Monthly Archives: January 2018

My State Bar Profile: Report CA MCLE Compliance

TODAY is the day – the day for California attorneys with last names between H-M to complete their 25 hour CA CLE requirement. Once you finish your 25 hours what do you do now?[1]

My State Bar Profile

  • Tool used to report California CLE compliance
  • Part of Cal Bar  website

California attorneys must report MCLE compliance through My State Bar Profile by tomorrow. Please make sure not to send in any Certificates of Completion to the Cal Bar. They will only ask for certificates if you get audited in July.

[1] Including 4 ethics, 1 bias and 1 competence issues & complete 12.5 hours for participatory credit.

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New CLE on Common Ethics Traps for Attorneys

Pick up the phone and call your clients, don’t “borrow” money from trust accounts, calendar every key deadline & date – the same fundamental ethics principles still hold true for the 21st century lawyer. That’s because the same traditional ethics issues continue to plague lawyers, leading to countless ethics violations and malpractice lawsuits.

Lawyers & Ethics

The same traditional legal ethics issues continue to bring attorneys down – calendaring dates and communicating with clients still top the list.

In this course Joel Selik discusses the most common ethics violations you need to be aware of so you can continue to practice ethically. The main issues discussed include the most common ethical pitfalls, insurance issues, what happens when you get “the letter” and sources of ethics laws & duties. To access the course please click here: Common Ethics Violations to Avoid.

Joel will also address

  • Calendaring deadlines
  • Communicating with clients
  • Trust account issues
  • Dumping clients
  • Staying in your practice area
  • Contingent & set fee agreements
  • Billing issues
  • Responding to a malpractice letter or ethics complaint
  • Key practice points to remain ethical

A malpractice attorney and ethics expert, Joel G. Selik has practiced law for over 30 years and frequently represents attorney clients in malpractice cases. Joel is licensed to practice law in both California and Nevada and he frequently presents seminars on Estate Planning, Nursing Home Litigation, Legal Ethics and Malpractice.

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  • Pennsylvania (PA)
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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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CA CLE: Complete 1 Hour of Competence Issues

Just a quick reminder for California attorneys.  The former Substance Abuse requirement is now called Competence Issues.  The Substance Abuse category was effectively expanded to cover additional topics like mental health, stress and how it effects attorney’s competence to practice law.

California attorneys must make sure to complete at least 1.0 hour of Competence Issues each three-year compliance period. Last names H-M must report MCLE compliance by Feburary 1 on the My State Bar Profile portal on the Cal Bar website. For competence issues courses please click here: Competence Issues.

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CA CLE: Complete & Report 25 Hours by February 1

Lawyers love CLE…. or at least they love our CLE because our courses and presenters are so good. And if you are California attorney with a last name H-M, we can help you love your 25 hour MCLE requirement. The reporting deadline is February 1, 2018…. so you better get on it!!

California MCLE Compliance & Reporting Deadlines

  • Last Names H-M
  • Complete 25 hours by January 31
  • Report Compliance by February 1

Of the 25 required CA MCLE hours, you must complete 4 hours of Legal Ethics, 1 hour on Competence Issues and 1 hour of Elimination of Bias. And don’t forget the 12.5 hours of participatory California CLE credit. For more information about the mandatory California MCLE requirement please click here: CA CLE.

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CA CLE: Top California MCLE Myths

We always get SWAMPED this time of year. The phone rings off the hook with procrastinating California attorneys looking to get those 25 required MCLE hours. I am always AMAZED at how many California attorneys don’t have the slightest idea about the CA MCLE requirements.

Top California MCLE Myths

  • Participatory credit must be take through live courses.
  • All ethics, bias and competence issues must be done as participatory credit.
  • I will be disbarred if I complete my MCLE after February 1

Above, I have listed the top California MCLE myths.  California attorneys with last names H-M just complete 25 CA MCLE hours by January 31 and report compliance by February 1. You must report MCLE compliance through My State Bar Profile on the Cal Bar website. For more information about CLE in California please click here: CA CLE.

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CLE on Big Heart Intelligence in Negotiating, Structuring, Managing, and Resolving Disputes in Collaborative Relationships

Lawyers are involved in collaborative relationships in all aspects of legal life. Lawyers are involved as collaborators when they build their law firms & careers, counsel clients and deal with disputes that arise from these relationships.

Big Heart Intelligence & the Law

The goal of this program is to dive deeper into the practice of law and the legal profession and offers you a new perspective on how to approach collaborative relationships that arise in your legal practice.

In this CLE program, Julian Gresser will introduce you to the new concept of big heart intelligence, a union between the mind and the heart when negotiating, structuring, managing, and resolving disputes in collaborative relationships. To access the course please click here: Big Heart Intelligence in Negotiating, Structuring, Managing, and Resolving Disputes in Collaborative Relationships.

Julian will also touch on:

  • Emotion & the law
  • Sharpening the mind by narrowing it
  • The life cycle of collaboration
  • The shadow player
  • Defining negotiation
  • Embracing No
  • The mindfulness approach
  • Identifying assumptions
  • Going behind the mask
  • A mission of service
  • Creating the cultural change
  • The fourth sector
  • Fighting burnout
  • Authentic leadership
  • Advocating for alliances
  • Valuation of collaborative relationships

Julian Gresser is an international attorney, professional negotiator, inventor, and recognized expert on Japan. The author of four books, he has served as legal advisor to numerous U.S., Japanese, and European companies on a wide array of business issues, including joint ventures, limited (venture capital) partnerships, technology licensing, export controls and customs fraud, antitrust, and intellectual property protection, particularly patent infringement disputes.

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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CA CLE: Don’t Forget the Legal Ethics, Bias and Competence Issues by the California MCLE Deadline

Under the CA MCLE Rules, California attorneys are required to complete 25 hours CA MCLE every 3 years. Of those 25 required CA CLE hours, attorneys must complete at least 12.5 hours for participatory credit. OR put another way you CANNOT complete more than 12.5 hours of self-study credit.[1]

CA MCLE Requirement – Specialty Credits

  • 4 Legal Ethics
  • 1 Competence Issues
  • 1 Elimination of Bias

California attorneys must also complete certain 6 hours of certain specialty credits.  Each three year compliance period California attorneys must complete 4 hours of Legal Ethics, 1 hour of Competence Issues, 1 hour of Elimination of Bias. Please note that California attorneys in Group 2 (Last Names H-M) must report MCLE compliance by February 1.[2]  For more information about California please click here: CA CLE.

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New CLE: Cyberbullying and Free Speech in Schools

Your 13 year-old daughter comes home from school one day crying because a group of girls posted a horrible video on YouTube calling her derogatory names and making fun of the way she dresses. The girls filmed the video at a local restaurant the day before on the way home from school. What can your daughter’s school legally do to punish the girls who filmed and posted the video?

Cyberbullying & Free Speech in Schools

Cyberbullying is one of the most vexing problems facing teachers, school employees and school districts. Unfortunately for teachers and school officials who want to punish this conduct, cyberbullying often encroaches into the territory of free speech.

In this CLE course Gretchen Shipley, an education technology lawyer, discusses one of the key issues facing educators and school districts today – cyberbullying and free speech. Gretchen will mainly cover the school’s duty to provide a safe environment, infringing on student’s free speech, school & district employees and related laws to cyberbullying. To access the course please click here: Cyberbullying and Free Speech in Schools.

These topics will also be addressed:

  • Transmitting sexual images of minor
  • Bullying & cyberbullying defined
  • Schools & social media monitoring
  • Bullying prevention laws
  • The school’s jurisdiction to punish student speech
  • The substantial disruption standard
  • Search & seizure of student’s smartphones
  • Impersonation laws
  • Tinker v. Des Moines
  • J.C. v. Beverly Hills School District
  • J.S. v. Blue Mountain School District
  • New Jersey v. T.L.O
  • Klump v. Nazareth

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.

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 CLE in California please click the following link: CA CLE.

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California CLE: CA MCLE Compliance Checklist

California attorneys that are in Group 2 (Last names H-M) for MCLE compliance purposes must complete 25 credit hours by January 31 and report CA MCLE compliance by the February 1 CA CLE reporting deadline. California attorneys beware: the State Bar of California has been conducting thousands of MCLE audits each year. From not completing 12.5 hours for participatory CLE credit — to forgetting to complete 4 hours of ethics — here are some of the top mistakes people make when completing their California MCLE requirement.

CA CLE Checklist

  • 25 Total hours
  • 12.5 participatory hours
  • 4 Ethics
  • 1 Bias
  • 1 Competence Issues
  • 1/31 Compliance Deadline
  • 2/1 Reporting Deadline

Please make sure to properly complete your CA CLE requirement if you are a Group 2 attorney. You will feel much better in July if you get that MCLE audit letter in your mailbox!! For more information about California CLE please click here: CA CLE.

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CA CLE: Don’t Forget the 12.5 Hours of Participatory!!

Starting around November we get quite a few calls from California attorneys as the CA MCLE compliance deadline approaches. We get quite a few calls from California attorneys that don’t know about the participatory and/or self-study CLE requirements when it comes to CA MCLE compliance. California attorneys must make sure to complete at least 12.5 credit hours of participatory credit each three-year compliance period.[1]

CA MCLE – Participatory Credit

  • 12.5 Hours

And yes, you can take online and downloadable CLE course for participatory CLE credit.  If a CLE provider verifies your “participation” — or attendance — in the course, then a CA CLE activity is considered participatory.  Attorney Credits offers online and downloadable CA CLE courses that can be completed for self-study or participatory credit.[2] For more information about California CLE, please click the following link: CA CLE.

[1] California attorneys CANNOT complete more than 12.5 credit hours of self-study credit.

[2] You select the type of credit you want before you begin your CA CLE course.

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