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https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/87/Adriaen_Brouwer_-_The_Bitter_Potion_-_Google_Art_Project.jpg/359px-Adriaen_Brouwer_-_The_Bitter_Potion_-_Google_Art_Project.jpgBy now, regular readers know my regard for mandatory continuing legal education and why I periodically post free online CLE programs here. Not only is it mainly a money grab by compulsory membership bar associations, there’s no statistical evidence of a correlation, much less any causation between CLE and attorney competence.

More specifically, the California Supreme Court in People v. Ngo (1996) 14 Cal. 4th 30 observed: “Although the right to counsel clearly entails a right to competent representation by a licensed attorney, and although MCLE requirements clearly do relate to professional competence, in the sense they are intended to enhance the competence of attorneys practicing law in this state, the inference is unwarranted that any and all noncompliance with those requirements necessarily establishes an attorney’s professional incompetence or constitutionally deficient performance in representation following enrollment on inactive status.”

Just the same, to maintain their ticket to ride and avoid the kind of circumstances visited upon counsel for Tin Trung Ngo, compliance with mandatory CLE remains a necessary evil in most jurisdictions. But why pay hundreds of dollars per year for it? Why suffer gluteal paralysis attending an overpriced annual bar convention just to cram CLE ahead of fiscal year deadlines? Below find the latest installment of free online continuing legal education. The usual disclaimers about jurisdictional creditworthiness, continued availability, and content quality apply.

FREE ONLINE CLE 

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Practising Law Institute (PLI)

Prison Litigation 2016: Practical Strategies

“In-depth analysis of practical strategies for lawyers litigating prison practices and treatment of incarcerated persons.”

Webcast

Jun. 2, 2016

1:30 PM Eastern (3.0 Hours CLE Credit)

Item# 171058
Format: Webcast
Free  
Pre-Register
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Attorney Protective

“Malpractice cases often stem from the same underlying issues time and time again. Lawyers who understand those issues can take steps to avoid them.”
Date: May 20, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM-1:05 Central Time, 1:00 PM-2:05 Eastern Time and 10:00AM Pacific Time
“Tips, best practices and practical solutions on topics including: model rules that apply to marketing, the importance of good client relations, marketing solutions, and how staff can assist in providing good client relations.”
Date: June 2, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM-1:05 Central Time, 1:00 PM-2:05 Eastern Time and 10:00AM Pacific Time
“Tips on how to avoid conflicts of interests and discuss what actions to consider should a conflict arise. The webinar will also include a review of applicable ethics rules.”
Date: July 22, 2016
Time: 12:00 PM-1:05 Central Time, 1:00 PM-2:05 Eastern Time and 10:00AM Pacific Time
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Lawyernomics by Avvo

If you’re not on Facebook you’re committing malpractice

(1hr Ethics CLE in CA, FL, IL, OH, NV, PA, TX and WA) New York Approved Jurisdiction policy applies

Date: May 19, 2016 at 10am PT / 1pm ET

Ethical social media use in 3 easy steps

(1hr Ethics CLE in CA, FL, IL, OH, NV, *NY, PA, TX, and WA)

May 26, 2016 at 10am PT / 1pm ET

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The National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)

Studio71 Webcasts (Self Study Credit)

Constitutionalizing” Your Objections in a Criminal Case

May 20, 2016

Effective Use of Headnotes in Openings, Closings and Witness Examinations

June 28, 2016

Other various programs at: Studio 71 Webcasts

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Fastcase

Advanced Tips for Enhanced Legal Research on Fastcase (2016)

May 19, 2016

10-11 AM (MST)

Introduction to Boolean (Keyword) Searches (2016)

May 26, 2016 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM MST

For more free CLE webinars go to: http://www.fastcase.com/webinars/

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Lexis Nexis University

Data Breach: A-Z Guide for Law Firms

Date: 05/18/2016

Time: 1:00pm EST- 2:00pm EST

Maintaining Attorney-Client Privilege and Confidentiality in the Digital Age

On-demand CLE

1.5 Hour CLE Credit (Ethics)

For more free on-demand programs go to: https://www.lexisnexis.com/university/Catalogue.aspx?MinPrice=0&MaxPrice=0&location=Web&PracticeArea=Corporate%20and%20Business%20Law

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Credits: “The Bitter Potion,” by Adriaen Brower, at Wikimedia Commons, public domain.

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I was having my weekly bowl of pho — but not at the phonetically mischievous Beaverton, Oregon restaurant pictured above. If you don’t know, the Vietnamese rice noodle and beef soup known as pho is pronounced ‘fuh.’ You figure out the rest.

P1060297 | by Longster47

In any event, I was slurping and reading about an Aussie-Vietnamese hoaxer who’d punked the news and online social media. The faker falsely claimed Facebook had discriminated against him by repeatedly shutting down his Facebook profile over accusations he was using a fake name. He claimed his name was ‘Phuc Dat Bich’ and even posted an online image of his passport to ‘prove’ it was really his given name.

But Facebook was right after all. The name was fake, all part of an elaborate social media spoof perpetrated by a 23-year old Melbourne, Australia man named Tin Le or Thien Nguyen — if you believe someone else who later claimed to have known “Phuc” from his school days.

Phonetic political correctness.

facebook-needs-why-you-lying-button-ecardThe hoaxer explained that he’d created the phonetically rude ‘Phuc Dat Bich’ name hoax to fool the media and to tweak Facebook over its real names policy. “I’ve never believed it’s necessary for it to be mandatory to have your entire name to be published on social media,” he expounded. “People should be free to use any name they desire. Facebook needs to understand that it is utterly impossible to legitimise a place where there will always be pranksters and tricksters,” he added.

B.S. on the Web.

So no surprise. The web is full of hoaxes, urban legends, falsely attributed quotes, netlore and just pasture-variety bull. A healthy dose of skepticism ought to be axiomatic, especially when it comes to much of what ‘goes viral’ on the Internet.

Just this week there was another bogus story, ‘World’s biggest’ drug kingpin El Chapo declares war on ISIS. More bull, this time from a misunderstood satirist. Memo to literary device humorist — it’s not satire if no one gets it. But also blame the 24/7 all-news-all-the-time media that irresponsibly runs stories without bothering to fact-check. Chapo didn’t threaten “true terror” in an encrypted email to Isis leaders. It was another hoax.

Not long ago, one pundit contended the Internet had birthed a “Golden Age of Fact-Checking.” I’m still not buying what she was selling. Fact-checking when it happens is mostly of the shamelessly belated kind or of the indefinitely postponed variety. See Truth, Lies, and the Internet – The Atlantic

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b1/Bsahead.png/240px-Bsahead.pngInternet B.S. is particularly endemic in email and social media chain letters. Last month, somebody emailed me an essay falsely attributed to football coach turned sports commentator Lou Holtz. The “Two Americas” essay I received was entitled “Lou Holtz Nails It!” — although, he didn’t. It was authored by someone else a lot less famous than Lou.

Fortunately, with year-end upon us and lawyers scrambling to complete last-minute calendar CLE, now’s as good a time as any to turn away from lies, nonsense and cow pie capers. I’m happy to provide instead the latest FREE CLE updates.

And while “CLE as practiced has little or no verifiable impact on attorney competence or public protection” — comply we must.

The usual disclaimers about jurisdictional creditworthiness, continued availability, and content quality apply.

FREE ONLINE CLE 

Legal Advantage

Best Practices in Biotechnology Prior Art Searching

December 14, 2015 – 12 PM EST

Duration: 1 Hour

Cost: Free

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Best Practices in Electrical Engineering Prior Art Searching

December 18, 2015 – 12 PM EST

Duration: 1 Hour

Cost: Free

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Best Practices in Mechanical Engineering Prior Art Searching

December 23, 2015 – 12 PM EST

Duration: 1 Hour

Cost: Free

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Best Practices in Patent Illustration

January 05, 2016 – 12 PM EST

Duration: 1 Hour

Cost: Free

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January 12, 2016 – 12 PM EST

Duration: 1 Hour

Cost: Free

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Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company

Must See FREE CLE/
E-Discovery: Leveling the Playing Field

On Demand Webinar

Click here for 1.0 hrs. of general CLE credit.

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Clifford Law Offices – Continuing Legal Education Program

2016 Webinar: “The Ethics of Pre-Trial and Trial Work”

Date: Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016

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

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 Practising Law Institute (PLI)
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 CT Corporation
January 12th 2016 1:00pm EDT
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 National Consumer Law Center (NCLC)

 On Demand Archive

Don’t Settle for Less: Tips for Negotiating Settlement Agreements

The Color of Debt: Racial Disparity in Debt Collection Lawsuits

Representing Clients in Guardianship Actions: Winning the Case for Supported Decision Making

Discovery: Getting the Information You Need

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Bloomberg BNA

Big Law Business: Lawyer Mobility – Ethical Issues Arising from Lateral Hires, Partner Withdrawals and Law Firm Dissolutions

Thursday, December 17, 2015
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET

Attorney Misconduct: Causes, Consequences, and How to Avoid It

Thursday, January 7, 2016
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET

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American Society of Law, Medicine and Ethics (ASLME)

The Network for Public Health Law

On Demand Webinars – Various

Motorcycle Helmet Laws: Innovative Approaches to Reducing Injury

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Photo Credits: Morguefile.com; KC vs Pho, by Longster 47 at Flickr via Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic License;”BS ahead, check for references” via Wikimedia Commons File:Bsahead.svg.

 

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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?

morguefile.com

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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