Category Archives: Texas MCLE

TX CLE: Whose Responsible for Reporting TX CLE Hours??

When you finish CLE courses, CLE providers are required to report your completed TX CLE courses to the State Bar of Texas. However, although MCLE providers are required to report completed CLE courses, Texas is still technically a self-reporting state.

TX CLE Reporting

Although MCLE providers are required to report completed CLE courses, Texas is technically a self-reporting state. Individual attorneys must ensure that their CLE credits were properly reported.

Since Texas is a self-reporting CLE state you must verify the receipt of your TX CLE compliance information because Texas attorneys are ultimately responsible for ensuring that CLE courses are properly reported. We also report completed courses every Monday.[1] For more information about Texas CLE please click here: TX CLE.

[1] PLEASE NOTE: We report on Monday for all courses completed the previous Monday 12:00:01 AM to Sunday 12:59:59 PM. Therefore, if your deadline is Thursday and you finish your courses on Tuesday you must self-report the courses to the State Bar of Texas yourself, since the next time we report, your deadline will have passed. We are not responsible if your courses are submitted past your reporting deadline. To self report your MCLE hours please click this link: https://www.texasbar.com/AM/Template.cfm?Section=MyPage&Template=/Security/Login.cfm

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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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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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New CLE: Tips to Avoid Ethical Violations and Malpractice Claims

What can you do to avoid a legal malpractice claim or grievance from the state bar? Most of the time it’s not rocket science, there are many basic things you can do to limit your exposure.

Practicing Ethically

How many times do you have to be told to communicate with your clients? Well, it’s still not enough for some attorneys because numerous lawyers still get in hot water for failing to call, email or text clients and keep them in the loop.

Brooks Schuelke will help keep you out of trouble by discussing the key elements of malpractice law, 10 tips to avoid ethical violations, what you can do if a claim is made against you and possible insurance coverage. To access the course please click here: Ten Tips to Avoid Ethical Violations and Malpractice Claims.

Brooks will also cover:

  • Negligence
  • Breaching a fiduciary duty
  • Privity
  • Defining who you represent
  • Defining the scope of the representation
  • Communicating with clients
  • Saying you’re sorry
  • Calendaring, doing business with clients
  • Suing clients for fees
  • Screening clients
  • Conflicts checks
  • Reporting your claim to your insurance carrier
  • Purchasing legal malpractice insurance

Brooks has been a trial lawyer since 1995. His practice has focused on the representation of individuals and small businesses injured by others. This practice includes personal injury litigation and legal malpractice litigation.

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: 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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Texas CLE: Texas MCLE Reporting

Texas attorneys are required to complete 15 hours every year to meet the Texas MCLE requirement and remain eligible to practice law. It is also your responsibility to make sure your mandatory TX CLE hours are accurately and timely reported to the State Bar of Texas.

Texas CLE Reporting

You are automatically given your birth month as a grace period to comply with the Texas MCLE requirements without a penalty. If you do not complete and report at least 15 hours of CLE by the last day of your birth month (grace period), you will be in non-compliance and subject to a penalty.

You must report your overall compliance with the 15 required hours on the annual verification report. Your MCLE Annual Verification Report will be mailed to you two months before your birth month.[1] For more information about Texas CLE please click here: TX CLE.

[1] If your verification report indicates that you have completed the required number of Texas CLE hours, no further action is required. If you have not completed or reported the minimum 15 TX CLE hours by the last day of your compliance year, a reminder Notice will be emailed and mailed to you at the beginning of the birth month (grace period).

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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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New CLE on Franchise Law & the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD)

Franchise law is a specialized area of law that is fairly regulated by both federal law and various state laws. Knowing the intricacies of how franchising and franchise law work can enhance your skill sets as a practitioner and help you better assist your business clients.

Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD)

The Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) must include 23 items and it includes prospective franchisees with the information they need to make an informed decisions.

In this CLE course, Joe Donnini will cover not only the fundamentals of franchise law, but also address numerous practical points that you must consider to effectively represent your clients that are considering buying a franchise. Joe will mainly discuss the legal definition of a franchise, the federal & state regulatory framework, disclosure & documents, franchise contracts and common legal and practical concerns. Joe also spends a considerable portion of the course reviewing the 23 items in the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). To access the course please click here: Franchise Law.

Joe mainly covers the following Items in the FDD:

  • The estimated initial investment
  • Initial & other fees
  • Financing
  • Renewal
  • Termination
  • Transfer & dispute resolution
  • Financial performance representations
  • Contracts

Joe Donnini is an experienced attorney, entrepreneur, educator, and business consultant. Having a diverse background has positioned Joe to gain perspective in multiple industries on many matters. Joe has assisted clients in key areas of business creation, development, operations, and finance.

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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New CLE on What Women Lawyers Can Do to Combat Bias

There’s a reason that women are sorely unrepresented in upper leadership. America’s workplaces – especially legal offices – are riddled with bias against women leaders. As a result, women seeking to advance in their legal careers face both biases that prevent them from reaching the upper echelon of their firms and careers.

Gender Bias in the Legal Profession[1]

Female and male attorneys experience a sharp disparity in their career achievements: compensation earned, management positions held, and first chair opportunities made available. This disparity is primarily the result of one factor: the discriminatory operation of gender stereotypes in all legal organizations—even the very best intentioned ones.

In this thoughtful and fast moving program, Andrea S. Kramer and Alton B. Harris discuss the extent of and reasons for the achievement disparity between female and male lawyers, and how gender stereotypes and gender bias prevent women from advancing in their legal careers as far and as fast as men. Andie and Al mainly discuss the ABA’s response to increase diversity & inclusion, the root of the gender bias problem and what women can do to overcome gender bias. To access the course please click here: What Women Can Do to Advance Their Legal Careers Despite Gender Bias.

Andie and Al also talk about:

  • ABA Model Rule 8.4(g)
  • ABA Resolution 302
  • Men and #MeToo
  • Communal & agentic stereotypes
  • Biases that flow from gender stereotypes
  • The Goldilocks dilemma
  • Impression management
  • Seeking make allies
  • Encouraging organizational change

Andrea S. Kramer is an attorney and a partner in the international law firm of McDermott Will & Emery, LLP. The managing partner in the Chicago office of Nixon Peabody, Al is a frequent writer and lecturer on the financial markets, financial regulation, corporate governance and diversity in the legal profession.

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)
  • 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.

[1] Rewrite the Script: Overcoming Gender Stereotypes Holding You Back

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