Tag: CA CLE

California MCLE Compliance: N-Z Due February 2014

The mandatory California CLE deadline is rapidly approaching as we head into 2014.  Luckily for California attorneys, the compliance groups are broken down into three compliance groups so not every California attorney has to complete their MCLE in 2014. Members of the State Bar of California are assigned to an MCLE compliance group only once and always remain in that same compliance…

California MCLE

In California, MCLE (Minimum Continuing Legal Education) refers to the approved continuing legal education required of attorneys licensed by the State Bar of California.  Every state uses different terminology (such as mandatory CLE, CLER and MECLE) to describe their CLE system, however, in California the mandatory CLE required of attorneys is known as CA MCLE. To ensure that attorneys are getting quality…

CLE Course: The Limits of Persuasion: Know Them and Use Them

Influencing other people can be a challenging task.  Many people hold strong beliefs and opinions on a number of positions – from gun regulation to their favorite sports team.  However, persuasion techniques can be employed to influence and convince others to change their beliefs or at least get them to move away from an entrenched position. Robert Cialdini – Six Principles of Influence…

CLE Course: Prescription Drug Abuse and Addiction

There is a prescription pill epidemic in this country and many people are just now finding out about it.  In San Diego, more people now die from accidental prescription drug overdoses than die in car accidents.[1]  In fact, 269 people died from accidental prescription drug overdoses in San Diego in 2012.  And part of the problem is the availability of these drugs. …

CLE Course: How to Prepare Your Client for Deposition

Considering that less than 5% of cases go to trial, deposition is now one of the most crucial aspects of litigation.  For your anxious client, the deposition is almost the functional equivalent of their “day in court.” One of the most useful subjects, both for lawyers and their clients, has been preparing to give testimony at a deposition. Proper preparation of the…

CLE Course: The Initial Client Interview in Family Law Matters

Do you know one of the best times to prevent malpractice? During the very first meeting with the client – at the outset of the attorney-client relationship. This is a crucial point in the attorney-client relationship that must be used to examine many facets of your representation – from your competence to handle the matter in question to the existence of conflicts…

CLE Course: Client Intake, Damages & Expert Witnesses – Do You Want to Take This PI Case?

When you are contemplating whether to take that next case remember the quote below.  This quote is from a seasoned attorney who has learned his lesson the hard way – not to take every case that walks through the door.  How many times have you started a case and then once you get deeper into it you think to yourself, “why did…

CLE Course: An ERISA Litigation Primer

As retirement plans have come to hold an increasing amount of our nation’s wealth, the number of lawsuits claiming violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security (ERISA) Act has increased exponentially.  The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 – or commonly known as ERISA – protects the assets of millions of Americans so that funds placed in retirement plans will be…

CLE Course: A Legal Primer on Nonprofit Law

Did you know that there are currently over one million nonprofits in the United States? Or that over 50,000 new non-profits are formed each year? Everything from labor groups and churches to schools and fraternal beneficiary societies qualify for 501(c)(3) status – if the proper legal formalities are followed.  The IRS recently ‘cleansed’ over 275,000 nonprofits, stripping them of their federal tax-exempt…

CLE Course: Using A Forensic Psychologist in Your Legal Practice

Forensic psychology has been described as the intersection between psychology and the justice system.  A key aspect of forensic psychology is the ability to testify in court, formulating psychological findings into the legal language of the courtroom and providing scientific testimony in a way that can be understood by the judge, the jury and opposing counsel.  For those of you interested in…