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Education - CLEs 

The North Suburban Bar Association offers regular educational programs for its members for CLE credit.  When available, professional credits will also be offered including topics of diversity, mental health and ethics.  Often non-members are invited to attend for an additional fee.

Most programs are an hour in length.  When in-person, meetings often include either lunch or dinner as well as time for networking.  Webinars will be recorded and shared online, but recordings are not available at this time for CLE credit.

NSBA takes advantage of the expertise of its diverse membership, which includes judges and attorneys, to offer presentations on various legal topics.  If you have suggestions for topics or would like to present, please contact the NSBA office at Northsuburbanbar@gmail.com.

Child Support and Alimony: Winning Your Case by Understanding the Numbers
December 16, 2020

Laura W. Morgan owns and operates Family Law Consulting and is the author of Child Support Guidelines: Interpretation and Application (Aspen Law & Business, 1996 & supps.), the leading treatise on child support guidelines in the United States and was the Chair of the Child Support Committee of the Family Law Section of the American Bar Association for six years. Her website SupportGuidelines.com, the comprehensive resource for the interpretation and application of child support guidelines in the United States, has been selected as one of the Best Legal Websites by American Lawyer Media, as well as a Lawyers Weekly USA Top Ten Web Pick, a LegalOnline Web Pick, and a JURIST Best of the Web Family Law selection. As a national expert on child support, she has acted as special consultant to many state child support guidelines review commissions, as well as to the federal government of Canada. She is also a contributing author to numerous family law manuals and compilations.

Nancy Chausow Shafer is a principal in the Highland Park IL firm, CHAUSOW SHAFER, PC, concentrating in Matrimonial Law, including Litigation, Mediation and Collaboration, also accepting Child Representation and Guardian ad Litem appointments.  She is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and has all the usual SuperLawyer/Leading Lawyer accolades.  A focus of her energies is to increase the education of professionals and the public on options for the divorce process, including Collaborative practice.  Nancy is a frequent presenter and organizer at CLE programs. Nancy is also the California, Illinois and Minnesota sales rep for Family Law Software, www.familylawsoftware.com.

Zooming in the Second Municipal
November 16, 2020




Protocol, effective June 1, 2020 (amended August 25, 2020) Regarding Skokie Civil Courtrooms, 202 and 204

LAUREN GOTTAINER EDIDIN presides as a judge in The Second Municipal District in Skokie. She currently serves in Felony Court, and has previously handled many different types of criminal law matters, including Mental Health Court.is a Judge in The Second Municipal District in Skokie. She currently serves in Felony Court, and has previously handled many different types of criminal law matters, including Mental Health Court.

 serves as a judge in The Second Municipal District. She currently serves in Domestic Relations Court. She has also been very active in Moot Court Competition, helping Illinois high schools prepare the next generation of lawyers.

JUDGE JEFFREY WARNICK handles cases in The Second Municipal District, where he hears matters running the gamut from Law Division to pro se matters. He previously served as an assistant State’s Attorney, then entered private practice specializing in insurance coverage, fire loss, and construction litigation. He has previously served in Chancery Court, Felony Criminal, and now handles primarily Civil Matters.

Each of these judges will provide their own perspective on how remote participation has affected the way they have handled cases, the particular changes and methods as they pertain both to the types of cases that are handled generally as well what may be unique to them in their now largely virtual courtroom.

Mortgage Foreclosures in the Age of COVID
October 28, 2020

Judge Chupack, whose court call involves foreclosures, presented how the foreclosure process works, with particular concentration on how the Covid-19 crisis has affected cases before him, as well as how the governor's orders and other proclamations has and is likely to influence foreclosure practice.




Speaker: The Honorable Joel Chupack, Circuit Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County

Hon. Joel Chupack was elected Judge for the 12th Judicial Subcircuit in Cook County in 2018. On April 6, 2020, he was assigned to the Chancery Division, where he presides over a Mortgage Foreclosure call. Prior to that assignment, he was assigned to the Eviction Division of the 1st Municipal District. Judge Chupack is involved in several bar association activities, including: current Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Real Property Law Committee; current Vice-Chair of the ISBA’s UPL Task Force; former Chair of the ISBA’s Real Estate Law Section Council; ISBA Assembly Member; contributing editor to ISBA’s Disaster Legal Services Manual; and former President of The Decalogue Society of Lawyers. Judge Chupack has authored articles and has been a speaker at seminars on various civil procedure and real estate topics. Off the bench, Judge Chupack remains involved in various community groups. Prior to being elected to the bench, Judge Chupack was a partner in a small law firm, handling its civil, commercial, and real estate litigation.

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