FL CLE: All 30 Hours (33 in some cases) May be Completed by Online Florida CLE Courses

Florida attorneys must complete at least 30 total Florida CLE credit hours every 3 years, including 5 credit hours of legal ethics.  For future CLER compliance, Florida attorneys will need to complete 33 hours every 3 years.[1]  However, this new 33 hour requirement (and technology requirement) does not a apply for another few more years.[2]

Florida CLE Requirement 

Florida attorneys are allowed to complete all 30 hours through online FL CLE courses.

Florida attorneys are allowed to complete all 30 hours by completing online and downloadable FL CLE courses. Florida attorneys may complete courses though online streaming video, audio (MP3) download, video (MP4) download, CD and other offline media formats. For more information about Florida CLE courses and the CLE requirement in Florida please click this link: Florida CLE.

[1] FL CLER: Technology CLE Required

FL CLER: Technology CLE Required

[2] The first Florida attorneys that need to comply with this new requirement are those attorneys whose CLE deadline is December 2019.

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New CLE on Whistleblower & Retaliation Claims Under Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank and Title VII

There has been a recent explosion of significant new rulings involving whistleblowing and retaliation claims brought under Sarbanes-Oxley, Dodd-Frank and Title VII. In one recent case, the SEC awarded $30 million to a whistleblower who provided key original information that led to a successful enforcement action.

Whistleblower & Retaliation Claims

This paper focuses on diverse and timely topics concerning retaliation and whistleblowing. It especially focuses on legal developments under the anti-retaliation provisions of the Sarbanes–Oxley Act of 2002 and the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.

In this CLE course, veteran employment law attorney Mark Oberti provides a detailed analysis of key recent decisions brought under whistleblower and retaliation laws. Mark will mainly discuss the Nassar case and its implications for the “cat’s paw” doctrine, the split regarding the “manager rule” in the circuit courts, third-party retaliation claims, termination cases & protected activities, the scope of Dodd-Frank’s anti-retaliation provision and Sarbanes-Oxley litigation in a post-Paraxel world. To access the course please click here: Emerging Issues in Whistleblower and Retaliation Claims.

This CLE Course

These are cutting edge topics more geared for attorneys who have worked in employment law. If you are not an employment law attorney, some of this material may be too advanced.

Mark Oberti is an employment law attorney at Oberti Sullivan LLP. Before that, Mr. Oberti was a part of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, one of the largest and most respected labor and employment law firms in the United States. Mr. Oberti regularly counsels employers and executives on issues in employment law and he frequently presents on whistleblowing and retaliation topics.

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

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New Ethics CLE: Ethics & the SmallLaw Attorney 

Complying with the ethical rules can be a challenge for solo and small firm practitioners. Small firm and solo practitioners normally handle nearly all legal and business aspects of the firm, as they often serve as their own marketing, administration, billing and collections departments.

Ethics & the SmallLaw Attorney 

Small firm and solo attorneys are especially susceptible to ethics violations because they often handle all legal and business aspects of the firm.

In this CLE course, attorney Gary J. Ross provides a highly practical review of the main ethical issues faced by solo practitioners and attorneys in small firms. When you complete this course you will know the sources of ethics rules for attorneys, recognize the reasons SmallLaw attorneys tend to have more ethics violations, understand the most common ethical pitfalls and know how to properly operate your law practice in accordance with the ethics rules. To access the course please click here: Ethics and the Small Law Practitioner.

Key topics covered:

  • The Model Rules
  • Communications concerning a lawyer’s services
  • Using engagement letters
  • Establishing the lawyer-client relationship
  • Charging a reasonable fee
  • Retainers
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Taking on matters in a new area of law
  • Ending the lawyer-client relationship
  • Of counsel relationships
  • Sharing fees

Gary J. Ross founded Jackson Ross PLLC in 2013 to cater to the legal needs of the startup and venture capital community. Prior to founding Jackson Ross, Gary worked in the corporate transactions and securities practice groups in various large firms in various large cities and also managed to fit in a tour of duty with the Treasury Department.

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 New York CLE in please click the following link: NY CLE.

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TX CLE: Reporting Completed Courses

Every Texas attorney must complete at least 15 hours of accredited CLE during each MCLE compliance year. The Texas CLE compliance year is a one-year period. That period begins on the first day of the month you were born and the compliance year ends one year later on the last day of the month that precedes your birth month.

Texas CLE Reporting

Attorney Credits reports your completed Texas CLE courses every Monday. However, it’s still the attorney’s obligation to make sure the credit was received by the State Bar of Texas.

As an Accredited Sponsor of CLE in Texas, Attorney Credits does report your all your completed Texas CLE courses to the State Bar of Texas. We send lists of completed courses to the State Bar of Texas every Monday. However, Texas is still considered a self-reporting state under the TX MCLE Rules. Because Texas attorneys are ultimately responsible for reporting completion of their continuing education requirement to the State Bar of Texas, you must verify the receipt of your completed courses by the State Bar of Texas. For more information please click here: TX CLE.

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New CLE on Patent Protection in the United States

A well-known phrase amongst IP practitioners is that patentable subject matter may include “anything under the sun that is made by man.” However, it should come as no surprise that not every invention is patentable – even if it falls within the four classes of “statutory subject matter.”

Abraham Lincoln

“The Patent System added the fuel of interest to the fire of genius.”

To learn more about what qualifies for patent protection in the United States, join Vish Mohan for an excellent review patentable subject matter. Vish mainly covers the hallmarks of patent law and then details the standards determined to issue patents – patent eligible subject matter, useful, new, nonobvious and adequate written description. The following hallmark cases are also discussed: KSR International Co. v. Teleflex Inc., Diamond v. Chakrabarty, Bilski v. Kappos and Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International. To access this course please click here: Anything Under the Sun: A Primer on Patent Law Protection.

Additional subjects addressed include:

  • Utility, design & plant patents
  • How you get a patent
  • The four classes of patentable subject matter
  • Substantial & credible utility
  • Public use
  • Described in a printed publication
  • “On sale”
  • Otherwise available to the public
  • The best mode

Vishwanath (“Vish”) Kootala Mohan is an intellectual property associate at One LLP in Costa Mesa, California. Coming from a Mechanical Engineering background, his practice focuses on intellectual property law, including patent and trademark prosecution and IP litigation involving patent, trademark, and copyright issues.

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: Achieving Gender Diversity in the Law Firms

In a recent case, a U.S. Magistrate Judge sanctioned an attorney for telling opposing counsel it wasn’t “becoming of a woman” to raise her voice during a contentious deposition. Yes, we have made strides when it comes to creating a level playing field for women in the legal profession… but there is still a long way to go.

Increasing Gender Diversity 

In this lively and thought-provoking program, Andrea S. Kramer and Alton B. Harris discuss how gender bias can prevent law firms and legal organizations from achieving their desired diversity goals.

In this incredibly insightful and practical discussion Andie and Al will mainly address gender disparity in achievement in the legal profession, why gender disparity exists in law firms, ending the gender disparity in law firms and what attorneys can do. Andie and Al will also provide specific action steps for addressing implicit biases and creating policies and procedures that can prevent bias from influencing decisions inside the firm. To access the course please click here: Achieving Real Gender Diversity in the Legal Profession.

The following topics are also covered:

  • ABA Model Rule 8.4(g)
  • State bar professional responsibility rules
  • The Muller-Lyer Illusion
  • Communal & agentic stereotypes
  • The Goldilocks dilemma
  • The moral & business rationale for creating diversity
  • Affinity bias
  • Unconscious bias
  • Being proactive
  • Impression management
  • What male lawyers can do to be a part of the solution

Andrea S. Kramer is an attorney and a partner in the international law firm of McDermott Will & Emery, LLP. The managing partner in the Chicago office of Nixon Peabody, Al is a frequent writer and lecturer on the financial markets, financial regulation, corporate governance and diversity in the legal profession.

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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IL CLE: N-Z Complete Late Compliance by September 30

The deadline to complete the Illinois MCLE requirement for Illinois attorneys (last name A – M) was June 30. Currently, Illinois attorneys are required to complete at least thirty (30) IL CLE credit hours every two years in order to complete the IL MCLE requirement. If you are completing late IL CLE compliance you still need to complete 6 hours of Professional Responsibility as well.

IL CLE Reporting Groups

  • Last Name A – M
    • Report in 2018
  • Last Name N – Z
    • Report in 2017

If your last name begins with N-Z and you have not yet completed and reported your required IL CLE, you must finish your required 30 CLE hours and report compliance by September 30. You will be subject to late fees, but you will still be able to continue to practice law in Illinois. For more information about the IL MCLE requirement and deadlines, please click the following link: IL CLE.

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New CLE on How Firms Can Increase Gender Diversity

Virtually every large law firm and publicly held corporation claims it is committed to gender diversity. Yet, most gender diversity programs have accomplished very little in the way of significant change.

3 Steps to Increase Diversity in Law Firms

Progress toward gender diversity depends on three key actions:

(1) Specifying specific numerical goals

(2) Providing meaningful financial incentives to achieve them

(3) Adopting and enforcing a clear strategy for how that is to be done

Join Andi Kramer and Al Harris for this thoughtful and poignant program about overcoming gender bias in the legal profession to create a more successful and profitable law firm. Andi and Al will mainly address why diversity benefits law firms & organizations, the gender achievement gap in the legal profession, what men can do and what legal organizations can do to end gender bias. To learn about what steps you can take to create a more diverse firm, please click here: What Men & Organizations Can Do to Close the Gender Achievement Gap in Law.

Further topics covered in this CLE course:

  • The moral & business rationale for diversity
  • Unconscious & implicit bias
  • ABA Model Rule 8.4(g)
  • Blind auditions
  • Thinking slow
  • Getting involved
  • Valuing difference
  • Hiring & assignments
  • Professional development
  • Compensation & promotion
  • Leaves & retention

Andrea S. Kramer is an attorney and a partner in the international law firm of McDermott Will & Emery, LLP. The managing partner in the Chicago office of Nixon Peabody, Al is a frequent writer and lecturer on the financial markets, financial regulation, corporate governance and diversity in the legal profession.

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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NY CLE: New York CLE Compliance Groups

Experienced New York attorneys must complete 24 New York CLE hours every 2 year compliance period, including 4 credit hours of legal ethics. New York attorneys report New York CLE compliance when they file their attorney registration card which is sent in your birth month.

New York CLE Compliance Groups

  • Report in EVEN numbered years
    • Admitted BEFORE 1/1/82
    • Admitted in EVEN numbered year
  • Report in ODD-numbered years
    • Admitted in an odd-numbered year AFTER 1982

Attorneys admitted to the New York State Bar Association before January 1, 1982 – or in an even-numbered year – register in even-numbered years. If you were admitted New York State Bar Association in an odd-numbered year after 1982, then you will register in odd-numbered years. To learn more about New York CLE please click here: NY CLE.

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CLE COURSE: DIGITAL FORENSICS FOR ATTORNEYS 102

Just because a person installs some software on the neighbor’s computer does not make them a digital forensics expert. And when your client is looking at 30 years in prison, this is not the person you want to retain as the digital forensics expert in your next case.

Digital Forensics

There is a tremendous knowledge gap in our legal system today when it comes to matters involving digital evidence. In our years of experience in working with attorneys as digital forensics experts, common questions arise again and again: What do I ask for? Is the evidence relevant? What does this item in the forensic report mean? What should I ask the other expert? What should I ask you? Can you explain that to a jury?[1]

Digital forensics is a highly technical field. The expert you select must have the proper investigative and technical background – in addition to being able to understand their place in the legal system. If you need help selecting a digital forensics expert for your next case join Lars Daniel as he covers how to select the best expert, discovery & usage of digital evidence and challenging digital evidence. To access this course please click here: Digital Forensics for Attorneys 102.

Lars also discusses:

  • Computer experts vs. forensic experts
  • Key points to selecting an expert
  • Forensic & non-forensic certifications
  • Forensic tools
  • The expectations of the digital expert
  • The Brad Cooper murder trial
  • Spotting the problem expert
  • United States v. Bryan James Gardner
  • Browser caching
  • Challenging text messages
  • Macrium images

Lars Daniel has numerous digital forensics certifications. The co-author of the book Digital Forensics for Legal Professionals, Lars has attended over 250 hours of forensic training and has worked on over 500 cases involving murder, child pornography, terrorism, rape, kidnapping, intellectual property, fraud, wrongful death, employee wrongdoing and large scale e-discovery collections.

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 California please click the following link: NY CLE.

[1] Excerpt from Digital Forensics for Legal Professionals: Understanding Digital Evidence From the Warrant to the Courtroom

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