CCBA CLE Luncheon, Thursday, August 22, 2019 – “A Primer for Helping Those in Need of Legal Assistance”

On Thursday, August 22, 2019, the CCBA Board is sponsoring its next Lunchtime CLE meeting at the Regent Ballroom in Savoy (1406 Regency Drive West, Savoy: ).  For the return-to-school price of $17.00, you will receive lunch and 1 hour of CLE credit.  Lunch will commence at 11:30 a.m. and the CLE program at 12:00 p.m.  The topic is, “A Primer for Helping Those in Need of Legal Assistance” and will be presented by the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI).  The program will address the following:

“A Primer for Helping Those in Need of Legal Assistance”

PILI’s Sixth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee recently launched an Ask-A-Lawyer Desk in the Champaign County Courthouse. The desk is currently available twice a month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays each month. The desk is staffed by volunteer attorneys who meet with eligible self-represented litigants for up to 30 minutes to provide them with legal advice subject to a limited scope representation agreement. PILI is seeking volunteers for dates through December of 2019 and this CLE meeting will provide an overview of some of the basic topics for which self-represented litigants are often seeking assistance at the help desk. Attendees will receive a Frequently Asked Questions document to better prepare them for the help that may be needed when the volunteer at the help desk. Lawyers who have volunteered at the help desk recently will also share their experiences.

12:00-12:05       Welcome & Overview of Ask-A-Lawyer Help Desk – Michael Bergmann, Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI)

12:05-12:30       Family Law Update – Stephanie Hall, Meyer Capel

12:30-12:55       Landlord-Tenant, Small Claims & Consumer Law Updates – John Roska, Land of Lincoln Legal Aid

12:55-1:00         Additional Questions & Wrap Up – Michael Bergmann, Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI)

While all attorneys are encouraged to consider being a volunteer at the Ask-A-Lawyer Desk in the Champaign County Courthouse, there is no obligation to do so by attending this CLE meeting.

So that the CCBA may know how many persons to plan for, please RSVP by Monday, August 19 to Alyx Parker at  Please bring your payment with you to the Lunchtime CLE.  Checks should be made out to the CCBA.  If you desire a vegetarian plate or have some other dietary restriction, please note that in your RSVP.  Because the Regent Ballroom charges the CCBA for the number of RSVPs, if you have provided your RSVP but are unable to attend, the CCBA will need 48 hours’ notice of the cancellation prior to the Lunchtime CLE meeting.