NIU Law to Host “Lawyering During a Pandemic” CLE on 2/19

The NIU College of Law will host a free, two-part CLE program on Lawyering During a Pandemic.  Attendees are welcome to participate in one or both programs.

Friday, February 19, 2021

1-2 p.m.

Part I: Self-Care for Attorneys During a Pandemic
This session, “Compassion Fatigue: Sustaining the Professional Self” will be presented by Joe Scally, Clinical Director of the Illinois Lawyers Assistance Program.

Lawyers, like others in the helping professions, are at risk for experiencing compassion fatigue. Lawyers in certain practice areas, such as criminal, family, immigration, or juvenile law may be especially susceptible to compassion fatigue, as they are regularly exposed to human-induced trauma, and are called on to empathetically listen to victims’ stories, read reports and descriptions of traumatic events, view crime or accident scenes, and review graphic evidence of traumatic victimization. Those with high caseloads and those with a high capacity for empathy are also at risk for experiencing compassion fatigue.

Self-care is more important now than ever, especially during the midst of a global pandemic. During this presentation you will learn ways of coping during the pandemic; understand why lawyers are vulnerable to compassion fatigue; learn about professional hazards that contribute to compassion fatigue; learn ways on how to become a more resilient attorney; learn methods to enhance or deplete professionals from a systemic viewpoint; and learn coping strategies to minimize compassion fatigue and increase health and well being.

PMCLE: This course has been approved for 1.0 general MCLE hour.  Professionalism credit, including mental health/substance abuse is pending approval. Notice will also be sent to all registrants once PMCLE approval is granted.
Register Now for Part I

Program materials for Part I
Joe Scally Presentation
NIU Law Professor Colleen Boraca’s article, Some Days are Better Than Others: Self-Care Tips for Lawyers During a Pandemic

2:15-3:45 p.m.
Part II: Online Legal Research for Attorneys During a Pandemic
This session will include presentations by Kenneth Strickland from Fastcase, a provider on industry-leading tools to make legal research easier and more intuitive; and NIU Law Assistant Professor Matt Timko, who will provide information and updates on several free online research tools.

This session will help provide attorneys with the tools on how to make legal research easier and more intuitive. Attorneys will learn major types of searching and best practices for creating an effective search; learn how to narrow or filter a search by jurisdiction(s) and/or source(s) in order to better tailor one’s search to applicable (and relevant) content; learn how to sort, arrange, organize, and compile results by date, title, frequency of use, and suggested terminology; learn how to share, save, and access legal research via public links, offline downloading, native printing, export queues, permalinks, history, and bookmarks; learn how to stay current on the status of good law related to legal research using statutory annotations, alerts, and a case citator; and learn how to navigate to legal content using indexing and browsing. In addition, attorneys will learn to how to access free online resources including government, administrative, and open access law websites.

MCLE: This course has been approved for 1.5 general hours.
Register Now for Part II

Program materials for Part II
Ken Strickland Presentation
Professor Matt Timko Presentation and Bio

Ken Strickland is the Partner Success Manager and Enterprise Reference Attorney for Fastcase, a provide of industry-leading tools to make legal research easier and more intuitive. Ken helps to provide lawyers, law firms, and bar associations across the country with comprehensive access to the law through an Fastcase, an innovative and award-winning platform.  He helps forward-thinking lawyers navigate the law faster and smarter, to democratize legal services. When Ken is not passionately advocating for every human to love legal research, he is reading about the law and talking about the law.  He has his B.B.A from Campbell University in Trust and Wealth Management, M.A. from Georgetown University in Educational Transformation, and J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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