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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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New CLE Course on Business Valuation, Community Foundations and Long Term Care

Many attorneys serve as trusted advisors to small (often family owned) business owners and entrepreneurs to ensure that their businesses thrive and grow. Their business, legal and practical guidance helps the business owner to protect and enhance the value of the business and when it’s time to sell help with exit planning.

Counseling Business Owners on Valuation, Community Foundations and Life Insurance

In this CLE course you will learn about a trio of topics that will assist you when counseling your business clients.

In the first part of the presentation Melisa Silverman and Steve Mancini will teach you about attractiveness, readiness and valuation of family businesses and factors that business owners don’t always consider when selling their company. In the second part of the presentation Baruch Littman and Ellen Rosen discuss the advantages of working with a community foundation in business, real estate and estate succession planning. In the third part, Trey Fairman and Cindy Eisenhower discuss why legal practitioners need to understand the uses, benefits, liabilities, and dangers of life insurance, long-term care, and retirement distribution planning when counseling family owned businesses. To access the course please click here: Counseling Business Owners on Valuation, Community Foundations and Life Insurance.

Counseling Business Clients

Many attorneys serve as trusted advisors to small, often family owned, business owners.  In this course, you will learn many legal and practical points to help protect and grow the business and also assist with exit and succession planning.

A Partner at the Founders Group, Melisa Silverman specializes in valuation and exit planning Steve Mancini is the founder of Strazzeri Mancini LLP and specializes in asset, tax and estate planning. The Vice President of Development, Baruch Littman aims to increase the assets of The Foundation. As General Counsel of The Foundation Ellen Rosen oversees all legal and compliance matters. Cindy Eisenhower is a successful Long-Term Care sales professional. Trey Fairman partners with major financial institutions, banks and associations to provide insurance-planning services to their clients and members.

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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OK CLE: Oklahoma Late CLE Deadline is March 15

Oklahoma attorneys must complete a minimum of 12 Oklahoma CLE credit hours each year in order to complete the OK CLE requirement. As part of the 12 hour annual OK CLE requirement, at least 1 hour must be approved for legal ethics credit.

Oklahoma CLE Compliance & Reporting

  • Compliance Deadline: December 31
  • Reporting Deadline: February 15
  • Late Deadline: March 15

All Oklahoma CLE courses should have been completed by December 31. If you did not yet complete the 12 required OK CLE hours you must complete the requirement by March 15. For more information about Oklahoma CLE please click here OK CLE.

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CA CLE: Complete 1 Hour of Competence Issues

Just a quick reminder for California attorneys.  The former Substance Abuse requirement is now called Competence Issues.  The Substance Abuse category was effectively expanded to cover additional topics like mental health, stress and how it effects attorney’s competence to practice law.

California attorneys must make sure to complete at least 1.0 hour of Competence Issues each three-year compliance period. Last names H-M must report MCLE compliance by Feburary 1 on the My State Bar Profile portal on the Cal Bar website. For competence issues courses please click here: Competence Issues.

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New CLE: Cyberbullying and Free Speech in Schools

Your 13 year-old daughter comes home from school one day crying because a group of girls posted a horrible video on YouTube calling her derogatory names and making fun of the way she dresses. The girls filmed the video at a local restaurant the day before on the way home from school. What can your daughter’s school legally do to punish the girls who filmed and posted the video?

Cyberbullying & Free Speech in Schools

Cyberbullying is one of the most vexing problems facing teachers, school employees and school districts. Unfortunately for teachers and school officials who want to punish this conduct, cyberbullying often encroaches into the territory of free speech.

In this CLE course Gretchen Shipley, an education technology lawyer, discusses one of the key issues facing educators and school districts today – cyberbullying and free speech. Gretchen will mainly cover the school’s duty to provide a safe environment, infringing on student’s free speech, school & district employees and related laws to cyberbullying. To access the course please click here: Cyberbullying and Free Speech in Schools.

These topics will also be addressed:

  • Transmitting sexual images of minor
  • Bullying & cyberbullying defined
  • Schools & social media monitoring
  • Bullying prevention laws
  • The school’s jurisdiction to punish student speech
  • The substantial disruption standard
  • Search & seizure of student’s smartphones
  • Impersonation laws
  • Tinker v. Des Moines
  • J.C. v. Beverly Hills School District
  • J.S. v. Blue Mountain School District
  • New Jersey v. T.L.O
  • Klump v. Nazareth

Gretchen M. Shipley is a partner in the San Diego area office of Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost and co-chair of the firm’s eMatters Practice Group. A respected legal leader in education law and technology, Mrs. Shipley advises school districts and presents workshops to students, employees and district leaders nationwide on the promotion of digital citizenship in the school community.

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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CA CLE: Don’t Forget the 12.5 Hours of Participatory!!

Starting around November we get quite a few calls from California attorneys as the CA MCLE compliance deadline approaches. We get quite a few calls from California attorneys that don’t know about the participatory and/or self-study CLE requirements when it comes to CA MCLE compliance. California attorneys must make sure to complete at least 12.5 credit hours of participatory credit each three-year compliance period.[1]

CA MCLE – Participatory Credit

  • 12.5 Hours

And yes, you can take online and downloadable CLE course for participatory CLE credit.  If a CLE provider verifies your “participation” — or attendance — in the course, then a CA CLE activity is considered participatory.  Attorney Credits offers online and downloadable CA CLE courses that can be completed for self-study or participatory credit.[2] For more information about California CLE, please click the following link: CA CLE.

[1] California attorneys CANNOT complete more than 12.5 credit hours of self-study credit.

[2] You select the type of credit you want before you begin your CA CLE course.

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Use My State Bar Profile to Report CA MCLE Compliance

For attorneys in California with last names between H-M the end is drawing near… the end of the MCLE compliance period! Yes, it’s your time to get your CA MCLE requirement done and get it reported. Once you finish your 25 hours what do you do now???[1]

My State Bar Profile

  • Tool used to report California CLE compliance
  • Part of Cal Bar  website

Now it’s time to report your MCLE compliance on the State Bar of California website through your My State Bar Profile account. Please make sure not to send in any Certificates of Completion to the Cal Bar. They will only ask for certificates if you get audited in July.

[1] Including 4 ethics, 1 bias and 1 competence issues & complete 12.5 hours for participatory credit.

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CA CLE: Last Names H-M Must Complete 25 Hours by January 31

For California attorneys with the last names H-M the end of the MCLE compliance period is drawing near. That means it’s time to get started on that California MCLE! The reporting deadline for California attorneys with last names H-M is February 1, 2018. Alright, got your attention yet?

California MCLE Compliance

  • Last Names H-M
  • Report Compliance by February 1

Don’t forget that California attorneys must complete 25 CA CLE hours each 3 year compliance period. Of the 25 required hours, you must complete 4 hours of Legal Ethics, 1 hour on Competence Issues and 1 hour of Elimination of Bias. And don’t forget that you must complete at least 12.5 hours of participatory California CLE credit. For more information about the mandatory CA CLE requirement please click here: CA CLE.

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WA CLE: MCLE Group 2 Compliance is December 31

Washington must complete a minimum of 45 WA MCLE hours every three years by December 31.  In addition, Washington attorneys must also complete a minimum of 6 hours of Legal Ethics or Professional Responsibility each compliance period.

WA MCLE Compliance Deadline

  • Group 2 MCLE Compliance Group
  • December 31, 2017

If you are a Group 2 attorney in Washington you must complete all 45 required WA CLE credit hours before December 31, 2017. Please note that the live course requirement has been eliminated in Washington and attorneys may now complete all 45 WA CLE through computer based courses.

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NY CLE: Diversity, Inclusion & Elimination of Bias Required in 2018

Change is coming to the New York CLE requirement in 2018. On January 1, 2018, a new category of CLE credit will be required in New York: “Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias.” This follows suit with state like Illinois and California that also have a diversity/bias requirement.

Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias

Starting on January 1, 2018, New York attorneys will be required to complete 1 hour of “Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias.”

This CLE rule change will not add to the current experienced attorney biennial CLE requirement of twenty-four (24) credit hours, nor does it change the requirement that experienced attorneys earn at least four (4) credit hours in Ethics and Professionalism. New York attorneys will still be required to completed 24 total NY CLE hours, including 4 hours of Ethics & Professionalism and 1 hour of Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias. For more information about New York CLE please click here: NY CLE.

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