OH CLE: Complete Late Ohio CLE Compliance by March 31

Attorneys in Ohio must complete 24 Ohio CLE credit hours each 2-year compliance period. Ohio attorneys who did not comply with the OH CLE requirements for the 2015-16 compliance period, which ended December 31 will receive a notice of apparent noncompliance with the Ohio CLE requirement.

Late OH CLE Compliance

  • March 31 – Date to complete all required OH CLE
  • May 1 – Date to submit request for late compliance

Ohio attorneys who are out of compliance with the Ohio CLE requirements for the 2015-16 compliance period must cure all OH CLE deficiencies on or before March 31, 2017.[1]  Failure to remove the hour deficiencies on or before March 31, 2017, and failure to submit the request for late compliance by the May 1, deadline will result in the OH CLE Commission issuing a monetary sanction and/or suspension from the practice of law. For more information about Ohio CLE please click here: OH CLE.

[1] To submit a request for late OH CLE compliance, a Continuing Legal Education Late Compliance Reporting Form (Form 19) should be completed providing evidence of the OH CLE courses that have been completed on or before March 31, 2017, to fully remove the hour deficiencies for the 2015-16 compliance period. The form should include the date, title, activity code number and the number of hours completed. Requests for late compliance must be submitted with the late compliance fee, postmarked on or before May 1, 2017.

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NV CLE: Late Nevada CLE Deadline is March 1

Nevada attorneys must complete at least twelve (12) CLE credit hours each annual NV CLE compliance period as part of the mandatory NV CLE requirement.[1] All required NV CLE hours should have been completed and reported by December 31. Did YOU get your Nevada CLE done yet??

Late Nevada CLE Deadline

  • March 1

If not, you can request an extension of time with the Nevada CLE Board. Most Nevada attorneys will be given until March 1 to complete the Nevada CLE requirement if the extension is granted. Don’t risk fines, suspension or the possibility of losing your Nevada law license – get your required NV CLE done today! For more information about Nevada CLE please click the following: NV CLE.

[1] In order to properly complete the 12 unit Nevada CLE requirement, Nevada attorneys must complete at least two (2) credit hours of legal ethics every year and one (1) hour of substance abuse every three years.

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LA MCLE: Late Louisiana CLE Compliance

The annual compliance requirement is for Louisiana attorneys is 12.5 hours, including 1 hour of ethics and one hour of professionalism. All credit hours should have been earned by December 31, 2016 and reported by January 31, 2017. If you did not get your required Louisiana MCLE completed you have some work to do!

Louisiana Late MCLE Deadline

  • March 31

The good news is that you just owe a $150 fine.  You just need to cure your LA MCLE deficiency, report the completion of your required LA CLE and pay your fine. Please make sure you’ve completed the required 12.5 hours, including 1 hour of ethics and one hour of professionalism. For more information about Louisiana MCLE compliance please click here: LA CLE.

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GA CLE: Georgia Late CLE Deadline is March 31

Georgia attorneys are required to complete 12 GA CLE hours annually.[1]  The deadline to complete the required 12 Georgia CLE credit hours is December 31 and the reporting deadline is January 31.  We are now into February – did you miss the GA CLE deadline??

Late GA CLE Compliance[2]

A $100 penalty fee is required if the Georgia CLE hours for the preceding year are not completed by March 31.

If you did miss the December 31 Georgia CLE deadline, no problem!  However, you have some work to do, it’s time to get busy completing that required GA CLE.[3]  All required GA CLE hours must be completed by March 31 to avoid fines and suspension.  For more information please click here: GA CLE.

[1] Of the 12 required hours, you must complete at least 1 credit hour of legal ethics and 1 credit hour of professionalism.

[2] FAQ/Mandatory Continuing Legal Education

https://www.gabar.org/aboutthebar/faq/faqs.cfm?filter=Mandatory%20Continuing%20Legal%20Education

[3] In January or early February of each year, an Annual Report of CLE hours for the previous calendar year is sent to all Georgia attorneys unless an exemption has already been entered. If you did not complete the required GA CLE or you owe a course fee that is listed on the Annual Report, then you have until March 31 to satisfy the GA CLE deficiency.

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CO CLE: Late Colorado CLE Deadline is May 31

Colorado attorneys are required to complete at least 45 hours of CO CLE every 3 years to stay compliant with the mandatory Colorado CLE requirement. In addition, at least 7 of the required 45 credit hours must be accredited for legal ethics credit. If this past year was the end of your compliance period you should have completed all CLE hours by December 31 and reported compliance by January 31. If you did not complete the required CO CLE on time you may qualify for an extension.

Colorado CLE Extension 

If you had a December 31 CLE deadline and you did not complete the 45 credit hour requirement you may file a request for an extension of time with the Colorado Board of Continuing Legal Education.

If you file for the CO CLE extension and you are granted an extension you will be given until May 31, 2017, to complete the required 45 Colorado CLE hours. Your request should be filed on the Make-Up Plan form provided by the Colorado Board of CLE. For more information about continuing legal education in Colorado, please click the following link: CO CLE.

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AL CLE: Complete Late Alabama CLE by March 1

Alabama attorneys must complete a minimum of 12 AL CLE hours by December 31 of each year.[1] If you did not complete your 12 required Alabama CLE hours you have some work to do! February 15 is the deadline to submit your Deficiency Plan with the Alabama State Bar.[2]

Alabama CLE Deficiency Plan

Your CLE deficiency plan must be accompanied by a late compliance fee of $100.

Once you have filed your Deficiency Plan then you must complete your required AL CLE by March 1.[3]  In addition, March 15 is the last day to report completion of your approved Deficiency Plan or you will be subject to a late reporting fee of $100.  For more information about Alabama CLE please click here: AL CLE.

[1]  Including at least one hour of legal ethics.

[2] For failure to complete required AL CLE hours on time.

[3] March 1 is the last day to complete courses on an approved Deficiency Plan.

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CA CLE: New Ethics Rules Coming to California

Yes, this time it will really happen.  Over a decade in the works, California is very close to finalizing a new set of ethics rules. The latest three-year rules revision effort is nearly complete and the new Rules of Professional Conduct will soon become a reality for all attorneys in California.  The last step is for the Supreme Court approve the new revisions.

California Ethics Rules Revision

What can you expect – drastic change or much ado about nothing?

To learn more about how you will be impacted by the new California ethics rules join trial attorney and ethics expert Ed McIntyre as he discusses the possible revisions. Ed mainly addresses how the new rules will vary from exiting California ethics rules and he also compares the new proposed rules to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. To access the course please click here: A Sneak Peek at the Possible New Rules of Professional Conduct.

The following rules are addressed:

  • Confidentiality
  • Diligence
  • Conflicts of interests
  • Duties to former clients
  • Safekeeping of client property
  • Delay of litigation
  • Fairness to opposing counsel
  • Lawyer as a witness
  • Candor to the tribunal
  • Truthfulness in statements to others
  • Communications with unrepresented persons
  • Inadvertent production
  • Duties of supervising attorneys

Edward J. McIntyre practices complex business litigation in federal and state courts. A veteran trial attorney, he is also an expert on the topic of professional responsibility.  He now advises and represents attorneys on issues of professional responsibility, risk mitigation and professional negligence.

This CLE course is only offered in:

  • California (CA)

Attorney Credits offers CLE for attorneys in California. For more information about CLE in California please click the following link: CA CLE.

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CLE Course: Dealing with Cognitive Bias in Trial from Voir Dire to Deliberations

Fairness is a fundamental tenet of the American judicial system. However, no matter how rational and fair people think they might be, all individuals have cognitive biases that effect their judgement and beliefs. These cognitive biases play out in the courtroom everyday across the country and ultimately influence the behavior and decisions of jurors, witnesses, attorneys and judges.

Bias & the Legal Profession

From voir dire to deliberations, the potential biases of the jurors will have a huge impact on the result of the case.

In this CLE course, trial attorney Joel Selik discusses common social and decision making biases encountered during voir dire, at trial and during jury deliberations. Mr. Selik addresses the following subjects: why we have to identify biases for jury trials, the common types of biases exhibited by jurors & attorneys, how attorneys can use bias and ideas to elicit & overcome bias in voir dire. Mr. Selik also discusses methods of determining juror bias and common biases such as tort reform bias and blaming others. To access the course please click here: Dealing with Cognitive Bias in Trial from Voir Dire to Deliberations.

The types of biases discussed include:

  • Social bias
  • Fundamental attribution error
  • Illusory superiority
  • Ingroup bias
  • Trait ascription bias
  • Defensive attribution hypothesis
  • Anchoring bias
  • Attentional bias
  • Availability heuristic
  • Cheerleader effect
  • Regressive fallacy
  • Conservatism
  • Confirmation bias
  • Hindsight bias

Joel G. Selik is a member of both the California and Nevada State Bars. His practice primarily focuses on Litigation and Tax. Mr. Selik has given many seminars on Estate Planning, Nursing Home Litigation and other legal topics and was an Adjunct Professor of Law at a local law school.

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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But I Only Had Two Beers!!

In every state across the country, it’s illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or more. But how do you know if the limit has been reached or even crossed – is there any way to truly know?

Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)

Each person absorbs, metabolizes and eliminates alcohol at different rates and there are a myriad of factors that affect BAC such as the alcohol percentage of the drinks consumed and how much water is in the body.

Eric Ganci, a lawyer-scientist, is an expert in the field of alcohol and DUI defense. In this CLE course he highlights numerous legal and scientific points about blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and he also debunks a number of commonly held myths. The main topics addressed in this CLE course include alcohol & crimes, time & alcohol absorption, the elimination of alcohol from the body and practical considerations in DUI cases. To access the course please click here: But I Only Had Two Beers!!.

Eric also covers:

  • DUI standards
  • .08 blood alcohol concentration
  • Defining a “standard” drink
  • The factors involved in BAC & alcohol absorption
  • Craft beers vs. traditional beers
  • The digestive system & alcohol absorption
  • Time & alcohol consumption
  • The elimination of alcohol from the body
  • DUI checkpoints
  • Pocket breathalyzers
  • Breath mints
  • Your rights if pulled over
  • Marijuana & prescription drugs

Eric Ganci is an award-winning DUI Trial Lawyer. Trained on DUI blood testing by the foremost experts in this science, he earned the Lawyer-Scientist Designation as recognized by the American Chemical Society Chemistry and the Law Section. A graduate of the Trial Lawyers College, he is also trained on breath machines and has even trained police in DUI Field Sobriety Tests and the science and origin of these tests.

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: The California MCLE Reporting Deadline

So you didn’t get your required CA MCLE done by the February 1 deadline??? Don’t worry… there is still plenty of time! Due to delays on the State Bar of California billing and MCLE compliance cycle, the Board of Trustees pushed the CA MCLE reporting deadline to March 1.

If you are a Group 3 (N-Z) California attorney you have all of February to complete the 25 required hours without penalty.

Since the reporting deadline was pushed back to March 1, you may complete the required CA CLE all this month without getting fined or suspended. Just make sure to report compliance with the CA MCLE requirement on the My State Bar Profile webpage on the State Bar of California website. For more information about California CLE please click here: CA CLE.

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