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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 CLE on Legal Issues in Startup Financing

For entrepreneurs, financing is the primary and most pressing concern. That’s because without sufficient funding, it’s almost impossible to launch and run a successful business. And many of the people starting these new ventures are new to the business world and they are often unaware of the various securities laws that apply when acquiring funding.

Startup Financing

Just watch an episode of Shark Tank and you will see how desperate entrepreneurs are for funding.

In this course, attorney Gary J. Ross will teach you about the different rounds of startup financing and offer legal and practical suggestions when your entrepreneur clients are raising funds from their family & friends, angel investors and venture capital funds. Gary will mainly discuss the various rounds of financing, the advantages & disadvantages of different forms of financing, the securities laws that are relevant to each round of financing and the key terms that are negotiated between startups and their investors. To access the course please click here: Legal Issues in Financing for Startup Companies.

Gary will cover:

  • The seed stage of funding in-depth
  • Accredited & non-accredited investors
  • Convertible promissory notes
  • Regulation A+
  • Crowdfunding regulations
  • Convertible preferred stock
  • The term sheet
  • IPOs

Gary J. Ross focuses his practice on securities law, venture capital and private equity, corporate governance, and general corporate matters. Mr. Ross represents private companies (at all stages), including those exploring blockchain/cryptocurrency opportunities, as well as angel investors and investment funds.

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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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 lawyers still get in hot water for failing to call, email or text clients and keep them in the loop.

Brooks Schuelke will help keep you out of trouble by discussing the key elements of malpractice law, 10 tips to avoid ethical violations, what you can do if a claim is made against you and possible insurance coverage. To access the course please click here: Ten Tips to Avoid Ethical Violations and Malpractice Claims.

Brooks will also cover:

  • Negligence
  • Breaching a fiduciary duty
  • Privity
  • Defining who you represent
  • Defining the scope of the representation
  • Communicating with clients
  • Saying you’re sorry
  • Calendaring, doing business with clients
  • Suing clients for fees
  • Screening clients
  • Conflicts checks
  • Reporting your claim to your insurance carrier
  • Purchasing legal malpractice insurance

Brooks has been a trial lawyer since 1995. His practice has focused on the representation of individuals and small businesses injured by others. This practice includes personal injury litigation and legal malpractice litigation.

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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New CLE On Social Media Spying & Tracking Spouses in Divorce Cases

You’re away on business and before you head off to bed you text your wife “good night honey, don’t let the bed bugs bite.” The next day your wife gets a call from Corky’s Pest Control offering their services to help with your bed bug problem. Yes, Big Brother is watching… and listening… and tracking. But it’s not just the government and companies – your soon-to-be ex-spouse could be hacking your emails, stalking you on Facebook or sticking a GPS tracking device on your SUV.

Divorce & Social Media Spying

Social Media spying has become a major issue in contentious divorce cases.

In this CLE course, veteran Family Law attorney Henry Gornbein will teach you about electronic spying and tracking in divorce cases. He will mainly address: potential liabilities for spousal tracking, social media use during divorce, Federal laws against spying, the use of technology to spy on spouses  and using social media evidence & ESI. To access the course please click here: Social Media and Beyond: Electronic Spying and Tracking Spouses in Divorce Cases.

Also covered:

  • Invasion of privacy
  • Laws regarding unauthorized computer access
  • Stalking & harassment statutes
  • Counseling clients on social media use before & during the divorce
  • Social media as a tool and a weapon
  • The Federal Wiretap Act
    Attorney vicarious liability
  • The Stored Communications Act
  • The Electronic Communications Privacy Act
  • The First Amendment
  • GPS tracking
  • iPhone apps for divorce lawyers & clients
  • Spyware
  • Unauthorized computer access
  • Telephone issues
  • Six issues with Facebook evidence
  • Admissibility of surveillance evidence
  • Federal Rules of Evidence 104, 901 & 902
  • Authentication of social media posts
  • Tips for getting evidence admitted

Henry Gornbein practices in all areas of Michigan family law including divorce, child custody, parenting time, child support, spousal support, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, interstate custody issues, domicile issues, as well as mediation and arbitration of all family law matters. In addition, he has a Television show, is associated with “Divorce Source Radio” and writes for the Huffington Post.

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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IL MCLE: Complete 30 Illinois CLE Hours by June 30

Many Illinois attorneys are rapidly running out of time to complete their mandatory CLE requirement. If your last name begins with A-M, the you must complete your IL MCLE in EVEN numbered years.

IL MCLE Compliance

  • Compliance Deadline
    • June 30
  • Reporting Deadline
    • July 31

That means if your last name starts with A-M you must complete the 30 mandatory Illinois CLE hours by June 30. To access more information about the the IL CLE requirements, deadlines and Illinois MCLE compliance packages, please click the following link: IL CLE.

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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 forced out along a number of Uber executives

#MeToo and Sexual Misconduct Lawsuits

With the #MeToo hashtag, women have been empowered to share their harrowing experiences of harassment and assault by men. Lawyers litigating these claims will see familiar themes that run through these sexual misconduct cases.

Stories like that of Susan Fowler have dominated Twitter and the headline news the last few months since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke and have resulted in numerous terminations and lawsuits in workplaces around the country. In this CLE course, trial attorney Dan Gilleon will discuss litigating sexual harassment claims in the #MeToo era, state and federal laws covering sexual misconduct and important considerations when evaluating sexual misconduct cases. To access this course please click here: Litigating Sexual Harassment Claims in the Me Too Era.

Dan will also cover the following topics:

  • The four stages to these cases
  • Numerous case examples from his practice
  • Hostile work environment & quid pro quo cases
  • Claims under FEHA (Fair Employment and Housing Act)
  • Insurance & the defendant’s ability to pay
  • Key statutes of limitations

For decades, Dan Gilleon has been fighting for his clients with exceptional intensity and passion. Mr. Gilleon fights with vigor for his clients, often for the “little guy” that is being taken advantage of or bullied and he has fought and won countless high profile cases, often against powerful companies or even dangerous thugs and criminals.

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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New CLE: Age Bias Against Younger & Older Attorneys

There are many CLE programs that discuss bias in the legal profession – but many of these programs focus on bias based on race or sex. There are very few programs that tackle the growing issue of age bias in law firms. And it’s not just older attorneys that are being discriminated against because of their age, “millennial” attorneys also face bias in the legal workplace.

Lawyers: Overcoming Age Bias

Andie and Al also provide you with advice and techniques you can use to avoid or overcome bias against other and in your own professional capacity.

In this CLE course Andie and Al help you to understand the stereotypes surrounding younger and older lawyers and the biases that result from these stereotypes. Andie and Al will mainly discuss how age discrimination manifests in the legal profession, unconscious stereotypes, what law firms & legal organizations can do and what you can do to overcome your own biases. To access the course please click here: Ending the Discriminatory Consequences of Age Bias in the Legal Profession.

These topics will also be covered:

  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • Age discrimination before & after Gross v. FBL Fin. Svcs. Inc.
  • Mandatory retirement
  • Clear evidence of age bias
  • The daunting problem for older & younger female attorneys
  • Younger lawyers
  • Stereotypes & scripts
  • The ABA Mission Statement
  • ABA Model Rule 8.4(g)

Andrea S. Kramer is an attorney and a partner in the international law firm of McDermott Will & Emery, LLP. The managing partner in the Chicago office of Nixon Peabody, Al is a frequent writer and lecturer on the financial markets, financial regulation, corporate governance and diversity in the legal profession.

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)
  • 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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CLE COURSE: DIGITAL FORENSICS FOR ATTORNEYS 102

Just because a person installs some software on the neighbor’s computer does not make them a digital forensics expert. And when your client is looking at 30 years in prison, this is not the person you want to retain as the digital forensics expert in your next case.

Digital Forensics

There is a tremendous knowledge gap in our legal system today when it comes to matters involving digital evidence. In our years of experience in working with attorneys as digital forensics experts, common questions arise again and again: What do I ask for? Is the evidence relevant? What does this item in the forensic report mean? What should I ask the other expert? What should I ask you? Can you explain that to a jury?[1]

Digital forensics is a highly technical field. The expert you select must have the proper investigative and technical background – in addition to being able to understand their place in the legal system. If you need help selecting a digital forensics expert for your next case join Lars Daniel as he covers how to select the best expert, discovery & usage of digital evidence and challenging digital evidence. To access this course please click here: Digital Forensics for Attorneys 102.

Lars also discusses:

  • Computer experts vs. forensic experts
  • Key points to selecting an expert
  • Forensic & non-forensic certifications
  • Forensic tools
  • The expectations of the digital expert
  • The Brad Cooper murder trial
  • Spotting the problem expert
  • United States v. Bryan James Gardner
  • Browser caching
  • Challenging text messages
  • Macrium images

Lars Daniel has numerous digital forensics certifications. The co-author of the book Digital Forensics for Legal Professionals, Lars has attended over 250 hours of forensic training and has worked on over 500 cases involving murder, child pornography, terrorism, rape, kidnapping, intellectual property, fraud, wrongful death, employee wrongdoing and large scale e-discovery collections.

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 California please click the following link: NY CLE.

[1] Excerpt from Digital Forensics for Legal Professionals: Understanding Digital Evidence From the Warrant to the Courtroom

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IL CLE: Illinois MCLE Reporting Groups

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Illinois attorneys must complete a minimum of 30 IL CLE hours every 2 years in order to complete the IL MCLE requirement. In addition, 6 hours must completed in the area of Professional Responsibility – which includes courses in legal ethics, bias & diversity and substance abuse in the legal profession.

IL MCLE Compliance & Reporting

  • Compliance Deadline
    • June 30
  • Reporting Deadline
    • July 31

Your Illinois CLE reporting period depends on the first letter of your last name as it appears on the master roll of attorneys with the ARDC.[1] If your last name begins with A-M, you complete your MCLE and report in EVEN numbered years. If your last name begins with N-Z, you report compliance in ODD numbered years.

Illinois MCLE Reporting:

  • Last names A – M
    • July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018
  • Last names N – Z
    • July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019

Illinois attorneys may satisfy all 30 IL CLE hours through online on-demand CLE courses. Attorney Credits is an Accredited Provider of CLE in Illinois and all of our Illinois CLE courses are approved by the Illinois MCLE Board. To access more information about the the IL CLE requirements, deadlines and Illinois MCLE compliance packages, please click the following link: IL CLE.

[1] ARDC (Attorney Discipline and Registration Committee).

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New CLE: Levelling the Playing Field – An Overview of Title IX Litigation

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits sex discrimination in educational institutions that receive federal funding. The principal objective of Title IX is to avoid the use of federal money to support sex discrimination in education programs and to provide individual citizens effective protection against discriminatory practices in schools that receive federal funding.

Title IX issues include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Access to higher education, especially in areas of study where women, including women of color, are and have been traditionally underrepresented.
  • Equal opportunity and access to athletics, including adequate funding of women’s sports; equal access to practice times, facilities, and transportation; access to scholarship monies; and pay equity among male and female coaches.
  • Sexual harassment
  • Education for pregnant and parenting students.
  • Employment, including tenure and pay equity issues, and pregnancy claims.
  • Discrimination based on sexual orientation.
  • Retaliation for complaining about discrimination.

In this CLE course, attorney Adria Silva discusses what you need to know when handling Title IX cases by highlighting some of the most important elements and case law in this complex area of law. Adria mainly discusses the differences between Title IX and Title VII gender discrimination claims, pregnancy discrimination, damages, representing minor plaintiffs, filing the lawsuit and privacy (FERPA) considerations. To access the course please click here: Levelling the Playing Field: An Overview of Title IX Litigation.

Additional topics include:

  • Exempt institutions
  • Patterns of proof
  • Establishing your case
  • Affirmative defenses
  • Common plaintiffs & defendants
  • Conditions precedent
  • The OCR (Office of Civil Rights)
  • The burden of proof
  • Retaliation cases
  • Equitable relief
  • Multi-client representation & conflicts of interest
  • Forms of production
  • The Family Educational Privacy Rights Act (FERPA)
  • Recent verdicts

Attorney Adria Lynn Silva represents employees and students in Title IX gender or sex discrimination, harassment, and retaliation cases. She has been named a Rising Star in Employment and Labor Law by Super Lawyers Magazine.

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 Florida and around the country. For more information about CLE in Florida please click the following link: FL CLE.

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