Category Archives: Illinois MCLE

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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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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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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New CLE on Legal Issues in Startup Financing

For entrepreneurs, financing is the primary and most pressing concern. That’s because without sufficient funding, it’s almost impossible to launch and run a successful business. And many of the people starting these new ventures are new to the business world and they are often unaware of the various securities laws that apply when acquiring funding.

Startup Financing

Just watch an episode of Shark Tank and you will see how desperate entrepreneurs are for funding.

In this course, attorney Gary J. Ross will teach you about the different rounds of startup financing and offer legal and practical suggestions when your entrepreneur clients are raising funds from their family & friends, angel investors and venture capital funds. Gary will mainly discuss the various rounds of financing, the advantages & disadvantages of different forms of financing, the securities laws that are relevant to each round of financing and the key terms that are negotiated between startups and their investors. To access the course please click here: Legal Issues in Financing for Startup Companies.

Gary will cover:

  • The seed stage of funding in-depth
  • Accredited & non-accredited investors
  • Convertible promissory notes
  • Regulation A+
  • Crowdfunding regulations
  • Convertible preferred stock
  • The term sheet
  • IPOs

Gary J. Ross focuses his practice on securities law, venture capital and private equity, corporate governance, and general corporate matters. Mr. Ross represents private companies (at all stages), including those exploring blockchain/cryptocurrency opportunities, as well as angel investors and investment funds.

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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eDiscovery Fundamentals CLE

Despite the increased importance of eDiscovery in today’s legal world many attorneys still don’t even know the basics… what’s ESI??? How do you respond to a litigation hold? What are native files?

What is ESI??

If you’re a trial attorney and you don’t know what ESI is… then you need to take this CLE course!

In today’s electronic world, being prepared to properly respond to eDiscovery demands can make or break your client’s case – and your litigation budget. In this CLE course Alex Marjanovic and Greg Mahoney show you the most efficient way to respond to eDiscovery by discussing the key terms you need to know to get results, litigation holds and the three primary methods that firms are currently handling e-discovery. To access the course please click here: eDiscovery Fundamentals.

Three Primary eDiscovery Methods

Alex and Greg also review the three primary eDiscovery methods and  provides a cost benefit analysis and the potential for sanctions with each of the three methods (1) Review on your computer (2) Review hard copy of ESI and (3) Review in database. The analysis of the three methods is conducted with the use of a sample data set that could be found in any litigation matter today.

Alex Marjanovic is the Managing Partner of Sales at Epiq, a national and international provider of electronic discovery services, with responsibility over the Southwestern States of the U.S. He has had extensive experience with electronic and paper-based discovery and related litigation production/discovery matters over the past 14 years. Greg Mahoney is the Director of Legal Solutions at Epiq Global. He collaborates with law firms, government agencies and corporations throughout the eDiscovery process.

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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Get Your CLE Done: Keep Your Law License!

When we first started Attorney Credits, our idea was to bring you quality CLE at a great price, in a convenient online format.  We know that attorneys are busy professionals – you don’t need to waste your time and  money completing CLE courses.

Falsely Certifying CLE Compliance 

Countless attorneys have been fined and or suspended for failing to complete their MCLE requirement.

At the end of the day, we also help you to keep your law license.  That’s because if you fail to complete your CLE – or worse yet, lie about compliance – it can cost you your law license. For more information about CLE courses and bundles please click here: Attorney Credits.

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New CLE on Document Fraud in Elder Abuse Cases

One of your favorite clients is Pearl, who you’ve helped with some real estate and estate planning matters when her husband of 55 years passed away. Even though she’s in her eighties, she’s still sharp as a tack. One day she calls you frantically because her checking account is suddenly overdrawn and she thinks that her housekeeper might be to blame.

Document Fraud in Elder Abuse Cases

People who take advantage of senior citizens will often forge checks, alter deeds and attempt to change wills.

While many people think that it mainly consists of physical abuse, elder abuse is more often times a crime of financial abuse where relatives, caretakers and “friends” take advantage of the elderly. An experienced document examiner, Mike Wakshull has seen altered wills, attempted stock transfers, suspicious checks and homes sold with forged real estate deeds. To access this course please click here: Document Fraud in Elder Abuse Cases.

Using case examples from his own practice, he will highlight:

  • Knowing the telltale signs of faked signatures
  • The importance of exemplars
  • Fluidity vs. tremor
  • Examining the unique attributes of a signature
  • The tools used to examine documents

A court-qualified forensic document examiner, Michael N. Wakshull has been involved in the Forensic Document Examination arena since 1983 and belongs to a number of Document Examination Associations.

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: Deal With the Bad Facts in Your Case!!

Every case has bad facts. But should you deal with it only after the opponent introduces it at trial – or is it better to “inoculate” the jury against the bad facts by first introducing it in a weakened form? While the conventional wisdom states that inoculating the jury at an early stage is the preferred approach, in the past 20 years a vocal minority of commentators created confusion on the issue by mounting a fierce assault on the conventional thinking.

Deal With It!!

Veteran trial attorney Quentin Brogdon shares his experiences and thoughts on how to best deal with the bad facts buried in your cases.

In this CLE course, Quentin will cover how jurors deal with bad facts, the positives & negatives of inoculating the jury, considering the sponsorship theory and additional trial strategies to limit the effects of bad facts. To access the course please click here: Dealing with Bad Facts.

Quentin will also discuss:

  • The mindset of the jury
  • The importance of the plaintiff
  • Cognitive dissonance
  • The severity effect
  • Types of bad facts
  • Rational fears
  • Fear factors
  • Counseling clients
  • 3 lessons on sponsorship
  • The Rice-Legger Study
  • Self-flogging ads
  • Turning strengths into weakness
  • Motions in limine
  • Limiting instructions
  • Failing to preserve error
  • Possible waiver of appellate points of error when adopting an inoculation approach
  • Ohler v. U.S. (2000)

A seasoned trial attorney, Quentin Brogdon is a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has been selected as one of its “Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiffs’ Lawyers in America,” selected by the National Trial Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Texas Trial Lawyers, selected by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel as one of the Nations’ Top One Percent, and selected by D Magazine as one the “Best Lawyers in Dallas.”

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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CLE on Sweepstakes, Contests & Mobile Marketing Law

You might be a winner! No purchase necessary! Just send a self-addressed stamped envelope! Many will enter…. few will win. We all know the catch phrases because we’ve heard the sweepstakes and promotions commercials countless times on the T.V., radio and the Internet.

You MIGHT Be a Winner!!!

Companies love to blanket the airwaves with sweepstakes, games and promotions as part of their marketing campaigns – make sure the companies you represent do it legally.

In this CLE course Rob Laplaca will show you the basics of running a legally-compliant sales campaign from development through execution.  You will learn: how to spot the differences among sweepstakes, contests, games & charitable sales promotions; how to negotiate gambling laws, and key points when running social media & mobile marketing campaigns. To access the course please click here: Basics of Sweepstakes, Contests and Mobile Marketing Law.

In addition, Rob will also discuss:

  • Prize, chance & consideration
  • Chance vs. skill games
  • Post consideration
  • Non-monetary consideration
  • Skill contests
  • User Generated Content (UGC)
  • Mobile marketing
  • Product review & endorsements
  • Social websites

Rob Laplaca represents promotional marketing agencies & major brands – including food and beverage, retail, entertainment, personal care, and professional and consumer products in a variety of nationwide marketing activities from traditional promotions and offers to social media, in-app and other on-line programs.

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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New CLE On Social Media Spying & Tracking Spouses in Divorce Cases

You’re away on business and before you head off to bed you text your wife “good night honey, don’t let the bed bugs bite.” The next day your wife gets a call from Corky’s Pest Control offering their services to help with your bed bug problem. Yes, Big Brother is watching… and listening… and tracking. But it’s not just the government and companies – your soon-to-be ex-spouse could be hacking your emails, stalking you on Facebook or sticking a GPS tracking device on your SUV.

Divorce & Social Media Spying

Social Media spying has become a major issue in contentious divorce cases.

In this CLE course, veteran Family Law attorney Henry Gornbein will teach you about electronic spying and tracking in divorce cases. He will mainly address: potential liabilities for spousal tracking, social media use during divorce, Federal laws against spying, the use of technology to spy on spouses  and using social media evidence & ESI. To access the course please click here: Social Media and Beyond: Electronic Spying and Tracking Spouses in Divorce Cases.

Also covered:

  • Invasion of privacy
  • Laws regarding unauthorized computer access
  • Stalking & harassment statutes
  • Counseling clients on social media use before & during the divorce
  • Social media as a tool and a weapon
  • The Federal Wiretap Act
    Attorney vicarious liability
  • The Stored Communications Act
  • The Electronic Communications Privacy Act
  • The First Amendment
  • GPS tracking
  • iPhone apps for divorce lawyers & clients
  • Spyware
  • Unauthorized computer access
  • Telephone issues
  • Six issues with Facebook evidence
  • Admissibility of surveillance evidence
  • Federal Rules of Evidence 104, 901 & 902
  • Authentication of social media posts
  • Tips for getting evidence admitted

Henry Gornbein practices in all areas of Michigan family law including divorce, child custody, parenting time, child support, spousal support, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, interstate custody issues, domicile issues, as well as mediation and arbitration of all family law matters. In addition, he has a Television show, is associated with “Divorce Source Radio” and writes for the Huffington Post.

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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