GA CLE: Georgia Late CLE Deadline is March 31

Georgia attorneys are required to complete 12 GA CLE hours annually.[1]  The deadline to complete the required 12 Georgia CLE credit hours is December 31 and the reporting deadline is January 31.  We are now into February – did you miss the GA CLE deadline??

Late GA CLE Compliance[2]

A $100 penalty fee is required if the Georgia CLE hours for the preceding year are not completed by March 31.

If you did miss the December 31 Georgia CLE deadline, no problem!  However, you have some work to do, it’s time to get busy completing that required GA CLE.[3]  All required GA CLE hours must be completed by March 31 to avoid fines and suspension.  For more information please click here: GA CLE.

[1] Of the 12 required hours, you must complete at least 1 credit hour of legal ethics and 1 credit hour of professionalism.

[2] FAQ/Mandatory Continuing Legal Education

https://www.gabar.org/aboutthebar/faq/faqs.cfm?filter=Mandatory%20Continuing%20Legal%20Education

[3] In January or early February of each year, an Annual Report of CLE hours for the previous calendar year is sent to all Georgia attorneys unless an exemption has already been entered. If you did not complete the required GA CLE or you owe a course fee that is listed on the Annual Report, then you have until March 31 to satisfy the GA CLE deficiency.

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CO CLE: Late Colorado CLE Deadline is May 31

Colorado attorneys are required to complete at least 45 hours of CO CLE every 3 years to stay compliant with the mandatory Colorado CLE requirement. In addition, at least 7 of the required 45 credit hours must be accredited for legal ethics credit. If this past year was the end of your compliance period you should have completed all CLE hours by December 31 and reported compliance by January 31. If you did not complete the required CO CLE on time you may qualify for an extension.

Colorado CLE Extension 

If you had a December 31 CLE deadline and you did not complete the 45 credit hour requirement you may file a request for an extension of time with the Colorado Board of Continuing Legal Education.

If you file for the CO CLE extension and you are granted an extension you will be given until May 31, 2017, to complete the required 45 Colorado CLE hours. Your request should be filed on the Make-Up Plan form provided by the Colorado Board of CLE. For more information about continuing legal education in Colorado, please click the following link: CO CLE.

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AL CLE: Complete Late Alabama CLE by March 1

Alabama attorneys must complete a minimum of 12 AL CLE hours by December 31 of each year.[1] If you did not complete your 12 required Alabama CLE hours you have some work to do! February 15 is the deadline to submit your Deficiency Plan with the Alabama State Bar.[2]

Alabama CLE Deficiency Plan

Your CLE deficiency plan must be accompanied by a late compliance fee of $100.

Once you have filed your Deficiency Plan then you must complete your required AL CLE by March 1.[3]  In addition, March 15 is the last day to report completion of your approved Deficiency Plan or you will be subject to a late reporting fee of $100.  For more information about Alabama CLE please click here: AL CLE.

[1]  Including at least one hour of legal ethics.

[2] For failure to complete required AL CLE hours on time.

[3] March 1 is the last day to complete courses on an approved Deficiency Plan.

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CA CLE: New Ethics Rules Coming to California

Yes, this time it will really happen.  Over a decade in the works, California is very close to finalizing a new set of ethics rules. The latest three-year rules revision effort is nearly complete and the new Rules of Professional Conduct will soon become a reality for all attorneys in California.  The last step is for the Supreme Court approve the new revisions.

California Ethics Rules Revision

What can you expect – drastic change or much ado about nothing?

To learn more about how you will be impacted by the new California ethics rules join trial attorney and ethics expert Ed McIntyre as he discusses the possible revisions. Ed mainly addresses how the new rules will vary from exiting California ethics rules and he also compares the new proposed rules to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. To access the course please click here: A Sneak Peek at the Possible New Rules of Professional Conduct.

The following rules are addressed:

  • Confidentiality
  • Diligence
  • Conflicts of interests
  • Duties to former clients
  • Safekeeping of client property
  • Delay of litigation
  • Fairness to opposing counsel
  • Lawyer as a witness
  • Candor to the tribunal
  • Truthfulness in statements to others
  • Communications with unrepresented persons
  • Inadvertent production
  • Duties of supervising attorneys

Edward J. McIntyre practices complex business litigation in federal and state courts. A veteran trial attorney, he is also an expert on the topic of professional responsibility.  He now advises and represents attorneys on issues of professional responsibility, risk mitigation and professional negligence.

This CLE course is only offered in:

  • California (CA)

Attorney Credits offers CLE for attorneys in California. For more information about CLE in California please click the following link: CA CLE.

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CLE Course: Dealing with Cognitive Bias in Trial from Voir Dire to Deliberations

Fairness is a fundamental tenet of the American judicial system. However, no matter how rational and fair people think they might be, all individuals have cognitive biases that effect their judgement and beliefs. These cognitive biases play out in the courtroom everyday across the country and ultimately influence the behavior and decisions of jurors, witnesses, attorneys and judges.

Bias & the Legal Profession

From voir dire to deliberations, the potential biases of the jurors will have a huge impact on the result of the case.

In this CLE course, trial attorney Joel Selik discusses common social and decision making biases encountered during voir dire, at trial and during jury deliberations. Mr. Selik addresses the following subjects: why we have to identify biases for jury trials, the common types of biases exhibited by jurors & attorneys, how attorneys can use bias and ideas to elicit & overcome bias in voir dire. Mr. Selik also discusses methods of determining juror bias and common biases such as tort reform bias and blaming others. To access the course please click here: Dealing with Cognitive Bias in Trial from Voir Dire to Deliberations.

The types of biases discussed include:

  • Social bias
  • Fundamental attribution error
  • Illusory superiority
  • Ingroup bias
  • Trait ascription bias
  • Defensive attribution hypothesis
  • Anchoring bias
  • Attentional bias
  • Availability heuristic
  • Cheerleader effect
  • Regressive fallacy
  • Conservatism
  • Confirmation bias
  • Hindsight bias

Joel G. Selik is a member of both the California and Nevada State Bars. His practice primarily focuses on Litigation and Tax. Mr. Selik has given many seminars on Estate Planning, Nursing Home Litigation and other legal topics and was an Adjunct Professor of Law at a local law school.

This CLE course is offered in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • Missouri (MO)
  • New Hampshire (NH)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers CLE for attorneys in New York and around the country. For more information about CLE in New York please click the following link: NY CLE.

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But I Only Had Two Beers!!

In every state across the country, it’s illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or more. But how do you know if the limit has been reached or even crossed – is there any way to truly know?

Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)

Each person absorbs, metabolizes and eliminates alcohol at different rates and there are a myriad of factors that affect BAC such as the alcohol percentage of the drinks consumed and how much water is in the body.

Eric Ganci, a lawyer-scientist, is an expert in the field of alcohol and DUI defense. In this CLE course he highlights numerous legal and scientific points about blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and he also debunks a number of commonly held myths. The main topics addressed in this CLE course include alcohol & crimes, time & alcohol absorption, the elimination of alcohol from the body and practical considerations in DUI cases. To access the course please click here: But I Only Had Two Beers!!.

Eric also covers:

  • DUI standards
  • .08 blood alcohol concentration
  • Defining a “standard” drink
  • The factors involved in BAC & alcohol absorption
  • Craft beers vs. traditional beers
  • The digestive system & alcohol absorption
  • Time & alcohol consumption
  • The elimination of alcohol from the body
  • DUI checkpoints
  • Pocket breathalyzers
  • Breath mints
  • Your rights if pulled over
  • Marijuana & prescription drugs

Eric Ganci is an award-winning DUI Trial Lawyer. Trained on DUI blood testing by the foremost experts in this science, he earned the Lawyer-Scientist Designation as recognized by the American Chemical Society Chemistry and the Law Section. A graduate of the Trial Lawyers College, he is also trained on breath machines and has even trained police in DUI Field Sobriety Tests and the science and origin of these tests.

This CLE course is offered in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • Missouri (MO)
  • New Hampshire (NH)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers CLE for attorneys in California and around the country. For more information about CLE in California please click the following link: CA CLE.

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CA CLE: The California MCLE Reporting Deadline

So you didn’t get your required CA MCLE done by the February 1 deadline??? Don’t worry… there is still plenty of time! Due to delays on the State Bar of California billing and MCLE compliance cycle, the Board of Trustees pushed the CA MCLE reporting deadline to March 1.

If you are a Group 3 (N-Z) California attorney you have all of February to complete the 25 required hours without penalty.

Since the reporting deadline was pushed back to March 1, you may complete the required CA CLE all this month without getting fined or suspended. Just make sure to report compliance with the CA MCLE requirement on the My State Bar Profile webpage on the State Bar of California website. For more information about California CLE please click here: CA CLE.

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California MCLE Reporting Deadline is March 1

The California MCLE compliance reporting deadline normally falls on February 1. However, due to a delayed start on the State Bar of California billing and MCLE compliance cycle, the Board of Trustees approved the CA MCLE reporting deadline for March 1. California Group 3 attorneys (last names N-Z) who are reporting compliance for the 2/1/2014-1/31/2017 compliance period must complete and report completing of the required CLE no later than March 1, 2017 in order to avoid a $75 noncompliance fee.

CA MCLE Reporting Deadline

  • Group 3
  • Last Names N-Z
  • 3/1/2017

Please note that the next Group 3 MCLE compliance period formally starts February 1, 2017. Therefore, any CA CLE course taken in February may be used for the 2017 or the 2020 period – but not both. Group 3 California attorneys must keep careful records in order to avoid double-counting any hours earned in February. For more information about California CLE please click here: CA CLE.

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CA CLE: Don’t Forget the Ethics, Bias and Competence Issues by the California MCLE Deadline

Under the CA MCLE Rules, California attorneys are required to complete 25 hours of minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) every three years. Of those 25 required CA CLE hours, attorneys must complete at least 12.5 hours for participatory credit.[1]

CA MCLE Requirement – Specialty Credits

  • 4.0 Legal Ethics
  • 1.0 Competence Issues
  • 1.0 Elimination of Bias

California attorneys also have specialty credits that must be completed.  Each three year compliance period California attorneys must complete 4.0 hours of Legal Ethics, 1.0 hour of Competence Issues, 1.0 hour of Elimination of Bias. Please note that California attorneys in Group 3 (Last Names N-Z) must report MCLE compliance by March 1.[2]  For more information about California please click here: CA CLE.

[1] For online streaming video CA CLE courses you must click on randomly inserted pop ups while you are viewing the CLE video to confirm that you are watching the course. For downloadable and CD CLE courses we have embedded numeric codes in the courses. You must write these number codes down and then enter them on our website after you complete the CA CLE course to obtain your course certificate.

[2] California attorneys that are in Group 3 for MCLE reporting purposes are technically required to complete their required CA MCLE by February 1, 2017.  However, if Group 3 California attorneys complete and report their MCLE compliance by March 1, 2017, it will be accepted and they will not be penalized nor will they be assessed a late fee.

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CLE FAQ on CLE Requirements

One thing I’ve learned about CLE is that the rules of each state are completely different and many attorneys aren’t even aware of the most basic requirements. Total credits, the legal ethics requirement, compliance and reporting deadlines – there is a lot of information to keep track of. And this takes on even more importance when you get audited because your ability to practice law rests on your completing your MCLE requirements properly.

CLE Requirements

  • Do you know the CLE requirements in your state??

Luckily, if you need answers to your CLE questions we have compiled multiple helpful resources. We work hard to bring you the most current information about your CLE rules and regulations so you can keep your law license and continue to practice law. We have a CLE FAQ for every state like this one for California: CA CLE FAQ.

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