Monthly Archives: November 2015

NJ CLE: 12/31 Deadline for Group 2 Attorneys

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For about half of the attorneys in New Jersey it’s almost that time again. That’s right…. it’s almost time to get started completing your biennial NJ CLE requirement!

NJ CLE Compliance & Reporting

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

For about half of the attorneys licensed to practice in New Jersey the deadline to complete and report NJ CLE compliance is December 31. Since this is 2015, if your birthday falls on/after July 1 that means it’s time to get your New Jersey CLE requirement done! New Jersey attorneys with birthdays between July 1 – December 31 must complete and report their New Jersey CLE requirement by December 31, 2015. Don’t wait until New Years Eve… start studying your NJ CLE courses with Attorney Credits today!

NJ CLE Compliance Group 2

  • Birthdays between July 1 – December 31
  • Certify compliance in each ODD numbered year

Active New Jersey attorneys are required to complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of continuing legal education (CLE) every two year NJ CLE compliance period. Of the required 24 NJ CLE credit hours, a minimum of four (4) credit hours must be completed in the area of ethics and/or professionalism. Without a valid exception New Jersey attorneys may complete 12 credit hours of online CLE courses every two year compliance period. Please click here for more information about New Jersey CLE: NJ CLE.

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FL CLE: Noncompliance or Late Reporting CLER

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Every three-year FL CLE compliance period Florida attorneys must complete at least 30 total FL CLE credit hours, including 5 credit hours in the area of legal ethics.[1] Florida Bar members are also required to report compliance with the FL CLER (continuing legal education requirement) every three years.[2]

If you fail to complete and report the required FL CLE hours you can be suspended from the practice of Florida law.

If you fail to complete and report the required Florida CLE hours, then you will be deemed delinquent. All Reporting Affidavits will be reviewed to determine compliance with the FL CLER. The Board of Legal Specialization and Education (BLSE) will prepare and serve notices of delinquency to attorneys that are determined to be in noncompliance with the FL CLER.[3] If you are deemed delinquent and notified of the delinquency, then you will be suspended from the practice of Florida law.

Noncompliance Includes:

  • Incomplete reports
  • Unexecuted reports
  • Failure to timely file a report
  • Failure to report sufficient FL CLE credit

Florida attorneys are allowed to complete all 30 required CLER credit hours through on-demand online and offline CLE courses. The Florida Bar allows the entire CLER to be fulfilled via streaming video, audio & video download and CD courses. For more information about Attorney Credits Florida CLE courses and the CLER in Florida please click this link: FL CLE.

[1] Courses in professionalism, substance abuse, or mental illness awareness also qualify for legal ethics credit.

[2] Each member of The Florida Bar is assigned a three-year reporting cycle that is chosen at random by a computer program.

[3] Notice will be considered effective if it is in writing and served at the attorneys address on file with The Florida Bar or last known address.

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TX CLE: Are Online CLE Courses Eligible for Credit?

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As part of the mandatory CLE requirement, Texas attorneys must complete at least 15 TX CLE credit hours each year. Texas attorneys must also complete at least 3 credit hours of Legal Ethics or Professional Responsibility as part of the mandatory 15 credit hour TX CLE requirement. Your annual TX CLE compliance deadline is determined by the month of your birth.

Texas CLE Reporting

All Texas CLE must be completed and reported by the last day of your birth month in order to avoid a non-compliance penalty fee.

The good news is that Texas attorneys may complete their entire 15 credit hour annual Texas CLE requirement by taking online and downloadable CLE courses.[1] In Texas, CLE activities may include both live and prerecorded presentations. Since Texas allows pre-recorded on-demand formats, Texas attorneys have a variety of options to complete their TX MCLE requirement.

TX MCLE approved activities may include:

  • Online on-demand CLE courses
  • CLE webinars
  • CLE Podcasts (MP3s)
  • DVD & CD courses

Attorney Credits is an Approved Provider of continuing legal education (CLE) courses in Texas.[2] You can study your Texas CLE courses online with our streaming video CLE courses or download your TX CLE courses and study offline. Since we are Approved Providers all of our TX CLE courses have been approved for CLE credit by the State Bar of Texas. For more information about CLE courses, requirements and deadlines, please click the following link: Texas CLE.

[1] As long as the programs have been accredited by The State Bar of Texas.

[2] Texas State Provider #12507

http://www.attorneycredits.com/Texas-cle-information

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IL CLE: Do I send my Certificates of Completion to the Illinois MCLE Board?

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Attorneys that are members of the Illinois State Bar Association must complete a minimum of thirty (30) IL CLE hours every biennial compliance period.[1] As part of the 30 credit hour IL CLE requirement Illinois attorneys must complete at least six (6) credit hours of Professional Responsibility every two years.

Illinois MCLE Compliance Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: 2 years
  • Credit Hours: 30
  • Compliance Deadline: June 30
  • Reporting Deadline: July 31

Since Illinois is a self-reporting state, CLE sponsors may NOT file compliance information on behalf of an individual Illinois attorney. Neither CLE Providers nor Illinois attorneys submit certificates of completion to the Illinois MCLE Board unless there is an audit. The Illinois MCLE Board will only request your certificates in the event that the attorney is audited.

Each Illinois attorney subject to the Illinois MCLE Rules must maintain, for three years after the end of the relevant reporting period, certificates of attendance received pursuant to Illinois MCLE Rule 795.

While sponsors and attorneys do not send certificates to the Illinois MCLE Board, each Illinois attorney must maintain certificates of completion for three years, as well as sufficient documentation necessary to corroborate CLE activity hours earned pursuant to the Illinois MCLE Rules. Attorney Credits offers online continuing legal education (CLE) for attorneys in Illinois. For more information about CLE in Illinois please click the following link: IL CLE.

[1] Towards the end of the Illinois MCLE compliance period, the Illinois MCLE Board will send you a form so you can report the number of Illinois CLE credit hours that you have completed during your IL MCLE compliance period.

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NY CLE: Who Keeps Track of My Certificates of Completion?

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All attorneys practicing in New York are required to complete continuing legal education credits. For all New York attorneys who have been in practice for more than two years, the biennial New York CLE requirement is 24 hours. A minimum of 4 of those required 24 hours must be in legal ethics, with the remaining 20 hours in any combination of credit areas.[1]

New York CLE Requirements

  • Total CLE Credits Required: 24
  • Ethics Required: 4
  • Reporting Cycle: 2 years

The New York State CLE program is a self-reporting CLE system. New York attorneys must report their NY CLE compliance on the biennial registration form, CLE providers do not report to the State Bar of New York. New York attorneys must retain proof of NY CLE compliance for a minimum of four years. You should maintain your certificates of completion in order to retain proof that you completed your NY CLE requirement.

Certificates of Completion

Attorney Credits issues a certificate of completion for all New York CLE courses. You should maintain your certificates of completion for four years in order to retain proof that you completed your NY CLE requirement.

Experienced attorneys may earn all 24 CLE credit hours from Attorney Credits, including all 4 Legal Ethics credits. We offer online, downloadable and CD CLE courses for New York attorneys, in addition to offering MP3 and USB Stick bundles pre-loaded with 24 credit hours of NY CLE. For more information about New York CLE please click the following link: NY CLE.

[1] This includes Skills, Areas of Professional Practice and Law Practice Management.

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CLE Course on Understanding the Psychology of the Jury to Conduct a Successful Voir Dire

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Jury selection is one aspect of trial practice that seems to strike fear into the hearts of many attorneys. For many reasons, voir dire is often an anxiety-provoking situation for both the attorney and potential juror. One of the golden rules we all learn in law school is not to ask questions we don’t already know the answer to – especially during cross-examination. Well, in jury selection this rule does not apply. You don’t have any idea what anyone might say at any given time and this uncertainty creates a lot of anxiety and concern for many attorneys.

Most trial attorneys will agree that voir dire is one of the most important events in any given trial – and probably one of the most stressful.

In this course trial consultant Bryan C. Edelman, Ph.D., uses his background in social psychology and the law to offer you a glimpse into the mind of the jury so that you conduct a more effective voir dire. Dr. Edelman demystifies the jury selection process by analyzing the courtroom experience from the perspective of the juror, providing tips & strategies for conducting a successful voir dire and teaching attorneys how to score jurors on important attributes so that they may more efficiently exercise peremptory challenges and select a jury. To access the course please click here: Psychology of the Jury: Conducting a Successful Voir Dire.

Further topics of discussion in this CLE course:

  • The story model
  • Filters of human perception
  • Personal experiences & jury deliberation
  • Disconfirmation bias
  • Obstacles to a successful voir dire
  • Social pressure in the courtroom
  • Comments from silent jurors
  • Voir dire tactics
  • Getting quiet jurors to talk
  • Asking questions
  • Identifying the pseudo-expert
  • The minimization effect in high profile cases
  • Sculpting your audience
  • Leadership
  • Developing a scoring system
  • The wish list
  • The strike list
  • The scoring chart
  • The final review of your challenge decision

The co-founder of Trial Innovations, Bryan C. Edelman, Ph.D., began working as a trial consultant in 1998 and he has worked on numerous criminal and civil cases. As a consultant, he applies his training in social psychology, persuasion, group dynamics and social cognition to the courtroom. His particular area of expertise is in complex litigation where jurors are most likely to rely on their prior attitudes, life experiences and heuristics to process evidence and reach conclusions. Dr. Edelman has served as a presenter at national and international conferences and has published a book on the impact of race and empathy on sentencing in capital cases and articles on the influence of graphic images on perceptions of liability and damages.

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 continuing legal education (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 Participatory Credit for Online & Downloadable CLE Courses

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The State Bar of California requires all active California attorneys to complete 25 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) every three years in order to fulfill the mandatory CA MCLE requirement. California attorneys are allowed to take courses for two different types of credit – either self-study or participatory credit. However, the CA MCLE rules require California attorneys to complete a minimum of 12.5 credit hours of participatory credit each three-year compliance period.

CA CLE Participatory Credit

Online courses, CD courses and downloadable CA CLE courses can count for participatory credit if they are verified by an approved provider.[1]

California attorneys may complete their entire 25 credit hour requirement by taking online, offline and CD courses. Online and downloadable CLE courses may be completed for participatory credit as long as course completion is verified by a provider. We verify your online participation through randomly inserted pop ups that you must click on while you are viewing the video. For offline courses such as downloadable audio (MP3) and CD courses we verify your course completion via numerical codes embedded in the audio or video course.

Participatory CLE Courses May Include:[2]

  • Online Streaming video
  • CD-Rom or CD
  • Other media such as MP3 & downloadable video

Group 1 attorneys (A-G) need to be aware that the State Bar of California has greatly increased the amount of MCLE audits. California attorneys must pay special attention to properly completing their CA MCLE requirement to avoid fines, suspension or disbarment. For more information about the California CLE requirement and courses please click here: CA CLE.

[1] Participatory vs. Self-Study Credit

http://mcle.calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/EducationOptions.aspx

[2] Electronic Education [Rule 2.80; Rule 2.83] [self-study or participatory, depends on provider verification]

http://mcle.calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/EducationOptions.aspx

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Washington MCLE: 45 Online Hours Allowed in 2016

Washington attorneys can expect some major changes to their MCLE requirement starting in 2016. The new Washington MCLE Rule that takes effect on January 1, 2016, gives Washington attorneys much more flexibility when completing their mandatory WA MCLE requirement.[1]

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The main change taking effect in 2016 is that the “live” credit requirement will be eliminated. That means that Washington attorneys will be able to complete all 45 required credit hours via online and downloadable CLE courses starting in 2016. This gives Washington attorneys much greater flexibility when completing their WA MCLE requirement and allows them to take all of their CLE courses online and offline on their own schedule from the comfort of their home or office.

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In addition, the categories of Washington CLE credit will be expanded starting in 2016. Washington attorneys will be able to take advantage of new MCLE approved course subjects and activities to address important topics like office management, lawyer-client issues, stress management and personal & professional development. To accomplish this, there will now be three total categories of Washington MCLE credits starting in 2016: Law & Legal Procedure (black letter law), Professional Responsibility (ethics) and “Other.” Of the 45 WA CLE credit hours required every three years, Washington lawyers will be required to earn a minimum of 15 law and legal procedure credits and 6 ethics credits.

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The Washington State Supreme Court has already approved this new MCLE rule and it becomes effective starting on January 1, 2016. The 2013-2015 Washington CLE reporting group will need to meet the current continuing education requirements. The 2014-2016 CLE reporting group will be the first group that will be subject to the new Washington MCLE requirement. For more information about Washington CLE please click here: WA CLE.

[1] The WA MCLE Rule is APR 11.

http://www.courts.wa.gov/court_rules/?fa=court_rules.display&group=ga&set=apr&ruleid=gaapr11

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How is CLE Course Completion Reported to the Florida Bar?

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Florida attorneys must complete at least thirty (30) FL CLE credit hours every three years. In order to complete and report the FL CLER, Florida attorneys are randomly assigned a 3-year reporting cycle. This 3-year reporting cycle determines when you must complete your required 30 Florida CLE credit hours. All thirty (30) required FL CLE credit hours may be completed by online, downloadable and CD CLE courses.

Florida CLE Attendance Reporting

The FL CLER rules require that you self-report your FL CLE credit hours on the Florida Bar website.

Florida is a self-reporting CLE state. That means that CLE providers are not allowed to report your CLE course completion. Once you have completed a course, The Florida Bar requires that you self-report your FL CLE credit hours on the Florida Bar website. In order to self-report your FL CLE credit that you complete, you will need to know the Florida Bar course number for the FL CLE course that you complete. The Florida Bar CLE course numbers are printed on your Certificates of Completion that you are issued once you complete a course. To self-report your FL CLE credit click this link: Report FL CLE.

Notice Regarding Your FL CLE Completed

Three months prior to the CLE due date, The Florida Bar sends attorneys notice regarding CLE that has been completed.

Don’t risk becoming delinquent, get your Florida completed and reported on time! Attorney Credits offers continuing legal education (CLE) in Florida and around the country. For more information about the continuing legal education requirement (CLER) in Florida, please click the following link: Florida CLE.

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Texas MCLE: Does the State Bar of Texas keep a record of my CLE activities completed?

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Every active member of the State Bar of Texas that has been licensed for at least two years must complete fifteen (15) TX CLE credit hours each year.[1] The Texas CLE compliance year is a one-year period that begins on the first day of the month you were born. The compliance period ends one year later on the last day of the month that precedes the month of your birth.[2]

Texas CLE Reporting

All Texas CLE must be completed and reported by the last day of your birth month in order to avoid a non-compliance penalty fee.

The Texas MCLE Department does keep track of each Texas attorney’s mandatory CLE compliance and CLE course completion. You can check your Texas CLE compliance by accessing your CLE account on the State Bar of Texas website or by contacting the State Bar of Texas. Please note that while CLE sponsors are required to report attendance, since Texas is a self-reporting MCLE state Texas attorneys are ultimately responsible for making sure that CLE attendance is properly reported. You must report your overall completion of the 15 credit hour annual requirement through the Texas MCLE Annual Verification Report.[3]

Texas CLE Tracking

The Texas MCLE Department tracks each Texas attorney’s CLE course completion. Please note that while CLE providers must report your course completion, Texas is still considered a self-reporting CLE state. It is ultimately your responsibility to make sure your mandatory MCLE hours are accurately and timely reported.

Failure to timely report your TX CLE credit hours could result in a non-compliance penalty of $100, $200 or $300.[4] If you have questions about the amount of TX MCLE you have completed please contact the State Bar of Texas. For more information about the Texas MCLE requirement, deadlines, compliance or Texas CLE bundles please click here: TX CLE.

[1] Including three (3) hours in the area of Legal Ethics or Professionalism each year.

[2] Every Texas attorney has an automatic grace period to complete and report mandatory TX CLE hours for the TX CLE compliance year. The grace period runs until the end of your birth month.

[3] Your Annual Texas MCLE Verification Report will be mailed to you 8 weeks BEFORE your birth month. You must review this Verification Report very carefully and if the report indicates that you have completed the requisite number of TX MCLE hours, then no further action is needed. If you have not completed or reported the required 15 hours by the last day of your compliance year, a reminder Notice will be emailed and mailed to you at the beginning of the birth month (the grace period).

[4] If you do not complete and report at least 15 hours of TX CLE by the last day of your birth month (grace period), you will be in non-compliance with the TX MCLE requirement and subject to a penalty.

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