New Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias CLE Requirement for New York in 2018

Change is coming to the New York CLE requirement. Starting in 2018, a new category of CLE credit will be required in New York: Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias. This follows suit with state like Illinois and California that also have a diversity/bias/discrimination requirement.

Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias

Starting in 2018, New York attorneys will be required to complete 1 hour of “Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias.”

This CLE rule change will not add to the current experienced attorney biennial CLE requirement of 24 hours, nor does it change the requirement that experienced attorneys earn at least 4 hours in Ethics and Professionalism. New York attorneys will still be required to completed 24 total NY CLE hours, including 4 hours of Ethics & Professionalism and 1 hour of Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias. For more information about New York CLE please click here: NY CLE.

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Webinar: On-Site SEO Best Practices for Attorneys

At Attorney Credits we know that running the business side of a law firm is just as important as the practice of law itself. You can’t help clients if they can’t find you to ask for your help. And nowadays, like any other goods or services, clients are finding attorneys and legal services online. But are your law firm’s web pages fully optimized for SEO? Do you even know what SEO means??

Webinar Topics Covered:

  • Keyword research & placement
  • Webpage content best practices
  • Internal linking & schema optimization
  • Why is “Technical SEO” so important?

If you need help with your SEO please join Chris Dreyer, CEO & Founder of Rankings.io on Friday, September 22nd at 10 a.m. PST for a highly informative website on how to improve your law firm’s google page rankings. In this one-hour webinar presentation, Chris will discuss the key strategies and best practices to truly master your on-site SEO. To register for the webinar please click here: Master Your Domain: On-Site SEO Best Practices.

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CLE on Using Energy Tax Credits to Benefit Your Clients

A client walks into your office. Due to some bad investments, she has been forced to file bankruptcy. Making her situation even worse, she still owes $100,000 to the IRS… and according to the bankruptcy code she must pay in cash and reorganization is not an option.

Energy Tax Credits 

There is a great deal of opportunity for your clients with tax credits that are available for certain types of energy investments.

In this CLE course, attorney Kent Salveson will discuss how to obtain tax credits and deductions that can have a huge benefit for your clients. Kent Salveson has financed over $1 billion in tax equity and other investments over his 35 year career. To access the course please click here: Using Energy Tax Credits to Benefit Your Clients.

Kent will specifically talk about:

  • IRS Code § 48 (Investment Tax Credit)
  • The basics of tax credits
  • The businesses that can utilize tax credits
  • How the tax credit works for taxpayers
  • The “active in management and operation” requirement
  • Material participation
  • Depreciation
  • Passive income
  • The source of tax credits
  • Carrying back the tax credit for up to 5 years
  • How to report the tax credit

Kenty Salveson is regarded by his peers in the legal and accounting community as one of the most well versed deal-makers in the field of tax equity financing in the U.S. Kent holds three professional licenses. An attorney and licensed Real Estate Broker, Kent holds 4 different contactors license designations: general contractor, heating and air conditioning contractor, grading contractor and solar contractor.

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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CA CLE: California MCLE FAQ

How many CA CLE hours of self-study and participatory credit do I need?  How many ethics hours are required?  When do I report compliance?  Do providers report my completed courses?

Top CA MCLE Questions

  • What are the California MCLE compliance groups?
    • Group 2 (H-M) – Deadline 2/1/2018
    • Group 1 (A-G) – Deadline 2/1/2019
    • Group 3 (N-Z) – Deadline 2/1/2020
  • What are the limits to the amount of self-study credits?
    • NO MORE THAN 12.5 hours
  • How does Attorney Credits offer participatory MCLE credit?
    • Streaming video – online verification
    • MP3/Video Download/CD – number verification

If you’re like many California attorneys – even highly experienced attorneys – you have questions about your CA CLE compliance. That’s why we created our California CLE FAQ… so we can help you easily find the information that you need about your CA MCLE compliance! For more information about your CA CLE compliance please click here: CA CLE FAQ.

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NV CLE: How Do I Report My Nevada CLE Hours?

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OK, so you are on top of your game this year. You actually got all 12 required NV CLE hours done way ahead of the December 31 Nevada CLE deadline. Now what? Now it’s time to let the Nevada CLE Board know you did your NV CLE!

Reporting NV CLE Hours

Nevada is an attendance verification state. You must report all your completed NV CLE credit hours to the Nevada CLE Board.

Nevada attorneys report completed NV CLE hours by submitting Form 3 or by submitting your Attorney Credits’ certificates of completion to the Nevada CLE Board.[1] For more information on how to report your NV CLE hours and review your Nevada CLE transcript please visit the Nevada CLE Board webpage.

[1] Form 3 (Declaration Verifying Attendance)

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New CLE: Best Practices for Employer’s When Handling Employee’s Social Media Use

You run a successful six-person personal injury law firm. One hot summer night you can’t sleep so you decide to check Twitter one more time… and you can’t help but notice that your new paralegal James has blasted you as being a terrible, penny-pinching boss with horrible breath that “pervs” on female employees at the office. Can you fire him for this rude, untrue and offensive tweet?

Social Media Use & Employers

The explosion of social media use in the workplace – from Facebook to online dating apps – has created a flood of novel legal and practical issues for employers.

The answer… it depends! Increasing legislation, emerging case law, NLRB decisions and a change in administrations further clouds the legal landscape. If you need some guidance on how employers may legally handle employee social media use, join employment law attorney Alix Rubin for a lively and practical discussion of situations that arise when employees “misbehave” on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media sites and apps. This CLE course is full of recent case examples and practical guidance for employers. To access the course please click here: Social Media Chatter at Work: Employer Dos & Don’ts.

Alix will mainly discuss

  • The types of confidential information employers may protect from online exposure
  • The types of information you may discipline an employee for disclosing online
    When you can and cannot monitor your employees’ social media activity
  • Who owns an employee’s business-related social media contacts

Alix R. Rubin founded Rubin Employment Law in 2010 to fill the need for compassionate legal counsel for both employers and employees. The firm’s goal is to help its clients resolve their disputes cost effectively and with as little disruption to their businesses, and lives, as possible. A former member of a New Jersey District Ethics Committee, she currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Volunteer Lawyers for Justice and as a director of the Wharton Alumni Club of 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 York please click the following link: NY CLE.

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CLE Course: How to Obtain Waivers for Married Couples in Consular Processing Cases

Despite being otherwise eligible for a U.S. visa or lawful permanent residence, the U.S. government can refuse entry to any person that falls within a defined ground of inadmissibility. However, certain foreign citizens who are ineligible to immigrate to the United States because they are inadmissible can request a waiver of inadmissibility.

Waivers of Inadmissibility

This course will focus on family based immigration and discuss these waivers in terms of married couples.

In this CLE course, immigration attorney Clare Corado discusses the key points of obtaining a waiver of inadmissibility for your clients. Clare will mainly talk about the basic steps to consular processing a marriage green card case, important concepts to analyze the grounds of admissibility and the two different types of waivers. To access the course please click here: How to Obtain Waivers for Married Couples in Consular Processing Cases.

Clare will also cover:

  • The main grounds of admissibility
  • Adjustment of Status (AOS) vs Consular Processing (CP)
  • Penalties for grounds of admissibility
  • Unlawful presence (ULP)
  • The definition of “removal”
  • The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRAIRA) of 1996
  • I-601 & I-601A waivers
  • The legal standard for waivers
  • The factors considered in granting waivers
  • Potential pitfalls

Clare Corado is the founder of Corado Immigration Law, LLC, an Indianapolis based firm that focuses on helping mixed-nationality couples build their lives together in the United States. Her work has been published in Legal Ink Magazine and she frequently speaks to attorneys and other professional and community groups on the topic of immigration law. Prior to becoming an attorney, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer and traveled extensively in Latin America.

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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PA CLE: Late Pennsylvania CLE Compliance

Pennsylvania attorneys must complete 12 PA CLE hours each annual compliance period, including at least 2 hours of legal ethics.[1]  Pennsylvania attorneys that are in PA CLE Compliance Group 2 were required to complete their Pennsylvania CLE by August 31.  If you are a Group 2 Pennsylvania attorney and you did not complete the required PA CLE by August 31 you will get a report of non-compliance from the PA CLE Board.[2]

Late PA CLE Compliance

If you receive a report of non-compliance you must comply with the PA CLE Rules and Regulations within sixty (60) days from the date of the notice.[3]

If you are a Group 2 attorney and you did not completed your Pennsylvania CLE requirement you have until October 31 to complete the required 12 PA CLE hours. An initial late compliance fee of $100 is also assessed if you did not complete the required PA CLE by the August 31 deadline date.[4]  If you remain out of compliance – by either not completing PA CLE hours or not paying late fees – your name will be submitted to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on a Non-Compliant List.[5]  For more information about CLE in Pennsylvania please click here: PA CLE.

[1] Of the 12 required PA CLE hours, Pennsylvania attorneys may now complete 6 hours each year by completing computer based online and downloadable Pennsylvania CLE courses.

[2] If a Pennsylvania lawyer fails to comply under the CLE Rules and Regulations, the PA CLE Board will send the lawyer a report of non-compliance. The lawyer must, within sixty (60) days from the date of the notice, comply with the CLE Rules and Regulations. In addition, the lawyer must pay a late fee as required by the Board.

[3] In addition, the lawyer must pay a late fee as required by the Board.

[4] A second $100 late fee will be assessed if the PA CLE requirement is not completed within the 90 day period from the initial notice of non-compliance.

[5] The Court will issue an order to administrative suspend the licenses of those lawyers who do not comply with the PA MCLE requirement. When the order is issued, non-compliant lawyers are assessed a third $100 late fee.

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CO CLE: How to Report Your Colorado CLE Hours

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Colorado attorneys must complete 45 CLE hours – including 7 hours of ethics – during each compliance period. The 45 CO CLE hours must be completed every three years.[1] All Colorado CLE credits must be reported to the Colorado Office of Continuing Legal and Judicial Education.

Colorado CLE Course ID Number

To report your completed CO CLE hours, you will need the course ID number for the course. The course ID will be located on the Certificate of Completion that you will be issued once you complete the course.

You must use the online Colorado CLE affidavit system to enter the course ID number and report the CO CLE credits you’ve earned. If you do not have a course ID, you can search the online Colorado affidavit system by course date and sponsor. Or you can contact Attorney Credits for further assistance in locating the course ID number: CO CLE.

[1] The first CO CLE compliance period begins on the date of your admission to practice law in Colorado and ends on December 31 of the third full calendar year following the year of your admission.

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Report Arizona MCLE Compliance by September 15

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Arizona attorneys must complete at least 15 hours of AZ CLE each compliance period, including at least 3 hours of legal ethics. Arizona attorneys must also report completion of their Arizona MCLE requirement each annual AZ MCLE compliance period.[1]

When is the Arizona CLE affidavit due?

In order to satisfy the AZ MCLE reporting requirement, Arizona attorneys must file their CLE affidavit annually by September 15.

Please note that the State Bar of Arizona does not certify or accredit CLE providers or CLE courses. Attorney Credits is a national provider of CLE and currently offers CLE courses in 48 states. We are Approved Providers of CLE in states such as California, New York, Illinois and Texas. In addition, Arizona attorneys have completed thousands of CLE hours through Attorney Credits by completing our interactive online and offline CLE courses. For more information about Arizona CLE please click here: AZ CLE.

[1] Arizona lawyers must submit proof of completing their requirements annually on a form provided by the State Bar of Arizona. The online electronic affidavit is made available on the State Bar of Arizona website beginning in July. Arizona attorneys may also use the blank affidavit located in the Arizona Attorney magazine issued in mid-August to report compliance with the Arizona MCLE requirements.

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