FL CLE: When is My Florida CLE Reporting Deadline?

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Florida attorneys must complete and report 30 Florida CLE credit hours each 3 year reporting cycle. But when is your deadline to report your CLE compliance?

FL CLE Deadline

Your Florida CLE reporting deadline is chosen randomly by a computer.

The Florida Bar will send you a reminder three months prior to your FL CLE deadline.[1] If you have not yet completed your mandatory FL CLE requirement when the notice is sent, you will receive a Reporting Affidavit. You must return this Affidavit by the reporting date along with an explanation of how you cured your CLE deficit. To access more information about Florida CLE please click the following link: FL CLE.

[1] The Florida Bar will also provide you notice regarding the FL CLE that you have completed. If have completed your Florida CLE requirement at that time, you will receive a Notice of Compliance. If this Notice of Compliance is accurate, you don’t have to take any further steps.

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NY CLE: Does the New York CLE Board Track My Completed CLE Courses?

“Experienced” attorneys in New York must complete at least 24 CLE credit hours during each two-year reporting cycle to fulfill the New York CLE requirement – and don’t forget the 4 hours of required Legal Ethics!! As part of the NY CLE requirement, New York attorneys must also report their NY CLE compliance once they complete the 24 hours. To report compliance, you must file your attorney registration form indicating that you completed your New York CLE requirement within 30 days after your birthday on alternate years.

NY CLE – The Record Keeping Requirement

Certificates of Completion and other supporting CLE documentation must be retained for at least 4 years from the date of the completion of the CLE course.

Please note that the New York CLE Board does not keep a record of your completed CLE courses. New York is a self-reporting CLE state and all New York attorneys must report their own CLE compliance with the NY CLE requirements. Certificates of Completion and other supporting CLE documentation must be retained by New York attorneys for at least four (4) years from the date of the completion of the CLE course. For more information about the CLE requirement in New York please click here: NY 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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CLE Course on Forensic Psychological Evaluation Considerations for Criminal and Civil Attorneys

Have you ever had to use a forensic psychologist in one of your legal matters? Forensic psychologists are most commonly licensed psychologists who specialize in applying psychological knowledge to legal matters, both in the criminal and civil arenas.

Forensic Psychology

Forensic psychologists are most commonly licensed psychologists who specialize in applying psychological knowledge to legal matters – both in the criminal and civil arenas.

This CLE course focuses on a primary area of forensic psychology practice: forensic mental health assessment (FMHA). The course also mainly addresses the distinctions between the forensic and therapeutic roles of mental health professionals, and highlight the significant differences in how forensic psychologists approach and conduct evaluations as compared to clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, and psychotherapists. To access the course please click here: Forensic Psychological Evaluations: Considerations for Criminal and Civil Attorneys.

The instructors also provide an overview of the main types of psychological evaluations including:

  • Criminal competencies
  • Criminal responsibility
  • Sentencing mitigation
  • Civil commitment & competencies
  • Personal injury
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Employment discrimination

This course is provided by Daniel Agatino, Ph.D., Esq., a New Jersey-based criminal defense and entertainment/copyright law attorney, and Gianni Pirelli, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist who maintains a private forensic psychology practice in New Jersey.

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 or please click the following link: NY CLE.

New CLE on Ethics & Records Implications for Lawyers

Social Media presents numerous challenges for law firms, attorneys and the business clients they represent. From maintaining confidential information to preserving important digital content, attorneys now must be aware of the novel ethical issues posed by social media websites like Facebook & Twitter, blogs, ISP services and applications like SaaS.

Lawyer, Social Media & Ethical Conduct

In this CLE course John Isaza walks you through the key legal ethics implications that arise from a social media presence, including best practices on how to address those ethical concerns.

In this course, John Isaza highlights the main legal ethics implications that arise from attorney’s social media presence and the companies they represent – including best practices on how to address the primary ethical concerns. John also discusses the following Model Rules: Competence, The Advisory Role, The Advocacy Role, Transactions with Non-Clients, Marketing and the Integrity of the Profession. To access the course please click here: Social Media: Ethics and Records Implications for Lawyers.

Additional topics addressed:

  • Pertinent ethical questions
  • Inadvertent communications on social media
  • Jury tampering
  • Ex parte communications with the court
  • Applicable ethics provisions
  • Key policies that should be in place
  • Policy considerations
  • Social engineering
  • Sources of ethical information
  • The big picture
  • Records in social media
  • Marketing materials in social media
  • European data laws
  • High level considerations

John Isaza, Esq., FAI heads the Information Governance & Records Management practice at Rimon. Mr. Isaza is internationally recognized in the emerging legal fields of information governance, as well as records and information management (RIM). He is one of the country’s foremost experts on RIM issues, electronic discovery, and legal holds.

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.

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CA CLE: Late Deadline is June 30 for California Attorneys with Last Names N-Z

California attorneys in Group 3 (N-Z) should have had all their CLE completed and reported by March 1, 2017. If you are a California attorney whose last name starts with N-Z and you have not yet completed your CA MCLE requirement, you are late with your required CA CLE compliance. However, if you comply with your CA MCLE requirement by June 30, you only have to pay a $75 late fee.[1]

Extensions of Time

If you comply with the California MCLE requirement by June 30, you do not need to request an extension of time with the State Bar of California. A late fee of $75 will be assessed if your last name starts with N-Z and you have not reported your compliance by February 1, and you must still complete the 25 required CA MCLE hours.

Please remember to properly complete your California CLE requirement. You must complete the proper amount of bias (1 hour), competence issues (1 hour) and ethics hours (4 hours) and make sure that you don’t exceed 12.5 credit hours of self-study credit. For more information about the California MCLE requirement please click the following link CA CLE.[2]

[1] If you comply by June 30th there is no suspension, there is no make up plan, there is no disbarment. You must simply comply with your CA MCLE requirement by June 30 and pay the $75 late fee.

[2] The Cal Bar has greatly increased the amount of annual MCLE audits and the penalty for trying to deceive the Bar has been disbarment some cases. Most importantly, don’t try to lie or deceive the State Bar of California.

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TX CLE Reporting: The Annual Verification Report

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Texas attorneys get an extra birthday present! Your Texas MCLE compliance year 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.[1] Your birthday present – you get a grace period though your birth month to complete your 15 required TX CLE hours without penalty.

The Annual Verification Report[2]

  • The Texas MCLE Verification Report
    • Will be mailed to you 8 weeks before your birth month
  • Grace Period
    • A reminder notice will be emailed and mailed to you
    • At the beginning of your birth month
  • Cure your CLE deficiency
    • If you have not completed or reported the required 15 hours
    • By the last day of your compliance year
    • You must cure your CLE deficiency

While many providers report your completed Texas CLE hours, since Texas is a self-reporting CLE state it is your responsibility to make sure your Texas MCLE is accurately and timely reported. Failure to timely report your TX CLE hours could result in a non-compliance penalty. For more information about Texas CLE, please click here: TX CLE.

[1] The Texas MCLE compliance year is a one-year period.

[2] Report Your MCLE Hours https://www.texasbar.com/AM/template.cfm?section=Reporting_MCLE_Hours

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New CLE on Elder Law & Long Term Care Planning

The focus of attorneys that handle wills and trusts has historically been estate planning – preparing for the transfer of the client’s wealth and assets after his or her death. However, with our aging population living longer, the focus has turned from planning for death and wealth transfer to planning for long term care and asset preservation during life. And with the large number of Baby Boomers in our country reaching retirement age, this has become a rapidly growing practice area.

Elder Law

By 2030, it is estimated that 72 million people in the United States will be 65 years or older – that’s roughly 20% of the population. Medicaid and Aid & Attendance planning – the foundations of elder law – can be extremely beneficial to your aging clients.

In this introductory CLE course, Richard Scott Stewart discusses the main points of helping clients to plan for long term care and how you can add elder law to an existing estate planning practice. The main topics discussed in this course include the emerging importance of elder law, primary considerations for elder law clients, long term care planning & options, veteran’s benefits and aid & attendance. To access the course please click here: Elder Law 101: An Introduction.

Mr. Stewart also discusses:

  • Our rapidly aging population
  • Similarities & differences between elder law & estate planning
  • Acute vs. custodial care
  • Home based care
  • Medicaid planning basics
  • Medicaid planning & estate recovery
  • Medicare
  • Long-term nursing care
  • The look back rules & penalty period
    Exempt assets
  • The reverse half loaf
  • Service & non-service benefits for veterans
  • Service dates
  • The qualifications for veteran’s benefits

Richard Scott Stewart has concentrated his law practice on solving the legal problems affecting the California senior population. His elder law practice is devoted to estate planning, asset protection and retention, probate, estate administration and settlement and other elder law issues, including benefits retention and acquisition.

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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CLE on Selecting, Identifying & Protecting Trademarks

For many entrepreneurs and business owners, the intellectual property of the company is the last thing on their mind when starting and running their business. They are more concerned with getting their business off the ground, hitting sales marks and growing their business. However, intellectual property is often the most valuable asset of the business and it must be properly protected – especially trademarks because they are what consumers recognize in the marketplace.

Selecting a Trademark

 A strong trademark or service mark can make the difference between a wildly successful business – and its not-so-successful competition.

In this CLE course Christian Fenton teaches you how to counsel your business clients when selecting, identifying and protecting trademarks for their businesses, brands, products and services. Christian will mainly discuss the foundations of trademark law, identifying & searching for a conflicting trademark and the main benefits of federal trademark protection. To access this course please click here: What’s in a Name: The Fundamentals of Trademark Law.

These topics are also covered in this CLE course:

  • Types of trademarks
  • The main goals of trademark protection
  • The origins of trademark law
  • The federal trademark statute
  • Continuous use of the trademark
  • Identifying a strong mark
  • How to search for conflicting trademarks
  • Trademark infringement
  • Duration of the mark

Christian is licensed to practice law in Hawaii and California, is a registered patent attorney and has been litigating cases for nearly 10 years. Throughout that time, Christian obtained a broad base of legal experience, including that obtained from having been a managing attorney at a large San Diego law firm. Christian’s practice focuses on intellectual property prosecution and litigation, as well as other business litigation.

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.