NY CLE: New York CLE FAQ

How many NY CLE hours do I need to complete?  How many ethics hours are required?  When do I report compliance?  Do providers report my completed courses? Are there special requirements for newly admitted attorneys?

Top NY CLE Questions

  • As an “experienced” New York attorney, what is my CLE requirement?
    • Experienced New York attorneys must complete a total of 24 accredited NY CLE credit hours during each biennial CLE reporting cycle. At least four (4) credit hours of Ethics and Professionalism must be completed each two-year compliance period.
  • When must I complete my NY CLE requirement and report my NY CLE compliance?
    • Your NY CLE compliance deadline is your birthday and you have 30 days after your birthday to report your NY CLE compliance.
  • How do I report my New York CLE compliance?
    • The New York CLE Board will mail you an attorney registration form to report compliance. You must file your attorney registration form and indicate that you have completed your CLE requirement within 30 days after your birthday on alternate years. At the time of your biennial registration, you must certify that you have completed your CLE requirement for that reporting cycle and that you have retained the proper documentation.

If you’re like many New York attorneys – even experienced attorneys – you have questions about your NY CLE compliance. That’s why we created our New York CLE FAQ… so we can help you easily find the information that you need about your NY CLE compliance! For more information about your NY CLE compliance please click here: NY CLE FAQ.

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CA CLE: California MCLE FAQ

How many CA CLE hours of self-study and participatory credit do I need?  How many ethics hours are required?  When do I report compliance?  Do providers report my completed courses?

Top CA MCLE Questions

  • What are the California MCLE compliance groups?
    • Group 2 (H-M) Period: 2/1/2015 – 1/31/2018 Deadline 2/1/2018
    • Group 3 (N-Z) Period: 2/1/2014 – 1/31/2017 Deadline 2/1/2017
    • Group 1 (A-G) Period: 2/1/2016 – 1/31/2019 Deadline 2/1/2019
  • What are the limits to the amount of self-study credits?
    • California attorneys can earn NO MORE THAN 12.5 units via self-study credit in each compliance period. California attorneys can earn all 25 units via participatory MCLE credit.
  • How does Attorney Credits offer participatory MCLE credit?
    • If you choose to take a course via streaming video, we will randomly prompt you with a pop up window to make sure you are there. If you take a CD, MP3 or video download course there will are numeric codes embedded in the course that you must to enter into our system to verify your participation.

If you’re like many California attorneys – even highly experienced attorneys – you have questions about your CA CLE compliance. That’s why we created our California CLE FAQ… so we can help you easily find the information that you need about your CA MCLE compliance! For more information about your CA CLE compliance please click here: CA CLE FAQ.

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TX CLE: Texas MCLE FAQ

How many TX CLE hours do you have to complete?  How do you report your CLE credit? Does the provider report your Texas CLE credit?  How many ethics hours are required each year?

Top TX MCLE Questions

  • When must I complete and report completion of my Texas CLE requirement?
    • The Texas CLE compliance year is a one-year period that begins on the first day of the month you were born and ends one year later on the last day of the month that precedes the month of your birth. Every Texas attorney is granted an automatic grace period to complete and report mandatory TX CLE hours for the TX CLE compliance year. This TX CLE grace period runs until the end of the birth month.
  • Does Attorney Credits keep track and report my Texas CLE hours completed?
    • Yes, Attorney Credits does report your Texas CLE credit completed to the State Bar of Texas. We send completed lists to the State Bar of Texas every Monday. We report on Monday for all courses completed the previous Monday 12:00:01 AM to Sunday 12:59:59 PM.
  • Whose responsibility is it to ensure that your TX CLE hours are properly reported?
    • You. Since Texas is a self-reporting CLE state you must verify the receipt of your TX CLE compliance information because Texas attorneys are ultimately responsible for reporting completion of their TX CLE requirement to the State Bar of Texas.
  • How do I report my annual Texas MCLE compliance?
    • Your MCLE Annual Verification Report will be mailed to you by the State Bar of Texas eight (8) weeks before your birth month. It is your duty to review this report carefully. If the Verification Report indicates that you have completed the required number of TX CLE hours, you do not need to take any further action. If you have not completed or reported the minimum 15 TX CLE credit hours by the last day of your TX CLE compliance year, a reminder notice will be emailed and mailed to you by the State Bar of Texas at the beginning of your birth month. If you are not in compliance with your mandatory TX CLE requirement you can either report your TX CLE compliance online or submit a coded Credit Input Form that is mailed along with your MCLE Annual Verification Report.

If you’re like many attorneys, you have questions about your CLE compliance. That’s why we created our Texas CLE FAQ… so we can help you easily find the information that you need about your TX MCLE compliance! For more information about your TX CLE compliance please click here: TX CLE FAQ.

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New CLE on Protecting Aftermarket Auto Parts with IP Protection

Ford, Chevy, Dodge… America is known around the world for our car culture and our love of the automotive industry. And if it’s one thing that many Americans enjoy doing, it’s customizing their cars by slapping on the hottest new rims or upgrading to the most fuel-efficient oxygen sensor.

The Aftermarket Auto Industry

The aftermarket auto industry is big business domestically and the globe. The industry is slated to expand exponentially over the coming years with an estimated target revenue of $680 billion by 2024.

This course will discuss common legal issues in the aftermarket automotive industry and focuses on intellectual property concerns regarding aftermarket auto parts. The main subjects covered include: the aftermarket auto industry, how to protect inventions, how to protect the name of a company or product, how to enforce a trademark, how use copyright protection for websites & artwork, pre-litigation strategies to avoid court, the role of product liability insurance, facing a potential lawsuit and how to advise clients. To access the course please click here: Trick That Ride: Protecting Aftermarket Auto Parts with IP Protection.

Eric, Ed and Dave also discuss:

  • The SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Convention
  • Protecting manufacturers
  • Provisional patents
  • Potential investors
  • Trade secret protection
  • Foreign IP protection
  • Descriptive trademarks
  • Enforcing & policing marks
  • Registering copyrights
  • Statutory damages
  • Copyright myths
  • Additional insureds
  • The schedule of assets

An intellectual property attorney, Eric Hancom is actively involved in overseeing litigation, contract negotiation and customs issues in the U.S., Asia, Europe, South American and Australia over matters ranging from patent and trademark infringement to breach of contract. Edward W. Burns has extensive litigation experience in State and Federal Court and assists clients in protecting corporate intellectual property, including infringement litigation. David Branfman focuses on intellectual property and entertainment law, including trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing, motion pictures & TV and music.

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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IL CLE: Illinois MCLE FAQ

The Illinois MCLE deadline is rapidly approaching!  Is it your compliance year?  How many credit hours do you have to complete?  How do you report your credit?

Top IL MCLE Questions

  • What are the mandatory CLE requirements in Illinois?
    • Illinois lawyers must complete at least thirty (30) IL CLE credit hours every two years, including six (6) mandatory credit hours of Professional Responsibility.
  • What are the CLE compliance groups in Illinois?
    • If your last name begins with A-M, your two-year Illinois CLE compliance period begins July 1 of even numbered years. If your last name begins with A-M, your two-year Illinois CLE compliance period begins July 1 of odd numbered years.
  • How are CLE credits reported to the Illinois MCLE Board?
    • All Illinois lawyers are required to report CLE compliance, non-compliance or exemptions at the end of the two-year IL CLE reporting period. The Illinois MCLE Board will mail a Certification Form to each Illinois attorney at the preferred mailing address on file with the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC).

If you’re like many attorneys around the country, you have questions about your IL CLE compliance.  That’s why we created our Illinois CLE FAQ… so we can help you easily find the information that you need about your IL MCLE compliance!  For more information about your Illinois MCLE compliance please click here: IL CLE FAQ.

CLE: Gender & Culture Bias in the Legal Profession

The American legal system is predicated on neutrality, equality and impartiality for all individuals, regardless of gender, race or nationality. However, while everyone is considered equal in the eyes of the law, each person is their own unique individual and miscommunication often occurs from how we communicate – rather than what we communicate.

Culture & Gender Bias in the Legal Profession

After you complete this course you will better understand the cause of culture and gender-related misunderstandings in communications as well as strategies to better work with your clients and fellow attorneys.

In this CLE course Monty McIntyre addresses the impact of culture and gender on attorneys, judges, witnesses and litigants. Monty mainly addresses how culture and gender affects how attorneys and litigants process information, communicate & negotiate, evaluate risk, formulate decisions and reach agreements. To access this course please click here: Civility and Professionalism: Gender and Culture Bias in the Legal Profession.

Additional subjects addressed:

  • Types of bias
  • Theories of fairness & civility
  • Information processing styles
  • Individualistic vs. collective thinking
  • High vs. low context cultures
  • Risk uncertainty avoidance
  • Low & high power distance cultures
  • Cross-talking & overlapping speech
  • Validation
  • Ritual opposition

Monty A. McIntyre is a currently a mediator, arbitrator & discovery referee. In addition to his ADR experience, he also has extensive trial experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants. He has tried more than 100 cases to conclusion, including 33 civil jury trials. Mr. McIntyre served as the President of the San Diego County Bar Association in 2002 and was the 2014 President of the San Diego Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

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 Illinois and around the country. For more information about CLE in Illinois please click the following link: IL CLE.

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New CLE: Estate Planning 101

Estate planning is a process – accepting one’s mortality, active listening and focusing on the needs of the trustor first are just a few of the most basic issues to consider. For effective estate planning, the lawyer serves by guiding the client to contemplate life’s challenges and then formulates decisions about serious topics like long term illness, conflicts of interest, wealth preservation and eventually death.

Estate Planning 101

This course is designed for attorneys who are new to estate administration or need a basic refresher.

To learn more about this important topic that we all must face join Marguerite Lorenz, a Professional Fiduciary, for a high-level overview of the main concerns and considerations when working with clients on crafting their estate plan. Marguerite mainly discusses considering quality of life, incapacity, basic vs. advanced estate planning concepts, charitable giving & benefits, transferring wealth, serving as trustee, updating the estate plan, administering estates with guns and pets. To access the course please click here: Estate Planning 101.

Marguerite will also cover:

  • Your client’s network of people
  • Key events
  • Control points
  • Powers of attorney & conservatorships
  • POLSTs (Physician Order for Life Sustaining Treatment)
  • Considering tax consequences
  • Pay on death accounts, trustees & recordkeeping
  • Cash flow projections
  • Gold & silver
  • Establishing the relationship

The principal at Lorenz Fiduciary Services, Inc., Marguerite C. Lorenz has been serving as Private Trustee and Executor since 2003. Marguerite is host for a comprehensive estate planning education program (www.EstatePlanning101.org) and President of the Estate Planning Group Network. She is a frequent presenter for various professional organizations and she co-authored “Ethics for Trustees” along with Jane Lorenz.

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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New CLE: The Nuts and Bolts Appellate Oral Arguments

Your oral argument is not a speech at the local Toastmasters where you will be handed ten minutes of interrupted speaking time. Rather, it’s dynamic, rapid shifting and can require extreme responsiveness if you get that judge that likes to pepper you with questions. Since oral argument is much more fluid process than regurgitating a written response, you need a more dynamic approach when you prepare and present your argument.

When you prepare for oral argument do you find yourself writing out a convoluted outline and rehearsing in front of the mirror like you are going to be speaking at the local Toastmasters?

In this incredibly entertaining and practical CLE course, Peter R. Afrasiabi covers what to do, what NOT to do and how to be prepared when you stand at the podium to argue your appeal. Peter mainly discusses the hallmarks of an effective oral argument, winning preparation strategies and practical points when making your argument in front of the judges (or justices). To access the course please click here: Appellate Oral Arguments: Nuts and Bolts and Do’s and Don’ts.

Peter also addresses the following:

  • Using a conversation dialogue
  • Knowing your audience & goals
  • Crafting a compelling argument
  • Establishing credibility
  • The kitchen sink approach
  • Briefs & the record review process
  • Facts & law review
  • Your podium materials
  • Mooting
  • Your first words
  • Staying cool under pressure
  • Possible outcomes
  • Amicus briefs
  • 7 Golden Rules

From battles with Madonna over the “Material Girl” brand to fair use disputes with the Eagles’ Don Henley to protecting such iconic brands as Bettie Page in trademark and trade dress disputes, Peter R. Afrasiabi primarily handles copyright, trademark, and entertainment disputes. He is also the Chair of the Appellate Practice Group for One LLP and co-director of the Appellate Litigation Clinic at the University of California, Irvine School of Law.

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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New CLE Courses Added!!!

At Attorney Credits, we recognize that we live in a fast paced, ever-changing world.  Every new day brings new inventions, new fads and emerging trends in the practice of law – from utilizing cloud technology to drone law.

New CLE Courses:

  • A Practical Approach to 1031 Exchanges
  • A Sneak Peek at the Possible New Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Appellate Oral Arguments: Nuts and Bolts and “Do’s and Don’ts”
  • But I Only Had Two Beers!!
  • Civility and Professionalism: Gender and Culture Bias in the Legal Profession
  • Counseling Your Business Clients on Trademarks
  • Crafting a Simple and Effective Closing Argument
  • Dealing with Cognitive Bias in Trial from Voir Dire to Deliberations
  • Don’t Give Up 5 Minutes Before the Miracle
  • Estate Planning 101
  • Evidence: Advocacy and Artistry in the Courtroom
  • From Harry Ellis to Trump: The Ethics of Federal Disqualification Motions
  • How to Negotiate with the IRS in Collections and For Audits
  • Prosecuting Trademark Applications
  • Representing Disabled Veterans Before the Department of Veterans Affairs
  • The Phone Knows All: Cell Phones, CDR Reports and GPS Tracking for Attorneys

For that reason, we are constantly adding new CLE courses to keep up with new changes and developments in the law.  Our goal is to keep you as current as possible so you can best serve your clients!  For more information about Illinois CLE please click here: IL CLE.

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Webinar: How to Improve your Law Firm’s Google Page Rankings

Attorney Credits offers one of the best CLE values in the country – if not the greatest value. Our CLE courses contain outstanding relevant content and are highly rated by our customers. And because of our online format you can take courses 24/7 from the convenience of your home or office. However, we recognize that not every important topic is available for CLE credit.

Webinar: Improve Your Law Firm’s Google Rank

This live webinar will provide you a clear understanding of how Google page rankings work and provide a series of actionable steps to immediately improve your website’s page ranking. In the business of law every detail counts!

Attorney Credits understands that running the business of law is just as important as the practice of law. You can’t help clients if they can’t find you. And nowadays, like any other goods or services, clients are finding attorneys and legal services online.  Please join us and Chris Dreyer, CEO & Founder of Rankings.io on Thursday, March 23rd at 10 a.m. PST for a highly informative website on how to improve your law firm’s google page rankings. To register for the webinar please click here: How To Improve Your Law Firm’s Google Page Rankings.

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