Monthly Archives: February 2016

Nevada CLE: Late NV CLE Deadline is March 1

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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.  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.

NV CLE Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Deadline: December 31
  • Late Reporting Deadline: March 1

All required NV CLE credit hours must be completed and reported by December 31. You can request an extension of time with the NV CLE Board if you did not complete and report your required NV CLE credit hours by December 31.[1] Most Nevada attorneys will be given until March 1 to complete the Nevada CLE requirement.

NV Late CLE Deadline

If you haven’t completed your NV CLE credits by December 31, you can request an extension of time.[2] More than likely you will be given until March 1 to complete your NV CLE requirement.

Don’t risk fines, suspension or your Nevada law license – start studying your NV CLE today! For more information about Nevada CLE please click the following: NV CLE.

[1] You must put your request in writing and send it to the NV CLE Board along with a $50 extension fee.

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CLE on Substance Abuse, Depression & Competence

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Substance abuse and depression are two of the main contributors that affect an attorney’s competence to practice law. Substance abuse and depression also lead to high rates of suicide amongst lawyers. Attorneys are nearly twice as likely to have problems with drugs & alcohol and are nearly four times more likely to suffer from depression when compared to the general population. In fact, the depression rate in the legal profession is the highest amongst all professions and over 50% of all discipline cases involve an underlying substance abuse issue.

The leading cause of premature death among attorneys:

  • It’s not heart attacks or car accidents.
  • Suicide is the leading cause of premature death for lawyers

In this course, Richard P. Carlton discusses the connection between substance abuse, depression and your competence to practice law. The main topics discussed include the law as a high-risk profession, substance abuse & depression disorders, personality traits of attorneys, ways to cope with the stress & the mental challenges of the legal profession and managing client expectations. To access the course please click here: An Attorney’s Duty: Competence & Substance Abuse.

Further issues presented and discussed in this CLE course:

  • Brain chemistry
  • Depression
  • Traits of pre-law students
  • The effects of law school
  • Lawyers as pessimists
  • Thinking like a lawyer
  • Resources & assistance for attorneys
  • The stress response
  • Negativity bias
  • Fear & negativity
  • Mindfulness
  • The pace of life for attorneys
  • Time shifting
  • Mindfulness
  • Hardwiring happiness
  • Resources & assistance

Richard P. Carlton, MPH, is currently the Acting Director of the Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) of the State Bar of California. He has been addressing mental health and disability concerns in the legal profession for over twenty-five years and he frequently delivers continuing legal education (CLE) presentations on addressing substance abuse and managing stress to bar associations, State Bar sections and law firms throughout California. In addition to his work with the LAP program of the State Bar of California he is also a consultant to the U.S. Courts for the Ninth Circuit, the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and the Idaho Judicial Branch on matters of judicial stress and wellness.

This CLE course is currently 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 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: IL CLE.

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PA CLE: Group I CLE Compliance Deadlines is April 30

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Pennsylvania attorneys must complete a minimum of twelve (12) CLE credits each annual compliance period in order to fulfill the PA CLE requirement. Attorneys in Pennsylvania must now complete at least a minimum of two (2) hours of legal ethics, professionalism or substance abuse each year.[1]

Pennsylvania CLE groups are chosen randomly by lawyer ID number.

Pennsylvania attorneys that are in PA CLE Compliance Group I must complete their required Pennsylvania CLE requirement by April 30. All Pennsylvania lawyers are permanently assigned to 1 of 3 Pennsylvania CLE Compliance Groups for compliance and reporting purposes. Once you are assigned to a PA CLE compliance group, your compliance group will never change.[2]

PA CLE Compliance Groups:

  • Group I:     May 1 – April 30
  • Group II:    September 1 – August 31
  • Group III:  January 1 – December 31

Attorneys that are in PA CLE Group I may now complete 6 credit hours by completing online & downloadable Pennsylvania CLE courses through Attorney Credits. Attorney Credits’ Distance Learning PA CLE courses have been approved by the Pennsylvania CLE Board. For more information about CLE in Pennsylvania please click here: PA CLE.

[1] Pennsylvania attorneys were previously only required to complete 1 credit hour of ethics each compliance period.

[2] Even if your last name changes, your PA CLE Compliance Group will remain the same and you will always remain in the same Compliance Group.

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Show Me The Money! Ethics of Trust Accounting CLE

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If you are like me, one of the first things you do while perusing your state bar journal or website is to flip quickly to the back and the scan the discipline pages. There is something that fascinates me about the stories of those attorneys that were unfortunate enough to get a public censure… or even disbarment in the most extreme circumstances. And it seems that almost every time an attorney gets disbarred it’s because they committed serious ethical violations when handling their client’s money.

The mishandling of client funds is a top complaint in both legal malpractice cases and State Bar proceedings.

Heather Rosing presents this course because attorneys continue to (intentionally or unintentionally) mishandle client funds. In this course, Ms. Rossing will show you how to ethically deposit, account for and disburse client funds so that you can properly navigate and comply with the complex & technical rules of client trust accounting so you can avoid a legal malpractice claims and State Bar discipline. While Ms. Rosing mainly bases her discussion on the ethics rules and opinions of California, the strategies and tips that she provides will benefit attorneys around the country. To access the course click here: Show Me The Money: Ethical Client Trust Accounting.

Subjects covered in this ethics CLE course:

  • Ethical rules & resources
  • State bar findings on trust accounts violations
  • Preserving the identity of funds & the property of the client
  • Ethically handling papers, property & fees when terminating the representation
  • IOLTA vs. Non-IOLTA trusts
  • Helpful ethics opinions
  • Co-mingling funds
  • The receipt & clearance of funds
  • Advancing costs & fees
  • Credit cards
  • Non-client funds
  • Loans from trust
  • Fee disputes
  • Trust as escrow or “holding account”
  • Trust account scams

The former President of the San Diego County Bar Association (SDCBA), Heather L. Rosing is the Chairperson of the Professional Liability Department overseeing a team of Klinedinst lawyers across the state of California in the defense of professionals such as lawyers and accountants. She has developed a nationwide reputation for her experience & skill in litigating complex malpractice and fraud cases; in delivering sound advice in the areas of ethics & risk management; and in defending lawyers, accountants, and judges in disciplinary matters. Ms. Rosing also serves as a consultant & expert witness in the areas of privileges, fee disputes, professional responsibility and attorney duties.

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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CO CLE: Colorado Allows 45 Online CO CLE Hours

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Colorado attorneys must complete 45 credit hours of CLE every 3 years to stay compliant with the CO CLE requirement. In addition, at least 7 of the required 45 credit hours must be in legal ethics.

Colorado CLE Requirement

  • 45 hours every 3 years

The good news for Colorado attorneys – all 45 credit hours may be completed through online CLE courses. To receive Colorado CLE credit for a home study course, you must submit a Homestudy Affidavit to the Colorado CLE Board.[1]

Online CO CLE

  • All 45 hours may be completed through online CLE courses

Attorney Credits is an Approved Sponsor of CLE courses in Colorado.  Our Colorado CLE courses have all been approved for credit by the Colorado CLE Board for homestudy credit in Colorado because our CLE courses meet the requirements set forth in Colorado MCLE Rule 103(j). For more information about continuing legal education in Colorado, please click the following link: CO CLE.

[1]  You can receive CO CLE credit for a CLE course referred to as “homestudy” provided the activity under. Regulation 103(j).

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AZ CLE: The Arizona CLE Deadline is June 30

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Arizona attorneys must complete 15 AZ CLE credit hours each annual compliance period. Arizona attorneys must make also sure to complete at least 3 credit hours of Professional Responsibility as part of the annual Arizona CLE requirement.

Arizona CLE Compliance & Reporting

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

The annual AZ CLE compliance period for Arizona lawyers runs from July 1 to the following June 30. That means that Arizona attorneys need to complete the required 15 CLE credit hours by June 30. Arizona attorneys are also required to report completion of their AZ MCLE requirement each year by September 15.[1]

Interactive AZ CLE

Attorney Credits’ online and offline CLE courses offered in Arizona are considered “interactive” under the Arizona MCLE Rules.

One last key point to be aware of – the State Bar of Arizona does not certify CLE courses or CLE Providers.  However, Attorney Credits has helped hundreds of Arizona attorneys remain compliant with their AZ CLE requirement with our interactive online and offline AZ CLE courses.[2] For more information about CLE in Arizona please click here: AZ CLE.

[1] Arizona attorneys must submit proof of completion their AZ MCLE 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 report compliance by using the blank affidavit that’s located in the Arizona Attorney magazine issued in mid-August.

[2] Attorney Credits is a national provider of CLE and currently offers CLE courses in 48 states. We are Approved Providers of CLE in a number of states including California, Illinois, New York and Texas. Arizona attorneys have also completed thousands of CLE credit hours through Attorney Credits by completing our

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NJ CLE: 12 of 24 New Jersey CLE Hours May Be Online

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New Jersey attorneys are required to complete at least 24 credit hours of continuing legal education (CLE) each NJ CLE compliance period. Each New Jersey attorney is permanently assigned to one of two compliance groups for CLE reporting & compliance purposes, with one compliance group reporting each year.[1]

NJ CLE Requirement

New Jersey lawyers must complete at least twenty-four (24) NJ CLE credit hours every two years – including four (4) mandatory credit hours of legal ethics.

Without a valid exception New Jersey attorneys may complete 12 credit hours of online New Jersey CLE courses every two-year compliance period. 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.[2] These are the non-resident and medical CLE exceptions.[3]

Medical & Non Resident Exception – 24 Online CLE Hours

Attorneys that have a serious medical condition may apply to the New Jersey CLE Board to obtain all of their required CLE credits through alternative verifiable learning formats such as online CLE courses. And under BCLE 201:8 lawyers admitted to the New Jersey Bar Association who reside in, work in, and are licensed in another mandatory CLE state that allows for 100% of CLE courses to be taken through alternative verifiable learning formats may satisfy their entire NJ CLE requirement through 100% alternative verifiable learning formats.

Sign up with Attorney Credits and start studying your NJ CLE in minutes! To access more information about CLE compliance requirements in New Jersey: NJ CLE.

[1] Attorneys whose birthday fall between January 1 to June 30 are in Compliance Group 1 and must certify their NJ CLE compliance in each EVEN numbered year next following the completion of a compliance period. Attorneys whose birthdays fall between July 1 to December 31 are in Compliance Group 2 and must certify their New Jersey CLE compliance in each ODD numbered year next following the completion of a compliance period.

[2] See NJ CLE FAQ

New Jersey CLE FAQ

[3] NJ CLE Board FAQ

https://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/cle/att_faq.htm

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FL CLE: The Florida CLE Reporting Deadline

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Florida attorneys must complete and report 30 total FL CLE credit hours every three-year reporting cycle.[1] Your FL CLE reporting cycle is chosen randomly by a computer program. This compliance and reporting requirement is called the Continuing Legal Education Requirement (CLER) in Florida.

Your Florida CLE Reporting cycle is chosen randomly by a computer program.

The Florida Bar will send you a reminder three months prior to your FL CLER deadline.[2] The Florida Bar will also provide you notice regarding the FL CLE that you have completed. If you 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 and you are considered to be compliant with the CLER.

You can find your reporting date on the mailing label of The Florida Bar News.

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] As part of the 30 credit hour FL CLE requirement, Florida attorneys must also complete 5 credit hours in the area of legal ethics.

[2] Three months prior to the deadline for you to complete your FL CLER you will receive notice from The Florida Bar advising you that your reporting period is upcoming.

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TX CLE: Compliance, Reporting… & the Grace Period

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Texas attorneys must complete annual TX MCLE requirements if they want to continue to practice law in the Lone Star state. As part of the annual CLE requirement in Texas, attorneys must complete a minimum of 15 TX CLE credit hours. Texas attorneys must also complete at least 3 credit hours of Legal Ethics or Professional Responsibility each year in order to satisfy the mandatory TX CLE requirement.

TX CLE Compliance & Reporting

  • Reporting Cycle: Annual
  • Compliance Deadline: Last day of month before birth month
  • Reporting Deadline: First day of month of birth month

Texas attorneys often ask about the deadline to complete the the TX MCLE requirement. The answer to that question depends on when you were born. Your TX MCLE compliance year is a one-year period that begins on the first day of the month that you were born. The MCLE compliance period ends one year later on the last day of the month that precedes your birth month. All TX CLE must be completed and reported (received by the Texas MCLE Director) by the last day of your birth month in order to avoid a non-compliance penalty fee.

TX MCLE – Grace Period

Each Texas attorney has an automatic grace period – the end of his or her birth month – to complete AND report TX MCLE hours for that compliance year.

If you have NOT completed or reported the required 15 TX credit hours by the last day of your compliance year, you will receive a reminder Notice via email and regular mail from the State Bar of Texas at the beginning of your birth month. If you do not complete and report at least 15 hours of Texas CLE by the last day the grace period then you will be in non-compliance and subject to a penalty ranging between $100-$300. Please click this link to access more information about CLE in Texas: TX CLE.

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NY CLE: When Do I Report NY CLE Compliance?

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Experienced New York attorneys must complete 24 credit hours every 2 year compliance period – including 4 credit hours of legal ethics.[1] You must file your attorney registration form and complete your NY CLE requirement within 30 days after your birthday on your reporting year.[2]

New York CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: 2 years
  • Compliance Deadline: Birth date
  • Reporting Deadline: 30 days after your birthday

If you were admitted to the New York State Bar Association before January 1, 1982 – or in an even-numbered year – then you will register in even-numbered years. If you were admitted New York State Bar Association in an odd-numbered year after 1982, then you will register in odd-numbered years. At the time of the biennial registration, all New York attorneys must certify that they have completed their New York CLE requirement for that reporting cycle and that the proper documentation has been retained.

New York CLE Compliance Groups

  • Register in EVEN-numbered years
    • Admitted BEFORE 1/1/1982
    • OR in an even-numbered year
  • Register in ODD-numbered years
    • Admitted in an odd-numbered year AFTER 1982

Attorney Credits is an Accredited Sponsor of CLE in New York. We have helped hundreds of New York attorneys complete thousands of NY CLE credit hours through the AttorneyCredits.com website. For more information about New York CLE, please click the following link: NY CLE.

[1] An Experienced New York attorney have been admitted to the New York State Bar for more than two years.

[2] In order to report your New York CLE compliance an attorney registration form will be mailed to you by the NY CLE Board.[2]

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