Yearly Archives: 2010

California Specialty Courses: Elimination of Bias, Substance Abuse, Legal Ethics

If you are a California attorney and you just need a few specialty credits before the February 1 MCLE deadline we have your covered.  We have a number of courses in legal ethics, substance abuse, and elimination of bias.  These courses are taught by a range of experts on a variety of interesting subjects – from pharmaceuticals to ethics in IP business…

CLE Your Way!

As part of CLE Your Way we have started offering both CDs and DVDs packages for California attorneys.  These CD and DVD packages include all 25 credits that you need and sell for the insanely low price of $159.99.  Initially our original model was an all-online concept because we saw streaming video as the wave of the future.  However, attorneys are a…

Holiday Shenanigans One Firm Regrets …

If you haven’t already sent out your firm holiday card, please do so wisely!  Maybe include mention of the pro bono or charitable work that your firm has done in the community like a Florida firm did a few years ago. Or design a card that empathizes with your clients like a SoCal entertainment boutique who designed their holiday card with striking…

Why don’t more attorneys find value in CLE?

I have been pondering this all week. What got me started thinking about this was last week’s post about the Illinois attorney who got his secretary to complete his online CLE. At first I found it comical that the attorney’s misdeeds were revealed (he must have made his secretary mad!). Then the more I thought about it, the angrier I became for…

Don’t Try This At Home …

I came across this headline on Law.com yesterday: Lawyer Got Secretary to Take His CLE Courses, Disciplinary Complaint Contends While online CLE offers attorneys incredible flexibility and convenience, this is not how online CLE should be utilized. Please be advised, that while you may have secretaries and legal assistants create accounts and even sign up for classes, if you do not personally…

Kentucky Proposes Social Media Restrictions

The Kentucky Bar Association appears to be the latest regulatory body to examine attorney’s uses of social media – this on the recent release of the ABA’s release of an Issues Paper seeking comments on the use of social media by attorneys. The amendment to the Ethics Rules proposed this week by the Kentucky Bar would extend traditional restrictions on client solicitations…

Judges Gone Wild

What has happened to the judiciary? Only a few months ago we had reports that Senior Judge Jack T. Camp had been arrested on drug charges after allegedly taking part in multiple drug induced romps with an Atlanta stripper:[1] “A 67-year-old federal judge’s wild relationship with a stripper started with a lap dance, prosecutors said, and quickly escalated into escapades of prostitution and…

ABA Ethics 20/20 Issues Paper … Much Ado About Nothing?

One major topic of discussion this week was a recently released ‘issue paper’ from an ABA technology commission. The issue paper concerned lawyers’ Use of “Internet Based Client Development Tools.” In English – can you ethically use Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, blogs, adwords and other electronic media and methods to promote yourself and your firm online. Some commentators felt this was the death…

Social Media Creates New Quandaries

Law Technology News had a couple great articles this week regarding the state of law and social media.  The first was about a Pennsylvania court that opened the door to discovery of social networks. The second article concerned the ethics of advising your client to make their social networking private. Of course, the ethical discovery of information from social networks is not…