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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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IL CLE: What is the New Professional Responsibility MCLE Requirement?

Illinois attorneys now have a new IL MCLE requirement. Please note that the Professional Responsibility requirement has been modified. All Illinois attorneys are now required to complete a minimum of 1 hour of Diversity & Inclusion and 1 hour of Mental Health and Substance Abuse.

New Professional Responsibility Requirement

  • 1 hour of Diversity & Inclusion
  • 1 hour of Mental Health and Substance Abuse

This IL MCLE rule change does not affect the total number of hours required to fulfill the Professional Responsibility requirement, which remains at 6. These two new hours are considered count towards your Professional Responsibility requirement. The total number of MCLE credits required in each 2 year compliance period also remains at 30.

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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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What CLE Courses Do YOU Want To See??

We get extremely busy around the end of the year and through January.  This is due to the fact that a number of states have December 31 deadlines and California has a January 31 deadline.  Once we get through our super busy period, then we switch gears and start calendaring more CLE tapings for the new year.
Well, it’s that time of the year again!  We will soon be cranking up the taping schedule and bringing you all kinds of new CLE courses for 2018.  My question to you… what CLE courses do you like to study OR what courses would you like added in 2018?  Let us know so we can bring you what YOU want to see!!

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New CLE: A Primer on European Patent Practice

Entrepreneurs and inventors often come up with great ideas that they think will be the next great product at home in the United States and around the world. But patenting that Green Bay Packer cheese head beer coolie hat in Germany might not be the best idea – no matter how great your client thinks it will sell.

European Patent Law

Patents having effect in most European states may be obtained either nationally, via national patent offices, or via a centralized patent prosecution process at the European Patent Office (EPO)

In this CLE program, Eric Hanscom and Greg Sach highlight key legal and practical points about seeking patent protection in the EU. Eric and Greg will mainly discuss the U.S. patent system, the EU patent system and common pitfalls when seeking patent protection in the EU. To access the course please click here: A Primer on European Patent Practice.

Additional subjects covered:

  • The three types of U.S. patents
  • Provisional patent applications in the U.S. & Europe
  • Comparing the cost of U.S. vs. European patents
  • Popular validations in Europe
  • The unitary patent
  • Typical EPO examination procedures
  • Costs & timelines
  • Added subject matter
  • Intermediate generalizations
  • Novelty & the two categories of prior art
  • The inventive step
  • Patent ineligible subject matter
  • Methods for treatment
  • The number of claims

Eric Hanscom is actively involved in overseeing litigation, contract negotiation and customs issues around the globe over matters ranging from patent and trademark infringement to breach of contract. With over 14 years of experience in the patent profession, Greg Sach has expertise in drafting, prosecution and appeal proceedings for the European Patent Office and he also handles patent applications before the UK and Germany.

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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IL CLE: Report MCLE Compliance Online

Illinois attorneys last name N-Z should have completed their 30 required hours by June 30.  If you did not complete the required CLE, you have until September 30 to get your Illinois CLE done and report compliance.

Reporting Illinois MCLE Compliance

To use the Illinois online CLE reporting system, you must log in with your attorney registration number issued by the Illinois ARDC. Your ARDC number appears on your ARDC card and also on your annual Illinois registration form.

Illinois attorneys can report IL MCLE compliance online through the Illinois MCLE Board Online Reporting System by clicking the following link here: Report Illinois MCLE Compliance. For additional information about IL MCLE, please click the following link: IL CLE.

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IL CLE: N-Z Complete Late Compliance by September 30

The deadline to complete the Illinois MCLE requirement for Illinois attorneys (last name A – M) was June 30. Currently, Illinois attorneys are required to complete at least thirty (30) IL CLE credit hours every two years in order to complete the IL MCLE requirement. If you are completing late IL CLE compliance you still need to complete 6 hours of Professional Responsibility as well.

IL CLE Reporting Groups

  • Last Name A – M
    • Report in 2018
  • Last Name N – Z
    • Report in 2017

If your last name begins with N-Z and you have not yet completed and reported your required IL CLE, you must finish your required 30 CLE hours and report compliance by September 30. You will be subject to late fees, but you will still be able to continue to practice law in Illinois. For more information about the IL MCLE requirement and deadlines, please click the following link: IL CLE.

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New CLE: Gender Diversity in the Legal Profession

In a recent case, a U.S. Magistrate Judge sanctioned an attorney for telling opposing counsel it wasn’t “becoming of a woman” to raise her voice during a contentious deposition. Yes, we have made strides when it comes to creating a level playing field for women in the legal profession… but there is still a long way to go.

Achieving Real Gender Diversity

Andie and Al provide specific action steps for addressing implicit biases and creating policies and procedures that can prevent bias from influencing decisions inside the firm.

In this lively and thought-provoking program, Andrea S. Kramer and Alton B. Harris discuss how gender bias can prevent law firms and from achieving their desired diversity goals and potential profitability. Andie and Al will mainly address gender disparity in achievement in the legal profession, why gender disparity exists in law firms, ending the gender disparity in law firms and what attorneys can do. To access the course please click here: Achieving Real Gender Diversity in the Legal Profession.

The following topics are also covered:

  • ABA Model Rule 8.4(g)
  • State bar professional responsibility rules
  • The Muller-Lyer Illusion
  • Communal & agentic stereotypes
  • The Goldilocks dilemma
  • The moral & business rationale for creating diversity
  • Affinity bias
  • Unconscious bias
  • Being proactive
  • Impression management
  • What male lawyers can do to be a part of the solution

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)
  • 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 Required CLE in Illinois: Diversity & Inclusion and Mental Health & Substance Abuse

Illinois attorneys now have new requirements. Attorneys in Illinois still must complete 30 credit hours every 2 years.  However, Illinois attorneys must now complete 1 hour of Diversity & Inclusion and 1 hour of Mental Health and Substance as part of the 6 required hours of Professional Responsibility to complete the Illinois CLE requirement.

New Illinois CLE Requirements

Diversity & Inclusion and Mental Health & Substance Abuse are now required hours in Illinois.

This rule change went into affect on 7/1/2017 and starts with the 7/1/2017-6/30/2019 compliance group.  Please note that Illinois attorneys completing late compliance from can complete Diversity & Inclusion and Mental Health & Substance Abuse hours as part of the 6 required hours of Professional Responsibility. Please click here for more information about IL CLE.

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IL CLE: Last Names N–Z Complete 30 Hours by June 30

The deadline to complete the IL MCLE requirement for many Illinois attorneys is June 30.  Please note that 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 Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Committee. If your last name begins with N-Z you must complete and report the required IL CLE hours by June 30, 2017.

IL CLE Reporting Group

  • Last Name N – Z
    • Report in 2017
  • Last Name A – M
    • Report in 2018

Illinois attorneys are required to complete at least thirty (30) IL CLE credit hours every 2 years to complete the Illinois MCLE requirement, including 6 hours of Professional Responsibility. For more information about the IL CLE requirement and deadlines, please click the following link: IL CLE.

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