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Capper & Marilou Grant Paralegal Scholarships

The Capper and Marilou Grant Paralegal Scholarship recognizes, through scholarship, a paralegal student who demonstrated personal and academic growth. Applicants must be enrolled in, or intending to enroll, in his/her final year, imminent to graduation. Applicants must submit an unofficial copy of his/her transcript(s). Applicants must demonstrate academic improvement over a period of time. Applicants must demonstrate extra curricular involvement which arose out of the Paralegal Studies curriculum, or otherwise through other community service or college extra-curricular activity.

(Note: LEX induction is not required, but may be a considering factor in the review process.) Applicants must provide an essay (500-750 words; double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 font), in which s/he, through narrative, describes the growth experience and the impact such growth has, or will have, on his/her future. Recipients will not have received, during the same award cycle, additional paralegal scholarship(s). Award not based on need.

2 awards at $500 each



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Illinois E-Filing with Green Filing

Illinois E-Filing with Green Filing – Webinar

This training webinar will provide an overview of recent e-filing availability in Illinois, and how to get started with e-filing. The host will cover what is required to create and configure your e-filing account, and walk you through the process of filing new cases, or filing new documents on existing cases. We will also review resources available to filers for which they will need to become familiar with including information on local court web sites, local court rules, Illinois Supreme Court mandates and statewide court e-filing rules.

1 Hour CLE credit available for attorneys through the MCLE Board, and for Paralegals through the NFPA.

Available Dates:

Thursday, July 12, 2018, 12:00 CDT

Thursday, July 26, 2018, 12:00 CDT

Click here to register for webinar attendance.


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SIU Paralegal Studies Program


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NFPA Certification Exams

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Saturday, June 9, 2018 12:00 PM Eastern (EST) – 1:00 PM Eastern (EST)

Zoom webinar

Presented by the NFPA Certification PR Coordinator, Linda Odermott, RP, OCP with insights provided by Nita Serrano, RP, NFPA Vice President and Director of Paralegal Certification

Find out how both the Assurance of Learning Affiliate and Partner Programs provides valuable and measurable data on your students’ paralegal comprehension.

Not able to attend on Saturday, June 9? Please register and we will send you the recording and notes by email.

We will do a deep dive on the different NFPA paralegal certification exams available to paralegal students, recent graduates or long time paralegals.

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Confidentiality in an Age of Social Media

Paralegal Section PRMCLE Meeting
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May 9, 2018

Topic: Maintaining Confidentiality in an Age of Social Media

Summary:  An overview of client confidentiality and how to correctly use social media and other technology to avoid breaches of confidentiality.   

Learning Objectives:

1.) An understanding of the requirements of client confidentiality under ILRPC 1.6.

2.) An understanding of the ethical issues that arise in using technology and social media as it applies to preserving client confidentiality.

3.) A discussion of the best practices to employ to avoid ethical breaches. 

Speaker: Mary Andreoni, Ethics Education Counsel of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission

Time: 11:45am to 1:00pm

Location: Bar Center Classroom, 126 S. County Farm Rd., Wheaton

Credits: 1 PRMCLE

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Winners! Congratulations Linda and Matthew!

Thank you to everyone who submitted scholarship entries.

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The March project is scheduled for Thursday, March 29th at 5:00 PM. We will visit the DuPage Convalescent Center. Our group will meet in the center’s recreation room. The volunteer coordinator will order pizza and beverages. Our group will serve and visit with the residents. Friends and family are welcome to join us. This is always a great project and well worthwhile. Friends and family members are welcome.

If you can participate, please contact Eddie Wollenberg at (630) 668-2415 or



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John Marshall Fair Housing/Fair Lending Course

On behalf of The John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Support Center, I would like to invite your students to apply to the John Marshall Fair Housing/Fair Lending Course. The course is open to all college and university students in the Chicago Metro Area. We are seeking a diverse group of responsible, hardworking students with an interest in law, public service, and civil rights generally, and fair housing specifically. Housing segregation is a major problem in the Chicago Metropolitan area and this course analyses its causes and effects and remedies. The course also exposes the students to law school teaching.

The course is taught by Professor Michael Seng. Only twelve students will be selected to participate from colleges and universities across the Chicago Area. Each student may earn a total of 3 credit hours of transferable academic credit, depending upon your school’s policies. Students will also receive a certificate from The John Marshall Law School upon successful completion of the program. John Marshall will work with your students and administrators to facilitate the transfer and acceptance of academic credit for the program.

The Fair Housing/Fair Lending Course will take place in the Fall Semester of 2018. The course will be taught on Tuesday evenings. The course is fully funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. There is no cost to your institution or to your students. Attached you will find the application, the frequently asked questions for Faculty and Administrators, frequently asked questions for Students, the Informational Brochure and Reference Letter. We would be happy to also mail you hard copies of the attached documents for the course.

Interested? Download the following application and brochures for additional information:

  1. Application
  2. FAQs for faculty and administrators
  3. FAQs for students
  4. Informational Brochure
  5. Intro Letter to Colleges and Universities with Brochures
  6. Reference Letter 


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ABA TechShow

12 Seats Remaining!

DCBA Law Practice Management and Technology MCLE Event

March 9, 2018 – 10:30AM – 4:00 PM – Hyatt Regency Chicago


Day Trip to ABA Legal Technology Expo

Reserve your seat on the bus today!


Technology is becoming fully integrated in the practice of law. Our legal work is now more dependent on the use of technology, in and out of the office. It helps us to practice more efficiently, serve clients more effectively, and better manage our daily lives. As technology evolves, it can be difficult to stay informed of the latest advancements. With so many different options to choose from it can be difficult knowing what’s the most suitable to you and your practice. This is where ABA TECHSHOW can help.

The ABA TECHSHOW Conference and EXPO is where lawyers, legal professionals, and technology all come together. The EXPO Hall is where legal technology vendors are eager to demonstrate their helpful products and services.  Touch, talk, and test your way through more than 100 technology vendors.


Bus service will be provided to and from the 505 Building for DCBA members to spend several hours in the TECHSHOW Expo Hall.

Registration Fee: $25 includes roundtrip transportation and admission to the Expo Hall. Click here to register and reserve your seat on the bus (limited to 40 attendees). Want to see more of TECHSHOW?  Register at using discount code EP1818. Click here to view the full TECHSHOW 2018 program brochure.

Questions? Please contact staff liaison Barb Mendralla at or 630-653-7779.

Lunch will be provided to those who register in advance. Only DCBA Members will qualify for MCLE credit. Electronic handouts will be provided in advance; no paper handouts  will be distributed.

If you are unable to attend, please contact the DCBA office at 630-653-7779 so we can cancel your registration.

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