Joint CLE Conference: SIU Law School, Jackson & Williamson County Bar Associations

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Joint CLE Conference: SIU Law School, Jackson & Williamson County Bar Associations

This event has been postponed. 

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When more information is available about the Joint CLE Conference is available, it will be found here:

Event co-sponsored by:

  • SIU School of Law
  • Jackson County Bar Association
  • Williamson County Bar Association

6.0 total MCLE hours (includes 3 hours of Professionalism credit)

Lunch sponsored by ISBA Mutual Insurance and provided by Panera Bread Company

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ISBA Mutual presents Managing and Avoiding Conflicts of Interest

A significant part of any effective screening of potential clients and new matters necessarily involves a careful conflict-check process. No final decision about retention should be made without first identifying whether a conflict exist and, if so, determining whether a conflict waiver can be used to appropriately manage the conflict.

Conflicts of interest are one of the primary causes of legal malpractice claims in Illinois. Claims may arise when checks are not undertaken or are performed ineffectively, where conflict waivers are either not used or fail to identify or explain the conflict properly, or where conflicts that arise during the course of an engagement go unaddressed.

Conflicts can generally be divided into two broad categories:

  • Situations where one client’s interests are adverse to those of another client (past or present); and
    Situations where the lawyer’s own interests are inconsistent with those of the client.
  • Many traditional conflict of interest systems are designed to identify the first type of conflict, but not the second. The second type, however, is appearing more frequently in legal malpractice claims.


  • Jeremy N. Boeder, Partner, Tribler, Orpett & Meyer P.C.