Texas MCLE

Updated CLE FAQ For Texas Attorneys

Most states fall into two categories when it comes to compliance and reporting deadlines. First, states like Illinois and California have one set deadline each year. The California compliance deadline is February 1, while Illinois attorneys must complete their MCLE by June 30. Second, states like Texas and New York are “birthday” compliance states. For example, In Texas the compliance period begins…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Texas Attorneys FAQ

1. What are the General Requirements of the MCLE program? Every active member of the Texas (TX) State Bar must complete a minimum of 15 hours of accredited continuing legal education (CLE) during each MCLE compliance year. Of the minimum 15 hours, at least 10 of the hours must be earned in the form of formal courses or seminars. Five of the…