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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…

FAQ For Mandatory CLE in New Jersey

Only recently did CLE compliance become mandatory in New Jersey.[1] In New Jeresey, the Board on Continuing Legal Education was created and assigned the task of administering the Supreme Court’s requirement.[2] New Jersey attorneys must be aware that only 12 of the required 24 units can be completed with online courses. However, there are two main exceptions that would allow New Jersey attorneys…

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…

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…

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…

Some N.J. Attorneys May Complete all 24 MCLE Units Online

Good news for New Jersey attorneys who reside outside the state. You may now be able to fulfill all 24 of your MCLE units through online study. Generally, New Jersey attorneys are allowed to fulfill up to one-half of their CLE requirement (12 Units) through courses offered in alternative verifiable learning formats. Alternative verifiable learning formats include:[1] Videotape Audiotape Remote place viewing…

Fee Arrangements: Get Paid for Your Time & Advice

We were lucky enough to work with renowned attorney James E. King ofthe King Law firm this week to put together some excellent programs on fee agreements.[1] The first course discusses the ethics of fee agreements and the second course delves into what is considered a ‘reasonable’ fee. Mr. King presented numerous nuggets of wisdom, but probably none greater than this kernel of truth:…

Why don’t more attorneys find value in CLE?

I have been pondering this all week. What got me started thinking about this was last week’s post about the Illinois attorney who got his secretary to complete his online CLE. At first I found it comical that the attorney’s misdeeds were revealed (he must have made his secretary mad!). Then the more I thought about it, the angrier I became for…

Cybersleuthing & Intellectual Assets

On Thursday night I had the pleasure of taping another wonderful event with the North County Bar Association here in San Diego. It was a great dinner on a beautiful Southern California spring evening, and there was a wonderful presentation on Cybersleuthing – or more appropriate title ‘digging up dirt online.’ It was a great presentation that instructed attorneys how to find…