Webinar: The Power of Personal Branding

Whether you work at an Am Law 200 Firm or you’re solo, you can’t wake up one day and decide to focus on business development and expect instant results.  Business development takes time, patience and perseverance.

Building Your Brand

One of the keys to building a profitable and sustainable book of business is building a strong personal brand – both online and offline.

To learn more about building a strong personal brand, join Jay Harrington this Friday, October 20th (10 am PT/ 1 pm ET) who will discuss key action steps you can take to create and develop your online brand. Click here to sign up for the webinar: The Power of Personal Branding: From One of Many, to One of a Kind.

Topics covered:

  • Key sources of most new business
  • Understanding who you really serve
  • Six core brand building strategies
  • Why it’s important to build your brand online
  • Building trust online
  • Moving online conversations offline
  • And move prospects along the buyer’s journey

Jay Harrington is an attorney, author, coach and business development consultant to lawyers and law firms. He is the co-founder of Harrington Communications, a leading professional services marketing agency. Previously, Jay practiced law at Skadden Arps, Foley & Lardner, and his own boutique law firm.

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CLE on Big Heart Intelligence in Negotiating, Structuring, Managing, and Resolving Disputes in Collaborative Relationships

Lawyers are involved in collaborative relationships in all aspects of legal life. Lawyers are involved as collaborators when they build their law firms & careers, counsel clients and deal with disputes that arise from these relationships.

Big Heart Intelligence & the Law

The goal of this program is to dive deeper into the practice of law and the legal profession and offers you a new perspective on how to approach collaborative relationships that arise in your legal practice.

In this CLE program, Julian Gresser will introduce you to the new concept of big heart intelligence, a union between the mind and the heart when negotiating, structuring, managing, and resolving disputes in collaborative relationships. To access the course please click here: Big Heart Intelligence in Negotiating, Structuring, Managing, and Resolving Disputes in Collaborative Relationships.

Julian will also touch on:

  • Emotion & the law
  • Sharpening the mind by narrowing it
  • The life cycle of collaboration
  • The shadow player
  • Defining negotiation
  • Embracing No
  • The mindfulness approach
  • Identifying assumptions
  • Going behind the mask
  • A mission of service
  • Creating the cultural change
  • The fourth sector
  • Fighting burnout
  • Authentic leadership
  • Advocating for alliances
  • Valuation of collaborative relationships

Julian Gresser is an international attorney, professional negotiator, inventor, and recognized expert on Japan. The author of four books, he has served as legal advisor to numerous U.S., Japanese, and European companies on a wide array of business issues, including joint ventures, limited (venture capital) partnerships, technology licensing, export controls and customs fraud, antitrust, and intellectual property protection, particularly patent infringement disputes.

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 a Professional Fiduciary as a Successor Trustee

When it comes to nominating a successor trustee there are usually four main groups that people regularly turn to – family members, friends, corporate trustees – and more recently, professional fiduciaries. But what exactly does a professional fiduciary do?

Licensed Professional Fiduciary

A professional fiduciary serves the client’s best interest by acting as a trustee, agent under a durable power of attorney for health care, or agent under a durable power of attorney for finances.

In this CLE course, Marguerite Lorenze and Adam Sherry provide their insight and guidance on selecting a professional fiduciary as a successor trustee. The main points of discussion include: working with professional fiduciaries, doing your due diligence, interacting with the client and corporate trustees vs. private fiduciaries. To access the course please click here: Selecting a Professional Fiduciary as a Successor Trustee.

Additionally, Marguerite and Adam also cover:

  • Resources for attorneys
  • The power of attorney
  • Agent for health care
  • Meeting & communicating with the client
  • Advising clients
  • Trust provisions
  • Improving the client’s life
  • Focusing on the quality of life
  • Key provisions
  • The role of the corporate trustee
  • Putting the client’s interest first

Marguerite is a professional Trustee and Executor and frequent speaker on a variety of Estate Planning topics. Adam L. Sherry specializes in estate planning and probate and trust administration.

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 on IP Protection & the Cannabis Industry

Yes, the cannabis industry is growing like a weed… a well-watered weed. Since states have begun legalizing marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes, consumer demand has skyrocketed.

The Cannabis Industry & IP Protection

Marijuana sales are projected to exceed $20 billion annually within the next few years. As this new legal industry grows exponentially, so too do the intellectual property issues associated with these new cannabis businesses.

Intellectual property attorney Dave Branfman has been a pioneer in this field, recognizing very early that these new cannabusinesses face novel IP issues. In this course, Dave joins fellow IP attorney Eric Hanscom for an enlightening and entertaining look at how patent, copyright and trademark law can protect these new companies, their “flowers” and the derivative products they produce. To access the course please click here: Growing Like a Weed: Intellectual Property Issues in the Cannabis Industry.

Eric and Dave will also discuss:

  • Design, utility & plant patents
  • Provisional patents
  • The PVPA (Plant Variety Protection Act)
  • Federal law
  • Cannabis patents issued
  • Strong & weak trademarks
  • Increasing competition in the industry
  • Selecting names for strains
  • Developing content rich logos
  • Licensing
  • IP litigation in the cannabis industry

An intellectual property attorney, Eric Hancom is actively involved in overseeing litigation, contract negotiation and customs issues in the US, Asia, Europe, South American and Australia over matters ranging from patent and trademark infringement to breach of contract. David Branfman’s practice 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 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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CA CLE: California MCLE Deadline is February 1

Don’t worry, there’s is still plenty of time to get your California MCLE done! If you’re an attorney whose last name states with H-M, you still have a few months left to get your required California MCLE done! The deadline is not until February 1, 2018.

25 California MCLEs

If you are a Group 2 (H-M) California attorney you must complete the 25 required MCLE hours by February 1.

Of the 25 required CA MCLE hours, you must complete 4 hours of Legal Ethics, 1 hour of Competence Issues and 1 hour of Elimination of Bias. And you must complete at least 12.5 credit hours of participatory CA CLE credit. For more information about the mandatory CA CLE requirement please click here: CA CLE.

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How to Post Your FL CLE Hours with the Florida Bar

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When it comes to reporting CLE compliance, Florida is a self-reporting state. That means that Florida Bar members are required to report their compliance with the FL CLER every three years and must also report all FL CLE courses completed to the Florida Bar.

The easiest way for Florida attorneys to report completed CLE courses is online through the Florida Bar website. You will need the course ID number for the course in order to report your credit.  Click here to access the link to report your FL CLE credit hours: Report FL CLE.

Posting Your Florida CLE Credits

In order to post your CLE credits with the The Florida Bar, you can login to your account on the Florida Bar website and report your FL CLE hours.

If you complete an Attorney Credits FL CLE course, the Florida course number will be located on your Certificates of Completion once you finish the course. You can download these certificates when you are logged in from the My Certificates page. To self-report your FL CLE credit click this link: Report FL CLE.

Please contact the Florida Legal Specialization and Education department at (800) 342-8060 ext. 5842 with questions regarding online CLE credit reporting. You can also contact Attorney Credits for additional information about Florida CLE compliance or visit our Florida webpages: FL CLE.

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CLE: Warning Signs of Potential Employment Lawsuits

It’s a Friday afternoon, you’re trying to wrap up all the loose ends from the week and looking forward to spending some time with your family over the weekend. Then the phone rings. It’s a long time client that runs a tow truck company. He’s decided it’s easier for him to pay all of his drivers as independent contractors… good idea???

Lawsuits Against Employers

Yes, while entrepreneurs and business owners are great at starting and running business, they are not always so great at employment law.  That’s where you step in to counsel your business clients to help them avoid costly employment related lawsuits.

In this CLE course, Michael Freeland will provide practical insight and guidance into the most common liability traps for employers. He will mainly discuss the following common pitfalls that often lead to employer liability: independent contractors vs. employees, exempt employees, paying scheduled hours vs. the time sheet, final payment after termination, at will employees and retaliating against employees. To access the course please click here: Warning Signs of Potential Employment Lawsuits.

Additional topics covered:

  • The dynamics of employment law
  • Pre-litigation concerns
  • Factors that determine independent contractor status
  • Labelling employees as managers
  • Potential damages
  • Tracking worker’s performance & hours
  • Failing to provide full pay at termination
  • The “employee in limbo” scenario
  • Documenting attempts to contact AWOL workers
  • Wrongful termination
  • Retaliation claims

Michael M. Freeland has conducted state and federal trials, arbitrations and administrative hearings.  In addition to his extensive appellate court experience, he is proficient in litigation and motion practice, mediation, arbitration and depositions.

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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What’s in a Name – 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 Reporting Groups

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Illinois attorneys must complete a minimum of 30 IL CLE hours every 2 years in order to complete the IL MCLE requirement. In addition, 6 hours must completed in the area of Professional Responsibility – which includes courses in legal ethics, bias & diversity and substance abuse in the legal profession.

IL MCLE Compliance & Reporting

  • Compliance Deadline
    • June 30
  • Reporting Deadline
    • July 31

Your Illinois CLE reporting period depends on the first letter of your last name as it appears on the master roll of attorneys with the ARDC.[1] If your last name begins with A-M, you complete your MCLE and report in EVEN numbered years. If your last name begins with N-Z, you report compliance in ODD numbered years.

Illinois MCLE Reporting:

  • Last names A – M
    • July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018
  • Last names N – Z
    • July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019

Illinois attorneys may satisfy all 30 IL CLE hours through online on-demand CLE courses. Attorney Credits is an Accredited Provider of CLE in Illinois and all of our Illinois CLE courses are approved by the Illinois MCLE Board. To access more information about the the IL CLE requirements, deadlines and Illinois MCLE compliance packages, please click the following link: IL CLE.

[1] ARDC (Attorney Discipline and Registration Committee).

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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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