On September 5, 2017 Acting Secretary of The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Elaine C. Duke, issued a memorandum rescinding the June 15, 2012 memorandum under the Obama administration entitled “Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children,” which established the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”). In this podcast, immigration attorney Vishal Chhabria explains the consequences on current DACA recipients, DACA recipients whose status is set to expire over the next 6 months, and individuals who were otherwise eligible to apply for DACA but had not yet submitted an application. Additionally, legislation currently in Congress which may provide relief to "Dreamers" (those eligible to apply for DACA) is discussed.

  • DACA
  • deferred action
  • USCIS form I-765
  • work authorization
  • social security number
  • advance parole
  • deportation
  • removal
  • dreamers

Snappy Answers to Common Traffic Questions

In this podcast, criminal defense attorney James Doerr answers frequently asked traffic questions. Topics covered range from petty traffic offenses to class A misdemeanor speeding violations.

  • speeding violations
  • assigned court dates
  • petition for hearing
  • convictions
  • court supervision
  • prosecutorial discretion
  • petty offenses
  • misdemeanors
  • dismissed tickets

Lavelle Consulting – Maximizing Stability, Growth and Profits for Your Law Firm

Kerry Lavelle, author of The Business Guide to Law: Creating and Operating a Successful Law Firm, discusses the new law office consulting group at Lavelle Law. Over more than two decades, Lavelle managed a successful law firm that grew from a single attorney to more than 25 across more than a dozen practice groups. In this podcast, he discusses the process he uses in helping other law firms achieve greater success and improved financial standing. Lavelle Consulting offers law firm audits, evaluations of operations such as billing, lead generation and hiring practices, partner retreats, cash flow management, M&A and more.

  • law office consulting
  • governance
  • maximizing profits in a law office
  • law firm cash flow
  • law firm mergers

Uncontested Divorce

Although it is not for everyone, an uncontested divorce can be a viable option under certain conditions. It can save you time and money, and avoid a prolonged discovery process. In this podcast, family law attorney Colleen Hurley explains how this process works and the benefits of an uncontested divorce.

  • divorce
  • uncontested divorce
  • cheap divorce
  • amicable parties
  • terms of divorce

Covenants in Employment Agreements

When negotiating an employment agreement, or when terminating someone’s employment, whether that employee is bound by restrictive covenants, such as covenants not to compete and prohibitions on solicitation, often becomes an issue. In this podcast, attorney Joshua Nesser discusses the typical restrictive covenants, Illinois law with respect to the enforceability of these covenants, and how employers and employees should go about handling these covenants.

  • non-compete
  • non-solicitation
  • restrictive covenant
  • employment agreement
  • employment termination

Mandatory Commercial Arbitration in Law Division: Parties Beware!

As of October 1, 2016, Mandatory Arbitration is now required for commercial cases assigned to the Commercial Calendar Section of the Law Division. There are various requirements for ensuring your arbitration is successful. Attorney Jennifer Burt Tee explains the commercial arbitration process.

  • arbitration
  • law division
  • rejection
  • award
  • waiver
  • mandatory
  • commercial

Domestic Battery Charges – An Update

This podcast, with attorney James Doerr, focuses on frequently asked question regarding domestic battery cases. We expound upon a prior podcast conversation.

  • domestic battery
  • domestic violence
  • orders of protection
  • misdemeanor
  • felony
  • household members

New Illinois Child Support Law

Child support laws in Illinois have completely changed beginning 7/1/2017. This podcast, with attorney Amil Alkass, summarizes the new child support law.

  • child support
  • new child support law
  • income sharing
  • modification of support

Discovery in Criminal Cases

This podcast focuses on the Discovery process in criminal cases, the differences between types of cases and discovery permitted (misdemeanor vs. felony cases), and possible sanctions for discovery violation.

  • discovery
  • motions
  • subpoenas
  • felony
  • misdemeanor
  • brady violations
  • schmidt discovery
  • sanctions
  • dismissal of charges

Pet Trusts

In this podcast, attorney Jackie Luthringshausen explains the purpose, structure, and advantages of establishing a Pet Trust for your beloved pet.

  • pet trust
  • pet trust act
  • POAP