Pennsylvania Group 3 Attorneys: 12 PA CLE Hours by December 31

screen-capture-3Pennsylvania attorneys must complete a minimum of twelve (12) CLE credit hours each annual compliance period in order to complete the annual Pennsylvania requirement.[1] There are 3 reporting groups in Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania attorneys that are in compliance Group III must complete the 6 required Pennsylvania CLE hours by December 31.

PA CLE Group III Deadline

  • December 31

Group III attorneys may complete 6 PA CLE hours by completing Attorney Credits online and downloadable PA CLE courses. Attorney Credits offers individual courses (including legal ethics) and also offers 6 hour PA CLE bundles for PA attorneys, the maximum allowed under the PA CLE Rules. For more information about CLE in Pennsylvania please click here: PA CLE.

[1] Pennsylvania attorneys must now complete at least a minimum of two (2) hours of legal ethics, professionalism or substance abuse.

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Colorado CLE: 45 CO CLE Hours by December 31

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The Colorado CLE deadline is rapidly approaching if this the end of your 3 year compliance cycle! Colorado attorneys must complete 45 CO CLE hours every three years in order to complete the Colorado CLE requirement.[1] Of the forty-five (45) required CO CLE credit hours, at least seven (7) credit hours must be completed in the area of legal ethics.

December 31 CO CLE Deadline

  • All 45 CO CLE credit hours must be completed by December 31

All 45 required CO CLE credit hours must be completed by December 31. Attorney Credits is an Approved Sponsor of CLE in Colorado.[2] Our Colorado CLE courses have all been approved for CLE credit by the Colorado CLE Board for Home Study credit because our CO CLE courses meet the requirements of the CO MCLE Rules. For more information about Colorado CLE, please click the following link: CO CLE.

[1] You must also report your CO CLE compliance to the Colorado CLE Board before January 31.

[2] We are listed as “attcre” with the Colorado CLE Board.

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New CLE: From Harry Ellis to Trump – The Ethics of Federal Disqualification Motions

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Spanning four trials and twenty years, the Harry Bridges saga marked one of the most brutal and longest civil litigation battles in American history in the deportation context. Even after the Supreme Court called it a relentless “crusade” – a veritable case of “man’s intolerance to man,” the Executive lawyers and FBI investigators continued to relentlessly pursued the imprisonment and deportation of this one man, Harry Bridges.

Harry Bridges: Life and Legacy[1]

Harry Bridges was one of the most influential labor leaders in US history.  Frequently at odds with conservative elements in the labor movement, and often vilified by employers and government officials, Bridges made the International Longshore and Warehouse Union into a progressive pillar of US trade unionism.

Attorney and author Peter Afrasiabi examines the ethical issues related to federal disqualification motions by delving into the fascinating Harry Ellis case and examining President Trump’s calls to disqualify Judge Gonzalo Curiel from his civil fraud. By analyzing a number of additional case examples, Peter also highlights the questions related to the timing of bringing these motions, when you should bring such motions, when you should refrain from brining these motions and the ethical issues associated with these motions. From Harry Ellis to Trump: The Ethics of Federal Disqualification Motions.

The following ethical situation swill be analyzed:

  • A judge’s prior relationship with parties
  • A judge’s prior relationship with a witness
  • A judge’s prior relationship with lawyer
  • A judge’s public commentary on issues
  • Disqualification motions brought on race-charges

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.

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.

[1] Harry Bridges: Life and Legacy

http://depts.washington.edu/dock/Harry_Bridges_intro.shtml

NY CLE: 12 Online New Jersey CLE Hours Allowed

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New Jersey attorneys must complete at least 24 credit hours of continuing legal education (CLE) each NJ CLE compliance period. Without a valid exception New Jersey attorneys may complete 12 credit hours of online New Jersey CLE courses every two-year compliance period.

Online NJ CLE

New Jersey lawyers may complete twelve (12) NJ CLE credit hours every two years through online and downloadable CLE courses – including four (4) mandatory credit hours of legal ethics (without a valid exception).

There are two different exceptions that New Jersey attorneys can apply for that allow attorneys to take all 24 CLE hours through online on-demand NJ CLE courses. These are the non-resident and medical CLE exceptions. To access more information about CLE compliance requirements in New Jersey: NJ CLE.

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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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CLE on Common Issues in State Tax Practice

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State taxation issues are extremely difficult to deal with – far more so than dealing with IRS tax issues. It is an incredibly vast subject and very few legal practitioners are skilled in this practice area because it requires a high knowledge bar. And even for a skilled tax practitioner, there are always new challenges, problems and issues that arise in everyday practice.

This CLE course will cover the gamut of income tax collections issues while focusing on payroll and sales tax audits.

Sam Brotman of Brotman Law will primarily discuss state vs. federal tax controversies, specific payroll & sales tax specific collections issues, Employment Development Department (EDD) audits, Board Of Equalization (BOE) audits and potential penalties. While Sam uses California as a model state for his discussion, California is modeled after the federal system like many states and attorneys around the country can benefit from his practical knowledge and expertise of the subject. To access the course please click here: Common Issues in State Tax Practice.

Additional subjects covered:

  • Voluntary & involuntary compliance
  • Priority of assets
  • How states locate missing tax debtors & assets
  • Installment agreements
  • Liens
  • Discharge
  • Warrants
  • Orders to withhold
  • Missing year returns
  • Administrative hearings
  • Record keeping requirements
  • Independent contractor vs. employee issues
  • Audit plans
  • Sales & use tax audits
  • Evasion penalties

Samuel D. Brotman is the founder of Brotman Law. His practice primarily centers on all aspects of tax litigation and criminal and civil tax controversies in front of the IRS, Franchise Tax Board, Employment Development Department, Board of Equalization, and various other state and local tax agencies. Although a strong proponent of early stage tax resolution, Sam’s practice is uniquely tailored to assist clients in all phases of their tax controversy.

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: Reporting MCLE Compliance

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Illinois attorneys must complete the required 30 Illinois CLE hours and report compliance every two years.[1]  Please remember that Illinois is a self-reporting state. This means that all Illinois attorneys are required to report compliance, non-compliance or exemptions at the end of the two-year MCLE reporting period.

IL MCLE Reporting

Illinois attorneys are required to self-report their IL CLE hours every 2 years.

The Illinois MCLE Board will mail a Certification Form to each attorney at the preferred mailing address on file with the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC). The Certification Form must be completed and returned to the MCLE Board by the due date on the form. For more information on the MCLE requirement in Illinois please click here: IL CLE.

[1] Including at least 6 hours of Professional Responsibility.

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CA CLE: A Minimum of 12.5 Participatory Hours

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We get quite a few calls from California attorneys starting about this time of year. I’m always surprised to find that many of them don’t know about the participatory and/or self-study requirements when it comes to CA MCLE compliance. California attorneys must make sure to complete at least 12.5 credit hours of participatory credit every three-year compliance period.[1]

CA MCLE Requirement

  • Total Units: 25
  • Legal Ethics: 4
  • Elimination of Bias: 1
  • Substance Abuse/Competence: 1

And yes, you can take online and downloadable CLE course for CA MCLE credit.  If a CLE provider verifies your “participation” (attendance) in the course, then a CA CLE activity is considered participatory.  Attorney Credits offers online and downloadable CA CLE courses that can be completed for self-study or participatory credit.[2] For more information about California CLE, please click the following link: CA CLE.

[1] Or put another way – California attorneys CANNOT complete more than 12.5 credit hours of self-study credit.

[2] You choose the type of credit you want before you begin your CLE course.

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Substance Abuse CLE Course: Don’t Give Up 5 Minutes Before the Miracle

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Laurie Besden graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelors degree in criminology and criminal justice in 3.5 years with a 3.97 grade point average. In a matter of few short years she was taking 50 pain pills a day and going through $2,000 of cocaine every week.

“I was addicted to Vicodin, a prescription medication for pain relief, and was taking up to 50 pills a day. In feeding my habit I broke the law and went to jail and had my law license suspended.”[1]

This is Laurie’s personal story. This is a story that starts with a little nitrous oxide at the dentist as a kid and eventually escalates into full blown abuse and addiction during her appellate court clerkship. This is also a story of hope, redemption and personal triumph. Laurie shares her story with you so you can avoid the perils of substance abuse and addiction that pervades the legal profession. In this CLE course Ms. Besden helps you grasp the disease of addiction and recovery process, provides information on how to identify and help attorneys struggling with substance use & mental health disorders, outlines the resources that are available to attorneys and details how Lawyer Assistance Programs around the country provide assistance for attorneys and judges. To access the course please click here: Don’t Give up 5 Minutes Before the Miracle.

Why Substance Abuse CLE?

  • Legal profession has the HIGHEST RATE of depression of any occupation
  • Attorneys are nearly 4 TIMES more likely to suffer from depression
  • 28% OF LAWYERS screened positive for depressive symptoms
  • Attorneys are nearly TWICE as likely than the general population to develop a substance use disorder

Laurie J. Besden is the Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) of Pennsylvania. She was the 2015 recipient of the Montgomery Bar Association’s Henry Stuckert Miller Award for her dedication to public service 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)
  • 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.

[1] Back From Addiction, and Sharing the Lessons

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CLE Course: Counseling Your Clients on Trademarks

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Ford, Coke, Nike, Starbucks… every business uses trademarks and service marks to identify their goods and services. A strong trademark or service mark can make the difference between a wildly successful business – and its not-so-successful competition.

A trademark is valuable because it helps distinguish a business from competing brands and products in the marketplace. The valuable good will of the business becomes intertwined with the company’s trademarks and reputation amongst consumers.

While business owners and entrepreneurs are great at what they do – starting and running businesses – they are not always great at choosing the best marks for their products, services and companies. To learn more about counseling your business clients on trademarks, join intellectual property attorney Mark Reichenthal as he discusses the primary considerations for selecting strong trademarks. Mark mainly discusses intellectual property protections for businesses, counseling clients on selecting a strong trademark and strong business trademarks from top established companies. To access the course please click here: Counseling Your Business Clients on Trademarks.

Additional subjects covered:

  • Intellectual Property protection
  • The rationale behind trademark law
  • Choosing a better trademark
  • The scale of trademark strength
  • The continuum of protection
  • Actual use of the mark
  • Trademarks & cannabis
  • Educating clients
  • Pushing your client’s to stronger marks

Mark Reichenthal practices in the areas of intellectual property, licensing, new media, entertainment law, book publishing and general business contracts. Prior to joining Branfman Law Group, Mark was a Senior Counsel at Wiley Publishing – the publisher of the wildly successful and famous “…For Dummies” series where Mark was responsible for managing the day-to-day legal affairs of the company.

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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