CLE is provided to Members and to paid guest who have provided all requested information at the time of registration. A missing ARDC number or name mis-match with an attorney's MCLE profile may result in delayed or no credit. If credit is requested after the initial reporting period, a late fee will apply and must be paid in advance.


    • Thu, October 13, 2022
    • 8:15 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Webinar

    A Thursday CLE Webinar

    Illinois Tax Policy and
    Current Legislative Trends
    Affecting Your Clients' Properties

    Nora Devine & Keith Staats

    MCLE approved for 1 credit hour General CLE

    Registration is Free for IRELA Members
    Non-Members ~ $50*

    Nora Devine, Esq
    . has been a property tax attorney in private practice since 2005. She has developed a state-wide practice in all jurisdictions in Illinois and she represents all property classes. She is active in local bar associations, national property tax groups, and international assessment administration groups. She has served as past chair of the ISBA’s Section Council on State and Local Taxation, and past chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Real Estate Tax Committee. She has given presentations on several topics, including omitted assessments (back taxes), the unlicensed practice of law, specific objections, the Illinois tax appeal process, commercial appraisals, big box assessments, limited scope representation in property tax, ethics, and diversity/inclusion in the property tax and appraisal professions.

    Nora is an instructor for the Illinois Property Assessment Institute (IPAI). She has been teaching classes since 2011 and has been developing courses since 2015. Nora earned a JD from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2005 and was admitted to the Illinois Bar the same year. She has a CIAO designation from the Illinois Property Assessment Institute (2015) and is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Illinois (License 471018384 exp. 04/30/2023).

    Keith Staats is an attorney who has been involved in state and local tax since 1990. Keith is the Executive Director of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce Tax Institute. He previously was a director in Grant Thornton's State and Local Tax (SALT) practice in Chicago, where he was involved in tax planning, consulting, and dispute resolution in all areas of state and local taxation. Prior to rejoining Grant Thornton in 2010, Keith was Counsel at McDermott Will & Emery in Chicago where he specialized in multistate tax planning, consulting and litigation. Keith served as general counsel of the Illinois Department of Revenue, and was on the legal staff of the Illinois Department of Revenue for over 10 years. Keith is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and is a professional affiliate member of the Illinois CPA Society. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association State and Local Tax Section council. He is a member and past chairman of the Illinois CPA Society State and Local Tax Committee. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Milllikin University, and graduated with honors from the Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law.

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    MCLE PCAM Course ID 526510

    • Tue, November 08, 2022
    • 8:15 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Webinar

    A TUESDAY CLE Webinar

    Civility: Difficult People &
    Conversations in the Workplace

    Dr. Diana Uchiyama
    Lawyers' Assistance Program

    MCLE approved for 1 credit hour General CLE; PR credit pending

    Registration is Free for IRELA Members
    Non-Members ~ $50*

    Dr. Diana Uchiyama, JD, PsyD, CAADC is the Executive Director of the Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program (LAP).  Prior to joining LAP, she was the Administrator of Psychological Services for DuPage County and ran a licensed outpatient substance use treatment program, including a Mentally Ill Substance Abuse (MISA) program and Seeking Safety program for individuals with substance use problems, who were also trauma survivors.  While at DuPage County she also ran a 26-week Domestic Batterer Intervention Program for a court mandated population of clients. 

    Dr. Uchiyama has also worked for the Kane County Diagnostic Center, as both a Staff Psychologist and Juvenile Drug Court Coordinator, and has an extensive background doing court ordered evaluations including psychological, sanity, fitness, fitness to parent, and sex offender evaluations.  She is a licensed sex offender evaluator in the State of Illinois.   She has implemented numerous changes to court ordered programs both in Kane and DuPage County and is a SAMSHA certified trauma informed care trainer.  Dr. Uchiyama also conducts therapy with adults and adolescents, is a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and has an Advanced Mindfulness Training Certificate, teaching mindfulness skills to others in order to increase their wellbeing.

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    MCLE PCAM course ID: 526512

    • Wed, November 16, 2022
    • 8:15 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Webinar

    A CLE Webinar

    What Is Heating Up in the Title World

    An attorney’s primer on what is heating up in the title world including reverse mortgages, multi-family mortgages, HUD mortgages, solar panels, SSAs, construction, the power of judicial deeds, and so much more. This CLE will cover the legal implications, practical aspects, underwriting, and plans of actions for closing orders with these issues.

    MCLE approved for 1 credit hour General CLE

    Registration is Free for IRELA Members
    Non-Members ~ $50*

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    • Thu, December 01, 2022
    • 8:15 AM - 9:30 AM
    • Webinar


     You can’t paddle your kayak
    down the Mazon River anymore:
    The fate of boating on nonnavigable waters after 
    Holm v. Kodat

    Dick Bales
    Proper Title

    MCLE approved for up to 1.25 general credit hours
    Registration is Free for IRELA Members
    Non-Members* ~ $50

    A few months ago the Illinois Supreme Court issued its decision, Holm v. Kodat, wherein the court said that recreational boaters could not go down the Mazon River, as it was a  nonnavigable river.  The court stated that “the legislature is the best venue to consider plaintiff’s request for the creation of a new public policy on riparian rights for nonnavigable rivers and streams in Illinois.”

    This presentation will discuss this case and the various ways that the legislature might define this new public policy.

    Richard F. Bales

    Dick Bales has worked in the title insurance industry since 1977. He took an early retirement in April of 2020 when he lost his job because of corporate pandemic downsizing. After several weeks of inactivity, however, he decided that he was not ready to retire, and when Proper Title offered him a job, he accepted it. He currently works as a “Senior Underwriting Consultant and Counsel” in the Naperville office of Proper Title.

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    MCLE PCAM Course ID: 526514

    • Tue, December 06, 2022
    • 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
    • Hyatt Lodge Oak Brook | Prairie Ballroom | 2815 Jorie Blvd | Oak Brook IL

    IRELA Holiday Party 

    Tuesday, December 6, 2022
    5:00 PM to 7:30 PM
    Hyatt Lodge Oak Brook 

    Payment is required at the time of registration. 

    Cancellation with refund available until noon, November 28,
    after which registration may be transferrable by emailing

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Wed, September 21, 2022 Build Your Brand: 30-Minutes, Twice a Week
Thu, September 08, 2022 Townhomes, Condos, and Co-ops
Wed, July 13, 2022 Cyber Security: People Are the Weakest Link
Mon, June 13, 2022 The New Real Property Disclosure Act
Wed, June 08, 2022 Advanced Survey Analysis
Wed, May 25, 2022 Easy & Effective Marketing Strategies for Your Firm
Wed, May 11, 2022 Decoding the Chicago Zoning Code for Real Estate Practitioners
Wed, April 20, 2022 Fannie Mae Requirements – Can I Still Sell My Condo?
Wed, April 13, 2022 WTF: What The Fraud?!
Wed, March 09, 2022 Practical TODI Advice and Advanced TODI Topics in 2022
Wed, February 16, 2022 Disclosure of Financial Interest: The New DS-1
Wed, February 09, 2022 Advanced Topics in Property Tax: Exemptions Explained, Reassessment Update, and Proration Disasters
Wed, January 12, 2022 The Cook County Tenant/Landlord Ordinance Revisited
Tue, December 07, 2021 Landlord Tenant Update
Wed, November 10, 2021 Stress in the Workplace: The Impact It Has on Our Thinking
Wed, October 13, 2021 Changes to the Transfer on Death Instrument Act
Wed, September 15, 2021 Remote Control – The Status of RIN and RON in Illinois
Wed, September 08, 2021 Letters of Engagement: How Recent Events Should Shape Your Practice
Wed, July 14, 2021 Forming a Condominium – What is in a Declaration and 22.1s
Wed, June 09, 2021 Private Rights and Remedies
Tue, May 04, 2021 Case Law Update
Wed, April 21, 2021 Resilience in the Age of Covid-19
Wed, April 14, 2021 The New Cook County Residential Tenant and Landlord Ordinance
Wed, March 10, 2021 Advanced Concepts in Section 1031 Exchanges
Wed, February 10, 2021 Real Property Disclosure Act
Wed, January 06, 2021 Timeshare Exit Strategy
Wed, December 02, 2020 Title Policy Endorsements for the Real Estate Lawyer
Wed, November 11, 2020 Mechanics of 1031 Tax-Deferred Exchanges
Wed, October 14, 2020 The Real Estate Lawyer's Guide to the Transfer on Death Instrument (TODI)
Mon, October 05, 2020 The Basics of Property Tax Appeals in Cook County
Wed, September 09, 2020 IL Condominium Deconversion: Process and Pitfalls
Wed, August 26, 2020 Landlord Tenant Issues - Part 2
Wed, August 19, 2020 Local Closing Customs Disruptors
Wed, July 15, 2020 A Guide to Illinois Authority Documents
Wed, June 10, 2020 Representing Sellers and Buyers of Agricultural Properties
Tue, June 02, 2020 5 Free Marketing Tips for Real Estate Lawyers During the Pandemic
Tue, May 19, 2020 Landlord Tenant Issues in the Time of COVID-19
Sat, April 25, 2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Capital and other Resources
Wed, April 15, 2020 Remote Notarization & Document Execution in a COVID World
Wed, April 08, 2020 The Senior Tsunami and the Wisdom of Creating a Succession Plan
Wed, April 01, 2020 Navigating the Pandemic: Real Estate Transactions in Unprecedented Times
Tue, March 24, 2020 Property Assessment Cycle and Appeals Process in IL
Wed, March 11, 2020 A Practical Guide to Mobile Home Transactions
Wed, January 08, 2020 The ABC's of International Real Estate & Wholesaling Real Estate: Attorney Beware
Tue, October 08, 2019 WEBINAR - Preventing Wire Fraud – Trends and Strategies
Wed, September 11, 2019 WEBINAR - Five Marketing and Branding Tips that are Guaranteed to Drive Results for Your Real Estate Practice
Wed, June 12, 2019 WEBINAR - The Future of Your Real Estate Practice: Challenges and Opportunities
Wed, May 08, 2019 WEBINAR - Asking & Answering: The Best Way to Handle Attorney Review & Inspection Requests Under the Multi-Board 7.0
Wed, April 10, 2019 WEBINAR - Illinois Title Insurance Act Amendments
Wed, March 13, 2019 WEBINAR - Recorder's Use of Blockchain and Orders Declaring Heirship | WEBINAR
Wed, February 13, 2019 WEBINAR - Possible Judgments - February Monthly Meeting | WEBINAR

Financial Hardship Policy: The Board of the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association works provide high quality professional education at an affordable price for its members. The Board realizes that financial hardship may occur, affecting a member’s ability to renew their membership or attend meetings at full price.  In such instances, a member may contact the Board, in writing, with a request for reduced membership dues or meeting rates for a specific period of time. The letter should contain a brief explanation of the hardship. The Board or designated committee will act on the member’s request at its next regular meeting. "At the door" requests for financial hardship decisions will not be accepted.  Contact IRELA PO Box 4956 Oak Brook, IL 60522-4956; or via e-mail at

Updated January 17, 2022

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