Data Security for Attorneys and Law Firms

On the morning of June 27th,  DLA attorneys and employees walking into work at the DC offices were greeted with a peculiar message written on a whiteboard in the lobby. The message warned all employees not to turn on their computers and to remove all laptops from docking stations and to keep the devices turned them off. The global law firm that touts their cybersecurity compliance practice had been hit with a ransomware attack.

Duty of Technological Competence

With so much valuable client and case information now stored electronically, attorneys firms must proactively approach data security in their everyday practice.

If it can happen at a mega firm like DLA Piper, it can definitely happen at your firm. Deena Mayne and James Mal will teach you the best practices for data safety so you can secure your confidential client and case information. Deena and James will mainly address the following topics: the trend for lawyers to become technologically competent, data security & protection for attorneys & law firms, computer security for attorneys and key steps lawyers can take to secure their computers & networks. To access the course please click here: Data Security and Your Law Practice.

Additional topics discussed include:

  • The ABA & the Duty of Technological Competence
  • What clients expect
  • ISAO (Information Sharing and Analysis Organization)
  • How your data is vulnerable
  • The cloud security alliance
  • System passwords
  • Network vulnerabilities
  • Using a firewall
  • Social awareness
  • Backups
  • Encryption
  • Retention policies
  • Sending unencrypted emails

James Mal is a computer and network security expert. He works with business around the country to protect and recover their invaluable data. Deena Mayne is a WordPress web designer, developer and consultant who believes in keeping things as simple, direct and effective as possible.

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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How to Handle Child Sexual Abuse Allegations in Family Court Cases

When allegations of sex abuse arise in family law cases, they often surface in the heat of custody litigation where it is difficult for judges, attorneys and mental health professionals to assess the veracity of the allegations. These are extremely complicated and emotional cases that can be a minefield for attorneys and other family law professionals. An understanding of divorce dynamics and motives is essential.

How to Handle Child Sexual Abuse Allegations in Family Court Cases

Allison Williams will provide you with a working understanding of the psychological and legal issues that are present when sexual abuse allegations arise in family litigation.

In this CLE course, Allison Williams will provide practical advice and helpful insight into how to handle these sensitive and complicated cases by discussing the interplay between CPS & child protective services, how sexual abuse allegations are validated, litigation of child sexual abuse cases, the expert evaluation process, key rules of evidence and strategies & tactics. To access the course please click here: How to Handle Child Sexual Abuse Allegations in Family Court Cases.

Additional topics discussed:

  • Key resources
  • Finding words
  • Fantastical thinking & recantation
  • Parental access
  • Parental alienation as a defense
  • Risk factors
  • Psychological testing
  • Childhood disclosure of abuse
  • Finding corroborating evidence
  • The victim-patient privilege
  • The business records exception
  • The admissibility of police Reports
  • How to challenge a psychologist’s opinion
  • Tips for cross examining experts

Allison C. Williams, Esq., is Founder and Owner of the Williams Law Group, LLC, with offices in Union and Wall Township, New Jersey.  She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney. Attorney Credits offers CLE in New Jersey and around the country, for more information about New Jersey CLE please click here: NJ CLE.

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New CLE: Levelling the Playing Field – An Overview of Title IX Litigation

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal funding. The principal objective of Title IX is to avoid the use of federal money to support sex discrimination in education programs and to provide individual citizens effective protection against discriminatory practices in schools that receive federal funding.

Title IX issues include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Access to higher education, especially in areas of study where women, including women of color, are and have been traditionally underrepresented.
  • Equal opportunity and access to athletics, including adequate funding of women’s sports; equal access to practice times, facilities, and transportation; access to scholarship monies; and pay equity among male and female coaches.
  • Sexual harassment
  • Education for pregnant and parenting students.
  • Employment, including tenure and pay equity issues, and pregnancy claims.
  • Discrimination based on sexual orientation.
  • Retaliation for complaining about discrimination.

In this CLE course, attorney Adria Silva discusses what you need to know when handling Title IX cases by highlighting some of the most important elements and case law in this complex area of law. Adria mainly discusses the differences between Title IX and Title VII gender discrimination claims, pregnancy discrimination, damages, representing minor plaintiffs, filing the lawsuit and privacy (FERPA) considerations. To access the course please click here: Levelling the Playing Field: An Overview of Title IX Litigation.

Additional topics include:

  • Exempt institutions
  • Patterns of proof
  • Establishing your case
  • Affirmative defenses
  • Common plaintiffs & defendants
  • Conditions precedent
  • The OCR (Office of Civil Rights)
  • The burden of proof
  • Retaliation cases
  • Equitable relief
  • Multi-client representation & conflicts of interest
  • Forms of production
  • The Family Educational Privacy Rights Act (FERPA)
  • Recent verdicts

Attorney Adria Lynn Silva represents employees and students in Title IX gender or sex discrimination, harassment, and retaliation cases. She has been named a Rising Star in Employment and Labor Law by Super Lawyers Magazine.

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

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CO CLE: The Colorado CLE Deadline is December 31

The Colorado CLE deadline is rapidly approaching![1] Colorado attorneys must complete 45 CO CLE hours every 3 years in order to meet the Colorado CLE requirement.[2] Please note: if the forty-five required CO CLE credit hours, at least seven hours must be completed in the area of legal ethics.

December 31 CO CLE Deadline

  • 45 CO CLE hours
  • Completed by December 31

All 45 required CO CLE hours must be completed by December 31. Attorney Credits is an Approved Sponsor of CLE in Colorado. Our Colorado CLE courses have all been approved for CLE credit by the Colorado CLE Board for.[3] For more information about Colorado CLE, please click the following link: CO CLE.

[1] If this the end of your 3 year compliance cycle.

[2] In addition, you must also report your Colorado CLE compliance to the Colorado CLE Board before January 31.

[3] Online CLE courses are considered Home Study credit. Our CO CLE courses meet all the requirements of the CO MCLE Rules.

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Alabama CLE Deadline is December 31

Like almost every other attorney around the country, Alabama attorneys have an annual Alabama CLE requirement. Alabama attorneys must complete 12 Alabama CLE hours each year, including 1 hour of legal ethics. The deadline to complete the annual required 12 AL CLE hours is December 31. There is one key bright spot – Alabama attorneys are now allowed to complete up to 6 CLE credits hours by completed online CLE courses each MCLE compliance period.

Alabama CLE Deadline

  • December 31

Attorney Credits is an Approved Sponsor of CLE in Alabama. All of our AL CLE courses have been approved by the Alabama Continuing Legal Education Commission. Don’t wait until December 29th to get started on your AL CLE. Attorney Credits let’s you sign up in minutes and start studying your CLE courses from the comfort of your home or office. For more information about CLE in Alabama, please click here: AL CLE.

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Congratulations to Deborah Gonzalez Wins Seat at Georgia House of Representatives!

Congratulations to Deborah Gonzalez on winning the District 117 state house race in Georgia! Like many Deborah believes that a new relationship between government and citizens is necessary so that we can address key issues and create the solutions to resolve community problems.

A licensed attorney of over 19 years, Deborah focuses her practice in two main areas: media and entertainment on one side, social media and technology on the other. We have worked with Deborah to produce a couple of great CLE courses on social media and computer security for attorneys. Congratulations to Deborah!

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CLE Course on Business Succession Planning for Small Business Owners

Every business owner must eventually contemplate selling or transferring their business. What they often fail to think about is how this transition will be accomplished. This CLE course will help you counsel business owner clients when they are ready to transfer, sell or otherwise transition their business.

Closely Held Businesses – Value Creation and Transitions

The resulting increased clarity for the owner and market value of the business will expand the possible options and solidifies choices for eventual transition.

Joe Strazzeri and Melisa Silverman discuss how you can implement a structured process that leads business owners through all phases of transition. The main sections of the presentation include evaluating the current state of the business, preparing for the future of the business, getting the business there and transitioning the business. To access the course please click here: Engaging Closely Held Businesses – Value Creation and Transitions.

Joe and Melissa will also discuss:

  • Business valuation & readiness assessments
  • Realizing enterprise value
  • Personal & financial readiness assessments
  • Enhancement initiatives
  • “90-day sprints”
  • Business transition options
  • Transfer to a family member
  • Management buy out
  • Transfer to shareholder(s)/partner(s)
  • Sale to employees (ESOP)
  • Sale to 3rd party – strategic or financial buyer
  • Refinance/recapitalization
  • Orderly liquidation

As a former general contractor, land developer, and business owner, Joe Strazzeri combines these skills along with more than 15 years of experience as an attorney to counsel families and business owners. Melisa Silverman is a Partner at the Founders Group, a national and international, boutique financial valuation, exit planning and consulting services firm.

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 California CLE in please click the following link: CA CLE.

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New CLE on Veterans Benefits Planning

Most lawyers do not truly know what an elder law attorney does. An elder law attorneys is essentially an attorney that handles estate planning but also handles long term planning – MediCal or MediCaid, veterans benefit planning and special needs planning.

Veterans Benefits Planning

This course will introduce you to elder law veterans benefits planning so you can better assist your clients.

Elder Law attorney Kim McGhee will share her expertise on this subject. In this CLE course she will mainly discuss how adding this practice area can benefit you & your clients, eligibility for aid & attendance benefits and service connected disability compensation. After completing this course, you may decide to add elder law to your practice or at the very least you will be able to spot these issues for your client and possibly build a referral network with an elder law attorney. To access the course please click here: What Every Attorney Needs to Know About Veterans Benefits.

Kim will also talk about:

  • The requirements that must be met to assist veterans
  • Fees
  • Aid & attendance
  • How a person qualifies as a veteran
  • Activities of daily living (ADLs)
  • Financial eligibility
  • Assets
  • The surviving spouse
  • Caregivers in the home
  • Irrevocable trusts
  • Possible changes
  • Disability & injuries
  • Ratings
  • Nehmer claims

Kimberly R. McGhee is an experienced elder law attorney that advocates and protects her clients’ best interests. She has a strong background in commercial litigation that gives her clients an advantage when she assists them to plan for and protect their future.

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 MCLE: The Mandatory CLE Requirements in Illinois

Illinois lawyers must complete at least 30 IL CLE credit hours every two years, including 6 mandatory credit hours of Professional Responsibility. The mandatory Illinois CLE compliance deadline is June 30 and the CLE reporting deadline is July 31.

Illinois CLE Requirement

Illinois lawyers must complete at least 30 IL CLE credit hours every two years.

Illinois MCLE compliance is divided into two groups.  If your last name starts with A-M, your two-year IL CLE compliance period ends on June 30, 2017. Once you’re done with the 30 required IL CLE hours, you can report IL MCLE compliance online through the Illinois MCLE Board reporting system.

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TX CLE: Whose Responsibility is it to Ensure That Your TX CLE Hours are Properly Reported?

Texas attorneys are required to finish fifteen (15) TX CLE credit hours each annual Texas MCLE compliance period, including three (3) credit hours of legal ethics or professionalism. The Texas CLE compliance year is a one-year period. It begins on the first day of the month you were born and your compliance year ends one year later on the last day of the month that precedes the month of your birth.

TX CLE Reporting

Although MCLE providers are required to report completed CLE courses, Texas is technically a self-reporting state. Individual attorneys must ensure that their CLE credits were properly reported.

When you finish CLE courses, CLE providers are required to complete your completed TX CLE courses to the State Bar of Texas. However, since Texas is technically a self-reporting CLE state you must verify the receipt of your TX CLE compliance information because Texas attorneys are ultimately responsible for ensuring that CLE courses are properly reported. For more information about Texas CLE please click here: TX CLE.

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