Tag: Legal Ethics

FL CLE: 30 CLE Hours or 33 CLE Hours??

The Florida Supreme Court approved a new rule on 1/1/2017 requiring Florida attorneys to complete technology-related CLE courses. If your Florida CLE compliance is due in the next couple years you don’t have to worry about it. FL CLER – Technology Requirement The first Florida attorneys that need to complete 33 hours – including 3 hours of technology – have compliance dates…

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…

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…

CA MCLE: Don’t Forget Participatory & Legal Ethics!!

California attorneys with last names N-Z (Group 3) must complete and report and report compliance with the CA MCLE requirement by the February 1 CA CLE reporting deadline. California attorney beware: the State Bar of California  has been conducting thousands of California MCLE audits each year. Below, you will find some of the top mistakes California attorneys make when completing their CA MCLE. California…

CLE Course on Legal Ethics and Evolving Technology

Are you required to keep hard copies of all your blog posts? Can you ethically post the big verdict from your trial on your website? Can you counsel clients to remove embarrassing photos from their Facebook page two weeks before trial? What if your friend endorses you for Maritime Law on LinkedIn… but you’re a family law attorney? Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram… every new…

CLE Course: Substance Abuse & the Legal Profession

Untreated addictions can seriously affect an attorney’s competence to practice law. Substance abuse and addiction can lead to late filings, missed court appearances, client defaults, poorly drafted pleadings, inappropriate settlements, local & state bar suspension, legal sanctions, restrictions & probation, unpaid dues & bills, disbarment, cancelled malpractice insurance and malpractice lawsuits against the lawyer and his or her client. Substance Abuse &…

CLE on Substance Abuse, Depression & Competence

Substance abuse and depression are two of the main contributors that affect an attorney’s competence to practice law. Substance abuse and depression also lead to high rates of suicide amongst lawyers. Attorneys are nearly twice as likely to have problems with drugs & alcohol and are nearly four times more likely to suffer from depression when compared to the general population. In…

PA CLE: 2 Big Changes in 2015

There are two main changes to the PA CLE system that all Pennsylvania attorneys should be aware of. First, the ethics requirement has been increased to 2 credit hours each annual compliance period.[1] Second, Pennsylvania attorneys may now also complete 6 of the 12 required PA CLE credit hours by studying online on-demand CLE courses. 2015 PA CLE Changes 2 hours of ethics…

CLE Course on The Duty of Confidentiality and The Attorney-Client Privilege

Attorneys must have a firm understanding of the full scope of the attorney-client privilege in order to protect themselves and their clients from improperly disclosing confidential client information in violation of Rule 1.6. However, the attorney-client privilege is often confused with an attorney’s ethical duty of confidentiality – but you must realize that these are two very different legal and ethical principles.…

CLE Course on Compromised Competence: Addiction in the Legal Profession

Numerous studies conducted by the American Bar Association (ABA) and state bar associations show that there is a definite correlation between substance abuse and discipline in the legal profession. The bottom line: attorneys with substance abuse issues are much more likely to face discipline and disbarment. This is the reason that some states such as California require a mandatory course on Competence…