2023 ISBA Mutual Mirza Risk Management Conference – Naperville

When: February 21, 2023, lunch begins at 12:00 p.m., and presentations will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Naperville NIU Campus, 1120 E Diehl Rd, Naperville, IL 60563
What: 2023 ISBA Mutual Jerry Mirza Risk Management Conference.

This event was free of charge and available to all Illinois lawyers and their staff. Every lawyer who attended the entire free conference received 3.0 hours of approved general MCLE credit, which included 2.0 hours of professionalism MCLE credit and 1.00 hour of mental health and substance abuse credit. Lunch was provided. Lawyers insured by ISBA Mutual who attended the entire conference will receive a $100 premium credit will be applied to the firm’s next renewal policy.*



Stress in the Workplace: The Impact it has on Our Thinking, Dr. Diana Uchiyama, JD, PsyD, CAADC, Executive Director of the Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program

Stress and stressful conditions for lawyers and judges are a hazard to the legal profession and can lead to high levels of mental health and substance use disorders. When working under high levels of stress, our thinking and decision-making can become impaired and less optimal. This presentation will help identify the most common errors in thinking and decision-making when under stress and provide practical proven approaches to avoiding them and achieving desired outcomes.

Handout: Stress in the Workplace – Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program

Emerging Issues in Lawyers’ Professional Liability,
Garrett Kern, Chief Claims and Risk Management Officer, ISBA Mutual Insurance,
Adam Czerwinski, Owner and Principal Agent, Sidebar Insurance Solutions, Inc. 

Every law practice is different, but as the #1 professional liability insurance carrier in Illinois, ISBA Mutual is in a unique position to identify the issues most likely to lead to claims or ARDC complaints against solo and small firms. In this presentation, Garrett Kern and Adam Czerinski will discuss recent trends in claims and strategies for avoiding and mitigating the risks that cause losses and dissatisfied clients.

What You Will Learn:

  • What types of claims are most prevalent at this time, with descriptions of real-life claims
  • Do’s and Don’ts to help prevent the most common types of claims
  • What to do in the aftermath of an error to minimize harm to clients and your firm

Handout: Emerging Issues in Legal Liability

Avoiding Business Email Compromise and Wire Fraud, Mat Kresz, Attorney & Counselor at Law and former Chief Information Officer 

Scams and hackers become more sophisticated every year. Business Email Compromise and Wire Fraud are among the most common cyber insurance claims today – for all areas of practice. Every lawyer needs to understand the duties, challenges, and appropriate methods for using technology. You will learn:

  • What you can do to prevent business email compromise before it happens
  • Signs that your firm is under attack and what you can do immediately to minimize harm
  • Your ethical responsibilities following a business email compromise attack
  • Best practices that everyone in your firm needs to follow to protect your clients from wire fraud

Handout: Avoiding Business Email Compromise and Wire Fraud

*Upon renewal of their ISBA Mutual policy (on or after April 22, 2023), their firm will receive a $100 premium credit for every lawyer who attended and completed the entire conference, subject to the following conditions.

  • Each premium credit will be issued in the name of the participating lawyer and is not transferable. The premium credit may only be used by the lawyer to whom the credit was issued.
  • The premium credit may only be redeemed once per lawyer, per policy renewal on policies with renewal dates after the conference date in which the lawyer attended.
  • Lawyers can only use one policy credit per policy renewal, regardless of the number of events they attended. If a lawyer attends multiple ISBA Mutual events in the same policy period, the total credit applied will not exceed $100.

While non-lawyer staff is encouraged to attend this event, only lawyers are eligible to earn the $100 premium credit.

Not insured by ISBA Mutual?  We are a mutual insurance company, owned by our policyholders.  If you/your firm becomes insured by ISBA Mutual a Risk Management credit of $100 will be applied to your policy premium for your participation in 3 hours of our CLE courses.