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Untitled | by Eddy Pula

Engagingly educational continuing legal education program? I don’t remember when. But who said lawyers were supposed to be engaged let alone entertained at these programs. Continuing legal education is instead meant to supposedly make lawyers more competent and more professional. But the thing is, there’s never been empirical support for that proposition.

File:Pirouette.gifAll the same, virtually all state supreme courts continue to mandate CLE while state bar program providers continue to pirouette around whether the programs improve attorney competence or enhance professionalism.

Indeed, among my favorite dance meanders are the ones offered by the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Ad Hoc Committee on Continuing Legal Education, which was tasked in 2007 “to determine whether it could find a compelling case against the establishment of mandatory continuing legal education (MCLE or CLE) in New Jersey.”

“Admittedly,” the Committee said in its 2008 report, “empirical data affirming the effectiveness of mandatory CLE do not appear to exist.” But did that bit of obviousness stop the Committee from predictably recommending the comprehensive implementation of mandatory CLE?

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Of course not, even as the Committee was admitting that the absence of evidentiary support “has been acknowledged by almost every jurisdiction that has adopted mandatory CLE, perhaps in recognition that the critical problems associated with defining competence and developing a test regimen to measure for improved performance have not been resolved.”

Or just maybe, the better reason for the lingering inability to find a competency testing metric is that it’s preferable to keep offering up that ‘X is true because there is no proof that X is false.’ Or as the Committee said in its report, “Given that continuing education is inherent in the concept of professionalism and the widely held view that voluntary continuing legal education is beneficial, what reasons, other than the absence of empirical data, mitigate against making CLE mandatory? We have found few, if any.”

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So as of January 1, 2010, Rule 1:43 has required all New Jersey licensed attorneys to take 24 hours of continuing legal education every two years, including at least 4 hours on topics related to ethics and/or professionalism.

And with that preamble, here’s the latest FREE CLE update. The usual disclaimers about availability, content and jurisdictional creditworthiness apply.

FREE CLE

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Florida Bar

Earn More, Stress Less: Using Technology To Make Solo and Small Firm Practice Sustainable

(1) hour on demand CLE

Building the Small Firm Marketing Program: From Planning to Ethical, Effective Action

2.5 hours of on demand CLE

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Technolawyer.com

Free one-hour webinar, “The Happy Lawyer’s Guide to Running Your Practice Like a Business.”

Sign up at:
http://www.technolawyer.com/r.asp?L39905&M37345

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Practising Law Institute

Reentry in California – Overcoming Legal Barriers to Community Reintegration Following Incarceration 2014 (Free)

On-Demand Web Programs
Full Seminar Approved for up to 3.0 or 3.5 hour credits in multiple jurisdictions
Free  
Launch Now

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Photo Credits: Untitled by Eddy Pula at Flickr Creative Commons Attribution; Pirouettes performed by Daria L during Paquita grand pas de deux adagio by Jim Lamberson at Wikipedia Commons.

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Zelda was kicking my butt. xD | by couragextoxlive

There was a story years ago about a Compton, CA man who took the California Bar Exam 47 times over 25 years before he finally passed on the 48th try. I once thought bar exam-takers who failed the exam multiple times but kept retaking it again and again deserved props for perseverance. But a part of me also thought they were like someone who hits himself repeatedly with a hammer because it feels so good when he stops. Finally passing the bar exam meant putting the hammer away.

I thought of such self-inflicted harm on discovering there was a new Guinness World Record for most kicks to your own head in one minute. The record of 134 self-inflicted head kicks was achieved by Puskar Nepal in Kathmandu, Nepal on December 19, 2014. The bar exam is one thing but who thinks of kicking themselves in the head?

Of course this is all just a lame prefatory pretext to allow my segue into a few additional complimentary online continuing legal education updates I missed last time.

As always, I disclaim any warranties about content, continued availability, and jurisdictional creditworthiness. You’re on your own. Most importantly, free CLE not only beats a kick to the head but repeated kicks to the keister, too.

FREE ONLINE WEBCASTS

LexisNexis

LexisNexis presents a complimentary CLE-eligible webinar: A Holistic Approach to Due Diligence and Third-Party Risk Management Corporate Counsel Emerging Issues

Thursday August 6, 2015
2:00 PM ET – 3:35PM ET
Duration: 95 minutes

LexisNexis presents a complimentary CLE-eligible Webinar: Lessons from the “Serial” Case: Ten Evidentiary Missteps to Avoid

The live Webinar is Tuesday, August 18, 2015, from 2:00 P.M. ET – 3:15 P.M. ET. Register now. 

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 One LLP

Online MCLE Video Selection

The Limitations of Persuasion, Know Them and Use Them

One-hour on demand CLE

IP Overview for Non-IP Lawyers

One-hour on demand CLE

Winning on Appeal

One-hour on demand CLE

Persuasion II:  The Dangers of Over-Aggressive Advocacy

One-hour on demand CLE

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Someone Online Hates You: Ethical Responses to Negative Online Feedback

(1hr Ethics CLE in PA/CA/FL/IL/TX/WA)

September 10, 2015 at 10 am Pacific / 1 pm Eastern

Register now

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Legislative Intent Service

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https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/0f/Burning_oil_lamp.jpg/800px-Burning_oil_lamp.jpgThis post may come too late for lawyers staying up late tonight trying to make their fiscal continuing legal education deadline. But on the plus side, it gives everyone else a head start on next year! Without further ado, the following are links to free online CLE and to one low-cost provider. I have no interest, involvement or connection to that provider other than having been a past purchaser of their programs.

The usual disclaimers concerning content, continued availability and jurisdictional approval apply.

National Consumer Law Center

Who Owns the Note?: A Securitization Primer

On-demand webinar, Held January 22, 2015

One hour

Webinar made possible by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office with funding from the National Mortgage Settlement.

Other Webinars available including, Webinars archive

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National Institute for Trial Advocacy

How I Learned To Love The Non-Responsive Witness, And You Can Too

July 21, 2015

11:00 AM Mountain Time

One hour self-study Credit

More than 20 other complimentary programs available at https://www.nita.org/index.php?option=com_dtregister&view=event&layout=list&controller=event&task=category&list1=9&tab=webcasts

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Attorney Protective

Why Lawyers Get Sued

One hour of Ethics CLE

Date: July 29, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM-1:05 Central Time, 1:00 PM-2:05 Eastern Time and 10:00AM Pacific Time

Reserve your Webinar seat now at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2609215124010571777

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LexisNexis

Finding Out is Better: Effectively Using Technology for Factual Discovery (07/02/2015-07/02/2015)

One hour of general CLE credit

  • Date: 07/02/2015
  • Time: 12:00pm EST- 1:00pm EST
  • Class Type: Virtual Training
  • Registration End: 07/02/2015

Drinking from a Fire Hydrant: Basic Legal Research in the Age of Technology (07/06/2015-07/06/2015)

One hour of general CLE credit

  • Class Type: Virtual Training
  • Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm EST
  • Dates: 07/06/2015

Following, Friending and Pinning: The Intersection of Social Media and Evidentiary Principles (07/07/2015-07/07/2015)

One hour of general CLE credit

  • Class Type: Virtual Training
  • Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm EST
  • Dates: 07/07/2015

 Silence of All Virtues: Attorney-Client Privilege and Confidentiality in the Digital Age (07/08/2015-07/08/2015)

  • Class Type: Virtual Training
  • Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm EST
  • Dates: 07/08/2015

Finding Out is Better: Effectively Using Technology for Factual Discovery (07/13/2015-07/13/2015)

One hour of general CLE credit

  • Class Type: Virtual Training
  • Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm EST
  • Dates: 07/13/2015

What You Didn’t Know: Six Critical Steps in Medically Centered Litigation (07/14/2015-07/14/2015)

One hour of general CLE credit

  • Class Type: Virtual Training
  • Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm EST
  • Dates: 07/14/2015

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 iTunes

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) – General by Suffolk University

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) – General .

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Practising Law Institute (PLI)

Foreclosure Litigation – Real World Solutions That Work For Both Sides (2015)

Jul. 14, 2015

9:00 AM to 12: 30 PM Pacific

Three hours general credit

Register Now

Bankruptcy Basics for Low-Income Clients 2015

Webcast Sep. 15, 2015 Webcast

Six hours CLE credit

Pre-Register

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CLE Online

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Photo Credits: “Burning oil lamp,” via Flickr by jd_09 at http://flickr.com/photos/45269441@N07/15738959845at Wikimedia Commons.

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It’s been a few years since I last made reference to bacon. And that’s despite my knowing full well that a lot of people think bacon ought to go with just about everything, perhaps even “The Irreverent Lawyer.” Sir Francis Bacon, after all, was a lawyer. I can hardly aspire to better. “Judges must be aware of hard constructions and strained inferences, for there is no worse torture than the torture of laws, Bacon famously opined.

But intentional puns aside, have you ever tried a bacon sundae? Or a bacon mint?

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/7/71/Dennys_Maple_Bacon_Sundae_%285576479106%29.jpg/319px-Dennys_Maple_Bacon_Sundae_%285576479106%29.jpg

My last porkbelly post.

In 2011 when I last made a rasher reference, it was about how in the U.S. Supreme Court case of Thompson v Connick. My post this time, though, is scarcely as indignantly infuriating.

So rather than rant again about the prevalent prosecutorial flouting of the rule in Brady v. Maryland, I’ve instead chosen to post about bacon and how medical science has supposedly found beneficial uses for the artery-clogging comestible. We’re now told there are purportedly “3 ways to use bacon as medical treatment.”

According to scientific literature, bacon’s high salt content induces swelling and blood vessel constriction so that it promotes clotting, ergo, it’s good to stop nosebleeds as a nasal tampon made out of bacon. And then there’s the use of bacon fat as bait to entice dermis-damaging infectious larvae to the skin surface for facile, quick tweezer removal. The larvae are left behind by a particularly nasty insect. And last, there’s the medical use of bacon fat again but this time as an ingredient in a topical itch cream for scabies. (Hat tip to the magazine, Mother Jones at http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2015/01/3-real-medical-conditions-bacon-can-cure )

With apologies to the physicians I hold in the highest esteem, I nevertheless remain skeptical about newfangled claims from our cutting-edge medical practitioners. Take for instance the advice, which I’ve dutifully followed about taking daily low dose aspirin. As it now it turns out, there’s news that 1 in 10 patients have been inappropriately prescribed aspirin.

As a friend recently pointed out to me hearing again my frustrated reflections on how often doctors come up with errant diagnoses, “There’s a reason they’re called practicing physicians” he quipped sardonically.

No matter, though, for those not believing in the wonders of smeared bacon fat salvation. Methinks there’s something to the notion that bacon does go with everything — so why not FREE CLE for equally practicing attorneys? The latest Free CLE roundup follows along with the usual disclaimers about content, continued availability, and acceptance for credit by your jurisdiction.

FREE CLE

Stafford Publishing

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Metropolitan Corporate Counsel

Compensation Series Webinar: What’s Next for Director Compensation

Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015

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Clifford Law Offices

2015 Webinar: “The Ethics of Conflicts of Interest”

MCLE Information: Clifford Law Offices is an accredited Illinois MCLE provider. This program has been approved for 2.00 hours of professional responsibility credit in Illinois.

Date: Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015

Time: 2:30-4:30 p.m.

register-now

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Miller Law Group

In-House Counsel Webinar Series
January 22, 2015 – 11:00am – 12:00pm
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace: A Legal Update for Lawyers
(1.0 hour of Elimination of Bias MCLE Credit)

Click here to register

Employment Law Update Webinar Series
January 29, 2015 – 10:00am – 11:30am
California’s New Paid Sick Leave Law: An Employer’s Guide
(1.5 hours of HRCI & MCLE Credit)

Click here to register

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National Academy of Continuing Legal Education (NACLE)

In association with Frankfurt Kurnit, “free access to a variety of Frankfurt Kurnit courses on topics ranging from legal ethics, to advertising compliance, to employment law – and more”

Registration required (NOTE THIS IS THE NOW CORRECTED LINK). https://www.nacle.com/Register 

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Barkley Court Reporters

Leveraging Trial Technology in a Visual Society (1 hour)

“This program will prepare litigation departments for trial in the 21st century. From scanned exhibits to 3-D animated videos, our trial tech specialist will explain all the elements of visual trial preparation and presentation. Learn to utilize state-of-the-art technology to convey information visually and maximize communication with jurors.”
(1 Credit – IL, NY nontransitional, CA, NV)

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FREE LIVE CLE SEMINAR

The City of Surprise, Arizona

Free seminar on recent employment law and use law cases

Location: The City of Surprise – Public Safety Auditorium, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, AZ 85374

Date: Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

This activity is worth 2.0 CLE credits.

Registration is FREE. Contact (623) 222-1157

RSVP by February 4, 2015.

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Almost FREE:

1000 Friends of Florida for monthly webinars on planning, development and growth issues facing Florida

February 11, 2015, Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Victor Dover on Street Design:  The Secret to Great Cities and Towns
Cost $10 per participant
Register Now!

March 11, 2015, Noon to 1:30 p.m.
2015 Florida Legislative Update
Cost $10 per participant
Register Now!

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Photo Credits: Bacon mints, by Ryan McFarland at Flickr via Creative Commons Attribution license; Denny’s Maple Bacon Sundae at Wikimedia Commons under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license; Library Visitor, umjanedoan by at Flickr via Creative Commons Attribution license.

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Two months ago, the State Bar of Arizona ran a lame contest via Instagram to encourage voters to 

Voters here aren’t particularly fond of playing to figure out who to vote for among scores of judges up for judicial retention elections. The numbers can run upwards of 50 to 60 — even 70. Unfortunately, most of the populace has never heard of the candidates. And for Red State Arizonans, it’s even tougher since judicial elections aren’t partisan.

So in lieu of throwing darts at a list or visiting the judicial performance review website, which 99% of the time rubber-stamps its approval anyway — many voters take a pass. They either vote “No” on everyone or they don’t vote altogether for the judges.

Faced with this, the Bar, at the behest of the Court, — came up with its contest to encourage the electorate to fill out the ballots completely. In fairness, it’s is a tall order trying to pour energy into voter ennui.

Just the same this wasn’t the contest to do it, not by any stretch. Assuming anyone paid attention, the contest was purely a sop for those crying out for something — anything to stem the tide of persistent problematic ballot roll-off.

The sole prize for the winning video entry was supposed to have been a $250 Visa gift card. But since the November election, it’s been a minor mystery on whether or not the Bar received any contest video entries or whether anybody actually won. I’ve seen no pronouncements from our friendly state bar, which is highly unusual since this stands in stark contrast to all the email announcements ballyhooing the start of the contest. Odd, too, as the local Bar is quite fond of filling up lawyer inboxes with unsolicited email newsletters, redundant CLE advertisements and just today, an especially unwelcome “time to pay your State Bar of Arizona’s annual dues” email.

At least for now, it appears mum’s the word on “Finish the Ballot,” which naturally prompts the question whether or not the Bar ever plans to “Finish the Contest.”

To be clear, I don’t actually care a rat’s hindquarters about the contest. This is merely my snarky segue into posting more FREE CLE offerings for lawyers still trying to “Finish the CLE” by year-end. The usual disclaimers on content; continued availability; and jurisdictional approval apply.

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FREE CLE

First American Exchange Company

http://firstexchange.com/webinars

1031 Exchanges and
Commercial Real Estate

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

11 AM Pacific / 2 PM Eastern
50 minutes
Topics will include:

  • Current Trends
  • Allowable Closing Costs
  • Recapture of Depreciation
  • How Reverse Exchanges Can Save a Transaction
  • Exchange Deposit Accounts
  • State Regs for QIs

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Wolters Kluwer
Alternative Entities — Navigating New Choices for Business Formations Webinar
December 9, 2014 – 1:00PM(ET)

http://www.cvent.com/events/alternative-entities-navigating-new-choices-for-business-formations-webinar-december-9-2014-1-00p-et/event-summary-ec6cf48dac2244db92fd51c114fd0e2d.aspx?elq_mid=3977&elq_cid=41694

1.0 CLE credit hours in California, Illinois, Missouri, NALA, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas and other jurisdictions under reciprocity.

Topics:

  • Series LLC
  • Benefit Corporations
  • Low-Profit LLC
  • Unincorporated nonprofit associations
  • Limited cooperative associations
  • Master Limited Partnership

Attendees will learn:

  • What new entities are now available
  • How they are different from and similar to traditional entities such as the corporation or LLC
  • Where they can be formed
  • How they are formed, maintained and terminated
REGISTER NOW

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LexisNexis® Presents a Complimentary CLE-eligible Webinar: Ethical Concerns Conducting Research via the open Web
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
2 – 3:35 P.M. ET (11 A.M. PT)
Duration: 95 minutes
Earn 1.5 CLE credits
Topics:
• Risks of legal research on the open Web
• Developing a firm policy on utilizing the open Web
• Preserving information found on the Internet
• Protecting your own Internet content

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Photo Credits: 214/365, at Flickr by Morgan via Creative Commons attribution.

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File:Simpleton takes The Golden Goose to the inn - Project Gutenberg eText 15661.jpgThis Wednesday, it’ll be two months since the State Bar of Arizona considered a proposal to protect its two-million dollar revenue laying Golden Goose known as Bar-sponsored continuing legal education (CLE).

On September 19th, the Bar weighed a recommendation to seek state supreme court approval for a requiring third-party CLE providers to pay a precertification fee for Bar-accreditation to sell credit-eligible courses in Arizona.

Angry businessman yelling into bullhorn 1Following a universal outcry from members who criticized the proposal as an unnecessary added cost, the vote was apparently tabled. But who knows for sure? Since the board of governors meeting minutes have yet to see the light of day, the lawyer hoi polloi in Arizona are left to wonder whether or not the Bar’s goose will lay another golden egg.

But fortunately, there’s no need to wonder about the continued availability of FREE CLE — from third-party providers, naturally. Along with the usual disclaimers about content, continued availability and jurisdictional approval, here are the latest updates.

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Rimon Law

Nov 21, 2014 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST

One hour CLE; approved in California and credit-eligible in NY.

CPE/CLE Webinar – State and Local Taxation: Headline News and Trends.

http://rimonlaw.com/events/cpe-cle-webinar-state-and-local-taxation-headline-news-and-trends

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Lewis Brisbois 

http://www.lewisbrisbois.com/webinars

November 20, 2014

Managing and Mitigating Damages in the Wrongful Death Case

Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am PST

Fee: Complimentary

REGISTER

December 18, 2014

Encore Performance: Affordable Care Act – Part I: The Impact of The Affordable Care Act on Personal Injury Litigation. A Plan to Defend Against Claims for Future Medical Costs, Loss of Health Insurance, and Life Care Plans.

Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am PST

Fee: Complimentary

REGISTER

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West Legal Ed

Content Partner: Robert Half Legal

Client Dynamics Driving Change in the Legal Profession

http://westlegaledcenter.com/program_guide/course_detail.jsf?courseId=100031914

One hour, Video On Demand, Complimentary

Approved in multiple jurisdictions.

Enroll in Course

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American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics, ASLME

Alcohol Law and Policy: Lessons Learned from the Field

Thursday, November 20th
1:00pm – 2:30pm (ET)

Free

http://www.aslme.org/webinar-alcohol-law-and-policy-lessons-learned-from-the-field

Presented in Partnership by: American Society of Law Medicine and Ethics (ASLME); Network for Public Health Law; and Public Health Law Research

(Hat tip: 4FreeCLE: Free Continuing Legal Education)

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Photo Credits: Simpleton_takes_The_Golden_Goose_to_the_inn_-_Project_Gutenberg_eText_15661.jpg, Wikimedia Commons, public domain.

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And so I found myself pondering the quote, “I listen to what you say, but I hear what you mean.” It was attributed to Agatha Christie’s famed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, as played by actor David Suchet.

But it wasn’t until late last night that I came across the thought-provoker. Monday had caught up with me before I was ready to let go of Sunday.

That’s why I hadn’t yet finished reading Sunday’s NY Times Magazine and particularly Hope Reeves’ interview with Suchet, Part of Me Died With Him containing the quote. Suchet, who played Poirot in the BBC show, says Poirot made him “a better listener.”

Were it only so that we listened with Poirot’s discernment. More often’s the case that people don’t listen to what you say — and hear only what they mean. Or as the late Steven Covey perceptively proclaimed, “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”  

And so also true in the same interview was Suchet’s later declaration, “most people actually enjoy talking about themselves more than sharing with another person.”

On that note, here’s one more free continuing legal education link, which I missed last week. It comes with the usual disclaimers.

FREE CLE

ESI, Ethics and Social Media: What Attorneys Should and Should Not Be Doing

Bloomberg BNA
Thursday, October 16, 2014
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET
1.5 CLE Credit Hours
Product Code – LGA285

• Understand how social media may appropriately be used to advertise.

• Learn how legal advice may be given through social media.

• Understand how social media can be used to gather and review evidence.

• Discover how social media can be used to communicate with clients.

• Find out how juror research may be conducted through social media.

http://www.bna.com/esi-ethics-social-w17179891704/?id=17179891704

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