New York MCLE

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…

Moving A Law Firm To Google Apps

Guest post by Eric Hunter Why Google Apps? Why Not. I know, it sounds a little nuts, but Google is going to take over the world, our collective consciousness and all of us in it, so we might as well just jump on board! Seriously though, from a strategic investment perspective, there’s a lot to Google Apps and competing collaborative cloud hosted…

Legal Ethics & Fee Agreements

Legal Ethics – two little words that make the hairs on every attorney’s neck stand up. What does ethics mean to you – is it just another required MCLE course? There is obviously a reason why legal ethics is mandatory in almost every state.  Knowing your ethical obligations and acting responsibly will ensure that you get to keep that law license you worked…

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…