Monthly Archives: May 2016

Illinois Attorneys Last Name A-M: The IL MCLE Deadline is June 30

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The deadline to complete the Illinois MCLE requirement for many Illinois attorneys is June 30.[1] Please note that your Illinois CLE reporting period depends on the first letter of your last name as it appears on the master roll of attorneys with the ARDC. If your last name begins with A-M you must complete and report the required IL CLE hours by June 30.

IL CLE Reporting Group

  • Last Name A – M
    • Report in 2016
  • Last Name N – Z
    • Report in 2017

Illinois attorneys must complete a minimum of thirty (30) IL CLE credit hours every two years to complete the IL MCLE requirement, including 6 hours of Professional Responsibility. For more information about the IL CLE requirement and deadlines, please click the following link: IL CLE.

[1] Illinois attorneys must complete a minimum of thirty (30) IL CLE credit hours every two years in order to complete the IL MCLE requirement, including 6 hours of Professional Responsibility.

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CLE Course Provides Tips & Strategies for Voir Dire

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About the only time that voir dire looks cute and easy… is in the movies. Even seasoned litigators dread the unknown and misreading jurors during the voir dire process.

Voir comes from old French and derives from the Latin word ‘verum’ – meaning “that which is true.”  One of the most common French verbs, “dire” means “to say” or “to tell.”  In combination, the phrase roughly translates “to tell that which is true.”

It is your skill to get prospective jurors “to tell that which is true” during voir dire that will have a significant impact on the result you achieve for your next client.

In this highly practical CLE course, business litigation attorney Karen Frostrom provides tips and strategies so that you can more effectively question prospective jurors during voir dire.  The main topics covered by Karen include thinking about your approach to voir dire, using what works for you, getting started, potential questions to ask and key practice points. To access the course please click here: Voir Dire: Tips and Strategies.

Additional issues covered in this CLE course:

  • iJury vs. Sticky Notes
  • Thinking backwards
  • Eliminating vs. picking jurors
  • Getting to know prospective jurors
  • Asking what opinions they are afraid of
  • Personal experiences
  • World views
  • Opinions
  • Staying in 3’s
  • Making your list
  • Asking what the jury wants
  • Taking notes
  • Misreading potential jurors

Karen R. Frostrom practices business litigation, municipal redevelopment, land use, eminent domain, condemnation, and contracts law. Karen has litigated trials to verdict in San Diego and Orange County and has also handled both appellate writs and direct appeals. Karen is active with the Conference of Delegates of California Bar Associations, serving previously as the Chair of the San Diego Lawyers’ delegation and the San Diego Bar Association delegation. The Consumer Attorneys of San Diego have awarded her three separate Outstanding Trial Lawyer Awards.

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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CLE Course on Education & Student Data Privacy

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BYOD, sexting, facial recognition software, security cameras, online learning portals – welcome to the 21st century classroom!! Technology has dramatically changed the landscape of education – school is definitely not the same place that we went to. One major result of technology in schools has been the massive proliferation of student data and information collected about students by third party vendors such as Google.

Education & Data Privacy

Today’s classrooms increasingly employ the on-demand delivery of personalized content and virtual online forums to facilitate student and teacher interaction, in addition to a wealth of other interactive technologies that help to enhance the learning process. While these technologies have the potential to revolutionize the educational process, they also create a myriad of new questions about how to best protect student privacy.

In this incredibly timely course, Gretchen Shipley discusses data privacy issues faced by schools and school districts in our era of burgeoning digital technology. A respected legal leader in education law & technology, Gretchen mainly discusses student privacy, the 21st century classroom, data collected by school districts, key student privacy laws and specific data privacy issues faced by schools. To access the course please click here: Let’s Talk About Private Parts: Education & Data Privacy.

Further topics covered in this CLE course:

  • Integrated data systems
  • Security cameras & video
  • Educational websites & software companies
  • Educational software provider agreements
  • BYOD policies in schools
  • Sexting
  • Search & seizure
  • Live video feeds in the classroom
  • Online threats by students
  • Data breaches
  • Cyber insurance
  • Privacy Information Assessment (PIA)
  • Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA)
  • FERPA
  • COPPA
  • CEPA
  • FOYA
  • HIPAA

Gretchen M. Shipley is a partner in the San Diego area office of Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost and co-chair of the firm’s eMatters Practice Group. A respected legal leader in education law and technology, Mrs. Shipley advises school districts and presents workshops to students, employees and district leaders nationwide on the promotion of digital citizenship in the school community and the implications of cyber-misconduct in the classroom and workplace. She has also collaborated with the Association of California School Administrators to co-produce the popular “Logged On” seminars, created to offer guidance on employee and student issues that stem from embedding technology into public education.

This CLE course is offered in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Delaware (DE)
  • Florida (FL)
  • Georgia (GA)
  • 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)
  • Washington

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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NY CLE: Online CLE for Newly Admitted Attorneys

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Newly admitted attorneys in New York have special CLE requirements.[1] Newly admitted NY attorneys must complete at least 16 transitional CLE credit hours in each of the first two years of admission to the New York State Bar. The requirements are shown on the chart below.

Newly Admitted NY CLE Requirement[2]

  • Sixteen (16) accredited hours
  • Completed in EACH of the first two (2) years of admission
    • 3 hours of ethics & professionalism
    • 6 hours of skills
    • 7 hours of law practice management and/or areas of professional practice

Newly admitted New York attorneys may NOW complete 14 of the required 32 credit hours by completing by completing on-demand computer based CLE programs.[3] For more information about New York CLE please click here: NY CLE.

[1] Under the New York CLE Rules, attorneys admitted to the New York State Bar for two (2) years or less are considered newly admitted attorneys.

[2] The first set of 16 transitional NY CLE credit hours must be completed by the first anniversary of admission to the New York State Bar Association, in the designated categories of credit. The second set of 16 transitional hours must be completed between the first and second anniversaries of admission to the NY State Bar.

[3] (In the required areas of Law Practice Management & Areas of Professional Practice.

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California Attorneys Last Name A-G: Late MCLE Compliance Deadline is June 30

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California attorneys in Group 3 (A-G) should have had all their CLE completed and reported by February 1, 2016. If you are a California attorney whose last name starts with A-G and you have not yet completed your CA MCLE requirement, you are late with your required CA CLE compliance. However, if you comply with your CA MCLE requirement by June 30, you only have to pay a $75 late fee.[1]

Extensions of Time

If you comply with the California MCLE requirement by June 30, you do not need to request an extension of time with the State Bar of California. A late fee of $75 will be assessed if your last name starts with A-G and you have not reported your compliance by February 1, and you must still complete the 25 required CA MCLE hours.

Please remember to properly complete your California CLE requirement. You must complete the proper amount of bias (1), competence issues (1) and ethics hours (4) and make sure that you don’t exceed 12.5 credit hours of self-study credit. For more information about the California MCLE requirement please click the following link: CA CLE.[2]

[1] If you comply by June 30th there is no suspension, there is no make up plan, there is no disbarment. You must simply comply with your CA MCLE requirement by June 30 and pay the $75 late fee.

[2] The Cal Bar has greatly increased the amount of annual MCLE audits and the penalty for trying to deceive the Bar has been disbarment some cases. Most importantly, don’t try to lie or deceive the State Bar of California.

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Nevada CLE: 12 Online NV CLE Hours Allowed

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Nevada attorneys must complete a minimum of twelve NV CLE credit hours each annual Nevada CLE compliance period. Attorneys licensed in Nevada must complete at least two hours of legal ethics every as part of the 12 unit Nevada CLE requirement, and one hour of substance abuse every 3 years.[1] Please note that Nevada attorneys now also have a substance abuse requirement that must be completed every three years.

Nevada CLE Compliance & Reporting

  • Reporting Cycle: Annual
  • Compliance Deadline: December 31
  • Reporting Deadline: December 31
  • Online Hours Allowed: All 12 hours

Nevada attorneys may complete all 12 credit hours though online and downloadable CLE courses. We offer all Nevada CLE courses in the following media formats: online streaming video, downloadable audio & downloadable video courses. To access more information about Nevada CLE please click here: NV CLE.

[1] Substance Abuse CLE Now Mandatory in Nevada

http://www.attorneycredits.com/wordpress/2013/09/substance-abuse-cle-now-mandatory-in-nevada/

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PA CLE: Reporting Annual CLE Compliance

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Pennsylvania attorneys are required to complete twelve (12) credit hours each annual compliance period, including at least two (2) hours of legal ethics. All Pennsylvania lawyers are permanently assigned to 1 of 3 Pennsylvania CLE Compliance Groups for compliance and reporting purposes.

PA CLE Compliance Groups:

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

The Pennsylvania CLE Board will notify you regarding your CLE status prior to the final day of your compliance period.[1] If the report indicates that you are in compliance, you do not need to take any further action. If you have not completed your required Pennsylvania CLE, you must make up any CLE hours that you are short of the 12 required hours. For more information about CLE in Pennsylvania, please click here: PA CLE.

[1] The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board maintains a record of your CLE compliance. The CLE Board will provide a final compliance notice after the end of the Pennsylvania CLE compliance period.

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CLE Course: Dealing with High Conflict Attorneys

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One of the more unfortunate aspects of legal practice is dealing with high conflict attorneys that seem to permeate the legal system. The bad news is that these high conflict personalities appear to be increasing in society – and especially in our courts. The good news is that understanding high-conflict personalities and opposing counsel can help ease your stress and also help you achieve a better result for your client.

High Conflict Attorneys

Does there seem to be a lack of civility in our adversarial legal system? Do you work with clients and opposing counsel that are rigid and uncompromising – who seem to be preoccupied with constantly blaming others for their problems? Yes, high conflict attorneys seem to be everywhere in the legal system and can be extremely difficult to deal with.

In this highly informative and extremely practical CLE course, Bill Eddy provides you with tips and strategies to deal with high conflict attorneys. The main issues discussed include the attorney-client relationship, core issues of personality disorder in high conflict attorneys, high conflict personality (HCP) opposing counsel and 10 Points on how to approach HCP counsel.  To access the course please click here: Dealing with High Conflict Counsel.

Further topics addressed in this CLE course:

  • Common “high-conflict” issues
  • Lack of self-awareness
  • Lack of adaptation
  • Externalizing responsibility
  • 5 high conflict personalities
  • Causes of personality disorders
  • Brain neurochemistry in HCP attorneys
  • What to expect from HCP counsel
  • Listening to opposing counsel
  • Picking your battles
  • Responding with B.I.F.F.
  • Making proposals
  • Avoiding professional splitting
  • Incivility
  • Support & consultation

Bill Eddy is a lawyer, therapist, mediator and the President of High Conflict Institute. He developed the “High Conflict Personality” theory (HCP Theory) and has become an international expert on managing disputes involving high conflict personalities and personality disorders. He provides training on this subject to lawyers, judges, mediators, managers, human resource professionals, businesspersons, healthcare administrators, college administrators, homeowners’ association managers, ombudspersons, law enforcement, therapists and others. He has been a speaker and trainer in over 25 states, several provinces in Canada, Australia, France and Sweden.

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 Illinois and around the country. For more information about CLE in Illinois please click the following link: IL CLE.

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CO CLE: How do Online CLE courses Qualify for CLE Credit in Colorado?

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Colorado attorneys must complete at least 45 credit hours of CLE every 3 years to complete the CO CLE requirement. In addition, at least 7 of the required 45 credit hours must be in the area of legal ethics. All Colorado CLE credit hours must be completed by December 31 and reported by January 31.

Online CLE in Colorado

Colorado attorneys may complete all required CLE credit hours through online and downloadable CLE courses.

Online CLE courses are considered to be Home Study CLE credits in Colorado. To receive CLE credit for any home study course, a Homestudy Affidavit must be submitted to the Supreme Court Board of Continuing Legal and Judicial Education (Colorado CLE Board). Every Colorado attorney was given a Homestudy Affidavit from the Colorado Supreme Court upon admission to the bar, or subsequently with an address change. For more information about CLE in Colorado please click here: CO CLE.

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Arizona MCLE: What Qualifies for Interactive or Self-Study for Online CLE Courses

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Arizona attorneys must complete 15 AZ CLE credit hours each annual MCLE compliance period. To complete the 15 credit hour Arizona MCLE requirement, Arizona attorneys must also make sure to complete at least 3 credit hours of Professional Responsibility. Arizona attorneys may complete all 15 hours through online CLE courses as long as the courses are “interactive.”

Interactive Online AZ MCLE

Where the order of presentation or the content of the course material is dependent on the attorney’s response and the attorney has an opportunity to respond to prompts initiated by the faculty or placed within the course material, it is considered to be interactive.[1]

All of Attorney Credits’ online and downloadable CLE courses offered in Arizona are considered interactive.  For online AZ CLE programs we utilize randomly inserted verification prompts that appear during the online video to monitor your participation. For downloadable audio and video CLE courses we use number codes embedded in the course to verify your participation and completion of the course. These are both accepted methods for interactivity in Arizona. For more information about CLE in Arizona please click here: AZ CLE.

[1] Frequently Asked Questions About MCLE in Arizona

http://www.azbar.org/cleandmcle/mcle/frequentlyaskedquestionsaboutmcleinarizona/

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