Category Archives: CLE

NJ CLE: Attorneys Living Outside of New Jersey Might Qualify to Complete 24 CLE Hours Online

New Jersey attorneys are normally allowed to take 12 of the required 24 hours by completing online CLE courses.[1] There are two exceptions, however, that allow all 24 hours to be completed online. The medical and non-resident exception.

What is the non-resident CLE exception?

You must:
(1) Reside in
(2) Work in
(3) And be licensed in

  • EITHER a mandatory CLE state that allows for 100% of the CLE requirement to be taken through online CLE courses
  • OR a state with NO mandatory CLE requirement

While the requirements are listed above, it’s probably best practice to contact the NJ CLE Board to ensure that you qualify for this exception. Please click the following link if you need more information about New Jersey CLE: NJ CLE.

[1] As well as downloadable CLE courses such as MP3 and Downloadable Video.

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New CLE: The Hearsay Conundrum

Say it with me, we all know it. “A statement, made out of court, provided for the truth of the matter asserted.” Yes, we can all repeat the definition of hearsay in our sleep. It’s the application of the hearsay rule that’s trips up lawyers and judges alike.

Hearsay

We all know the hearsay rule it’s the application of rule that trips up lawyers and judges.

In this incredibly insightful course, Paul S. Marks provides you with better organized framework for analyzing potential hearsay evidence that has been gleaned from over twenty years of trial practice. Paul will mainly cover the basic elements of the hearsay rule, oral testimony vs. written testimony & “The Hearsay Conundrum” and exceptions to the hearsay rule. To access the course please click here: The Hearsay Conundrum.

Paul will also discuss:

  • Why the hearsay rule is a lawyer’s dream
  • Non-verbal conduct intended as communication
  • Implied statements
  • Quickly assessing possible hearsay statements
  • The veracity of the statement
  • Using motions in limine to keep possible hearsay away from the jury
  • FRE 105 – Limited Admissibility
  • FRE 403 – Prejudicial vs. Probative
  • FRE 803(6) – The Business Records exception

Paul Marks has practiced civil and commercial litigation in California for over twenty years. Mr. Marks has served as first chair trial counsel in over thirty cases that have reached verdict, about half of them being jury trials.

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)
  • dNew 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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TX CLE: Whose Responsible for Reporting TX CLE Hours??

When you finish CLE courses, CLE providers are required to report your completed TX CLE courses to the State Bar of Texas. However, although MCLE providers are required to report completed CLE courses, Texas is still technically a self-reporting state.

TX CLE Reporting

Although MCLE providers are required to report completed CLE courses, Texas is technically a self-reporting state. Individual attorneys must ensure that their CLE credits were properly reported.

Since Texas is a self-reporting CLE state you must verify the receipt of your TX CLE compliance information because Texas attorneys are ultimately responsible for ensuring that CLE courses are properly reported. We also report completed courses every Monday.[1] For more information about Texas CLE please click here: TX CLE.

[1] PLEASE NOTE: We report on Monday for all courses completed the previous Monday 12:00:01 AM to Sunday 12:59:59 PM. Therefore, if your deadline is Thursday and you finish your courses on Tuesday you must self-report the courses to the State Bar of Texas yourself, since the next time we report, your deadline will have passed. We are not responsible if your courses are submitted past your reporting deadline. To self report your MCLE hours please click this link: https://www.texasbar.com/AM/Template.cfm?Section=MyPage&Template=/Security/Login.cfm

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New York CLE: How Do I report that I completed my NY CLE requirement at the end of my compliance period?

Experienced attorneys are those attorneys that have been admitted to the New York State Bar Association for more than two years. Experienced New York attorneys are required to complete at least 24 NY CLE credit hours each 2 year reporting cycle.[1]

NY CLE Reporting & Compliance

  • Reporting Cycle: 2 years
  • Compliance Deadline: Birth date
  • Reporting Deadline: 30 days after your birthday

Towards the end of your CLE compliance period (your birth month), the New York CLE Board will mail you an attorney registration form. You must file your attorney registration form and indicate that you have completed your NY CLE requirement within 30 days after your birthday on alternate years. For more information about CLE in New York please click the following link: NY CLE.

[1] New York attorneys admitted BEFORE 1/1/82 OR in an even-numbered year register in EVEN-numbered years. New York attorneys admitted in an odd-numbered year AFTER 1982 register in ODD-numbered years.

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New CLE: Anatomy Fundamentals for Attorneys

In briefs and during mediation – and especially in court – personal injury attorneys must be able to adequately convey their knowledge of anatomy to experts, the judge and most importantly the jury.

Attorneys & Anatomy

From car accidents to botched surgeries, many legal cases require lawyers to wear their doctor hats and have in-depth knowledge of the anatomy of the human body.

In this CLE course, attorney Rachel Rose will teach you about anatomy fundamentals so you can effectively communicate with your doctor experts and the jury. Rachel will mainly cover the issues & types of cases that require a lawyer to have anatomical knowledge, anatomy vs. pathology, medical position terminology and practical points to consider in your legal cases. To access the course please click here: Anatomy Fundamentals for Lawyers.

Rachel reviews the following systems:

  • Musculoskeletal
  • Gastro-intestinal
  • Circulatory
  • Nervous

From working on Wall Street to interning at the Department of HHS, Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA, has accumulated knowledge in a multitude of fields throughout her career, with an emphasis on various facets of healthcare. She advises on federal and state compliance and areas of liability associated with a variety of healthcare, legal and regulatory issues including: HIPAA, the HITECH Act, the False Claims Act, Medicare issues, as well as corporate and security regulations.

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

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NY CLE: New York CLE FAQ

How many NY CLE hours do I need to complete?  How many ethics hours are required?  When do I report compliance?  Do providers report my completed courses? Are there special requirements for newly admitted attorneys?

Top NY CLE Questions

  • As an “experienced” New York attorney, what is my CLE requirement?
    • Experienced New York attorneys must complete a total of 24 NY CLE hours every two years. You must complete at least 4 hours of Ethics and Professionalism each two-year compliance period.
  • When must I complete my NY CLE requirement and report my NY CLE compliance?
    • Your NY CLE compliance deadline is your birthday. You have 30 days after your birthday to report your NY CLE compliance.
  • How do I report my New York CLE compliance?
    • The CLE Board will mail you an attorney registration form to report compliance. You must file your attorney registration form and indicate that you have completed your CLE requirement within 30 days after your birthday on alternate years.

If you’re like many New York attorneys – even experienced attorneys – you have questions about your NY CLE compliance. That’s why we created our New York CLE FAQ… so we can help you easily find the information that you need about your NY CLE compliance! For more information about your NY CLE compliance please click here: NY CLE FAQ.

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New CLE on Privilege, Confidentiality and Attorney Work Product

It’s Tuesday and you’re just about to head to a quick lunch meeting with a potential new client. You check your email one last time before heading out and you see an email from Dan, one of your longest running clients that has recently had some financial hardships. Dan emailed you to “suggest” that he was thinking about covering up some “possible” money-laundering with documents you previously prepared for him. What do you do?

Privilege, Confidentiality and Attorney Work Product

Yes, dicey situations arise when it comes to the interplay of privilege, confidentiality and attorney work product.

Although related, these are different concepts and the interplay of the three frequently confuses lawyers and judges alike. Evan will discuss a number of case examples and practical everyday situations so you can better understand the similarities and differences between the privilege doctrine, the work product doctrine and confidentiality. To access these courses please click here: The Attorney-Client Privilege, Work Product Doctrine and Confidentiality.

Evan will mainly cover the:

  • ABA Model Rule 1.6
  • Mandatory & permissive disclosures
  • SEC violations
  • The 5 C’s of Confidentiality
  • Why the attorney-client privilege is under attack
  • Selective waiver
  • The crime-fraud exception
  • The Michael Cohen “raid”
  • Confidentiality & ex-employees
  • Opinion vs. ordinary work product
  • Ten tips to maximize the protections of confidentiality

Evan Stewart’s practice principally focuses on the financial services industry, handling litigation matters for domestic and international clients before federal and state trial and appellate courts, in arbitration forums and the U.S. Supreme Court.  He advises clients on a range of complex commercial matters, including antitrust, bankruptcy, class action defense, ethics, intellectual property, internal investigations, securities litigation, and tax controversies.

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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NY CLE: Bias, Diversity & Inclusion for New York Attorneys

Did you know that the NY CLE requirement changed as of July, 1, 2018?  New York attorneys are now required to completed 1 hour of Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias each 2 year compliance cycle as part of the 24 required NY CLE hours.

New NY CLE Requirement

New York attorneys must now complete 1 hour of Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias starting July 1, 2018.

Please not that you are still required to complete at least 4 of hours in Ethics and Professionalism. Attorney Credits offers a number of courses on eliminating bias in the legal profession, increasing diversity in firms and inclusion issues. For more information about New York CLE please click here: NY CLE.

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CA CLE: Can I Take Online and Downloadable Video for Participatory MCLE Credit in California?

Yes you can!  California attorneys can take all 12.5 required CLE participatory hours online – and downloadable audio and video – including all legal ethics, bias and competence issues. For online CLE courses, “participatory” means that we monitor your attendance – which we do.[1]

CA MCLE – Participatory Credit

  • Online video – click randomly inserted verification prompts
  • Downloadable audio & video – number code verification

The next group up for MCLE compliance in California is Compliance Group . Attorneys with last names A-G must complete the California MCLE requirement and report compliance by February 1, 2019.  For more information please click here: CA CLE.

[1] For online streaming video courses you must click on randomly inserted pop ups during the video to confirm that you are viewing the course. For downloadable audio & video and CD courses we have embedded numeric codes in the courses. You must write these numbers down and then after you complete the course you must enter the codes on the website to obtain your course certificate.

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Group III PA CLE Compliance is August 31

Pennsylvania attorneys must complete at least 12 PA CLE hours each year, including 2  hours of legal ethics. Pennsylvania attorneys in Compliance Group II must complete the 12 required Pennsylvania CLE hours by August 31.

PA CLE – Group II Deadline

  • Group II deadline is August 31

The PA CLE Board keeps a record of your CLE compliance and will inform you of your CLE status and will provide you with a final compliance report. If you have not completed your required CLE, you must cure any CLE deficiency. Click here for more information about Pennsylvania CLE: PA CLE.

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