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Illinois Attorney: Continuing Legal Education


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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.
Alan Levine, P.E. is the founder of Beacon Testing, Engineering, and Environmental Services, LLC, a member of the Lighthouse Companies, Inc. He has been practicing engineering for 20 years in locations around the country. Mr. Levine is a licensed Professional Engineer in 7 states including Illinois and a LEED AP. He spent 10 years in manufacturing prior to working as a consulting engineer for the next 10 years. While working in manufacturing, Mr. Levine was involved in environmental permitting, management of hazardous waste, manufacturing operations, construction project management and engineering design. Some of Mr. Levine's consulting experience includes Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments, Remediation, Geotechnical Engineering, Construction Materials Testing, Chemical Engineering, Mold and Indoor Air Quality Assessments and Remediation, Property Condition Assessments, and Forensic Engineering. He also serves as an expert in Mold and Indoor Air Quality as well as the Virginia Graeme-Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act. He is a member of the Chemical Writing Committee for the National Council of Examiners for Engineers and Surveyors. In this role, Mr. Levine is involved in the preparation of the licensing exam for Chemical Engineers. Mr. Levine can be reached by email at alan@beacontees.com or by phone at (224) 619-4307.
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.
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.
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.
Hon. Susan Snow, (Ret.) retired in 2000 after serving for nearly nineteen years as an Associate Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. Most of her judicial service was in the Domestic Relations Division, including the Court's pilot Unified Family Court in Bridgeview, Illinois. Judge Snow made her reputation in the court system as one who was constantly involved in attempts to improve the system. Her concern for families in transition led Judge Snow to develop and initiate special administrative services such as FOCUS on Children, the parent education program for the Circuit Court of Cook County, and the Unified Family Court Model in which she served. During her tenure on the bench, Judge Snow served as President of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and chaired the education committee of the Domestic Relations Division, providing monthly educational seminars for the judges in the division. Judge Snow extended her interest in education by becoming actively involved in educational programs for judges across Illinois and throughout the country. With respect to her concerns regarding issues of attorney impairment, Judge Snow has acted as a trained intervener for the Illinois Lawyers Assistance Program. Since her retirement, Judge Snow has taken a creative direction in her activities. In addition to establishing herself as a fine artist, she continues the writing and reflection on the courts' interface with families which characterized her judicial years.
Howard Ankin, Esq. is a third generation lawyer, Howard Ankin has known many of his clients since he was a child. They descend from family members, friends and co-workers of his father and grandfather; many recall him as a young boy accompanying his father to court on school breaks. Deep passions for justice and the law are not just part of Howard's professional life, they have been engrained in who he is since he was born. Today, Howard owns Ankin Law Office LLC, located at 162 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60654, which has flourished since it was founded over 12 years ago - alongside his father and partner, Paul B. Ankin. With extensive experience practicing personal injury, workers compensation, wrongful death, social security disability and criminal and civil litigation, Howard has devoted his professional life to seeking justice on behalf of his clients and perpetuating the tradition of the Ankin family providing superior legal support for all of its clients. By his third year of practice, Howard recovered $1,000,000.00 for his client in Latta vs. Village Green Associates. Today, he has countless victories to his credit. But Howard's greatest professional accomplishment continues to be the stability and hope he brings his clients by securing their livelihood through legal victories. Howard Ankin prides himself in representing his clients as their friend and attorney, providing quality referrals for legal matters outside of his practice areas. His investment in the Ankin Law Office LLC is evidenced every day as families throughout the Chicago area and Illinois return to the firm for legal guidance at all stages of their lives.
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.
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 years of experience as an underwriter dedicated to errors and omissions insurance, 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 MBA 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).
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.
Lori Goldstein, Esq. has been an employment lawyer since 1984. She represents employers and employees on a wide range of workplace issues, including discrimination and sexual harassment, management training, employment practice audits, wage-hour issues, worker classification, reductions-in-force, hiring and firing, and severance and employment agreements. Ms. Goldstein regularly presents and writes on employment topics and handles claims before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Department of Labor, and other administrative agencies.
Marc Kadish, Esq. has been the Director of Pro Bono Activities and Litigation Training at the law firm of Mayer Brown since 1999. Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Mr. Kadish taught at the Chicago Kent College of Law for 20 years. Mr. Kadish has been a legal commentator for such national television programs as CNN Headline News and Court TV. Mr. Kadish has tried over 60 jury trials during his career. He has also tried a larger number of bench trials, mostly in either the federal or state courts in the Chicago area.
Michael Durlacher, Esq. represents individuals and developers in real estate transactions of various shapes and sizes, requiring that he understand the challenges of present market conditions. A lifelong resident of Illinois, Mr. Durlacher has over ten years of experience as an attorney. He holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and he is a graduate of Chicago Kent College of Law.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Robbin Frey is an Illinois attorney. She is also licensed as an Illinois real estate broker and continuing education instructor with 25 years of industry experience. As a broker with Property Consultants Realty, she is able to provide clients with a turn-key portfolio of brokerage services. Robbin is also a partner and head of design with Ikenga Development Group, where she has worked to revitalize communities though sustainable development.

Robbin is a talented business and community leader with expertise in the technical workings of commercial and residential real estate, transactional real estate law, marketing, business development and civic involvement. She has assisted victims of domestic violence by providing legal counsel and appearing in court to secure emergency orders of protection on a pro-bono basis. She has also been a participant in organizing and developing the John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Clinic to assist tenants with landlord violations. Robbin teaches a variety of Real Estate Institute’s real estate and continuing legal education training programs.
Sandesh Bilgi has worked in the real estate industry as a top-producing broker, broker owner, executive of a large independent firm, president of a franchise office, and broker consultant for several startup real estate companies. He is also a licensed Illinois real estate pre-license and continuing education instructor.

Sandesh is also a certified trainer and performance coach. As a motivational speaker, he delivers engaging workshops and seminars on performance enhancement and professional development.
Scott Toban, Esq. is a Partner of the law firm Polsinelli, Mr. Toban served as principal and general counsel of the Real Estate Institute. He he also had been a partner with the law firm Mayer Brown, LLP. His unique experiences in a variety of professional settings have strengthened his abilities as a dynamic speaker on various education topics, including ethics and professionalism. In 2011, Mr. Toban was awarded the honor of Real Estate Educator of the Year by the Association of Illinois Real Estate Educators. A graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, Mr. Toban is also a Certified Public Accountant and has been licensed as an Illinois Real Estate Broker or Managing Broker since 1996. In April, 2010, Mr. Toban was appointed by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn as a member of the Illinois Real Estate Administration and Disciplinary Board and the Illinois Real Estate Education Advisory Council. These state boards advise the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation regarding matters related to the real estate brokerage industry and its licensees.
Stephen Wayner, Esq., CES is the First Vice President of Bayview Financial Exchange Services, LLC. A real estate attorney, real estate broker and Certified Exchange Specialist, Stephen has closed more than 10,000 real estate transactions and has handled 1031 exchanges for over 30 years. Stephen speaks nationally regarding tax deferred exchanges, including recent keynote addresses at Cornell University School of Business and Harvard University School of Business.
Suzanne McEneely, Esq. has been an Assistant Cook County Public Defender since 2002, specializing in domestic violence cases since 2006. Ms. McEneely has litigated both misdemeanor charges and felony criminal matters for over 10 years in the largest unified court system in the world.
Suzin Farber Kadish, Esq. has over 24 years of experience as an Assistant Cook County Public Defender. She specializes in the area of defending domestic violence cases. Suzin provides representation to indigent defendants with the goal of protecting her clients' fundamental rights, liberties and dignities and providing the finest legal representation possible.
William Ensing, Esq. maintains the principal office of Ensing Law Firm, Ltd. in Lake Forest, Illinois, where he has concentrated in structuring integrated and comprehensive business, estate and asset protection plans to achieve the estate and asset protection goals of his clients for over twenty years. Bill is a past chair of the Chicago Bar Association Asset Protection Committee, and he is the author of many articles on asset protection. He lectures extensively across the United States and abroad for bar associations, financial planners, trust companies, accountants, law firms and other professional groups.
William Higginson is the retired President and CEO of Chicago Equity Fund and its four affiliated companies, where for approximately 20 years he led the syndication of over $600 million in developments producing nearly 12,000 apartments across Illinois. He has also served as a consultant to businesses and local governments for 25 years on the twin issues of community economic development and affordable housing.
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