Category Archives: Competence Issues

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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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.

  • 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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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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CA CLE: California MCLE Deadline is February 1

Don’t worry, there’s is still plenty of time to get your California MCLE done! If you’re an attorney whose last name states with H-M, you still have a few months left to get your required California MCLE done! The deadline is not until February 1, 2018.

25 California MCLEs

If you are a Group 2 (H-M) California attorney you must complete the 25 required MCLE hours by February 1.

Of the 25 required CA MCLE 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 credit hours of participatory CA CLE credit. For more information about the mandatory CA CLE requirement please click here: CA CLE.

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New Ethics CLE: Ethics & the SmallLaw Attorney 

Complying with the ethical rules can be a challenge for solo and small firm practitioners. Small firm and solo practitioners normally handle nearly all legal and business aspects of the firm, as they often serve as their own marketing, administration, billing and collections departments.

Ethics & the SmallLaw Attorney 

Small firm and solo attorneys are especially susceptible to ethics violations because they often handle all legal and business aspects of the firm.

In this CLE course, attorney Gary J. Ross provides a highly practical review of the main ethical issues faced by solo practitioners and attorneys in small firms. When you complete this course you will know the sources of ethics rules for attorneys, recognize the reasons SmallLaw attorneys tend to have more ethics violations, understand the most common ethical pitfalls and know how to properly operate your law practice in accordance with the ethics rules. To access the course please click here: Ethics and the Small Law Practitioner.

Key topics covered:

  • The Model Rules
  • Communications concerning a lawyer’s services
  • Using engagement letters
  • Establishing the lawyer-client relationship
  • Charging a reasonable fee
  • Retainers
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Taking on matters in a new area of law
  • Ending the lawyer-client relationship
  • Of counsel relationships
  • Sharing fees

Gary J. Ross founded Jackson Ross PLLC in 2013 to cater to the legal needs of the startup and venture capital community. Prior to founding Jackson Ross, Gary worked in the corporate transactions and securities practice groups in various large firms in various large cities and also managed to fit in a tour of duty with the Treasury Department.

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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New Required CLE in Illinois: Diversity & Inclusion and Mental Health & Substance Abuse

Illinois attorneys now have new requirements. Attorneys in Illinois still must complete 30 credit hours every 2 years.  However, Illinois attorneys must now complete 1 hour of Diversity & Inclusion and 1 hour of Mental Health and Substance as part of the 6 required hours of Professional Responsibility to complete the Illinois CLE requirement.

New Illinois CLE Requirements

Diversity & Inclusion and Mental Health & Substance Abuse are now required hours in Illinois.

This rule change went into affect on 7/1/2017 and starts with the 7/1/2017-6/30/2019 compliance group.  Please note that Illinois attorneys completing late compliance from can complete Diversity & Inclusion and Mental Health & Substance Abuse hours as part of the 6 required hours of Professional Responsibility. Please click here for more information about IL CLE.

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New CLE Courses Added!!!

At Attorney Credits, we recognize that we live in a fast paced, ever-changing world.  Every new day brings new inventions, new fads and emerging trends in the practice of law – from utilizing cloud technology to drone law.

New CLE Courses:

  • A Practical Approach to 1031 Exchanges
  • A Sneak Peek at the Possible New Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Appellate Oral Arguments: Nuts and Bolts and “Do’s and Don’ts”
  • But I Only Had Two Beers!!
  • Civility and Professionalism: Gender and Culture Bias in the Legal Profession
  • Counseling Your Business Clients on Trademarks
  • Crafting a Simple and Effective Closing Argument
  • Dealing with Cognitive Bias in Trial from Voir Dire to Deliberations
  • Don’t Give Up 5 Minutes Before the Miracle
  • Estate Planning 101
  • Evidence: Advocacy and Artistry in the Courtroom
  • From Harry Ellis to Trump: The Ethics of Federal Disqualification Motions
  • How to Negotiate with the IRS in Collections and For Audits
  • Prosecuting Trademark Applications
  • Representing Disabled Veterans Before the Department of Veterans Affairs
  • The Phone Knows All: Cell Phones, CDR Reports and GPS Tracking for Attorneys

For that reason, we are constantly adding new CLE courses to keep up with new changes and developments in the law.  Our goal is to keep you as current as possible so you can best serve your clients!  For more information about Illinois CLE please click here: IL CLE.

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But I Only Had Two Beers!!

In every state across the country, it’s illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or more. But how do you know if the limit has been reached or even crossed – is there any way to truly know?

Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC)

Each person absorbs, metabolizes and eliminates alcohol at different rates and there are a myriad of factors that affect BAC such as the alcohol percentage of the drinks consumed and how much water is in the body.

Eric Ganci, a lawyer-scientist, is an expert in the field of alcohol and DUI defense. In this CLE course he highlights numerous legal and scientific points about blood alcohol concentration (BAC) and he also debunks a number of commonly held myths. The main topics addressed in this CLE course include alcohol & crimes, time & alcohol absorption, the elimination of alcohol from the body and practical considerations in DUI cases. To access the course please click here: But I Only Had Two Beers!!.

Eric also covers:

  • DUI standards
  • .08 blood alcohol concentration
  • Defining a “standard” drink
  • The factors involved in BAC & alcohol absorption
  • Craft beers vs. traditional beers
  • The digestive system & alcohol absorption
  • Time & alcohol consumption
  • The elimination of alcohol from the body
  • DUI checkpoints
  • Pocket breathalyzers
  • Breath mints
  • Your rights if pulled over
  • Marijuana & prescription drugs

Eric Ganci is an award-winning DUI Trial Lawyer. Trained on DUI blood testing by the foremost experts in this science, he earned the Lawyer-Scientist Designation as recognized by the American Chemical Society Chemistry and the Law Section. A graduate of the Trial Lawyers College, he is also trained on breath machines and has even trained police in DUI Field Sobriety Tests and the science and origin of these tests.

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 MCLE Reporting Deadline is March 1

The California MCLE compliance reporting deadline normally falls on February 1. However, due to a delayed start on the State Bar of California billing and MCLE compliance cycle, the Board of Trustees approved the CA MCLE reporting deadline for March 1. California Group 3 attorneys (last names N-Z) who are reporting compliance for the 2/1/2014-1/31/2017 compliance period must complete and report completing of the required CLE no later than March 1, 2017 in order to avoid a $75 noncompliance fee.

CA MCLE Reporting Deadline

  • Group 3
  • Last Names N-Z
  • 3/1/2017

Please note that the next Group 3 MCLE compliance period formally starts February 1, 2017. Therefore, any CA CLE course taken in February may be used for the 2017 or the 2020 period – but not both. Group 3 California attorneys must keep careful records in order to avoid double-counting any hours earned in February. For more information about California CLE please click here: CA CLE.

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