Monthly Archives: November 2017

CA CLE: Last Name H-M MCLE Deadline is February 1

 

For California attorneys that have last names that start with H-M the end is drawing near – the end of the MCLE compliance period!!!  That means it’s time to get your CA MCLE requirement done! The compliance deadline for California attorneys with last names H-M is February 1, 2018.[1]California attorneys must complete 25 total CA CLE credit hours each three-year compliance period. Of the 25 required credit hours, you must complete 4 hours of Legal Ethics, 1 hour of Competence Issues and 1 hour of Elimination of Bias. And you must complete at least 12.5 hours of participatory California CLE credit. For more information about the mandatory CA CLE requirement please click here: CA CLE.

[1] Attorneys with last names H-M are considered Group 2 attorneys.

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PA CLE: Group 3 Must Complete 12 CLEs by December 31

Pennsylvania attorneys must complete at least 12 CLE hours each annual compliance period to complete the Pennsylvania CLE requirement.[1] Please note that there are 3 CLE reporting groups in Pennsylvania – which means 3 different CLE deadlines. Pennsylvania attorneys that are in compliance Group III must complete the 12 required Pennsylvania CLE hours by December 31.

PA CLE Group III Deadline

  • December 31

Group III attorneys may complete 6 PA CLE hours by completing  online and downloadable CLE courses. Attorney Credits offers individual courses (including legal ethics) and also offers 6 hour PA CLE Bundles for Pennsylvania attorneys, the maximum allowed under the PA CLE Rules. For more information about CLE in Pennsylvania please click here: PA CLE.

[1] Pennsylvania attorneys must now complete at least a minimum of 2 hours of legal ethics, professionalism or substance abuse.

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New Substance Abuse CLE: Am I Drinking Too Much is a Rhetorical Question!

From a gang member, to an incredibly successful trial lawyer… to a full-blown alcoholic.  This is the story of Gary Gwilliam. Gary shares his story and his wisdom with you so you can avoid the same path that he – and thousands of other lawyers – ended up going down. The path to alcoholism and substance abuse.

3 Hard-Earning Lessons from Losing

  • Perseverance
  • Humility
  • Compassion

How does Gary’s story end? Well, the story hasn’t ended yet. At 80 years old, Gary is still an incredibly successful trial lawyer taking on complex civil litigation cases. In this heartfelt presentation Gary will mainly talk to you about how lawyers start drinking, the Sandy Staples case & dealing with loss, burnout & intervention and lessons from losing the big case. To access the course please click here: Am I Drinking Too Much is a Rhetorical Question!

Gary also addresses:

  • Our win-at-all-costs culture
  • The shame & guilt of losing, resources for attorneys
  • The Soul of the Law
  • How we become objectified because of our legal training
  • Taking care of yourself
  • How to get better balance
  • How to achieve peak performance
  • Learning to forgive

Gary Gwilliam is considered one of the best consumer trial attorneys in the state. He has tried 150 jury cases, of which more than 100 were personal injury cases. He has also spent the last 30 years trying to help attorneys facing substance abuse issues.

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 on IP Protection & the Cannabis Industry

Yes, the cannabis industry is growing like a weed… a well-watered weed. Since states have begun legalizing marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes, consumer demand has skyrocketed.

The Cannabis Industry & IP Protection

Marijuana sales are projected to exceed $20 billion annually within the next few years. As this new legal industry grows exponentially, so too do the intellectual property issues associated with these new cannabis businesses.

Intellectual property attorney Dave Branfman has been a pioneer in this field, recognizing very early that these new cannabusinesses face novel IP issues. In this course, Dave joins fellow IP attorney Eric Hanscom for an enlightening and entertaining look at how patent, copyright and trademark law can protect these new companies, their “flowers” and the derivative products they produce. To access the course please click here: Growing Like a Weed: Intellectual Property Issues in the Cannabis Industry.

Eric and Dave will also discuss:

  • Design, utility & plant patents
  • Provisional patents
  • The PVPA (Plant Variety Protection Act)
  • Federal law
  • Cannabis patents issued
  • Strong & weak trademarks
  • Increasing competition in the industry
  • Selecting names for strains
  • Developing content rich logos
  • Licensing
  • IP litigation in the cannabis industry

An intellectual property attorney, Eric Hancom is actively involved in overseeing litigation, contract negotiation and customs issues in the US, Asia, Europe, South American and Australia over matters ranging from patent and trademark infringement to breach of contract. David Branfman’s practice focuses on intellectual property and entertainment law, including trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing, motion pictures & TV and music.

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 New York CLE in please click the following link: NY CLE.

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Data Security for Attorneys and Law Firms

On the morning of June 27th,  DLA attorneys and employees walking into work at the DC offices were greeted with a peculiar message written on a whiteboard in the lobby. The message warned all employees not to turn on their computers and to remove all laptops from docking stations and to keep the devices turned them off. The global law firm that touts their cybersecurity compliance practice had been hit with a ransomware attack.

Duty of Technological Competence

With so much valuable client and case information now stored electronically, attorneys firms must proactively approach data security in their everyday practice.

If it can happen at a mega firm like DLA Piper, it can definitely happen at your firm. Deena Mayne and James Mal will teach you the best practices for data safety so you can secure your confidential client and case information. Deena and James will mainly address the following topics: the trend for lawyers to become technologically competent, data security & protection for attorneys & law firms, computer security for attorneys and key steps lawyers can take to secure their computers & networks. To access the course please click here: Data Security and Your Law Practice.

Additional topics discussed include:

  • The ABA & the Duty of Technological Competence
  • What clients expect
  • ISAO (Information Sharing and Analysis Organization)
  • How your data is vulnerable
  • The cloud security alliance
  • System passwords
  • Network vulnerabilities
  • Using a firewall
  • Social awareness
  • Backups
  • Encryption
  • Retention policies
  • Sending unencrypted emails

James Mal is a computer and network security expert. He works with business around the country to protect and recover their invaluable data. Deena Mayne is a WordPress web designer, developer and consultant who believes in keeping things as simple, direct and effective as possible.

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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How to Handle Child Sexual Abuse Allegations in Family Court Cases

When allegations of sex abuse arise in family law cases, they often surface in the heat of custody litigation where it is difficult for judges, attorneys and mental health professionals to assess the veracity of the allegations. These are extremely complicated and emotional cases that can be a minefield for attorneys and other family law professionals. An understanding of divorce dynamics and motives is essential.

How to Handle Child Sexual Abuse Allegations in Family Court Cases

Allison Williams will provide you with a working understanding of the psychological and legal issues that are present when sexual abuse allegations arise in family litigation.

In this CLE course, Allison Williams will provide practical advice and helpful insight into how to handle these sensitive and complicated cases by discussing the interplay between CPS & child protective services, how sexual abuse allegations are validated, litigation of child sexual abuse cases, the expert evaluation process, key rules of evidence and strategies & tactics. To access the course please click here: How to Handle Child Sexual Abuse Allegations in Family Court Cases.

Additional topics discussed:

  • Key resources
  • Finding words
  • Fantastical thinking & recantation
  • Parental access
  • Parental alienation as a defense
  • Risk factors
  • Psychological testing
  • Childhood disclosure of abuse
  • Finding corroborating evidence
  • The victim-patient privilege
  • The business records exception
  • The admissibility of police Reports
  • How to challenge a psychologist’s opinion
  • Tips for cross examining experts

Allison C. Williams, Esq., is Founder and Owner of the Williams Law Group, LLC, with offices in Union and Wall Township, New Jersey.  She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Matrimonial Law Attorney. Attorney Credits offers CLE in New Jersey and around the country, for more information about New Jersey CLE please click here: NJ CLE.

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CO CLE: The Colorado CLE Deadline is December 31

The Colorado CLE deadline is rapidly approaching![1] Colorado attorneys must complete 45 CO CLE hours every 3 years in order to meet the Colorado CLE requirement.[2] Please note: if the forty-five required CO CLE credit hours, at least seven hours must be completed in the area of legal ethics.

December 31 CO CLE Deadline

  • 45 CO CLE hours
  • Completed by December 31

All 45 required CO CLE hours must be completed by December 31. Attorney Credits is an Approved Sponsor of CLE in Colorado. Our Colorado CLE courses have all been approved for CLE credit by the Colorado CLE Board for.[3] For more information about Colorado CLE, please click the following link: CO CLE.

[1] If this the end of your 3 year compliance cycle.

[2] In addition, you must also report your Colorado CLE compliance to the Colorado CLE Board before January 31.

[3] Online CLE courses are considered Home Study credit. Our CO CLE courses meet all the requirements of the CO MCLE Rules.

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Alabama CLE Deadline is December 31

Like almost every other attorney around the country, Alabama attorneys have an annual Alabama CLE requirement. Alabama attorneys must complete 12 Alabama CLE hours each year, including 1 hour of legal ethics. The deadline to complete the annual required 12 AL CLE hours is December 31. There is one key bright spot – Alabama attorneys are now allowed to complete up to 6 CLE credits hours by completed online CLE courses each MCLE compliance period.

Alabama CLE Deadline

  • December 31

Attorney Credits is an Approved Sponsor of CLE in Alabama. All of our AL CLE courses have been approved by the Alabama Continuing Legal Education Commission. Don’t wait until December 29th to get started on your AL CLE. Attorney Credits let’s you sign up in minutes and start studying your CLE courses from the comfort of your home or office. For more information about CLE in Alabama, please click here: AL CLE.

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Congratulations to Deborah Gonzalez Wins Seat at Georgia House of Representatives!

Congratulations to Deborah Gonzalez on winning the District 117 state house race in Georgia! Like many Deborah believes that a new relationship between government and citizens is necessary so that we can address key issues and create the solutions to resolve community problems.

A licensed attorney of over 19 years, Deborah focuses her practice in two main areas: media and entertainment on one side, social media and technology on the other. We have worked with Deborah to produce a couple of great CLE courses on social media and computer security for attorneys. Congratulations to Deborah!

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CLE Course on Business Succession Planning for Small Business Owners

Every business owner must eventually contemplate selling or transferring their business. What they often fail to think about is how this transition will be accomplished. This CLE course will help you counsel business owner clients when they are ready to transfer, sell or otherwise transition their business.

Closely Held Businesses – Value Creation and Transitions

The resulting increased clarity for the owner and market value of the business will expand the possible options and solidifies choices for eventual transition.

Joe Strazzeri and Melisa Silverman discuss how you can implement a structured process that leads business owners through all phases of transition. The main sections of the presentation include evaluating the current state of the business, preparing for the future of the business, getting the business there and transitioning the business. To access the course please click here: Engaging Closely Held Businesses – Value Creation and Transitions.

Joe and Melissa will also discuss:

  • Business valuation & readiness assessments
  • Realizing enterprise value
  • Personal & financial readiness assessments
  • Enhancement initiatives
  • “90-day sprints”
  • Business transition options
  • Transfer to a family member
  • Management buy out
  • Transfer to shareholder(s)/partner(s)
  • Sale to employees (ESOP)
  • Sale to 3rd party – strategic or financial buyer
  • Refinance/recapitalization
  • Orderly liquidation

As a former general contractor, land developer, and business owner, Joe Strazzeri combines these skills along with more than 15 years of experience as an attorney to counsel families and business owners. Melisa Silverman is a Partner at the Founders Group, a national and international, boutique financial valuation, exit planning and consulting services firm.

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

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