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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 up lawyers and judges.

In this incredibly insightful course, Paul S. Marks provides you with better organized framework for analyzing potential hearsay evidence that has been gleaned from over twenty years of trial practice. Paul will mainly cover the basic elements of the hearsay rule, oral testimony vs. written testimony & “The Hearsay Conundrum” and exceptions to the hearsay rule. To access the course please click here: The Hearsay Conundrum.

Paul will also discuss:

  • Why the hearsay rule is a lawyer’s dream
  • Non-verbal conduct intended as communication
  • Implied statements
  • Quickly assessing possible hearsay statements
  • The veracity of the statement
  • Using motions in limine to keep possible hearsay away from the jury
  • FRE 105 – Limited Admissibility
  • FRE 403 – Prejudicial vs. Probative
  • FRE 803(6) – The Business Records exception

Paul Marks has practiced civil and commercial litigation in California for over twenty years. Mr. Marks has served as first chair trial counsel in over thirty cases that have reached verdict, about half of them being jury trials.

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)
  • dNew 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 York CLE: How Do I report that I completed my NY CLE requirement at the end of my compliance period?

Experienced attorneys are those attorneys that have been admitted to the New York State Bar Association for more than two years. Experienced New York attorneys are required to complete at least 24 NY CLE credit hours each 2 year reporting cycle.[1]

NY CLE Reporting & Compliance

  • Reporting Cycle: 2 years
  • Compliance Deadline: Birth date
  • Reporting Deadline: 30 days after your birthday

Towards the end of your CLE compliance period (your birth month), the New York CLE Board will mail you an attorney registration form. You must file your attorney registration form and indicate that you have completed your NY CLE requirement within 30 days after your birthday on alternate years. For more information about CLE in New York please click the following link: NY CLE.

[1] New York attorneys admitted BEFORE 1/1/82 OR in an even-numbered year register in EVEN-numbered years. New York attorneys admitted in an odd-numbered year AFTER 1982 register in ODD-numbered years.

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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 human body.

In this CLE course, attorney Rachel Rose will teach you about anatomy fundamentals so you can effectively communicate with your doctor experts and the jury. Rachel will mainly cover the issues & types of cases that require a lawyer to have anatomical knowledge, anatomy vs. pathology, medical position terminology and practical points to consider in your legal cases. To access the course please click here: Anatomy Fundamentals for Lawyers.

Rachel reviews the following systems:

  • Musculoskeletal
  • Gastro-intestinal
  • Circulatory
  • Nervous

From working on Wall Street to interning at the Department of HHS, Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA, has accumulated knowledge in a multitude of fields throughout her career, with an emphasis on various facets of healthcare. She advises on federal and state compliance and areas of liability associated with a variety of healthcare, legal and regulatory issues including: HIPAA, the HITECH Act, the False Claims Act, Medicare issues, as well as corporate and security regulations.

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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NY CLE: New York CLE FAQ

How many NY CLE hours do I need to complete?  How many ethics hours are required?  When do I report compliance?  Do providers report my completed courses? Are there special requirements for newly admitted attorneys?

Top NY CLE Questions

  • As an “experienced” New York attorney, what is my CLE requirement?
    • Experienced New York attorneys must complete a total of 24 NY CLE hours every two years. You must complete at least 4 hours of Ethics and Professionalism each two-year compliance period.
  • When must I complete my NY CLE requirement and report my NY CLE compliance?
    • Your NY CLE compliance deadline is your birthday. You have 30 days after your birthday to report your NY CLE compliance.
  • How do I report my New York CLE compliance?
    • The CLE Board will mail you an attorney registration form to report compliance. You must file your attorney registration form and indicate that you have completed your CLE requirement within 30 days after your birthday on alternate years.

If you’re like many New York attorneys – even experienced attorneys – you have questions about your NY CLE compliance. That’s why we created our New York CLE FAQ… so we can help you easily find the information that you need about your NY CLE compliance! For more information about your NY CLE compliance please click here: NY CLE FAQ.

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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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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 – number code verification

The next group up for MCLE compliance in California is Compliance Group . Attorneys with last names A-G must complete the California MCLE requirement and report compliance by February 1, 2019.  For more information please click here: CA CLE.

[1] For online streaming video courses you must click on randomly inserted pop ups during the video to confirm that you are viewing the course. For downloadable audio & video and CD courses we have embedded numeric codes in the courses. You must write these numbers down and then after you complete the course you must enter the codes on the website to obtain your course certificate.

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eDiscovery Fundamentals CLE

Despite the increased importance of eDiscovery in today’s legal world many attorneys still don’t even know the basics… what’s ESI??? How do you respond to a litigation hold? What are native files?

What is ESI??

If you’re a trial attorney and you don’t know what ESI is… then you need to take this CLE course!

In today’s electronic world, being prepared to properly respond to eDiscovery demands can make or break your client’s case – and your litigation budget. In this CLE course Alex Marjanovic and Greg Mahoney show you the most efficient way to respond to eDiscovery by discussing the key terms you need to know to get results, litigation holds and the three primary methods that firms are currently handling e-discovery. To access the course please click here: eDiscovery Fundamentals.

Three Primary eDiscovery Methods

Alex and Greg also review the three primary eDiscovery methods and  provides a cost benefit analysis and the potential for sanctions with each of the three methods (1) Review on your computer (2) Review hard copy of ESI and (3) Review in database. The analysis of the three methods is conducted with the use of a sample data set that could be found in any litigation matter today.

Alex Marjanovic is the Managing Partner of Sales at Epiq, a national and international provider of electronic discovery services, with responsibility over the Southwestern States of the U.S. He has had extensive experience with electronic and paper-based discovery and related litigation production/discovery matters over the past 14 years. Greg Mahoney is the Director of Legal Solutions at Epiq Global. He collaborates with law firms, government agencies and corporations throughout the eDiscovery process.

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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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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Colorado CLE: Reporting Your CO CLE Courses

Colorado attorneys must complete 45 CLE hours each 3 year compliance period – including 7 hours of ethics.[1] To fullfill your duties, you must report all Colorado CLE hours to the Colorado Office of Continuing Legal and Judicial Education.

Colorado CLE Course ID Number

To report your completed CLE hours, you will need the course ID number for the course. The course ID will be listed on the Certificate of Completion.

Please use the online Colorado CLE affidavit system to enter the course ID number and report the CO CLE hours that you’ve completed. Please contact Attorney Credits or visit the following page for more information about Colorado CLE compliance: CO CLE.

[1] The first Colorado CLE compliance period starts on the date of your admission to practice law in Colorado. You compliance period ends on December 31 of the third full calendar year following the year of your admission.

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