On the day before the fiscal year-end deadline for lawyers hunting last-minute free online continuing legal education (CLE), here are a few disconnected posts. And with the usual disclaimers, one is a link to a free hour of ethics CLE.
However, since non-lawyers reading this blog don’t give a rip about continuing legal education, especially when there’s unrelated irreverence to discuss, the FREE CLE is at the bottom.
Meanwhile, there’s a ridiculous meme making the rounds called Hernandezing following the arrest of now former New England Patriots Football Player Aaron Hernandez.
But first let’s give an obligatory shout-out to the presumption of innocence for Hernandez who’s been charged with murder in the death of Odin Lloyd. For more about the case, also see “Aaron Hernandez arrest: Timeline of events.”
And as though things couldn’t worse for him, a report yesterday revealed Hernandez is also under investigation in a 2012 Boston double murder.
But back to dippy childishness and social media simple-mindedness, ‘Hernandezing‘ is sweeping the nation.
Admittedly, beyond blogging, I’m not one to pay much attention to social media fads. I’m not among the billion or so on Facebook. And speaking of Facebook, did you see where Reddit Co-Founder Alexis Ohanian just made a case for interacting with people who aren’t your friends. He said, “Facebook makes me hate the people I know, and Reddit makes me love the people I don’t.”
But since I share the “Hernandez” family name along with about 3/4 of a million people in the U.S., I couldn’t pass up mentioning “Hernandezing.”
But let me also hasten to add that even though “Hernandez” is supposed to be the 15th most popular family name, I’m no relation to the ex-Patriot football tight end. And I won’t be Hernandezing either.
The other bit of unrelated news to report is a breaking update to my post, “You haven’t come a long way, after all, baby,” about that so-called “irresistible” Iowa dental hygienist fired from her job for being too fetching.
As it turns out, the Iowa Supreme Court has agreed to give her a second bite at the proverbial apple and will reconsider her previously failed sex-discrimination lawsuit against her former boss, Fort Dodge, Iowa Dentist James Knight. Such a reconsideration is usually unheard of. Last December, the all-male state Supreme Court voted 7-0 in Knight’s favor, finding that Knight did not violate the Iowa Civil Rights Act.
And for those who forgot, the story was a bit salacious. According to facts set forth by last year’s Iowa Supreme Court Opinion, Nelson recalled how Dr. Knight had “once texted her to ask how often she experienced an orgasm.”
ONE HOUR FREE ETHICS CLE
Which at last brings me to lawyers under fiscal year deadlines looking for one more hour of scarce as hen’s teeth ethics CLE, here’s a surprisingly substantive, informative and even sobering program, Researching Ethical and Legal Issues in Data Privacy & Social Media. It’s free. And it even comes with a “Certification of Course Completion” and pre-approval in some jurisdictions.
It’s sobering because it describes how easily incautious lawyers can shoot themselves in the feet by innocent or unthinking missteps online.
The four main topics buttressed by references to rules and opinions, include pretext searching; conflicts of interest; attorney advertising; and client confidentiality. Beware, for example, of the intersection of online testimonials and ethics, something I’d previously posted about.
There’s even a mention or two about memes — although there’s nothing about “Hernandezing.”