Monthly Archives: February 2018

What CLE Courses Do YOU Want To See??

We get extremely busy around the end of the year and through January.  This is due to the fact that a number of states have December 31 deadlines and California has a January 31 deadline.  Once we get through our super busy period, then we switch gears and start calendaring more CLE tapings for the new year.
Well, it’s that time of the year again!  We will soon be cranking up the taping schedule and bringing you all kinds of new CLE courses for 2018.  My question to you… what CLE courses do you like to study OR what courses would you like added in 2018?  Let us know so we can bring you what YOU want to see!!

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New CLE on Property Damage & Homeowners Insurance

Many of us have achieved the one of the pinnacles of the American dream, owning our own home. However, even though it’s the most expensive purchase many of us will make, quite a few attorneys and clients fail to understand the basics of the document that protects their investment – their homeowners insurance policy.

Floods, Wildfires and Hurricanes

In 2017, from floods to fires there were 16 related weather disasters that exceeded $1 billion each and the damage from Hurricane Harvey will exceed $125 billion.

In this CLE course, attorney Evan Walker will walk you through the basics of understanding homeowners insurance policies and coverage. He will mainly cover the following topics: the declarations page & definitions, coverages, exclusions, endorsements and first & third party claims disputes. To access the course please click here: Burnt, Smashed, or Broken: Property Damage and Homeowners Insurance.

Evan will also discuss coverage & coverage limits

  • Coverage A – D
  • How to read the policy
  • The definitions of the insured & insured property
  • The issue of being underinsured
  • Due diligence to make sure that you have adequate insurance
  • Depreciation
  • Additional living expenses
  • Named perils
  • The burden of proof
  • Scope of coverage
  • Riders
  • Contract-driven disputes
  • Tort claims against third parties
  • Subrogation

After evacuating from New Orleans to Houston, Evan W. Walker graduated in 2008 as part of the ‘Hurricane Katrina Class.’ After graduation, Evan worked for a New Orleans insurance defense firm. He opened his own firm in 2014 to represent people after years of defending insurance companies.

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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Georgia CLE: Late CLE Compliance Deadline is March 31

Georgia attorneys are required to complete 12 GA CLE hours each year.[1]  The deadline to complete the required 12 Georgia CLE credit hours is December 31 and the reporting deadline is January 31.  We are now deep into February – did you miss the GA CLE deadline??

Late GA CLE Compliance[2]

  • A $100 penalty fee is assessed
  • If y0ur Georgia CLE is not completed by March 31

If you did miss the December 31 Georgia CLE deadline, no problem!  However, you have some work to do![3]  All required 12 GA CLE hours must be completed by March 31 to avoid fines and suspension. Please note that online 6 hours may be completed via online CLE courses. For more information please click here: GA CLE.

[1] Of the 12 required hours, you must complete at least 1 credit hour of legal ethics and 1 credit hour of professionalism.

[2] FAQ/Mandatory Continuing Legal Education

https://www.gabar.org/aboutthebar/faq/faqs.cfm?filter=Mandatory%20Continuing%20Legal%20Education

[3] In January or early February of each year, an Annual Report of CLE hours for the previous calendar year is sent to all Georgia attorneys unless an exemption has already been entered. If you did not complete the required GA CLE or you owe a course fee that is listed on the Annual Report, then you have until March 31 to satisfy the GA CLE deficiency.

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NC CLE: File Your CLE Annual Report By February 28

North Carolina attorneys did you REPORT your CLE compliance yet??? Please note that Wednesday, February 28, 2018, is the deadline to return the 2017 Annual Report Form and fulfill your reporting obligation. You can file your Annual Report form online at nccle.org OR you can download the form and mail it in.[1]

North Carolina CLE Reporting Deadline

File your 2017 Annual CLE Report Form by February 28.

If you did not complete your 12 required CLE hours for 2017, the North Carolina State Bar requires that you still file the Annual Report form.[2] All forms must be postmarked or filed electronically by 2/28 to avoid a $75 late-filing fee. For more information about North Carolina CLE please click here: NC CLE.

[1] If you choose to file the form electronically, you will not be required to submit a hard copy.

[2] The reporting requirement is a separate obligation from completing the 12 required hours and the report serves as your record of the CLE courses that you completed in 2017.

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GA CLE: THE LATE GEORGIA CLE DEADLINE IS MARCH 31

Georgia attorneys are required to complete 12 GA CLE hours each year to complete the Georgia CLE requirement.[1]  The deadline to complete the required 12 GA CLE credit hours is December 31 and the reporting deadline was January 31.  We are now into mid-February – did you miss the GA CLE deadline??

Late GA CLE Compliance

A $100 penalty fee is required if the Georgia CLE hours for the preceding year are not completed by March 31.

If you did miss the December 31 Georgia CLE deadline… no problem!  However, you do have some work to do and it’s time to get busy completing that required GA CLE.[3]  All required GA CLE hours must be completed by March 31 to avoid fines and suspension.  We can get you help compliant, just click here: GA CLE.

[1] Of the 12 required hours, you must complete at least 1 credit hour of legal ethics and 1 credit hour of professionalism.

[2] In January or early February of each year, an Annual Report of CLE hours for the previous calendar year is sent to all Georgia attorneys unless an exemption has already been entered. If you did not complete the required GA CLE or you owe a course fee that is listed on the Annual Report, then you have until March 31 to satisfy the GA CLE deficiency.

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OH CLE: Complete Late Ohio CLE Hours by April 2

Ohio attorneys must complete 24 OH CLE hours every 2-year compliance period. Ohio attorneys who did not comply with the OH CLE requirements for the 2016-17 compliance period – which ended December 31 – will receive a notice of apparent noncompliance with the OH CLE.

Late Ohio CLE Compliance

  • Complete late CLE by April 2
  • File Form 19

To submit a request for late compliance, Continuing Legal Education Late Compliance Reporting Form (Form 19) must be completed that shows the CLE courses that you completed before April 2, 2018.  This must be filed to fully remove any CLE deficiencies for the 2016/2017 compliance period.  For more information please click here: OH CLE.

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CLE Course: Understanding How Unconscious Bias Affects Your Legal Cases

We are all biased.  There is no way around it.  Bias has been hardwired into our brains during our species existence on this planet. Bias stems from a biological survival response triggered by a dangerous or stressful event where a split-second judgement is required as part of the flight or fight response.

Unconscious Bias

Unconscious biases are social stereotypes about certain groups of people that individuals form outside their own conscious awareness.

In this CLE course, you will learn how illegal and unconscious bias affects your cases. Richad Huver provides a lively discussion about how lawyers must identify & deal with biases, how bias affects your decision-making & cases, how to spot illegal & unconscious bias and the common types of bias that lawyers must deal with in their everyday practice. To access the course please click here: We’re All Biased: Understanding How Your Bias Affects Your Cases.

Richard also addresses:

  • Snap judgements
  • Bias & decision-making
  • The amygdala
  • Bias & the biological response
  • The two brain systems
  • Illegal bias
  • Stereotypes
  • Harvard’s Project Implicit
  • Cognitive bias
  • Availability bias
  • Anchoring bias
  • Recency bias
  • The ostrich effect
  • The bandwagon effect
  • The placebo effect
  • Confirmation bias
  • Information bias
  • Choice-supportive bias
  • Zero risk bias
  • Survivorship
  • Outcome bias

Richard’s three decades of litigation experience and leadership roles in the legal community, including President of the San Diego County Bar Association, have proven invaluable in his burgeoning mediation practice. Richard received an Outstanding Trial Lawyer award in 2000 and the President’s Award in 2001 from the Consumer Attorneys of San Diego.

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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CLE on Dealing with Clients and Attorneys with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues

There has been a recent trend in the last few years to place greater emphasis on how substance abuse and mental health issues affects attorneys and the clients they represent.

The following specific personality disorders will be discussed: paranoid, schizoid, schizotypal, avoidant, obsessive-compulsive disorder, dependent, antisocial, histrionic, borderline and narcissistic.

In this course, attorney Amy Allemann will address mental health and substance abuse issues among attorneys and personality disorders frequently encountered in everyday practice. Amy will mainly address depression & substance abuse in the legal profession, personality disorders common in attorneys & clients and the ethical issues involved. To access the course please click here: Dealing with Clients and Attorneys with Substance Abuse and Mental Health Issues.

In addition, Amy will also cover:

  • The facts about depression & suicide
  • The DSM-5 Criterion for a Major Depressive Episode
  • Signs & symptoms of chemical dependency
  • Cluster A, B & C personality disorders
  • Dealing with High Conflict Personalities
  • Reacting vs. responding
  • Competence to practice law
  • Confidentiality to clients with mental health issues
  • Dealing with clients with mental health issues
  • Your duty to report intended future client crimes.

Amy E. Allemann is the managing attorney of Boyd Law and she specializes in complex civil litigation and family law. A frequent speaker, Ms. Allemann belongs to several associations including Mensa International, LEAD San Diego, the Thomas More Society, the San Diego Lawyers Club and the San Diego County Bar Association.

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: Warning Signs of Potential Employment Lawsuits

It’s a Friday afternoon, you’re trying to wrap up all the loose ends from the week and looking forward to spending some time with your family over the weekend. Then the phone rings. It’s a long time client that runs a tow truck company. He’s decided it’s easier for him to pay all of his drivers as independent contractors… good idea???

Lawsuits Against Employers

Yes, while entrepreneurs and business owners are great at starting and running business, they are not always so great at employment law.  That’s where you step in to counsel your business clients to help them avoid costly employment related lawsuits.

In this CLE course, Michael Freeland will provide practical insight and guidance into the most common liability traps for employers. He will mainly discuss the following common pitfalls that often lead to employer liability: independent contractors vs. employees, exempt employees, paying scheduled hours vs. the time sheet, final payment after termination, at will employees and retaliating against employees. To access the course please click here: Warning Signs of Potential Employment Lawsuits.

Additional topics covered:

  • The dynamics of employment law
  • Pre-litigation concerns
  • Factors that determine independent contractor status
  • Labelling employees as managers
  • Potential damages
  • Tracking worker’s performance & hours
  • Failing to provide full pay at termination
  • The “employee in limbo” scenario
  • Documenting attempts to contact AWOL workers
  • Wrongful termination
  • Retaliation claims

Michael M. Freeland has conducted state and federal trials, arbitrations and administrative hearings.  In addition to his extensive appellate court experience, he is proficient in litigation and motion practice, mediation, arbitration and depositions.

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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