ons - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
10/16/2012
 
How To...Manage Complex Tasks in Basecamp - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
10/02/2012
 
How To…Get The Most Out of Linkedln - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
09/19/2012
 
How To…Automate Functions in MS Word - W
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
09/04/2012
 
How To…Use MS OneNote for Project Management - W
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
08/21/2012
 
How To…Take Control of Social Media With Hootsuite - W
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
08/07/2012
 
How To…Master the Presentation With MS PowerPoint - W
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
07/24/2012
 
How To…Discover the Benefits of Windows7 - W
MCLE Credit: none
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
06/26/2012
 
How To… Take Note With Evernote
MCLE Credit: None - MCLE credit for this program will expire on 06/25/2014.
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
06/12/2012
 
How To… Create a LinkedIn Company Page
MCLE Credit: None - MCLE credit for this program will expire on 06/11/2014.
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
05/29/2012
 
How To.. Manage Your Calendar & Tasks in MS Outlook (Basic)
MCLE Credit: None - MCLE credit for this program will expire on 05/28/2014.
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
05/15/2012
 
How To Use Adobe Acrobat As a Litigation Tool Intermediate
MCLE Credit: None - MCLE credit for this program will expire on 05/14/2014.
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
05/02/2012
 
How To... Set Up a Google+ Business Page (Basic) - W
MCLE Credit: None - MCLE credit for this program will expire on 05/01/2014.
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
04/17/2012
 
How To... Manage Your Inbox With MS Outlook (Basic) - W
As of 04/16/2014, this program is no longer eligible for MCLE Credit.
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
04/04/2012
 
How To...Use Adobe Acrobat (Intermediate) - W
As of 04/03/2014, this program is no longer eligible for MCLE Credit.
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
03/20/2012
 
How To...Use Twitter (Basic) - W
As of 03/19/2014, this program is no longer eligible for MCLE Credit.
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
03/07/2012
 
How To... Use Adobe Acrobat (Basic) - W
As of 03/06/2014, this program is no longer eligible for MCLE Credit.
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 

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