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Illinois Attorney: Continuing Legal Education

Real Estate Essentials Package
(Online On-Demand Presentations)

Become proficient in real estate practice. This package includes 24.25 hours of CLE dedicated to real estate law. These courses cover essential topics that will help you begin or update your knowledge of this practice area. You will learn pertinent practice techniques and procedures taught by leading practitioners. These courses provide practical strategies that you can immediately incorporate into your practice.

To earn CLE credit, view an entire online course at once or individual modules. Start and stop whenever you choose and pick up right where you left off. After viewing an entire presentation, simply submit our online Affidavit of Course Completion, and a certificate of completion will be issued.

The following recorded CLE presentations are included:

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Credit:
22.5 Hour(s) General
1.75 Hour(s) Prof. Resp. (Ethics, Civility, Professionalism)
Tuition: $196.00

Faculty:

Moria Bernstein, Esq. is principal in the Law Offices of Moria Bernstein, and concentrates her practice in divorce, child custody, parentage, business, retirement and pension interest, support, maintenance, property, pre and post judgment marital agreements and premarital agreements. Ms. Bernstein has taught numerous seminars on premarital and marital agreements and co-authored a chapter on family law for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education.

Allison Bethel earned her law degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where she received numerous awards for advocacy. Ms. Bethel started her legal career in the private sector, specializing in civil trial work, including personal injury, commercial litigation, and condominium issues. In 1996, she joined the Florida Attorney General's Eminent Domain Division, representing the Florida Department of Transportation in million-dollar property acquisitions. In 1998, then Attorney General Robert Butterworth appointed Bethel assistant director of the Civil Rights Division and promoted her to director in 2000. After ten years in the Florida Attorney General’s Office, Bethel left and came back to Chicago to direct The John Marshall Law School’s Fair Housing Legal Clinic where she supervises students as they litigate fair housing cases.

Mitchell Bryan is a partner in the Chicago law firm of Williams, Bax & Saltzman, P.C. Mitch acts as litigation and general counsel to a wide variety of corporate, LLC, partnership and high net worth individual clients, and as an advisor and trial counsel to trustees, corporate board members, board committees, and other for-profit and nonprofit corporate fiduciaries. He also has been engaged by defense counsel as an expert consultant on the subject of director fiduciary duties. Mitch has over 30 years of extensive trial, appellate and litigation management experience in state and federal courts in several states, and in private arbitration, covering a broad range of complex commercial, insurance, real estate, IP, corporate governance, fiduciary, regulatory, professional liability, financial industry and tax disputes. He has served a public company client as interim General Counsel for one of its major operating subsidiaries. Mitch is a graduate of the Washington University School of Law (St. Louis) and earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. He is a member of the Litigation and Business law Sections of the American Bar Association, and the Insurance and Trust Law Committees of the Chicago Bar Association. Mitch has been included among attorneys named as Illinois Super Lawyers, and is a member of the Illinois Leading Lawyers Network Advisory Board.

Kimberly Chase Harding is both an Attorney and Real Estate Broker. Kimberly has a special certification in Mediation, Negotiation and Arbitration. She has successfully resolved numerous transactions without the need for litigation utilizing these skills. In 2002, Kimberly became the Managing Broker of her own Real Estate Company, KCH Residential Team, which has now merged with Berkshire Hathaway/Koenig Rubloff Realty Group. Kimberly has won numerous awards as a Broker including CAR Top Producer in 2004, and CAR Good Neighbor Award Winner Recipient on Shoreline Development in 2009. Kimberly is also an Adjunct Professor Real Estate Licensure in Illinois at Truman College, and a certified real estate continuing education lecturer.

Peter Citera is Real Estate Institute's Director of Mortgage Education. Mr. Citera joined the Real Estate Institute to lead the training of thousands of mortgage loan originators in Illinois and throughout the United States as required by the 2008 S.A.F.E. Act. To remain up to date with the fast paced changes in residential lending, he additionally maintains his direct involvement in loan origination. He holds residential loan originator licenses in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Florida. Mr. Citera is currently a member of the Illinois Association of Mortgage Professionals, National Association of Mortgage Brokers, and he has acted as a Team Leader for the Illinois Association of Mortgage Professionals Political Action Committee. Before joining the Real Estate Institute, Mr. Citera directed the day-to-day operations for a full-service mortgage brokerage with 4 branches and 100 loan officers. He has become a leading expert in residential mortgage finance and has taught continuing education classes to other bankers and brokers since 2005. Mr. Citera is a graduate of Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration. After graduation, he worked in Information Technology until he found his true calling in the mortgage banking field in 1999.

Erica Crohn Minchella, Esq. has practiced law in the greater Chicago area for almost 30 years. Her expertise spans the spectrum of distressed property issues, short sale transactions, and counseling her clients in re-establishing their credit and becoming debt free and mortgage free. Erica is an invaluable resource for those interested in learning the most effective strategies for current real estate matters. Her "Debt Management Solutions" blog and E-Newsletter have become valuable resources for individuals searching for knowledgeable, accessible advice from an expert in the field.

Clifford R. Ennico is widely considered one of America's foremost small business experts, and has helped more than 15,000 small businesses get off the ground over the past 30 years. He’s best known as the former host of Money Hunt, the popular 1990's PBS television series for entrepreneurs. Mr. Ennico hosts the "Protecting Your Business" channel on the Small Business Television Network and is a frequent contributor to Entrepreneur and other small business magazines and websites. He is the author of ten books on entrepreneurship and small business success, including The eBay Business Answer Book, Small Business Survival Guide, and Money Hunt: 27 New Ways to Create and Build a Breakaway Business. He graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1975 and earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1980, where he was Articles Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. During the 1980s, Cliff worked for a succession of law firms in New York City, where he specialized in corporate finance, venture capital and securities law. After a brief stint during the early 1990s as in-house counsel for General Electric Capital Corp., he worked as a corporate/business lawyer for two Connecticut law firms before launching his own practice in 1996. He is admitted to practice law in New York and Connecticut. A hugely popular veteran speaker for over 20 years, whose style at the podium one organization described as "combining the practical advice of Dale Carnegie, the business wisdom of Warren Buffett, and the wit and humor of Bill Cosby," Mr. Ennico speaks around the country on e-commerce strategies and the legal, tax and business issues involving selling products and services on the Internet.

Jerrold Hobfoll, Esq. is an Illinois attorney with over twenty years of experience in the title insurance industry. After starting his legal career in private practice and managing his law office's Attorney Title Guaranty Fund operation, Jerry served as a Title Officer and Underwriter with the Lake County Office of Chicago Title from 1987 to 2001. He then acted as Regional Underwriter with Metropolitan Title Insurance Company, and between 2005 and 2008 Jerry was an Office Counsel with the Lender's Division of Chicago Title Insurance Company in their Chicago Loop Office. Jerry is presently in private practice as a sole practictioner specializing in the areas of real estate and title insurance. Jerry has presented numerous seminars on title insurance issues to attorneys and bank loan officers, including a recent series of three seminars for Chicago Title's attorney agents on the procedures for preparation of a title commitment. He obtained his Juris Doctor Degree from IIT-Chicago Kent School of Law in 1979. Jerry currently is working in claims administration with Fidelity National Title Insurance Company.

Donald Hyun Kiolbassa is both a Licensed Illinois Attorney and Certified Public Accountant specializing in both Real Estate Law and Corporate Law. Donald has managed thousands of residential real estate transactions, and has extensive experience in corporate structuring and tax implications of residential and commercial real estate transactions. Donald is also a Gold Medalist for the 2008 USA Wushu ("Chinese Martial Arts") Team at the Traditional World Games in Shiyan, China. His Martial Arts moves caught the attention of Warner Bros. Games, and he is the Martial Arts Motion Capture Model for some of the biggest action based video games in the industry including but not limited to Mortal Kombat 9, Injustice: Gods Among Us (DC Comics Universe), and Mortal Kombat X. Donald is also the author of Discover Your Dragon, which translates Martial Arts Principles for character development. It is required reading in numerous schools across the country.

Michael Robins has practiced law for more than 26 years and has developed a successful general litigation practice. He has extensive experience representing clients in almost all areas of the law, including but not limited to: civil litigation, criminal defense, and real estate transactions. He also has represented small to medium sized businesses, colleges, universities, hospitals and medical groups with their commercial litigation needs. He is an agent for a major title insurance company and is a real estate instructor for continuing education and licensing courses for attorneys and brokers.

Adora Sauer, Esq. is the principal of the Law Office Of Adora Sauer. She specializes in the legal practice areas of wills and estates and real estate, as well as criminal and civil litigation. Ms. Sauer previously advocated for children and families as an Assistant Cook County State's Attorney. In this capacity, Ms. Sauer often litigated over 100 cases per week.

Jonathan Schildt is the Managing Principal at Calculated Risk Advisors, LLC, a boutique risk consulting firm and professional liability insurance brokerage in Chicago. Jon’s previous experience includes underwriting liability insurance for professional services firms as well as middle to large commercial companies. Jon has four years of experience as an underwriter dedicated to errors and omissions insurance for accounting firms. He has an additional six years of experience as an underwriter of directors’ and officers’ liability, miscellaneous professional liability, employment practices liability, fiduciary liability and crime insurance.

Originally from central Illinois, Jon lives with his wife in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He earned a B.A. from the University of Illinois with a double major in Finance and Economics. He has also earned an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business with a concentration in Finance, Econometrics and Statistics. Jon also holds the insurance industry designations of CPCU (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter) and RPLU (Registered Professional Liability Underwriter).

Notes:

  1. The amount of CLE credits reflect the maximum amount of credit that can be earned. Only actual attendance or participation earns credit. MCLE Rule 795(e)(6).
  2. You may carry over up to 10 hours of CLE credit. This includes professional responsibility hours earned during the reporting period, which may be used to meet the professional responsibility requirement of the next reporting period. Note that newly admitted attorneys have a different calculation for carryover credit. Details regarding carry over are avalable here.

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