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Continuing Legal Education

In conjunction with the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, the SIU School of Law administers a Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program through which attorneys may earn 6.0 PMCLE hours. Read more here.

For more information about upcoming programs, call 618-453-8135 or email

Financial Hardship Policy

Joint CLE Jackson County/Williamson County Bar Association 

April 13, 2018

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Law Journal Symposium

Exploring the Second Amendment Ten Years after DC vs. Heller

In the ten years since the Supreme Court decided District of Columbia v. Heller, Second Amendment issues have remained at the forefront of American political, legal, and social discourse. State and Federal justice systems have wrestled with questions about the scope of the Second Amendment, the appropriate standard of review, and the proper balance between regulating and respecting one’s right to keep and bear arms.

This symposium takes up these questions, examining current issues surrounding the Second Amendment as well as its history and potential future through a series of panels. Participants will discuss the roots of the Second Amendment within its historical context, the proper standard of review for second amendment cases, the place firearms have in American culture, and the intersection of the second amendment with other amendments in the constitution. Participants will focus, in particular, on the role Heller has had on the development of Second Amendment law and where, within this precedent, the law may develop from here.

April 19, 2018

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First Judicial Circuit - Guardian ad Litem CLE

April 27, 2018

8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

(Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.)

Conference Information
Approved for 5.0 CLE Hours. No fee to attend.
Space is limited.
Registration is required.
Each participant will receive two books
Continental Breakfast and Box Lunch is provided.

Conference Location
Lesar Law Building
Courtroom - Room 108
Southern Illinois University

On The Agenda
The Effects of Trauma on Children – Dr. Gene Griffin Tools to Assist in Conducting Interviews with Children – Dr. Jeffrey Kellogg
Child Support Statute Update – Judge Amy McFarland
Practical Tips and GAL Report Preparation – Judge Amy McFarland
Panel Discussion and more

Collaborating Partners
Office of the Chief Judge, First Judicial Circuit
Southern Illinois University School of Law
Illinois Judicial College
Court Services Division, AOIC

Funded by: Court Improvement Programs, AOIC

For more information, contact Brenda Sprague at 618-997-1234 or

Registration Form 

Please use the fillable registration form, print it out, and fax it to 618-993-6618 by 4:00 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2018.

Health Policy Institute 

Friday, May 18, 2018


Opening Pandora’s BottleLaw, Policy, and America’s Opioid Epidemic

The nation is embroiled in an epidemic that, while not contagious, impacts all sectors of society and devastates communities, especially rural communities. Opioid misuse, including abuse of prescription pain killers and heroin, led to more than 33,000 deaths nationwide in 2016 and nearly 2,000 deaths in Illinois during that same year. And these statistics, counted in lives, continue to rise at alarming rates.

National, state, and local governmental bodies fight to stem the tide of this rampant killer. Law enforcement officials, courts, attorneys, and social agencies are caught in the web of this very human disaster and its tragic consequences. Hospitals, physicians, and health care providers struggle daily to care for patients, between managing patient pain and restricting prescription opioids, while simultaneously averting actions that feed addiction and protecting their professional credentials from scrutiny.

To aid in identifying both the issues and the solutions, the 2018 Southern Illinois Healthcare (SIH)-Southern Illinois University (SIU) Health Policy Institute seeks to provide an informative and engaging dialogue aimed at striking the right balance and bringing to bear effective solutions to the opioid epidemic impacting our country and our communities.

Live Site:

SIU School of Law, Carbondale, IL

Interactive Simulcast Sites:

Illinois State Bar Association Chicago Office, Chicago, IL

SIU School of Medicine, Springfield, IL



Lawyers' Assistance Program (LAP) Annual Training

June 22, 2018

Earn 6 MCLE Professionalism/Ethics Credits including the Mental Health and Substance Abuse requirement for $35.00.

  • learn about our support services and programs
  • better understand the effects of mental health concerns and addiction
  • learn how to help colleagues and friends


Programming includes a WORKING LUNCH. Please plan to remain for the presentation during the noon hour.

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Limited space available - registration required.

Click here for more information and registration.