On October 3, 2013, attorney Sarah Toney presented two lively and educational panel programs at the Illinois State Bar Association’s 2013 Solo and Small Firm Conference. The Conference, a 3-day program to provide continuing legal education to attorneys throughout the state, was held in Itasca.
Attorney Sarah Toney first presented on the topic “Landmines in Opening Your Own Practice: What You Should Not Do.” In this section, she drew on her years of experience as a solo practitioner to advise attorneys how to best run and market their practices. She and her co-speaker, Juliet Boyd, explained the best and most ethical ways to manage a firm, as well as advising of the landmines to avoid that could harm a practice, or even the attorney.
Next, attorney Sarah Toney presented on the substantive legal topic of “DUI/Traffic Law: Impact of Drugs & Alcohol on Your Client's Record – Arrest to Expungement” with the Honorable Thomas Schippers, a 19th Judicial Circuit Court Judge from Waukegan. In this program, attorney Toney taught lawyers about the nuts and bolts of DUI and traffic-law related arrests, consequences of these arrests, and tips for defending clients against these criminal law charges. Ms. Toney presented on the portable breath test machines, breath alcohol ignition interlock devices (BAIID), and other relevant aspects of these DUI and criminal law cases.
Ms. Toney is a frequent speaker at Illinois State Bar Association and Chicago Bar Association continuing legal education programs for attorneys and is an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Law.