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Annual Conference 2021

  • 10/22/2021
  • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
  • Zoom Presentation


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The Evolution of Technology in Legal, Mental Health and ADR Practice

COVID has helped us all to embrace technology in ways we never had before.  Join us as we discuss how technology has helped and harmed legal, mental health and ADR practice and where we go from here. This virtual program will focus on the evolution of technology, best practices, diversity, marketing and networking, and ethics and the impact on our practices.

Topics covered include:


    • Crossing state lines and bi-state families
    • Your responsibilities in a digital practice
    • What are your duties for backing up data?
    • What are your duties of encryption and security?
    • What should be in your contracts for services to protect yourself?
    • Digital Signatures
    • Notary
    • Implications for Wills, Trusts, Prenuptial Agreements, Contracts
    • Confidentiality?
    • Who else is in the room during a virtual meeting, sessions, hearing, or mediation? Why does it matter?
    • Is it being recorded?
    • What are you seeing in the home of the client?
    • Meeting with kids: at a park, at home, at school, childcare provider’s home?
    • Best practices with digital therapy and children
    • Best practices for Child Rep and digital practice


    • What are tools for ensuring Ethical Compliance?
    • What is the likelihood of an attack for you?
    • Zoom and all its tricks/ Alternatives to Zoom
    • Confidentiality – are video platforms secure?
    • Procuring Digital Signatures from People - Software available getting signatures
    • Nuts and bolts of a digital practice
    • How do you back up data?
    • How can you ensure your employees working from home have a secure connection?
    • What is a VPN?
    • How can you monitor all devices and have the ability to erase them remotely?
    • What firm management softwares are available?


    • Pros and Cons of virtual options with regard to Access to Justice
    • Internet access v. Transportation access v. Taking off work - which is the greatest barrier?
    • Domestic Violence - pros and cons of technology for victims
    • How does technology affect barriers to services for folks struggling with:
    • Language barriers`
    • Hearing impairment
    • Visual impairment
    • How does technology impact our inherent biases?
    • What can we do better to ensure the move toward virtual courts and virtual mental health services does not create further barriers?
    • Does wealth allow for more “lighting” and “staging”? Increase or decrease the “physical appearance” impacts of services?


    • How do we keep in touch with our professional peers?
    • How do we reach new clients?
    • How do we make our current clients feel as though their needs are being met?


    • Best Practices in online interviews with children
    • Best practices with digital therapy and children
    • Best practices for Child Rep and digital practice


    • Does Zoom stay in place for intake appointments, PTC, Mediation, Prove-ups, un-contested issues, Parenting Coordination Meetings
    • How have we modified our meetings with clients in a world of technology?
    • What are we missing?
    • What are we gaining?
    • A peek into their living environments
    • Legal
    • Best practices in Virtual Depositions
    • Best practice in Virtual Evidentiary Hearings
    • Mental Health
    • How are we modifying testing protocols in mental health?
    • How are we doing reunification therapy without the safety of the therapist’s office?
    • How are we modifying diagnosis when we are missing nonverbals?
    • ADR
    • Best practices in virtual hearings
    • Judicial
    • Best practices in virtual witness testimony


    Faith Anderson, Hon. Kimberly Cook, Chad HolsteadHon. Nancy KatzDr. Ammara KhalidDr. Eve Lyn NelsonCatherine Sanders ReachHon. Lori RosenHon. Dominique RossKerry SmithBryan WilsonSusan Zoline

    Continuing Education: IL Attorneys: this program has been approved for 6 hour of general MCLE credits. IL Mental Health Professionals: This program is approved for Continuing Education Units by Margaret S. Powers for all licensed mental health providers in Illinois.   

    Thank you to our conference sponsors 


    Social Event

    After the program, join us for a virtual mixology class, presented by 

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