Seems like a long time since I last posted links for free continuing legal education programs. But despite the lull, the number of daily blog views for “Free CLE” suggests a need still exists. What with young, underemployed lawyers impossibly servicing law school tuition debts approaching $200,000 – - who can afford $50 to $179 for an hour’s worth of CLE?
But I realize that not all readers of this blog are lawyers. Non card-carrying officers of the court don’t give a rat’s tush about CLE – - free or otherwise. They’ve got other fish to fry.
It involves a 52-year old Northern California man named Henry Wolf who recently filed suit in San Francisco Superior Court naming BMW of North America Motorcycles and after-market saddle maker Corbin-Pacific as defendants. He alleges that his 20-month priapism was “caused by the ridge-like seat on his motorcycle, negligently designed, manufactured and/or installed by defendants.”
Priapism is one of the possible side effects, i.e., “erections lasting more than 4 hours” that happy narrator warns men about during those annoying two bathtub naked couple commercials.
Speaking more plainly, it’s the erection-from-hell, a medical condition involving an unwanted, persistent, and usually painful erection that doesn’t go away.
Wolf claims his 1993 BMW motorcycle and its“ridge-like” seat gave him a “severe case of priapism” when he went for a 4-hour ride on May 1, 2010. The purportedly priapismic plaintiff seeks compensatory damages for lost wages, medical costs, and emotional distress.
I’m no prognosticator. But it may be that this case involving a 19-year old motorcycle and the oddest of alleged consequences is one of those that bears out the limits of that oft-repeated but – - what every lawyer knows – - misleading maxim that every wrong has a remedy.
“Me love you long time.”
Now I knew about skinny bike saddles, groin numbness and bicycle riding. But I gave up bike riding not because of pain in the crotch but because of pain in the back. However, Wolf’s cause of action is a new one on me. And with the puns and ribaldry so predictably obvious, I don’t need to go there.
But what I will say about the Courthouse News Service report, is that it unaccountably reminded me of a golfing buddy’s favorite movie quote, “Me love you long time,” the unforgettable line from “Full Metal Jacket.”
And with that memorable line as my segue, here’s some “love you long time” of a different kind, web links to the following Free CLE programs.
NOTE: The usual disclaimers about continued availability, quality and local jurisdiction approval apply. Some providers may require registration to access their free programs.
Unlike Arizona where providers and programs are not approved or accredited by the state bar, other jurisdictions may require you to request approval of CLE Activity via a CLE Form. Also see Tim Baran’s take on approval confusion at “New State-By-State Guide: CLE Course Accreditation Forms.”
But kudos to Arizona for Rule 45, Ariz. R. Sup. Ct. and for MCLE Regulations that allow attorneys to evaluate their own CLE activities “based on the guidelines set forth in the Regulations, and report their activities by affidavit.”
56 programs from “Spoliation of Electronic Evidence: A Judicial Boiling Point?” to “Managing Privilege.”
Nine free hours of California approved CLE courtesy of Ernest Brown: Smith Currie, Construction Law Firm, Attorneys. (CLE credit approval pending in other jurisdictions).
(This link was previously provided by a blog post commenter).
Scores of Free CLE offerings from “Lessons from “The Office”: Employment Law Update” to “Ethics: Alternative Fee Arrangements.”
Although intended for court staff, some of these legal education offerings may be of general interest to lawyers. The colleague who provided this tip was presumably successful in getting CLE credit. And why not? Lawyers, after all, are also deemed ‘officers of the court.’
Credits: “Riding a bicycle improperly can ruin” by feastoffun.com at Flickr via Creative Commons-licensed content for noncommercial use requiring attribution and share alike distribution.