Tag: NJ CLE

Sobering Side of the Legal Profession

The NIAAA (National Institute on Alcohol and Alcohol Abuse) estimates that 10% of the United States population is alcoholic or chemically dependent.  In the legal profession, the abuse may exceed 20%.  A recent study has suggested that 90% of serious attorney disciplinary matters involve alcohol abuse – and further studies indicate that over 60% of all malpractice claims involve alcohol abuse. “I…

An Epidemic Among Lawyers: Depression, Substance Abuse, and Suicide

Substance abuse and mental health in the legal profession have recently been in the headlines quite a bit lately … and for good reason.  Substance abuse and addiction are two of the main health concerns in the United States and the concern is even greater in the legal profession.  NIAAA (National Institute on Alcohol and Alcohol Abuse) estimates that about 10% of…

When Bias Turns to Bullying: Strategies for Dealing with High Conflict People

Often times, bullying is simply bias in action.  When someone acts on bias, it often leads to the unfair treatment of another person … which then leads to bullying.  And unfortunately, from opposing counsel to high conflict clients, the legal system is loaded with bullies that are driven by their biases.  So how do you deal with these bullies in the legal…

Top CLE FAQ in New Jersey

New Jersey recently made CLE mandatory for its attorneys.  When the mandatory CLE program first began in New Jersey, attorneys were required to complete 12 credits hours.  The requirement has since been bumped up to 24 mandatory CLE credit hours every two years. An attorney holding a license to practice in this State shall be required to participate in a program of…

New Jersey CLE: NJ CLE Compliance & Reporting Deadline is December 31

New Jersey attorneys are rapidly running out of time to complete the mandatory New Jersey CLE requirement.  The deadline to complete and report CLE compliance in New Jersey is December 31. Without a valid exemption, active New Jersey attorneys must complete at least 24 credit hours of continuing legal education (CLE) each two-year New Jersey CLE compliance period.  Of the required twenty-four…

Take Five: Edifying and Educational Ethical Examples

Legal ethics. Two words that make almost every attorney cringe. However, there is a reason why legal ethics still a required CLE course.  Attorneys continue to commit violations of the ethical rules that can lead to sanctions, disbarment and malpractice lawsuits.  And our new Web 2.0 world has only created more ethical dilemmas for attorneys and another domain for attorneys to run…

New Jersey CLE: 24 Unit Non NJ Resident Exception

Active New Jersey attorneys must complete 24 credit hours of continuing legal education (CLE) each two-year compliance period – unless a valid exemption applies.[1]  New Jersey attorneys may complete 12 credit hours each two-year compliance period though online NJ CLE courses offered by Attorney Credits. What is the non-resident exception in New Jersey? BCLE 201:8 states that attorneys admitted to the New…

CLE Course: The Initial Client Interview in Family Law Matters

Do you know one of the best times to prevent malpractice? During the very first meeting with the client – at the outset of the attorney-client relationship. This is a crucial point in the attorney-client relationship that must be used to examine many facets of your representation – from your competence to handle the matter in question to the existence of conflicts…