Tag: California CLE

New CLE: The Hearsay Conundrum

Say it with me, we all know it. “A statement, made out of court, provided for the truth of the matter asserted.” Yes, we can all repeat the definition of hearsay in our sleep. It’s the application of the hearsay rule that’s trips up lawyers and judges alike. Hearsay We all know the hearsay rule it’s the application of rule that trips…

New CLE: Anatomy Fundamentals for Attorneys

In briefs and during mediation – and especially in court – personal injury attorneys must be able to adequately convey their knowledge of anatomy to experts, the judge and most importantly the jury.   Attorneys & Anatomy From car accidents to botched surgeries, many legal cases require lawyers to wear their doctor hats and have in-depth knowledge of the anatomy of the…

CA CLE: Can I Take Online and Downloadable Video for Participatory MCLE Credit in California?

Yes you can!  California attorneys can take all 12.5 required CLE participatory hours online – and downloadable audio and video – including all legal ethics, bias and competence issues. For online CLE courses, “participatory” means that we monitor your attendance – which we do.[1] CA MCLE – Participatory Credit Online video – click randomly inserted verification prompts Downloadable audio & video –…

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…

CA MCLE: Substance Abuse is now Competence Issues

Quick reminder for California attorneys coming up for MCLE compliance in February 2019.  The former 1 hour Substance Abuse requirement has been expanded out to include mental health concerns and is now called Competence Issues.[1] CA MCLE Requirements 25 — Total hours 12.5 — Participatory Credit 4 — Legal Ethics 1– Competence Issues 1 — Elimination of Bias California attorneys must make…

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…

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…

New CLE on Property Damage & Homeowners Insurance

Many of us have achieved the one of the pinnacles of the American dream, owning our own home. However, even though it’s the most expensive purchase many of us will make, quite a few attorneys and clients fail to understand the basics of the document that protects their investment – their homeowners insurance policy. Floods, Wildfires and Hurricanes In 2017, from floods…

New CLE for Attorneys on Litigating Sexual Harassment Claims in the #MeToo Era

Susan Fowler had tried everything – going to human resources, talking to her managers, transferring departments, but nothing changed. An engineer at Uber, the sexist comments at her toxic workplace just kept coming. So she went online and wrote a 3,000-word blog post exposing the behavior and culture at Uber. Less than one year later, Uber co-founder and C.E.O. Travis Kalanick was…

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…