Illinois MCLE

Working with Witnesses

Today’s society has become so complex that expert witnesses are now a part of a large number of cases and trials.  And the list of experts is exhaustive, from tire experts to legal malpractice experts. One of the biggest errors that many attorneys make as they approach trial is deciding to hire their expert witness too late in the proceedings. This can…

Should State Bars Limit the Amount of Online CLE?

As Director of Legal Education with at Attorney Credits, one of the trickier parts of CLE is dealing with the MCLE regulations and requirements of each state. Instead of one uniform CLE system throughout the country, each state sets different requirements for its own MCLE program.  That’s the reason why Nevada (NV) attorneys must complete 12 CLE units each year, while attorneys…

Rutgers CLE Program Hacked

The Internet was made for pure communication.  That’s why security was such an afterthought – it would hinder the flow of ideas.  But as the Internet and World Wide Web have transformed into an incredibly important global infrastructure, this lack of security has become increasingly troublesome. And making things worse, the potential targets for hackers are seemingly endless – from the Whitehouse…

MCLE Compliance Questions in Illinois?

Illinois attorneys recently had their MCLE requirement increased from 24 credit hours to 30 credit hours every two years. The Professional Responsibility requirement was also increased from four credit hours to six. Luckily, the next compliance group doesn’t have to report until June 30, 2013. Beginning with the July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2012 two-year reporting period for attorneys with last names beginning…

Eliminating Bias in the Legal System

By Jason Castillo, Director of Legal Education What does eliminating bias from the legal system mean to you?  After attending a handful of Elimination of Bias lectures, I know that probably just the mention of eliminating bias probably makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Is the elimination of bias just another required course that you are forced to take…

Illinois MCLE Requirement Now 30 Units

By Jason Castillo, Director of Legal Education If you are an Illinois attorney – and your last name begins with A-M – you must now complete 30 units to fulfill your MCLE requirement OR be entitled to claim a valid exemption no later than June 30.[1]  This 30 hour requirement includes 6 units of Professional Responsibility.[2]  Also, different rules and requirements apply to newly…

Beyond Minimum Continuing Legal Education

I read a great article earlier in the week from Attorney at Work on ‘sharpening the saw.’ I would like to thank Wendy Werner for writing about something that has been our goal here: going beyond minimum continuing legal education. ‘Cast Your Gaze Beyond Meeting Annual CLE Requirements’ reads one of the main captions of the article – my sentiments exactly! The…

Voir Dire Is a lot LIke American Idol?!?

Guest post by David Cannon, Ph.D. & Bryan Edelman, Ph.D Remember the beginning of American Idol every year where countless individuals brag about their ability to sing, only to reveal that they have no singing talent whatsoever?  I’m confident that some of these individuals know that they can’t sing, but we Americans will sometimes do almost anything to get on television.  However, some…

Using Facebook and Social Media Evidence at Trial

Every morning I wake up and check the headlines on Law.com and the Law Technology News.  It seems everyday brings more headlines on the use of social media and other electronic evidence at trial.  Whether it’s prosecutors trying to ‘friend’ potential jurors or attorneys turning to social media for evidence to use at trial, the Internet holds massive amounts of information. The…

The Digital Age Brings New Legal Challenges For Schools

Guest post by Gretchen Shipley With fewer resources than ever before, school district administrators are overwhelmed with trying to keep up with and respond to on-line misconduct by students and teachers. In an era of sexting, cyberbullying, and Facebook, school administrators walk a fine line in trying to provide a safe school environment and at the same time, trying not to infringe…