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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
 
06/05/2015
 
How To Succeed in the Law As a Young Lawyer
Time: 2:30 PM - 4:45 PM
MCLE Credit: 2 IL PR-MCLE Credit, subject to approval
A Reception Immediately Follows the Program
Attendance Options:   In-Person

Archived Seminars
 
  Date   Description
 
05/08/2015
 
Extreme Makeover: Law Firm Website Edition - W
MCLE Credit: 1.25 IL PR Credit (approved)
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
02/26/2015
 
Practice Basics: Contract Language-Choosing the Right Words
MCLE Credit: 0.75 IL MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
02/06/2015
 
Representing & Accommodating People With Disabilities - W
MCLE Credit: 1 IL PR Credit
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
02/04/2015
 
Playing the Google Game: Marketing Yourself Online
MCLE Credit: none
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
01/22/2015
 
Practice Basics:The Basics of Conflict Checking - W
MCLE Credit: 0.75 IL MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
01/07/2015
 
Starting a Confidential Job Search (Webcast Only)
MCLE Credit: No
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
12/05/2014
 
8 O'Clock Call: Commercial Calendar Section (Members Only) W
MCLE Credit: 0.75 IL MCLE Credit
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
11/19/2014
 
Practice Basics: Defending a DUI (Members Only) - W
MCLE Credit: 0.75
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
10/16/2014
 
Practice Basics:Current Issues in E-discovery (Members Only)
MCLE Credit: .75 IL MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
06/17/2014
 
BB Series: Preserving Issues for Appeal At the Trial Level-W
MCLE Credit: .75 IL PR MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
05/22/2014
 
BB Series: Incorporate Technology Into Your Law Practice - W
MCLE Credit: .75 IL MCLE Professional Responsibility
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
05/09/2014
 
The Social You: Positioning Yourself Online for Success - W
MCLE Credit: 1.25 PR Credit
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
05/07/2014
 
Effective Billing To Minimize Lost Time & Revenue - W
MCLE Credit: .75 IL PR MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
05/07/2014
 
A Glimpse of Digital Forensics - W
MCLE Credit: .75 IL PR MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
04/18/2014
 
8 O'Clock Call: Criminal Court - W
MCLE Credit: .75 MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
04/17/2014
 
BB: Preparing Your Case and Your Client for Mediation - W
MCLE Credit: .75 IL Professional Responsiblity credit
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
04/09/2014
 
How To Be Successful in the Law: Top 40 Attorneys - W
MCLE Credit: 1.25 IL PR MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
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
As of 05/09/2015, this program is no longer eligible for MCLE Credit.
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
05/09/2013
 
What You Might Not Know About Malpractice Insurance - W
As of 05/08/2015, this program is no longer eligible for MCLE Credit.
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
04/12/2013
 
8 O'Clock Call: Probate - W
As of 04/11/2015, this program is no longer eligible for MCLE Credit.
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
03/19/2013
 
Administrative Rule Making: Advocacy & Public Participation
As of 03/18/2015, this program is no longer eligible for MCLE Credit.
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
02/27/2013
 
Opening Statements - W
As of 02/26/2015, this program is no longer eligible for MCLE Credit.
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
02/25/2013
 
YLS Three Part Series: Sales-Free Selling....
As of 02/24/2015, this program is no longer eligible for MCLE Credit.
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
02/22/2013
 
8 O'Clock Call: Pro Se Litigants: A How To for Attorneys - W
As of 02/21/2015, this program is no longer eligible for MCLE Credit.
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
02/12/2013
 
YLS Three Part Series: Sales-Free Selling....
As of 02/11/2015, this program is no longer eligible for MCLE Credit.
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
11/07/2012
 
Careers in Intellectual Property Law - W
As of 11/06/2014, this program is no longer eligible for MCLE Credit.
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast

Committee Meetings
 
  Date   Description
 
05/26/2015
 
Government Lawyer Committee
Time: 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
MCLE Credit: Yes/ PR approved
Attendance Options:   In-Person   CBA Webcast
 
05/26/2015
 
Intellectual Property Law Committee
Time: 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
MCLE Credit: Yes
Attendance Options:   In-Person   CBA Webcast
 
05/27/2015
 
Health Law Committee
Time: 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
MCLE Credit: Yes
Attendance Options:   In-Person   CBA Webcast
 
05/27/2015
 
Television Committee
Time: 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
MCLE Credit: No
Attendance Options:   In-Person
 
05/28/2015
 
Real Estate Taxation, Tax Sale Tax Deed Subcommittee
Time: 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
MCLE Credit: Yes
Attendance Options:   In-Person
 
05/28/2015
 
YLS Environmental Law Committee Meeting
Time: 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
MCLE Credit: Yes
Attendance Options:   In-Person
 
06/16/2015
 
Law & Literature Committee
Time: 5:15 PM - 6:30 PM
MCLE Credit: Yes
Attendance Options:   In-Person

Upcoming How To's
 
  Date   Description
 
05/26/2015
 
How To...Get the Most Out Of Twitter
Time: 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
MCLE Credit: No MCLE Credit
Attendance Options:   In-Person   CBA Webcast
 
05/28/2015
 
Hands-On Training:Creating Elegant PowerPoint Presentations
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
MCLE Credit: No MCLE Credit
Attendance Options:   In-Person
 
06/02/2015
 
Hands-On Training: Twitter
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:   In-Person
 
06/09/2015
 
How To...Marketing for Estate Planning Attorneys
Time: 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:   In-Person   CBA Webcast
 
06/11/2015
 
Create a Web Site for Your Firm
Time: 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:   In-Person
 
06/17/2015
 
Hands-On Training: Outlook Calendar
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:   In-Person
 
06/23/2015
 
How To...Automate Functions in Microsoft Word
Time: 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:   In-Person   CBA Webcast
 
06/24/2015
 
Hands-On Training: Google My Business Part 2
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:   In-Person

Archived How To's
 
  Date   Description
 
05/12/2015
 
How To...Pick the Right Tool for Data Collection - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE Credit
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
04/28/2015
 
How To...Meet Retirement Plan Fiduciary Requirements - W
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
04/27/2015
 
How To...Practice More and Manage Less With MyCase - W
MCLE Credit: none
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
04/14/2015
 
How To...Power Through With PowerPoint - W
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
03/24/2015
 
How To...Master Digital Marketing for Law Firms - W
MCLE Credit: No
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
03/10/2015
 
How To...Maximize Your Web Browser - W
MCLE Credit: No
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
02/24/2015
 
How To...Linkedln for Job Hunters - W
MCLE Credit: none
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
02/10/2015
 
How To...Excel for Lawyers - W
MCLE Credit: none
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
01/27/2015
 
How To...Format Documents in Microsoft Word - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE Credit
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
01/13/2015
 
How To...Writing Clearly & Concisely - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
12/16/2014
 
How To...Work With Video Conferencing on a Budget - W
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
12/02/2014
 
How To...Protect Your Firm & Clients From Security Threats
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
11/25/2014
 
How To...Set Up Google My Business - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE Credit
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
11/11/2014
 
How To...Right Retirement Plan for Your Small Business - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE Credit
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
11/04/2014
 
How To...Smile for the Camera With You Tube - W
MCLE Credit: No MLCE Credit
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
10/28/2014
 
How To...The Art of Selling Without Selling - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE Credit
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
10/14/2014
 
How To...Understand Cyber Liability for Law Firm - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE Credit
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
10/07/2014
 
How To...Use Firm Central - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE Credit
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
09/30/2014
 
How To...Grow Your Firm With a Virtual Receptionist - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
09/16/2014
 
How To...Utilize Video Conferencing in Your Law Firm - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
09/09/2014
 
How To...Use Case Logistix To Manage EDiscovery - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
09/09/2014
 
The Healthy Lawyer: Think Well - W
MCLE Credit: none
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
09/02/2014
 
How To...Get More Out of Your PDFs With Nuance - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
08/19/2014
 
The Healthy Lawyer: Move Well - W
MCLE Credit: none
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
08/19/2014
 
How To...Use Box for Online Document Storage/Collaboration W
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
08/12/2014
 
How To...Collaborate With Clients Using Clio - W
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
08/05/2014
 
The Healthy Lawyer: Eat Well - W
MCLE Credit: no
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
07/29/2014
 
How To...Plan & Execute An Email Marketing Campaign - W
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
07/22/2014
 
How To Avoid Common Legal Billing & Trust Accounting Mistake
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
07/15/2014
 
How To…Practice Law on the Go - W
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
06/24/2014
 
How To…Self Examine Your Online Marketing - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
06/24/2014
 
How To…Navigate SEO
MCLE Credit: No MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
06/17/2014
 
How To…Use LastPass To Protect Yourself and Your Data
MCLE Credit: No MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
06/10/2014
 
How To…Go To Cloud 9 With Clio
MCLE Credit: No MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
06/03/2014
 
How To…Master Time Management With Technology - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE Credit
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
05/27/2014
 
How To…Billing and Accounting Reports - W
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
05/20/2014
 
How To…Evaluate Cloud Case Management Systems - W
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
05/13/2014
 
How To…Optimize Your Website for Mobile Phones - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
04/29/2014
 
How To Use Freelance Attys To Grow Your Practice & Profits
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
04/22/2014
 
How To…Hire the Right People For Your Law Firm - W
MCLE Credit: None
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
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 - MCLE credit for this program will expire on 08/19/2015.
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
07/23/2013
 
How To…Backup Web-based Email
MCLE Credit: None - MCLE credit for this program will expire on 07/22/2015.
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
07/09/2013
 
How To…Get Local With Google Places for Business - W
MCLE Credit: none - MCLE credit for this program will expire on 07/08/2015.
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
06/25/2013
 
How To…Use DropBox for File Management - W
MCLE Credit: None - MCLE credit for this program will expire on 06/24/2015.
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
06/11/2013
 
How To…Supercharge the Web With the Chrome Browser - W
MCLE Credit: None - MCLE credit for this program will expire on 06/10/2015.
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
05/28/2013
 
How To…Create Reusable Forms With The Form Tool - W
MCLE Credit: No MCLE Credit - MCLE credit for this program will expire on 05/27/2015.
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
05/14/2013
 
How To…Use ESignature Tools - W
As of 05/13/2015, this program is no longer eligible for MCLE Credit.
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
05/07/2013
 
How To…Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile - W
As of 05/06/2015, this program is no longer eligible for MCLE Credit.
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
04/30/2013
 
How To…Market Your Firm With Facebook - W
As of 04/29/2015, this program is no longer eligible for MCLE Credit.
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
04/16/2013
 
How To…Encrypt Email Messages - W
As of 04/15/2015, this program is no longer eligible for MCLE Credit.
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
04/02/2013
 
How To…Build a Blog (and More) With WordPress - W
As of 04/01/2015, this program is no longer eligible for MCLE Credit.
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
03/19/2013
 
How To…Use BoxCryptor To Encrypt Files in the Cloud - W
As of 03/18/2015, this program is no longer eligible for MCLE Credit.
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
03/05/2013
 
How To…Master the Basics of Excel - W
As of 03/04/2015, this program is no longer eligible for MCLE Credit.
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
02/19/2013
 
How To…Build Your Own Website - W
As of 02/18/2015, this program is no longer eligible for MCLE Credit.
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
02/05/2013
 
How To…Better Understand Your Website Analytics - W
As of 02/04/2015, this program is no longer eligible for MCLE Credit.
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 
10/30/2012
 
How To…Use MS Outlook Add-Ons - W
As of 10/29/2014, this program is no longer eligible for MCLE Credit.
Attendance Options:  CBA Webcast
 

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