March 15, 2010

Free legal education program set for April 16

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Southern Illinois University School of Law is co-sponsoring a free continuing legal education program next month.

The law school, along with the bar associations from Jackson and Williamson counties, is providing the joint conference at the Hiram H. Lesar Law Building on Friday, April 16. The program runs from 8:50 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., and participants may attend the morning or afternoon sessions, or the full-day program.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., and organizers ask that participants arrive early to receive MCLE, or mandatory continuing legal education credit. The conference provides 6.0 total MCLE hours, including 2.0 professionalism credit hours applied for. The morning and afternoon session each is 3.0 MCLE, including 1.0 professionalism credit hour applied for.

The conference is open to the public. Lunch will not be provided, but pre-registration by April 2 is requested. To pre-register, contact Catherine Ott or Carey Gill at Barrett, Twomey, Broom, Hughes & Hoke, LLP, at 618/457-0437, or by email or

The registration form is available at

The program schedule is:

  • 8 to 8:50 a.m. -- Registration for those attending the all-day or morning session.
  • 8:50 a.m. -- Welcome
  • 9 to 10 a.m. -- Federal Practice and Settlement Procedure, Philip M. Frazier, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Illinois.
  • 10 to 10:30 a.m. -- Animal Law Basics, Eugenia Hunter, attorney, Carbondale.
  • 10:30 to 10:45 a.m. -- Break.
  • 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. -- Discussion of Illinois Elder Abuse and Neglect Program, Lee Beneze, legal services developer, Illinois Department on Aging.
  • 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. -- Practical and Ethical Issues in Family Law Mediation, Dispute Resolution Institute, Carbondale.
  • 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. -- Lunch.
  • 1 p.m. – Registration for afternoon session.
  • 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. -- “Who’s Your Client?” Issues Relating to Client Capacity, Kristi Ventri, attorney, Belleville.
  • 2:45 to 3:45 p.m. -- “The Role of Forensic Evidence in Civil and Criminal Litigation,” Glenn Schubert, forensic scientist, Illinois State Police.
  • 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. -- Criminal Law: Legislative and Illinois Supreme Court Highlights, Michael L. Wepsiec, Jackson County State’s Attorney.