Monthly Archives: August 2017

New Ethics CLE: Ethics & the SmallLaw Attorney 

Complying with the ethical rules can be a challenge for solo and small firm practitioners. Small firm and solo practitioners normally handle nearly all legal and business aspects of the firm, as they often serve as their own marketing, administration, billing and collections departments. Ethics & the SmallLaw Attorney  Small firm and solo attorneys are especially susceptible to ethics violations because they…

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…

New CLE on Patent Protection in the United States

A well-known phrase amongst IP practitioners is that patentable subject matter may include “anything under the sun that is made by man.” However, it should come as no surprise that not every invention is patentable – even if it falls within the four classes of “statutory subject matter.” Abraham Lincoln “The Patent System added the fuel of interest to the fire of…

New CLE: Achieving Gender Diversity in the Law Firms

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. Increasing Gender Diversity  In…