Tag: Ethics

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…

New CLE on Common Ethics Traps for Attorneys

Pick up the phone and call your clients, don’t “borrow” money from trust accounts, calendar every key deadline & date – the same fundamental ethics principles still hold true for the 21st century lawyer. That’s because the same traditional ethics issues continue to plague lawyers, leading to countless ethics violations and malpractice lawsuits. Lawyers & Ethics The same traditional legal ethics issues…

CA CLE: Don’t Forget the Legal Ethics, Bias and Competence Issues by the California MCLE Deadline

Under the CA MCLE Rules, California attorneys are required to complete 25 hours CA MCLE every 3 years. Of those 25 required CA CLE hours, attorneys must complete at least 12.5 hours for participatory credit. OR put another way you CANNOT complete more than 12.5 hours of self-study credit.[1] CA MCLE Requirement – Specialty Credits 4 Legal Ethics 1 Competence Issues 1…

NV CLE: Complete 12 Hours of Nevada CLE by December 31

For 2017, Nevada attorneys must complete at least 12 NV CLE hours each annual Nevada CLE compliance period. In addition, Nevada attorneys must complete at least 2 hours of legal ethics as part of the 12 hour Nevada CLE requirement. Please note that Nevada attorneys now also have a substance abuse requirement that must be completed every three years.[1] Nevada CLE Compliance & Reporting…

New Ethics CLE: Ethics & the SmallLaw Attorney 

Complying with the ethical rules can be a challenge for solo and small firm practitioners. Small firm and solo practitioners normally handle nearly all legal and business aspects of the firm, as they often serve as their own marketing, administration, billing and collections departments. Ethics & the SmallLaw Attorney  Small firm and solo attorneys are especially susceptible to ethics violations because they…

New CLE on the Ethics of Attorney-Client Transactions

The quote below succinctly sums up how courts and ethics regulators feel about attorney-client transactions and how you will be viewed if you “do business” with your clients. And “doing business with clients” is treated quite expansively by the courts. “Attorneys wear different hats when they perform legal services on behalf of their clients and when they conduct business with them.  As…

New CLE on Ethics & Records Implications for Lawyers

Social Media presents numerous challenges for law firms, attorneys and the business clients they represent. From maintaining confidential information to preserving important digital content, attorneys now must be aware of the novel ethical issues posed by social media websites like Facebook & Twitter, blogs, ISP services and applications like SaaS. Lawyer, Social Media & Ethical Conduct In this CLE course John Isaza…

CLE: Gender & Culture Bias in the Legal Profession

The American legal system is predicated on neutrality, equality and impartiality for all individuals, regardless of gender, race or nationality. However, while everyone is considered equal in the eyes of the law, each person is their own unique individual and miscommunication often occurs from how we communicate – rather than what we communicate. Culture & Gender Bias in the Legal Profession After…

CA CLE: New Ethics Rules Coming to California

Yes, this time it will really happen.  Over a decade in the works, California is very close to finalizing a new set of ethics rules. The latest three-year rules revision effort is nearly complete and the new Rules of Professional Conduct will soon become a reality for all attorneys in California.  The last step is for the Supreme Court approve the new…