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TX CLE: REPORTING TEXAS CLE COURSES

Texas attorneys must complete at least 15 hours of CLE during each TX MCLE compliance year. The Texas CLE compliance year is a one-year period. That period starts on the first day of the month you were born — and the compliance year ends one year later on the last day of the month that precedes the month you were born.

Texas CLE Reporting

Attorney Credits reports your completed Texas CLE courses every Monday. However, since Texas is still technically a self-reporting state it’s still the attorney’s obligation to make sure the CLE credit was received by the State Bar of Texas.

As an Accredited Sponsor of CLE in Texas, Attorney Credits does report your all your completed Texas CLE courses to the State Bar of Texas. We send lists of completed courses to the State Bar of Texas every Monday. Because Texas attorneys are ultimately responsible for reporting completion of their continuing education requirement to the State Bar of Texas, you must verify the receipt of your completed courses by the State Bar of Texas. For more information please click here: TX CLE.

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TX CLE: Complete 15 TX MCLE Hours Annually

Texas attorneys have an annual TX MCLE requirement. Attorneys in Texas must complete at least 15 hours annually, including at least 3 hours of legal ethics. If you have not completed or reported the 15 hours by the last day of your compliance period, a reminder Notice will be emailed and mailed to you at the beginning of your birth month.

TX CLE – Grace Period

  • Your birth month is essentially a grace period to complete the required 15 hours.

You will automatically be given your birth month as a grace period in order to comply with the TX MCLE requirements without a penalty. If you do not complete and report at least 15 hours of CLE by the last day of the grace period, you will be in non-compliance and subject to a penalty. For more information about CLE in Texas please click here: TX CLE.

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New CLE on IP Protection & the Cannabis Industry

Yes, the cannabis industry is growing like a weed… a well-watered weed. Since states have begun legalizing marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes, consumer demand has skyrocketed.

The Cannabis Industry & IP Protection

Marijuana sales are projected to exceed $20 billion annually within the next few years. As this new legal industry grows exponentially, so too do the intellectual property issues associated with these new cannabis businesses.

Intellectual property attorney Dave Branfman has been a pioneer in this field, recognizing very early that these new cannabusinesses face novel IP issues. In this course, Dave joins fellow IP attorney Eric Hanscom for an enlightening and entertaining look at how patent, copyright and trademark law can protect these new companies, their “flowers” and the derivative products they produce. To access the course please click here: Growing Like a Weed: Intellectual Property Issues in the Cannabis Industry.

Eric and Dave will also discuss:

  • Design, utility & plant patents
  • Provisional patents
  • The PVPA (Plant Variety Protection Act)
  • Federal law
  • Cannabis patents issued
  • Strong & weak trademarks
  • Increasing competition in the industry
  • Selecting names for strains
  • Developing content rich logos
  • Licensing
  • IP litigation in the cannabis industry

An intellectual property attorney, Eric Hancom is actively involved in overseeing litigation, contract negotiation and customs issues in the US, Asia, Europe, South American and Australia over matters ranging from patent and trademark infringement to breach of contract. David Branfman’s practice focuses on intellectual property and entertainment law, including trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing, motion pictures & TV and music.

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 New York CLE in please click the following link: NY CLE.

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TX CLE: Whose Responsibility is it to Ensure That Your TX CLE Hours are Properly Reported?

Texas attorneys are required to finish fifteen (15) TX CLE credit hours each annual Texas MCLE compliance period, including three (3) credit hours of legal ethics or professionalism. The Texas CLE compliance year is a one-year period. It begins on the first day of the month you were born and your compliance year ends one year later on the last day of the month that precedes the month of your birth.

TX CLE Reporting

Although MCLE providers are required to report completed CLE courses, Texas is technically a self-reporting state. Individual attorneys must ensure that their CLE credits were properly reported.

When you finish CLE courses, CLE providers are required to complete your completed TX CLE courses to the State Bar of Texas. However, since Texas is technically a self-reporting CLE state you must verify the receipt of your TX CLE compliance information because Texas attorneys are ultimately responsible for ensuring that CLE courses are properly reported. For more information about Texas CLE please click here: TX CLE.

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New CLE: Best Practices for Employer’s When Handling Employee’s Social Media Use

You run a successful six-person personal injury law firm. One hot summer night you can’t sleep so you decide to check Twitter one more time… and you can’t help but notice that your new paralegal James has blasted you as being a terrible, penny-pinching boss with horrible breath that “pervs” on female employees at the office. Can you fire him for this rude, untrue and offensive tweet?

Social Media Use & Employers

The explosion of social media use in the workplace – from Facebook to online dating apps – has created a flood of novel legal and practical issues for employers.

The answer… it depends! Increasing legislation, emerging case law, NLRB decisions and a change in administrations further clouds the legal landscape. If you need some guidance on how employers may legally handle employee social media use, join employment law attorney Alix Rubin for a lively and practical discussion of situations that arise when employees “misbehave” on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media sites and apps. This CLE course is full of recent case examples and practical guidance for employers. To access the course please click here: Social Media Chatter at Work: Employer Dos & Don’ts.

Alix will mainly discuss

  • The types of confidential information employers may protect from online exposure
  • The types of information you may discipline an employee for disclosing online
    When you can and cannot monitor your employees’ social media activity
  • Who owns an employee’s business-related social media contacts

Alix R. Rubin founded Rubin Employment Law in 2010 to fill the need for compassionate legal counsel for both employers and employees. The firm’s goal is to help its clients resolve their disputes cost effectively and with as little disruption to their businesses, and lives, as possible. A former member of a New Jersey District Ethics Committee, she currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Volunteer Lawyers for Justice and as a director of the Wharton Alumni Club of New Jersey.

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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TX CLE: Reporting Completed Courses

Every Texas attorney must complete at least 15 hours of accredited CLE during each MCLE compliance year. The Texas CLE compliance year is a one-year period. That period begins on the first day of the month you were born and the compliance year ends one year later on the last day of the month that precedes your birth month.

Texas CLE Reporting

Attorney Credits reports your completed Texas CLE courses every Monday. However, it’s still the attorney’s obligation to make sure the credit was received by the State Bar of Texas.

As an Accredited Sponsor of CLE in Texas, Attorney Credits does report your all your completed Texas CLE courses to the State Bar of Texas. We send lists of completed courses to the State Bar of Texas every Monday. However, Texas is still considered a self-reporting state under the TX MCLE Rules. Because Texas attorneys are ultimately responsible for reporting completion of their continuing education requirement to the State Bar of Texas, you must verify the receipt of your completed courses by the State Bar of Texas. For more information please click here: TX CLE.

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TX CLE Reporting: The Annual Verification Report

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Texas attorneys get an extra birthday present! Your Texas MCLE compliance year begins on the first day of the month you were born and ends one year later on the last day of the month that precedes the month of your birth.[1] Your birthday present – you get a grace period though your birth month to complete your 15 required TX CLE hours without penalty.

The Annual Verification Report[2]

  • The Texas MCLE Verification Report
    • Will be mailed to you 8 weeks before your birth month
  • Grace Period
    • A reminder notice will be emailed and mailed to you
    • At the beginning of your birth month
  • Cure your CLE deficiency
    • If you have not completed or reported the required 15 hours
    • By the last day of your compliance year
    • You must cure your CLE deficiency

While many providers report your completed Texas CLE hours, since Texas is a self-reporting CLE state it is your responsibility to make sure your Texas MCLE is accurately and timely reported. Failure to timely report your TX CLE hours could result in a non-compliance penalty. For more information about Texas CLE, please click here: TX CLE.

[1] The Texas MCLE compliance year is a one-year period.

[2] Report Your MCLE Hours https://www.texasbar.com/AM/template.cfm?section=Reporting_MCLE_Hours

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TX CLE: Texas MCLE FAQ

How many TX CLE hours do you have to complete?  How do you report your CLE credit? Does the provider report your Texas CLE credit?  How many ethics hours are required each year?

Top TX MCLE Questions

  • When must I complete and report completion of my Texas CLE requirement?
    • The Texas CLE compliance year is a one-year period that begins on the first day of the month you were born and ends one year later on the last day of the month that precedes the month of your birth. Every Texas attorney is granted an automatic grace period to complete and report mandatory TX CLE hours for the TX CLE compliance year. This TX CLE grace period runs until the end of the birth month.
  • Does Attorney Credits keep track and report my Texas CLE hours completed?
    • Yes, Attorney Credits does report your Texas CLE credit completed to the State Bar of Texas. We send completed lists to the State Bar of Texas every Monday. We report on Monday for all courses completed the previous Monday 12:00:01 AM to Sunday 12:59:59 PM.
  • Whose responsibility is it to ensure that your TX CLE hours are properly reported?
    • You. Since Texas is a self-reporting CLE state you must verify the receipt of your TX CLE compliance information because Texas attorneys are ultimately responsible for reporting completion of their TX CLE requirement to the State Bar of Texas.
  • How do I report my annual Texas MCLE compliance?
    • Your MCLE Annual Verification Report will be mailed to you by the State Bar of Texas eight (8) weeks before your birth month. It is your duty to review this report carefully. If the Verification Report indicates that you have completed the required number of TX CLE hours, you do not need to take any further action. If you have not completed or reported the minimum 15 TX CLE credit hours by the last day of your TX CLE compliance year, a reminder notice will be emailed and mailed to you by the State Bar of Texas at the beginning of your birth month. If you are not in compliance with your mandatory TX CLE requirement you can either report your TX CLE compliance online or submit a coded Credit Input Form that is mailed along with your MCLE Annual Verification Report.

If you’re like many attorneys, you have questions about your CLE compliance. That’s why we created our Texas CLE FAQ… so we can help you easily find the information that you need about your TX MCLE compliance! For more information about your TX CLE compliance please click here: TX CLE FAQ.

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CLE FAQ on CLE Requirements

One thing I’ve learned about CLE is that the rules of each state are completely different and many attorneys aren’t even aware of the most basic requirements. Total credits, the legal ethics requirement, compliance and reporting deadlines – there is a lot of information to keep track of. And this takes on even more importance when you get audited because your ability to practice law rests on your completing your MCLE requirements properly.

CLE Requirements

  • Do you know the CLE requirements in your state??

Luckily, if you need answers to your CLE questions we have compiled multiple helpful resources. We work hard to bring you the most current information about your CLE rules and regulations so you can keep your law license and continue to practice law. We have a CLE FAQ for every state like this one for California: CA CLE FAQ.

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TX CLE: New Texas CLE Courses Added

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Our goal at Attorney Credits is to bring you the most current and relevant CLE programming that will make you a better attorney. We try to create about 4-8 new CLE course each month to constantly expand and diversity our CLE library. These are the latest CLE courses that we have added for Texas attorneys:

  • Bankruptcy, Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing
  • Digital Asset Landscape: Preparation for Changes in Legislation
  • Discharging Taxes in Bankruptcy
  • Ethics in Jury Selection
  • Hot Topics and Emerging Trends in Cannabis Litigation
  • Keep Calm and Drone On: Regulation and Liability
  • Obtaining a Green Card Through Marriage
  • Securities Crowdfunding in the Age of Kickstarter
  • The Indian Child Welfare Act
  • Top Tech Tools for Lawyers
  • Will Bias Cost You Your Next Case?

We are constantly working hard to bring you the best CLE courses and the best CLE presenters. We are not limited by geography like many city and state Bar Associations. We bring you the best presenters and CLE content at your fingertips, available at any time of the day or night. For more information about Texas CLE, please click here: TX CLE.

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