Illinois Professional Responsibility CLE Requirements

Illinois professional responsibility CLE requirements have changed. Illinois attorneys are required to complete a minimum of one hour of Diversity/Inclusion training and one hour of Mental Health/Substance Abuse training during each two-year reporting period. These new requirements are now part of the six hours of total Professional Responsibility CLE required for attorneys during each reporting period. This two-hour program has been approved for two hours of professional responsibility credit: specifically, one hour of Mental Health/Substance Abuse and one hour of Diversity/Inclusion.

Please note, CLE Certificates for the program titled, Ethics 2020 – The Future is Now, will be emailed to webcast participants 7-10 business days after the live viewing on February 20, 2020.

Presented by:

Robert A. Clifford

Founder and Senior Partner, Clifford Law Offices, Moderator


Program Information:

Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020
Time: 2:30-4:30 p.m. CST
Place: The 2020 program is available via webcast broadcast live from the DePaul Center, Room 8005, One East Jackson Blvd. Chicago, IL.

Registration is required to attend the free program.

For questions, please call Clifford Law offices at (312) 756-7575 or email

Ethics 2020 – The Future is Now

Open a new decade with a look at where the legal profession is heading. As the Rules of Professional Responsibility evolve along with technology innovations, lawyers must remain competent as to how they impact their practice of law. This two-hour webinar will examine issues of which the lawyers of today and tomorrow must be aware. From non-lawyer referral services to jury research to social media consequences, this distinguished panel will discuss cutting-edge problems through hypotheticals. Some recent and proposed Rule changes that impact all lawyers across the state will be examined. Other topics include:

  • Ethical Considerations in Boosting Your Client Reviews, i.e. Can I Solicit Positive Reviews?
  • Is Crowdfunding Legal Services Ethically Permissible?
  • The Right Way to Start a Law Blog? What ethical pitfalls should I watch out for?
  • Can Lawyers Ethically Accept Cryptocurrency as Payment for Legal Services?
  • Can Lawyers Ethically Store and Transmit Client Info in the Cloud? Are there ‘Best Practices’?
  • Does Email Tracking Violate the Rules of Professional Conduct?
  • Is Jury Research on Social Media an Ethics Risk or a Competency Requirement?
  • Can Lawyers and Judges Be Social Media Friends? How has this evolved?
  • How to Respond to Negative Online Attorney Reviews Keeping Ethics and Marketing In Mind
  • How to Avoid Getting Hooked by Email Phishing Scams

Moderated by:

Robert A. Clifford

Founder and Senior Partner, Clifford Law Offices, Moderator


Wendy Muchman

Northwestern University School of Law Faculty, former Chief of Litigation and Professional Education, ARDC

Mark C. Palmer

Chief Counsel, Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism

Honorable Clare J. Quish

Circuit Court of Cook County, First Municipal District

2019 The Path to Lawyer Well Being & Conscious Inclusion

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