MCLE

Now Offering CLE for Oregon Attorneys

By Jason Castillo, Director of Legal Education We are extremely pleased to now be offering CLE courses for attorneys in Oregon.  Oregon attorneys will now have access to many of our best courses – from email in litigation to writing for the trial court.  And Oregon attorneys may fulfill all 45 units with Attorney Credits online and offline courses. “This could not…

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…

Online CLE in New Jersey

New Jersey recently instituted mandatory continuing legal education (MCLE).  New Jersey attorneys now must complete 24 CLE units every two years, including 4 hours of legal ethics.[1] Under current standards, twelve units may be completed online.  However, there are two main exceptions that would allow New Jersey attorneys to complete all 24 units with approved online CLE.[2]  First, attorneys who do not…

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…

California MCLE Deadline is Right Around the Corner!

Yes, it’s almost that time of the year again in California – MCLE season.  I have already noticed increasing numbers of California attorneys logging on to complete their CLE requirement online.  That’s because Group 3 California attorneys with the last name N-Z must complete their 25 hours of approved MCLE credits by February 1, 2011. We have also been very busy finalizing…