Category Archives: Ethics & Professionalism

New CLE: Achieving Gender Diversity in the Law Firms

In a recent case, a U.S. Magistrate Judge sanctioned an attorney for telling opposing counsel it wasn’t “becoming of a woman” to raise her voice during a contentious deposition. Yes, we have made strides when it comes to creating a level playing field for women in the legal profession… but there is still a long way to go.

Increasing Gender Diversity 

In this lively and thought-provoking program, Andrea S. Kramer and Alton B. Harris discuss how gender bias can prevent law firms and legal organizations from achieving their desired diversity goals.

In this incredibly insightful and practical discussion Andie and Al will mainly address gender disparity in achievement in the legal profession, why gender disparity exists in law firms, ending the gender disparity in law firms and what attorneys can do. Andie and Al will also provide specific action steps for addressing implicit biases and creating policies and procedures that can prevent bias from influencing decisions inside the firm. To access the course please click here: Achieving Real Gender Diversity in the Legal Profession.

The following topics are also covered:

  • ABA Model Rule 8.4(g)
  • State bar professional responsibility rules
  • The Muller-Lyer Illusion
  • Communal & agentic stereotypes
  • The Goldilocks dilemma
  • The moral & business rationale for creating diversity
  • Affinity bias
  • Unconscious bias
  • Being proactive
  • Impression management
  • What male lawyers can do to be a part of the solution

Andrea S. Kramer is an attorney and a partner in the international law firm of McDermott Will & Emery, LLP. The managing partner in the Chicago office of Nixon Peabody, Al is a frequent writer and lecturer on the financial markets, financial regulation, corporate governance and diversity in the legal profession.

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 How Firms Can Increase Gender Diversity

Virtually every large law firm and publicly held corporation claims it is committed to gender diversity. Yet, most gender diversity programs have accomplished very little in the way of significant change.

3 Steps to Increase Diversity in Law Firms

Progress toward gender diversity depends on three key actions:

(1) Specifying specific numerical goals

(2) Providing meaningful financial incentives to achieve them

(3) Adopting and enforcing a clear strategy for how that is to be done

Join Andi Kramer and Al Harris for this thoughtful and poignant program about overcoming gender bias in the legal profession to create a more successful and profitable law firm. Andi and Al will mainly address why diversity benefits law firms & organizations, the gender achievement gap in the legal profession, what men can do and what legal organizations can do to end gender bias. To learn about what steps you can take to create a more diverse firm, please click here: What Men & Organizations Can Do to Close the Gender Achievement Gap in Law.

Further topics covered in this CLE course:

  • The moral & business rationale for diversity
  • Unconscious & implicit bias
  • ABA Model Rule 8.4(g)
  • Blind auditions
  • Thinking slow
  • Getting involved
  • Valuing difference
  • Hiring & assignments
  • Professional development
  • Compensation & promotion
  • Leaves & retention

Andrea S. Kramer is an attorney and a partner in the international law firm of McDermott Will & Emery, LLP. The managing partner in the Chicago office of Nixon Peabody, Al is a frequent writer and lecturer on the financial markets, financial regulation, corporate governance and diversity in the legal profession.

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: Gender Diversity in the Legal Profession

In a recent case, a U.S. Magistrate Judge sanctioned an attorney for telling opposing counsel it wasn’t “becoming of a woman” to raise her voice during a contentious deposition. Yes, we have made strides when it comes to creating a level playing field for women in the legal profession… but there is still a long way to go.

Achieving Real Gender Diversity

Andie and Al provide specific action steps for addressing implicit biases and creating policies and procedures that can prevent bias from influencing decisions inside the firm.

In this lively and thought-provoking program, Andrea S. Kramer and Alton B. Harris discuss how gender bias can prevent law firms and from achieving their desired diversity goals and potential profitability. Andie and Al will mainly address gender disparity in achievement in the legal profession, why gender disparity exists in law firms, ending the gender disparity in law firms and what attorneys can do. To access the course please click here: Achieving Real Gender Diversity in the Legal Profession.

The following topics are also covered:

  • ABA Model Rule 8.4(g)
  • State bar professional responsibility rules
  • The Muller-Lyer Illusion
  • Communal & agentic stereotypes
  • The Goldilocks dilemma
  • The moral & business rationale for creating diversity
  • Affinity bias
  • Unconscious bias
  • Being proactive
  • Impression management
  • What male lawyers can do to be a part of the solution

Andrea S. Kramer is an attorney and a partner in the international law firm of McDermott Will & Emery, LLP. The managing partner in the Chicago office of Nixon Peabody, Al is a frequent writer and lecturer on the financial markets, financial regulation, corporate governance and diversity in the legal profession.

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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NY CLE: Diversity, Inclusion & Elimination of Bias Required in 2018

Change is coming to the New York CLE requirement in 2018. On January 1, 2018, a new category of CLE credit will be required in New York: “Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias.” This follows suit with state like Illinois and California that also have a diversity/bias requirement.

Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias

Starting on January 1, 2018, New York attorneys will be required to complete 1 hour of “Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias.”

This CLE rule change will not add to the current experienced attorney biennial CLE requirement of twenty-four (24) credit hours, nor does it change the requirement that experienced attorneys earn at least four (4) credit hours in Ethics and Professionalism. New York attorneys will still be required to completed 24 total NY CLE hours, including 4 hours of Ethics & Professionalism and 1 hour of Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias. For more information about New York CLE please click here: 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 on Ethics & Records Implications for Lawyers

Social Media presents numerous challenges for law firms, attorneys and the business clients they represent. From maintaining confidential information to preserving important digital content, attorneys now must be aware of the novel ethical issues posed by social media websites like Facebook & Twitter, blogs, ISP services and applications like SaaS.

Lawyer, Social Media & Ethical Conduct

In this CLE course John Isaza walks you through the key legal ethics implications that arise from a social media presence, including best practices on how to address those ethical concerns.

In this course, John Isaza highlights the main legal ethics implications that arise from attorney’s social media presence and the companies they represent – including best practices on how to address the primary ethical concerns. John also discusses the following Model Rules: Competence, The Advisory Role, The Advocacy Role, Transactions with Non-Clients, Marketing and the Integrity of the Profession. To access the course please click here: Social Media: Ethics and Records Implications for Lawyers.

Additional topics addressed:

  • Pertinent ethical questions
  • Inadvertent communications on social media
  • Jury tampering
  • Ex parte communications with the court
  • Applicable ethics provisions
  • Key policies that should be in place
  • Policy considerations
  • Social engineering
  • Sources of ethical information
  • The big picture
  • Records in social media
  • Marketing materials in social media
  • European data laws
  • High level considerations

John Isaza, Esq., FAI heads the Information Governance & Records Management practice at Rimon. Mr. Isaza is internationally recognized in the emerging legal fields of information governance, as well as records and information management (RIM). He is one of the country’s foremost experts on RIM issues, electronic discovery, and legal holds.

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 California please click the following link: NY CLE.

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New CLE: Using Clio to Streamline Your Legal Practice

We live in the 21st century.  Practice and case management software now provides attorneys with a convenient method of effectively managing client and case information – from conflicts and calendaring to documents and billing.  It can be used to share information with clients and other attorneys in the firm via the cloud and it is also scalable so you can choose the best fit for your firm.

Practice Management Software

How do you choose between MyCase, Clio, Rocket Matter or one of the many other service providers?

This CLE course will review how Clio practice management software can help you run a more efficient law firm by attorneys who have implemented Clio at their law firm. Eric Hanscom, Ian McDaniel and Ryan Pickett of Hanscom Alexeev & McDaniel LLP mainly address tracking client information, managing conflicts of interest, calendaring and document management. This course will focus on how Clio can be used in an Intellectual Property and business law firm context. To access the course please click here: Using Clio to Streamline Your Legal Practice.

The panel of speakers also address:

  • The advantages of cloud based software
  • Costs & savings
  • Tracking renewal fees
  • The client intake process
  • Invoices
  • Integration with other applications and programs
  • Electronic signatures

Before beginning his own practice, Eric Hanscom utilized his science background and law degree to gain experience in multiple facets of patent, trademark and copyright law.  Ian McDaniel focuses his expertise on advising emerging companies and small and mid-size businesses in corporate and securities transactions and general counsel services. A graduate of the University of San Diego Paralegal Program, Ryan Pickett will be enrolling in law school in 2018.

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: Gender & Culture Bias in the Legal Profession

The American legal system is predicated on neutrality, equality and impartiality for all individuals, regardless of gender, race or nationality. However, while everyone is considered equal in the eyes of the law, each person is their own unique individual and miscommunication often occurs from how we communicate – rather than what we communicate.

Culture & Gender Bias in the Legal Profession

After you complete this course you will better understand the cause of culture and gender-related misunderstandings in communications as well as strategies to better work with your clients and fellow attorneys.

In this CLE course Monty McIntyre addresses the impact of culture and gender on attorneys, judges, witnesses and litigants. Monty mainly addresses how culture and gender affects how attorneys and litigants process information, communicate & negotiate, evaluate risk, formulate decisions and reach agreements. To access this course please click here: Civility and Professionalism: Gender and Culture Bias in the Legal Profession.

Additional subjects addressed:

  • Types of bias
  • Theories of fairness & civility
  • Information processing styles
  • Individualistic vs. collective thinking
  • High vs. low context cultures
  • Risk uncertainty avoidance
  • Low & high power distance cultures
  • Cross-talking & overlapping speech
  • Validation
  • Ritual opposition

Monty A. McIntyre is a currently a mediator, arbitrator & discovery referee. In addition to his ADR experience, he also has extensive trial experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants. He has tried more than 100 cases to conclusion, including 33 civil jury trials. Mr. McIntyre served as the President of the San Diego County Bar Association in 2002 and was the 2014 President of the San Diego Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).

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 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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CA CLE: New Ethics Rules Coming to California

Yes, this time it will really happen.  Over a decade in the works, California is very close to finalizing a new set of ethics rules. The latest three-year rules revision effort is nearly complete and the new Rules of Professional Conduct will soon become a reality for all attorneys in California.  The last step is for the Supreme Court approve the new revisions.

California Ethics Rules Revision

What can you expect – drastic change or much ado about nothing?

To learn more about how you will be impacted by the new California ethics rules join trial attorney and ethics expert Ed McIntyre as he discusses the possible revisions. Ed mainly addresses how the new rules will vary from exiting California ethics rules and he also compares the new proposed rules to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. To access the course please click here: A Sneak Peek at the Possible New Rules of Professional Conduct.

The following rules are addressed:

  • Confidentiality
  • Diligence
  • Conflicts of interests
  • Duties to former clients
  • Safekeeping of client property
  • Delay of litigation
  • Fairness to opposing counsel
  • Lawyer as a witness
  • Candor to the tribunal
  • Truthfulness in statements to others
  • Communications with unrepresented persons
  • Inadvertent production
  • Duties of supervising attorneys

Edward J. McIntyre practices complex business litigation in federal and state courts. A veteran trial attorney, he is also an expert on the topic of professional responsibility.  He now advises and represents attorneys on issues of professional responsibility, risk mitigation and professional negligence.

This CLE course is only offered in:

  • California (CA)

Attorney Credits offers CLE for attorneys in California. For more information about CLE in California please click the following link: CA CLE.

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