Meetings are held from 12:30 - 1:30 PM, generally on the 2nd Friday of each month.


Two Unprograms are generally scheduled in the Spring and Fall annually.

    • Monday, June 28, 2021
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom

    Our next meeting via Zoom, scheduled for 2 p.m. on Monday, June 28, 2021 will include an educational presentation. Note prior email may have include the incorrect time.

    Please mark your calendar.  Zoom link will be sent upon registration confirmation and is also on the Members Only Page of the website. Registration is required in order to receive MCLE credit. 

    Topic:  TBD in celebration of Pride Month. (1.0 Diversity & Inclusion CLE Credit anticipated). 

    DescriptionThe LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning) community is one which has gained many victories in recent years relating to the legal rights of its members. However, one largely overlooked subset of the LGBTQ+ community that still needs much attention is the elderly. Many LGBTQ+ seniors, after spending their lives fighting for civil rights and while being out and proud in the community, describe the process of searching for elder care/services as a feeling like they are being shoved back into the closet that they spent their lives escaping from. In this CLE program, Jared M. Reynolds of RM Law Group LLC and LAGBAC, Chicago’s LGBTQ+ Bar Association, will describe many of the issues, both legal and non-legal, that LGBTQ+ seniors are more susceptible to suffer from. He will also give advice on how we as attorneys can help spot potential issues, be less assumptive with our client interactions, and advocate for the LGBTQ+ population as a whole.

    Speaker: Jared M. Reynolds is one of the Founding Members of RM Law Group LLC. He has spent his entire legal career in the courtroom and has represented a wide variety of clients across many different courts. Jared has focused his practice of law on fighting for individuals suffering from horrific low points in their lives. He prides himself on being a voice for the voiceless, advocating for society’s most disenfranchised communities. Jared brings extensive litigation experience, coupled with a personal touch, to each one of his clients, maximizing the relief his clients get from working with him. Jared is involved in every stage of his client’s cases, from the initial call through trial. 

    Jared has helped recover over twelve million dollars on behalf of clients suffering from a wide variety of catastrophic injuries. He routinely helps nursing home victims and their families receive justice for injuries suffered in a facility, including bed sores, falls and subsequent fractures, malnutrition and dehydration, as well as sexual assaults and wrongful deaths. He further helps individuals and their families who have suffered from terrible injuries as a result of medical malpractice, motor vehicle/motorcycle/trucking incidents, premises slips, trips and falls, faulty products, and construction mishaps. Having spent time working on the defense side as well, Jared is uniquely equipped to know exactly what to expect from the opposing side, using this specialized knowledge to better represent his clients. 

    ​​Jared volunteers much of his time in helping individuals, especially seniors, draft simple legal documents (such as Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, and Advanced Directives). Further, he has given presentations on the issues facing LGBTQ+ elderly persons in searching for skilled nursing care. These presentations have been given to senior care advocates/ombudsmen in Illinois’ Capitol, Springfield, as well as for Continuing Legal Education (CLE). Jared also has given CLE presentations relating to the topic of representing clients with diminished mental capacities, such as those suffering from dementia and Alzheimer's. 

    ​Outside of his legal endeavors, Jared is an avid runner, hiker, and camper. Jared has ran the Chicago Marathon two times, and the Boston Marathon once. Further, he has won the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services’ Race Judicata 5k twice. He also has camped and hiked in the backcountry of many National Parks including Denali, Zion, the Rocky Mountains, Death Valley and Olympic. 

    Jared is a member of LAGBAC, The LGBTQ+ Bar Association of Chicago, where he chairs the Mentorship Program, consisting of over 120 Attorneys and law students. He also plays the drum set for the Chicago Bar Association’s Barristers Big Band

    • Friday, July 09, 2021
    • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM (CDT)
    • Zoom

    The July 9 meeting will include a presentation by Eileen Durkin on the topic of Special Needs Trust Planning and Trust Administration. This course is approved for 1.00 Illinois MCLE general credit hours.

    The presentation will cover the legal framework of special needs trusts, allowable trust disbursements, and disbursement requests which challenge a trustee. Topics will include disbursements which may affect SSI benefits, Truelink cards, gift cards, vacations, birthday and Christmas gifts, private room payments, automobiles, and disbursement involving real estate. We will also cover changes in regulations involving special needs trusts.  

    Since July 2004, Eileen Durkin has worked as an attorney for The Illinois Disability Association (IDA.) The IDA is a not-for-profit providing special needs trustee services for persons with disabilities, and, which serves as co-trustee with the CIBC Bank USA of the Illinois Disability Pooled Trust (IDPT.) The IDPT provides both self-settled and third-party settled trustee services. Courts across the State of Illinois have appointed the Illinois Disability Association as trustee under the IDPT in more than 900 cases, including for government guardian wards in over 600 cases. In total, the IDPT has served as trustee in over 1300 trusts. Eileen’s role at IDA includes handling court appearances on trust matters, intake and setting up of trust accounts, reviewing and processing disbursement requests and handling the closure of trust cases and the distribution of funds.    

    From 1998 to 2004, Eileen Durkin worked as staff attorney for the Office of the Cook County Public Guardian, Adult Guardianship Division. In addition to fiduciary related litigation, responsibilities included overseeing every facet of the adjudicated person with disabilities.  This responsibility included input on care-management and medical decisions, and being familiar with the arc of laws, resources and government programs related to effecting a successful plan for that person.  Eileen is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education events. 

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