Monthly Archives: October 2016

CLE Course on Representing Disabled Veterans Before the Department of Veterans Affairs

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Veterans who have returned from military service often develop physical, mental, and emotional problems that might take years to manifest. Because the Veterans Administration is an unwieldy bureaucracy that uses a complex combination of federal statutes, regulations, and internal policies when deciding benefits claims, applying for disability benefits can be a long, frustrating process.

Some veterans have had to wait decades to get the benefits they deserve!

In this introductory CLE course, attorney Eric Gang will teach you the fundamentals of building a case for veterans benefits. Eric will cover the following: how to identify the primary sources of veterans law & benefits, basic eligibility requirements, the elements of proof for a successful claim and how & when to appeal. To access the course pleas click here: Representing Disabled Veterans Before the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Additional subjects addressed:

  • Types of benefits
  • The three levels of the VA benefits appeals process
  • The definition of active duty
  • Current disabilities
  • In-service events
  • Establishing a nexus with service
  • Proving nexus by presumption
  • Proving a nexus by aggravation
    Secondary service connection
  • The Notice of Disagreement (NOD)
  • Requesting a Decision Review Officer (DRO)
  • The Statement of the Case (SOC)
  • BVA certification & decision
  • Appealing to the CACV
  • Three criteria of the Notice of Appeal

Eric Gang has been in the private practice of law since 1998. He is the founding member of Gang & Associates, a law firm that represents veterans worldwide in their appeals for VA disability benefits. A frequent speaker and lecturer in the area of veterans disability law, Eric maintains offices in New York City and New Jersey.

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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New CLE Course on Evidence & Hearsay at Trial: Advocacy and Artistry in the Courtroom

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Do you know that attorneys have a super power? Attorneys have the super ability to turn information into evidence. From motions in limine to cross examination, your ability to turn information into admissible evidence (or have important evidence excluded) will have the greatest impact on your client’s success at trial.

While the definition of evidence may seem straightforward, preparing and presenting evidence can be extremely tricky…. even for seasoned legal practitioners.

In this CLE course, the honorable Michael B. Orfield (ret.) provides his unique perspective spent from his years on the bench to help you hone your super power of turning information into admissible evidence. The main evidentiary topics addressed include motions in limine, demonstrative evidence, jury notebooks, mini opening statements, relevant vs. unduly prejudicial evidence, direct & cross examination, refreshing the recollection of a witness, rebuttal & impeachment and hearsay evidence. While this course refers to the evidence code of California, numerous practice points will be introduced and discussed that can be deployed by legal practitioners around the country. To access the course please click here: Evidence: Advocacy and Artistry in the Courtroom.

Further topics discussed in this CLE course include:

  • Knowing your court & judge
  • Leading lay witnesses on direct & cross
  • Coaching witnesses
  • Witness credibility
  • Non verbal statements
  • Silence as a statement
  • Evidence offered for the truth of the matter asserted

The Honorable Michael B. Orfield (Ret.) was a jurist for 20 years, mostly as a civil independent calendar judge and he now serves as a mediator and arbitrator with Agreement.com. The Honorable Harry Elias has been a Superior Court Judge for the County of San Diego for over twenty years. Judge Elias presides over both juvenile and criminal cases.

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)
  • 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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Preventing Legal Malpractice: 60 Tips in 60 Minutes

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Take cases outside of your main practice area. Forget to calendar key dates. Co-mingle client and firm funds. And whatever you don’t, don’t call or email your clients to keep them informed about their cases. This is a blueprint of how NOT to practice law – or what to do if you want to be disbarred or end up on the wrong side of malpractice lawsuit.

Ethics violations and legal malpractice lawsuits have skyrocketed the last few decades.

Law firms and attorneys must recognize and evaluate their legal risk to avoid damaging ethical violations and costly malpractice lawsuits. In this fast paced CLE course, William T. McCaffery provides 60 tips in 60 minutes to educate you on how to recognize key ethical violations so you can sleep good at night and avoid the nightmare of getting sued. A few of the key areas Mr. McCaffery discusses include being competent, avoiding problem clients, conflicts of interest, establishing the attorney-client relationship, client billing and supervising other attorneys & support staff.

This CLE course will teach you about:

  • Your increasing exposure to legal malpractice claims
  • The top activities that lead to malpractice claims
  • Easy ways to reduce exposure to potential lawsuits

William T. McCaffery focuses on legal malpractice defense, professional liability, commercial litigation and general liability defense. Among other areas of professional liability and defense litigation, he represents attorneys and law firms that have been sued for legal malpractice in cases ranging from real estate and personal injury matters to complex business transactions and commercial litigation.

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)
  • 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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CLE Course: What Non-Insurance Attorneys Should Know About Insurance Coverage

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Insurance can be an extremely important source of funding for the defense of any lawsuit and the payment of any judgment or settlement for many different causes of action. The failure to recognize when insurance coverage applies and how coverage is triggered can adversely affect your clients and can easily lead to a malpractice lawsuit.

Insurance Coverage

Failing to recognize when and how insurance coverage applies can adversely affect your client’s case and lead to a malpractice lawsuit.

In this CLE course Jared De Jong and Timothy Heggem of Payne & Fears discuss the key points that you need to know in order to preserve potential insurance benefits available to their clients. Jared and Timothy discuss the types of insurance that provide coverage and how to identify them, the types of events that trigger coverage, how to maximize the likelihood of triggering coverage, what to do if the insurer fails to provide coverage, how to best proceed if the insurer imposes unreasonable limitations on the defense it provides, and the steps to take if the insurer and insured disagree about settlement. To access the course please click here: What Every Litigator Should Know About Insurance Coverage.

Additional topics discussed include:

  • “Claims made” nightmares
  • Sources of policy information
  • Commercial general liability policies
  • How to trigger the duty to defend
  • The compliant
  • Denial & delay of coverage
  • How to proceed if the insurer refuses to pay defense counsel’s full billing rates
  • The insurer’s right to settle
  • What to do if the insurer is not defending the suit

Jared De Jong is an associate at Payne & Fears LLP working in the Insurance Coverage Group. Timothy Heggem is an associate in the Insurance Coverage Group at Payne & Fears LLP.

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)
  • 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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NY CLE: New York CLE Deadline

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Happy Birthday… your New York CLE compliance is due![1] New York attorneys get an extra birthday present every two years – CLE compliance. That’s because New York attorneys must report NY CLE compliance every two years when they file the attorney registration card.

NY CLE Deadline

  • You must report NY CLE compliance 30 days after your birthday.

You must complete your New York CLE requirement and report compliance 30 days after your birthday on alternate years in order to timely complete your NY CLE reporting obligations.  All New York attorneys must certify that they have completed their NY CLE requirement and that the proper documentation such as certificates have been retained.

[1] Experienced New York attorneys must complete 24 credit hours every 2 year compliance period to complete the biennial NY CLE requirement, including 4 credit hours of legal ethics.

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CA CLE: Last Names N-Z Complete CA MCLE by February 1

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California MCLE (Minimum Continuing Legal Education) refers to the approved continuing legal education that California attorneys must complete every three years. Each three-year CA CLE compliance period California attorneys must complete a total of 25 hours of approved California CLE credit. Of those 25 required CLE hours, you must complete 4 hours of legal ethics, 1 hour of competence issues and 1 hour of elimination of bias. And please make sure to complete at least 12.5 hours of participatory credit!

CA MCLE Last Names N-Z

  • Deadline: 2/1/2017

California attorneys with last names N-Z (Group 3) must complete and report CA CLE compliance by the February 1 CA MCLE reporting deadline. California attorneys beware: the State Bar of California has conducted thousands of California MCLE audits over the last few years. If you want to continue to practice law in California you must remember to properly complete your required California CLE! For more information about the CA MCLE requirement please click the following link: CA CLE.

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NV CLE: Complete 12 Hours by December 31

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Nevada attorneys must complete a minimum of 12 NV CLE credit hours each annual Nevada CLE compliance period. Attorneys licensed in Nevada must also complete at least two (2) credit hours of legal ethics as part of the 12 unit Nevada CLE requirement.[1] All NV CLE credits must be completed and reported by December 31 to remain in compliance with the Nevada CLE requirement.

NV CLE Deadline

  • December 31

You are quickly running out of time to complete your NV CLE requirement… 2017 will be here before you know it!  Don’t wait until December 31 to get started studying your Nevada CLE, you can sign up and start taking Nevada CLE courses in minutes with Attorney Credits! To access more information about Nevada CLE please click here: NV CLE.

[1] Please note that Nevada attorneys now also have a substance abuse requirement that must be completed every three years.

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PA CLE: December 31 CLE Deadline for Group 3

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Pennsylvania attorneys must complete at least twelve (12) CLE credit hours each annual compliance period in order to fulfill the Pennsylvania CLE requirement.[1] Attorneys in Pennsylvania are broken down into 1 of 3 Pennsylvania CLE Compliance Groups for CLE compliance and reporting purposes. Pennsylvania attorneys that are in compliance Group III are currently due for compliance and must complete the PA CLE requirement by December 31.[2]

PA CLE Compliance Group III

January 1 – December 31

Pennsylvania attorneys that are in Group III may complete 6 PA CLE hours by completing Attorney Credits online and downloadable Pennsylvania CLE courses. Attorney Credits offers individual courses (including legal ethics courses) and also offers 6 unit CLE compliance packages for Pennsylvania attorneys in compliance Group III. For more information about CLE in Pennsylvania please click here: PA CLE.

[1] As part of the annual 12 hour PA CLE requirement, Pennsylvania attorneys must now complete at least a minimum of two (2) hours of legal ethics, professionalism or substance abuse.

[2] The PA CLE groups are chosen randomly by lawyer ID number. Once you are assigned to a PA CLE compliance group, your compliance group will never change. Even if your last name changes, your PA CLE Compliance Group will remain the same.

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CO CLE: Colorado CLE Deadline is December 31

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The CO CLE deadline is quickly approaching!! Colorado attorneys are required to complete 45 hours every three years in order to complete the Colorado CLE requirement.[1] Of the forty-five (45) required Colorado CLE credit hours, a minimum of seven (7) credit hours must be completed in the area of legal or judicial ethics. All 45 required CO CLE credit hours must be completed by December 31.

December 31 CO CLE Deadline

  • All CO CLE credit hours must be completed by December 31

Attorney Credits is an Approved Sponsor of CLE in Colorado.[2] Our Colorado CLE courses have all been approved for CLE credit by the Colorado CLE Board for Home Study credit because our CO CLE courses meet the requirements of the Colorado MCLE Rules. For more information about Colorado CLE, please click the following link: CO CLE.

[1] You must also report your CLE compliance to the Colorado CLE Board before January 31. Please note that noncompliance with the mandatory Colorado CLE requirement may result in late penalty fees and/or suspension from practice of law in Colorado.

[2] We are listed as “attcre” with the Colorado CLE Board.

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AZ CLE: Arizona MCLE Reporting

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Arizona attorneys are required to report completion of the required 15 AZ CLE credits each year. Arizona lawyers must submit proof of completing their AZ MCLE requirements each year on a form provided by the State Bar of Arizona.[1] Alternatively, Arizona attorneys may also use the blank affidavit that’s located in the Arizona Attorney magazine issued in mid-August to report compliance with the Arizona MCLE requirements.

Arizona CLE Reporting

Arizona attorneys must file the CLE affidavit annually by September 15

Please be aware that the State Bar of Arizona does not certify CLE providers nor courses. Attorney Credits is a national provider of CLE and currently offers thousands of CLE courses in 48 states.[1] We are Approved Providers of CLE in a number of main states including California, Illinois and Texas. Arizona attorneys have also completed thousands of AZ CLE through Attorney Credits by completing our interactive online and offline CLE courses. For more information about CLE in Arizona please click here: AZ CLE.

[1] Reporting Cycle: Annual, Compliance Deadline: June 30, Reporting Deadline: September 15

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