Free CLE Programs

At 2Civility we are committed to offering quality professional responsibility learning experiences for Illinois attorneys. We collaborate with lawyers and organizations to design and conduct regional conferences and in-house seminars that engage legal professionals in cutting-edge programs on professionalism, diversity, mental health and wellness, civility, and legal ethics.  In addition, we offer a toolkit for teaching civility.

CLE Seminars

Our free CLE seminars meet the professional responsibility requirement in Illinois. Current professional responsibility programs offered by the Commission on Professionalism are listed below. Organizations interested in scheduling onsite CLE seminars, please call 312.363.6210 or email.

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A Professional Lawyer is a Healthy Lawyer

1.0 hours Professional Responsibility CLE credit in Illinois satisfying requirement for the Mental Health-Substance Abuse

The legal profession is stressful. A recent study of lawyers shows high numbers of mental health and substance use issues. To be an effective advocate, it is essential that lawyers are healthy.

This course will explain why the legal profession needs to address these issues and practical tips for how lawyers can prioritize their well-being. Course participants will: understand the high rate of mental health and substance use issues in the legal profession and why it is a professionalism issue; obtain practical recommendations from the ABA National Task Force on Lawyer Well-Being report to address issues of mental health and substance use; and learn the importance of resiliency and a growth mindset for lawyer well-being.

Connecting Lawyers, Inspiring Change: Advancing the Mission of Professionalism

1.0 hours of Professional Responsibility CLE credit in Illinois 

For over a decade, the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism has worked to promote a culture of professionalism, civility and inclusion, in which Illinois lawyers and judges embody the ideals of the legal profession in service to the administration of justice in our democratic society. But what does it mean to be a lawyer who exemplifies professionalism? What tenets of professionalism should lawyers uphold in their practice? How do we ensure civility in an increasingly uncivil climate? How can we incorporate inclusion into our personal and professional lives? What lessons should we teach the next generation of attorneys? And what does the future hold for all of us as our profession pivots to a world of data analytics and legal technology? Join the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism as we engage in this critical discussion on how we can all work together to connect lawyers and inspire change in our profession now and in the future ahead.

By the end of this course, attorneys will have: understood what it means to have a professional identity; identified the importance of civility, professionalism, mentoring, and diversity to their professional identity; and recognized how future law will impact the legal profession and their practice.

Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation: Navigating the Multi-Generational Workplace

1.0 hours Professional Responsibility CLE credit in Illinois

For the first time in history, we have four generations in the workplace. Each generation brings its different traditions, work habits and approaches to professionalism. However, with different generations interacting in the workplace, the potential for misunderstandings increases significantly. Should a new employee correct a senior partner on a conference call with a client? What time does “end of day” mean to professionals of different ages? How can successful mentoring relationships form between employees across generations?

This course provides an overview of all four generations in the workplace and their varying perspectives, perceptions and values. The course outlines each generation’s unique characteristics, and the key societal events and cultural experiences that forged each generation’s distinct identities. Then, using fact-based, hypothetical scenarios developed with your organization, participants will solve varied problems that naturally arise among multiple generations working together, with the goal of increasing the professionalism, civility, and productivity of your workplace.

By the end of the course, participants will have: recognized the perceptions, perspectives and values of the four generations in the workplace; and engaged in learning conversations utilizing those perceptions, perspectives and values.

WeThePeopleWe The People: How To Overcome Blindspots, Biases And Stereotypes

1.0 hours Professional Responsibility CLE credit in Illinois and satisfies the Diversity and Inclusion requirement

Many find it difficult to engage in discussions about racial and ethnic difference. At the same time, the demographics of our country and our workplaces have shifted dramatically.  The younger generations that are coming into our workplaces are more diverse, in race, gender and country of origin, than any in American history. How can we encourage employees to recognize this diversity, and incorporate different perspectives into their daily work lives?

This highly interactive program starts out by simulating the experience of being on the outside group looking in. Participants then engage in a group discussion on why many Americans find it difficult to engage in subjects of difference, particularly racial difference, and how that difficulty is reflected in the ongoing diversity and inclusion challenges in the workplace. Finally, through the use of large and small group activities, participants will recognize how implicit biases and stereotypes affect how they perceive people who are different, practice how to speak with their peers about difference, and learn crucial skills to resolve conflicts that can arise when different perspectives are given equal space.

By the end of the course, lawyer will have: recognized the key roles diversity and inclusion play in today’s workplace, implemented strategies to challenge biases and stereotypes, and cultivated conflict resolution skills to utilize in the workplace.  This course will be customized for your workplace and can be expanded to include additional topics.

Inclusive Leaders: Driving the Future Workplace

1.0 hours Professional Responsibility CLE credit in Illinois and satisfies the Diversity and Inclusion requirement

Every day, we see a headline about how the way we work has transformed. The stories all recognize the simple truth: the traditional 9-5 workplace has changed for good. Technology has permanently altered traditional practice. Clients are looking for more efficient and accessible work. And start-ups are upending every one of our professions. Our work world is changing more quickly than we can even imagine. For you reading this however, the question to ask is not only, “What just happened?” but also, “How will you lead it?”

We are in the Future Workplace, with millennial workers, diverse employees, flat organizations, 24-7 hours, and a freelance workforce. How will you lead people who may have perspectives on professionalism different from yours? How will you lead a team seeking less formal hierarchy without compromising your leadership and vision? How will you lead workers who work at all hours, from home, or the beach, or the Starbucks? How will you lead people who may have multiple bosses and multiple jobs? How will you create an inclusive atmosphere where everyone can succeed, including you?

You lead inclusively. You understand your leadership values, recognize your team’s diverse perspectives and strengths, work at fully incorporating everyone into your organization, and overcome the hidden biases and implicit beliefs that prevent real inclusion.

By the end of the course, participants will have: identified the characteristics of the future workplace, constructed a leadership model for the future workplace, developed inclusion strategies for their diverse workforce, and increased their understanding of and ability to interrupt implicit biases.

Courthouse Program

The Commission conducts onsite seminars for court personnel. These seminars are designed to instill a renewed understanding that all personnel connected to the courthouse have a vital and common goal to keep the public’s confidence in our legal system. Circuit courts interested in scheduling an onsite seminar, please call 312.363.6210 or email.

Courthouse ProfessionalismCourthouse Professionalism Training: Walk In Their Shoes

2.0 hours Professional Responsibility CLE credit in Illinois

By working closely with individuals from each circuit, the Commission customizes the seminar content to address the specific issues identified as most problematic by those who work in the courthouse. All members of the courthouse working community are encouraged to participate. This cross-disciplinary program includes judges, attorneys, courthouse security personnel, public defenders, state’s attorneys, clerks, court reporters and other stakeholders in our administration of justice.

As a result of engaging in the Walk In Their Shoes: Courthouse Professionalism Training, participants will recognize the challenges and perspectives of courthouse patrons and professionals, understand the connection between civility and professionalism, and apply strategies to improve courthouse patrons’ experience and strengthen professionalism.

Civility Toolkit

Providers and lawyers interested in facilitating a ready-made civility course may download this toolkit.  This course toolkit includes hypothetical scenarios, presentations, discussion guides and curated materials.

Lawyer CivilityWhat History and Ethics Can Teach Us About Lawyer Civility

1.0 hours Professional Responsibility CLE credit in Illinois

Education about civility is very different than education about black letter law. It is best accomplished by engaging practicing lawyers to share their experiences and perspectives with respect to practice-specific situations. We encourage civility programs to be primarily interactive. The contents of this toolkit involve participants as active learners.

This toolkit contains all of the materials necessary to facilitate a 60-minute program and will qualify for 1 hour of Professional Responsibility CLE credit in Illinois upon submission.

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