Monthly Archives: May 2014

Georgia CLE: 6 Online Units Annually

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Attorney Credits offers online and downloadable CLE courses for Georgia attorneys to complete their annual Georgia MCLE requirement.  Georgia attorneys must complete 12 CLE hours each year, including 1 hour of legal ethics and 1 hour of professionalism.

Georgia CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: Annual
  • Compliance Deadline: December 31
  • Reporting Deadline: January 31

Georgia attorneys may complete 6 credit hours per year through online and downloadable CLE courses.  These are known as “in-house” hours and Attorney Credits will track and report your online course completion to the Georgia CLE Commission within 30 days of course completion.[1]  The State Bar of Georgia CLE department will also track the online hours that you complete on your attorney CLE transcript.

Six (6) credit hours can be taken in a “distance-learning” format annually.  These type of hours are called in-house hours and they are tracked on attorneys’ CLE transcripts maintained by the State Bar of Georgia CLE department.

Georgia attorneys must complete the 12 credit hour requirement before the December 31 Georgia MCLE deadline.  If CLE hours are not completed by December 31, there is a grace period.  The grace period for Georgia attorneys expires on March 31.[2]

For more information about Georgia CLE please click here: Georgia CLE.


[1] We generally report credit hours completed on the 1st and 15th of every month.

[2] If you miss the March 31 deadline, you must pay a $100 late fee at which point your MCLE deadline will be extended to June 30.

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CLE Course: Revisiting All ADR Opportunities during this Period of Court Budget Reduction

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Due to the recent economic crisis and ensuing state budget shortages, California and many states have been forced to significantly reduce the resources and funding available to the legal system. This has had a number of major effects on the legal system and caseload of already-strained courts – including greatly delaying litigant’s day in court.

“Justice delayed is justice denied”

This has lead to Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) becoming a more attractive option to many potential litigants to resolve their conflicts. In this CLE course, Doug Barker discusses the current problems with the court system, how ADR can assist potential litigants and best practices for mediation & arbitration. To access the CLE course please click here: Revisiting All ADR Opportunities during this Period of Court Budget Reduction.

Further topics covered include:

  • The advantages and disadvantages of mediation & arbitration
  • Discovery disputes
  • Expert witnesses
  • Work product
  • High-low arbitration
  • Arbitration in baseball
  • Presenting evidence
  • Evidentiary stipulations
  • Closing arguments
  • Private judging

A lawyer since 1980, Doug Barker was a litigator and partner at Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich (now DLA Piper) for the first 14 years of his legal career. In 1994 he became a principal in the San Diego law firm Barker Olmsted & Barnier. From 1984 through the late 1990’s, Mr. Barker worked in ADR as a court-appointed arbitrator and arbitrated hundreds of cases. He has trained as a mediator at NCRC (National Conflict Resolution Center), Pepperdine University, and through the American Bar Association. He has been a mediator since 1999 and is a frequently published writer and seminar speaker on the subject of mediation. Doug has mediated over 2,000 cases involving a wide array of civil litigation matters with a strong emphasis on personal injury, employment, real estate, construction defect, homeowners’ association and commercial contract disputes.

This CLE course on assessing ADR options is currently accredited 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 Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers continuing legal education (CLE) for attorneys in California and around the country.  For more information about CLE in California please click the following link: California CLE.

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New CLE Course on Confidentiality Agreements

As more employees are now leaving companies to found start-ups and start their own businesses, increasingly more businesses have sought to protect their intellectual property through confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements.  Unfortunately, many of these agreements will not stand up in court.

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In this new CLE course from Attorney Credits, business and IP attorney Eric Morton discusses the importance of protecting your business client’s intellectual property and how this intellectual property can best be protected under the law.  The main topics discussed include the importance of protecting a business’s IP, state & federal statutes impacting confidentiality agreements and how you can counsel your business clients.  To access the CLE course, please click here: Confidentiality Agreements: A Covenant Not to Compete in Sheep’s Clothing?

Further topics addressed include:

  • The Business and Professions Code
  • The Uniform Trade Secrets Act
  • The U.S. Copyright Act
  • An employee’s right to prepare to compete
  • The practical effect on business
  • Identifying & protecting trade secrets
  • Case studies & case law

Eric Morton has practiced business law and intellectual property law in North San Diego County since 1994.  Eric is a member of the Strategic Trusted Advisors Roundtable (STAR) of San Diego.  He gives workshops on “Business Law for Entrepreneurs” at the Small Business Development Center in Oceanside.  Eric belongs to the North County Bar Association and is its Intellectual Property section Chair and he also belongs to the Intellectual Property and Business Law sections of the California State Bar.  Eric also volunteers as a Constitution Day presenter in local schools.  A resident of Carlsbad for over 10 years – where he lives with his wife and two dogs – when Eric is not at work, he plays Advanced Squad Leader, listens to jazz, reads, and pursues his passion for history.

This CLE course is currently accredited 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 Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers continuing legal education (CLE) for attorneys in Illinois and around the country.  For more information about CLE in Illinois please click the following link: Illinois CLE.

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Delaware CLE FAQ

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Do you have questions about your Delaware CLE requirement?  Do you need to know how to report your Delaware CLE compliance or how many Enhanced Ethics credits you need each compliance period?  Do you need to know how many online DE CLE courses you can take?

Delaware CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: 2 years
  • Compliance Deadline: December 31
  • Reporting Deadline: February 1

Well, we have created a DE CLE FAQ for you.  Now you can easily find the answers that you need to all those pressing DE CLE questions.  We have listed everything from the amount of credit you are allowed to carry over to completing your make-up plan if you are in non-compliance!

Top DE CLE Questions

How many online DE CLE courses can I take through Attorney Credits?

  • Delaware lawyers may complete up to 12 self-study credits through online DE CLE courses, including four (4) Enhanced Ethics credits.

What are the Delaware CLE compliance groups?

  • If a Delaware attorney is admitted in an even-numbered year, DE CLE credits must be completed by December 31 of every even-numbered year. Attorneys admitted in odd-numbered years must complete their DE CLE credit by December 31 of every odd-numbered year.

What qualifies for Enhanced Ethics credit?

  • CLE Credit for Enhanced Ethics is awarded for CLE courses that are clearly designated as instruction in legal ethics or professionalism. “Enhanced Ethics” includes both legal and judicial ethics, and encompasses a “set of rules that lawyers and judges must obey that is a broader concept embodying an attitude and a dedication to civility, skill, businesslike practices and a focus on service, and encompassing obligations to other attorneys, obligations toward legal institutions, and obligations to the public whose interests lawyers must serve.”

Does Attorney Credits report my CLE hours completed to the Delaware CLE Commission?

  • Attorney Credits does not report your CLE credit to the Delaware Commission on Continuing Legal Education.

How do I report my CLE compliance?

  • Delaware attorneys must use the Delaware CLE Transcript for reporting CLE compliance. The Delaware CLE Commission mails the Transcript to all Attorneys with the Supreme Court Annual Registration Statement.

What happens if I am late filing the Transcript?

  • A Delaware attorney that files the CLE Transcript after the reporting due date must pay a $50.00 late filing penalty. This payment must be submitted with the Transcript.

Who can I contact for more information about Delaware CLE?

  • For more information about CLE in Delaware, please call the Delaware State Bar Association at (302) 658-5279. You may also contact Attorney Credits support via email or telephone. For further assistance and information, please call our Support Center at 877-910-MCLE (6253) or visit the support page on the website.

We hope that this saves you time and keeps you in compliance with your DE CLE requirement.  If you have further questions, you can visit our full Delaware CLE FAQ.  And if you need to complete your DE CLE requirement, please visit our DE CLE webpage: DE CLE.

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Colorado CLE: Online CLE is Homestudy Credit

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Attorneys that are licensed in Colorado must complete 45 credit hours of approved CO CLE every 3 years in order to complete the CO CLE requirement.[1]  In order to keep your license to practice law in Colorado in good standing you must complete your CO CLE requirement and report your Colorado CLE compliance by January 31 after your December 31 compliance deadline.

Colorado CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: 3 years
  • Compliance Deadline: December 31
  • Reporting Deadline: January 31

Online CLE courses are considered to be homestudy credits in Colorado.  Colorado attorneys may satisfy all CO CLE requirements through online CO CLE courses.  You can contact Attorney Credits or consult the Colorado CLE Board’s CLE Index to determine if a CLE course is accredited.[2]  To receive CLE credit for any home study course, a Homestudy Affidavit (“Blank Affidavit”) must be submitted to the Supreme Court CLE Board.  Every Colorado attorney was provided with a Homestudy Affidavit from the Colorado Supreme Court upon being admitted to the bar or with an address change.

HOMESTUDY[3]

Colorado attorneys may obtain credit for an activity generally referred to as “homestudy” provided the activity:

  1. Is a structured course of study
  2. Is organized by an eligible sponsor
  3. Includes the use of thorough, high-quality written materials, available to the attorney or judge completing the course, and
  4. Incorporates some other educational medium, such as video or audio tapes, correspondence work, testing or individual conferences.

The rules for Colorado Homestudy CLE courses are set forth in Regulation 103(j).

Attorney Credits is an Approved Sponsor of CLE in Colorado.  Our Colorado CLE courses have all been pre-approved for credit by the Colorado CLE Board for homestudy credit in Colorado because our CO CLE courses meet the requirements set forth in Colorado MCLE Rule 103(j).

For more information about continuing legal education (CLE) in Colorado, please click the following link: Colorado CLE.


[1] Of the forty-five (45) required CO CLE credit hours, a minimum of seven (7) credit hours must be completed in the area of legal ethics.

[2] Here is the link to the Colorado CLE Board’s CLE Index:

http://www.coloradosupremecourt.com/pdfs/CLE/seminars.pdf

[3] See Colorado Supreme Court CLE FAQ

http://www.coloradosupremecourt.com/CLE/CleFaq.htm

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Alabama CLE: December 31 MCLE Deadline

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Attorneys licensed to practice in Alabama must complete 12 CLE units as part of the annual Alabama MCLE requirement.  As part of the annual  AL MCLE requirement, at least 1 CLE unit must be completed in the areas of Legal Ethics or Professionalism.

Alabama MCLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: Annual
  • Compliance Deadline: December 31
  • Reporting Deadline: January 31

Alabama attorneys must complete the required 12 AL CLE units by December 31.  All AL CLE courses taken online must be completed by midnight in order to be considered timely completed.  Alabama attorneys must report MCLE compliance to the Alabama CLE Commission by January 31 by submitting a report on a form provided by the Alabama MCLE Commission.[1]

4.1.16 – Participatory Online CLE programs may be approved for a maximum of 6 CLE credit hours per year.[1]

Alabama allows, but limits, the amount of AL CLE credit hours that may be completed through online AL CLE courses.  Alabama attorneys have the option to complete up to 6 online CLE credits hours each annual AL MCLE compliance period. Attorney Credits offers online continuing legal education (CLE) for Alabama attorneys and all AL CLE courses have been approved by the Alabama Continuing Legal Education Commission.

For more information about CLE in Alabama, please click here: AL CLE.


[1] Any MCLE compliance report sent by regular, certified, registered or express mail of the USPS and postmarked January 31 (or the next business day if January 31 is a Saturday or Sunday) will be considered timely filed.

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Arizona MCLE Reporting

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Attorneys licensed to practice in Arizona have annual CLE requirements as part of the Arizona MCLE requirement.  The MCLE educational cycle for Arizona attorneys is July 1 to the following June 30.  During that period, each lawyer licensed in Arizona (unless exempted) must complete a total of 15 credit hours of AZ CLE, including a minimum of 3 credit hours of professional responsibility.

Arizona CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: Annual
  • Compliance Deadline: June 30
  • Reporting Deadline: September 15

Arizona attorneys also have annual CLE reporting requirements as part of the Arizona MCLE requirement.  Arizona lawyers must submit proof of meeting their AZ MCLE requirements each year on the form provided by the State Bar of Arizona.[1]  Online filing is also an option and is available beginning in mid-July.  CLE Affidavits must be filed by September 15 of each year.

CLE Approval[2]

Arizona does not certify courses or providers. Arizona lawyers are required to independently review MCLE regulations and make their own determination that it qualifies for credit towards their MCLE requirements. MCLE Regulation 104(A) identifies the standards to apply.

Also, keep in mind that the State Bar of Arizona does not certify CLE courses or CLE Providers.  However, Attorney Credits is a national provider of CLE and offers CLE courses in over 30 states across the country.  We are Approved Providers of CLE in a number of jurisdictions including California, Illinois, New York and Texas.   Arizona attorneys have also completed thousands of CLE credit hours by completing our online and offline AZ CLE courses. For more information about CLE in Arizona please click here: AZ CLE.


[1]  A blank affidavit is provided in the September edition of the Arizona Attorney magazine issued in mid-August.

[2] Mandatory Continuing Legal Education

http://www.azbar.org/MCLE

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Alaska MCLE: 3 MECLE Credits Annually

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Alaska attorneys are subject to Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) requirements like many lawyers across the country.  As part of the Alaska MCLE requirement, Alaska attorneys must complete at least three (3) MECLE credit hours each year.  Each member is also “encouraged to engage” in at least nine (9) VCLE hours.

Alaska CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

Reporting Cycle: Annual

Compliance Deadline: December 31

Reporting Deadline: February 1

MECLE are referred to as “ethics” credits.[1]  Members are required to take at least three (3) MECLE credit hours each year.  MECLE courses must contribute directly to the attorneys’ professional competence or skills, or to enhance their education about their professional or ethical obligations.  VCLE are referred to as “general” credits.[2]  Each member of the Alaska Bar is also encouraged to engage in at least nine (9) VCLE hours annually.

All MECLE and VCLE credit hours may be complete through on-demand online and downloadable audio and video courses.

Only Alaska attorneys that complete at least three (3) hours of MECLE, at least nine (9) hours of approved VCLE and comply with the mandatory AK MCLE reporting requirement are eligible to participate in the Alaska Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service.  If an attorney does not comply with the MCLE rules by completing at least three hours of MECLE and at least nine hours of approved VCLE, this fact may be taken into account in any Bar disciplinary matter relating to the requirements of Alaska Rule of Professional Conduct 1.1 regarding an attorney’s competence.

For more information about CLE in Alaska please click the following link: AK CLE.


[1] MECLE stands for Mandatory Ethics Continuing Legal Education.

[2] VCLE is short for Voluntary Continuing Legal Education.

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Pennsylvania to Allow 6 Online CLE Credits for 2015 Compliance

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Pennsylvania attorneys have normally been allowed to complete 4 credit hours of online on-demand CLE courses towards their mandatory 12 credit hour annual requirement.  However, things will get a little easier for 2015 compliance.

The Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board has announced changes in rules and regulations that will permit more credits to be earned via distance learning, and will increase the annual ethics requirement.

That’s because the Pennsylvania CLE Rules have recently been amended to allow more online credit hours to count towards the annual 12 credit hour requirement. By order of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, Rule 108 (e) has been changed to increase the amount of credit hours Pennsylvania attorneys may earn via online and downloadable CLE courses from four (4) to six (6) credit hours annually beginning in 2015. The PA CLE Board also adopted a regulation change to increase the ethics requirement of the annual PA CLE requirement from one (1) to two (2) credit hours.

The amendments to the rules and regulations will take effect with CLE compliance periods that have requirement deadlines in 2015.

These changes became effective May 1, 2014, and affect all Pennsylvania attorneys with 2015 compliance dates. Therefore, Group I attorneys are now able to complete 6 credit hours through online and downloadable on-demand video and audio courses.[1] Since Group II and Group III Pennsylvania attorneys still have 2014 compliance dates they are still subject to the 4 credit hour limit for online and downloadable on-demand CLE courses.[2] Group II and Group III are also still only required to complete one credit hour of ethics CLE.

For more information about CLE in Pennsylvania, please click here: PA CLE.


[1] The compliance period for Group 1 attorneys is May 1 – April 30.

[2] Group II:  September 1 – August 31, Group III:  January 1 – December 31

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New CLE Course on Refining Your Closing Argument

The way that juries filter and process information has fundamentally changed over the last few decades. Today, juries are less apt to soak up the volumes of complex information that today’s sophisticated civil and criminal cases require. During closing arguments attorneys need to be cognizant of their jury and should keep their message brief and easy to understand in order for jurors to be able to process the bottom line of the case.

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In this highly informative CLE course, you will learn how to provide a succinct closing argument that the jury will be able to process and remember in order for you to get a favorable outcome for your client. Three top trial attorneys present numerous practical points for you to deploy in your closing arguments while they provide real examples from past cases. Topics include framing the debate, focusing on jury instructions, honing your message, being outcome determinative, using story boarding, making the message easy to understand, streamlining your trial and solving the problem. The presenters also provide numerous case examples and two different six minute closing arguments based on two previously litigated cases.  To access the course click here: Closing Arguments.

We are dealing with a new generation of jurors.  People now learn information in a very different way than they did in the past.  People now learn information by having very short segments with a very particular piece of information combined with lots of different imagery.

The presentation features three excellent trial attorneys from a leading San Diego Law firm. The firm represents plaintiffs only in personal injury, wrongful death, businesses cases, employment and elder abuse cases. Since 2000, the firm has obtained over $150 million in verdicts and settlements for its clients. The firm has also obtained numerous awards of over one million and four jury verdicts over one million dollars when there was nothing initially offered to settle the case.

This CLE course crafting closing arguments is currently accredited 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 Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers continuing legal education (CLE) for attorneys in California and around the country.  For more information about CLE in California please click the following link: California CLE.