Posts Tagged ‘complimentary CLE’

Who knew President Trump was on to something? Forget ‘finger lickin’ goodness. Taking the President’s lead, fried chicken may be safest eaten with a knife  — not just a spork.

Well at least that was the lawsuit filed October 31, 2016 against Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Inc., et al. by Gulfport, Mississippi lawyer Paul Newton Jr.

In his complaint, Newton alleged that for want of a knife he choked on a piece of fried chicken breast and required emergency surgery the same evening to remove the chicken piece from his throat.

He claimed it was a consequence of Popeyes’ failure to provide customers with a plastic knife with their drive-thru orders. Neither man or woman eats by spork alone.

In addition to his medical and pain and suffering damages, Newton also asked for an order requiring Popeyes to provide its drive-thru customers “with the appropriate utensil or utensils such as a plastic knife to enable such customers to cut their purchased food orders into appropriate portions.”

Newtown’s chicken complaint won’t rise to the level of Roy Pearson Jr.notoriety. Pearson was the lawyer best remembered for suing his dry cleaners for millions over a missing pair of pants. That lawsuit got tossed out of court.

But in Newton’s case, he later dropped the suit on his own because of “extreme comments directed to me and my family.”

Bottom line, don’t choke on fried chicken — not when there’s still FREE CLE. Along with the standard disclaimers about availability; jurisdictional creditworthiness; and content quality, here’s the latest knife and fork-free update.


Attorney Protective

Hindsight: A Great Thing To Borrow – Oct 12, 2017

“Many lawyers sued for malpractice gain clarity on best practices only after it is too late. This webinar is designed to help you acquire a clearer understanding of the risks by studying what went wrong for other attorneys during their malpractice cases.”

Date: Oct 12, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 Central Time, 1:00 PM-2:00 Eastern Time and 10:00 AM-11:00 Pacific Time

One hour of Ethics CLE

Reserve your Webinar seat at:



Time Management Tips for Lawyers – Nov 6, 2017

Date: Nov 6, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 Central Time, 1:00 PM-2:00 Eastern Time and 10:00 AM-11:00 Pacific Time

One hour of General CLE


Nossaman LLP

[Webinar] Cybersecurity Threats Facing Water Utilities and the Steps You Should Take to Mitigate Risk

Date: October 12th, 10:00am PT

One hour of General CLE

To register for this webinar, click here


Baker Hostetler

[Webinar] Real Estate, Cybersecurity and The Internet of Things

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 / Noon – 1 p.m. EST

One hour of General CLE

To register, click here.


Credits: President Donald Trump eating fried chicken, Twitter @Real Donald Trump; 0797 chicken love, by Mark Morgan, Flickr Creative Commons Attribution; Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen menu board, by Mike Mozart, at Flickr Creative Commons Attribution.


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https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/0a/Domenico_Fetti_-_Portrait_of_a_Scholar_-_WGA07862.jpg/446px-Domenico_Fetti_-_Portrait_of_a_Scholar_-_WGA07862.jpg“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”  I thought of Gandhi’s quote when I read about Tom Winston, who at 73 graduates from the University of Tennessee Law School this month. Retired and having concluded there’s “only so much golf you can play,” he decided to attend law school at age 70.

Besides having a resilient and hungry mind, Winston also benefited from something unique to the Volunteer State. Tennesseans 65 years and older can attend any state public institution of higher learning tuition-free. Winston says he’s “surprised more people haven’t taken advantage of it.”

His parting advice is to, “Enjoy the magic of learning all over again.” See “Stat Of The Week: Extreme ‘Non-Trad’ Law Student”

Speaking of free learning, below are the latest links to free continuing legal education programs, both scheduled and on-demand. As always, there are no warranties of continued availability, content quality, or creditworthiness in your jurisdiction.



K & L Gates


Legal Professional Privilege

On Demand

Credit: One Hour Ethics

Competition and Consumer Law Update

On Demand

Credit: One Hour General Credit

A Practical Guide to Representing Victims of Sexual Cyber Harassment Ethically and Effectively (Part 1)

On Demand

Credit: 1.5 Hour Ethics

Register Now

The Honest Lawyer

On Demand

Credit: One Hour Ethics


Thompson Coburn LLP

Multijurisdictional Issues Stateside and International Privacy Concerns When Traveling

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Begins at 12:00 PM Central Time

Credit: One Hour Ethics


Lawyernomics by AVVO

View on-demand webinars

View upcoming Webinars



Law Pay

Ethical Considerations in Drafting Contracts

“This webinar examines a variety of contract drafting scenarios and the ethical questions that they present.”

Thursday, May 24, 2017
3:00 PM Central, 4:00 PM Eastern, 2:00 PM Mountain, 1:00 PM Pacific
Credit: One Hour

Birch, Stewart, Kolasch & Birch, LLP (BSKB)

Complimentary Webinar Presented by BSKB and WIPR – The Halo Effect: Walking the Willfulness Tightrope

“Register for free on the webinar registration page. Virginia CLE credit is pending, and can be used to seek CLE credit in other jurisdictions.”


DLA Piper

CLE webinar: preparing for margining

Credit: One Hour General


Legal Advantage

Free CLE – Best Practices in Patent Illustration

Wednesday, June 07, 2017 – 12 PM EDT

Credit: One Hour General

Credits: Portrait of a Scholar, by Domenico Fetti at Wikimedia Commons, public domain; Portrait of Johann Christian Fischer by Thomas Gainsborough at Wikimedia Commons, public domain; St. Jerome in his Study, by Pieter Coecke van Aelst at Wikimedia Commons, public domain.

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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?


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.”


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.



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



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

Sign up at:


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
Launch Now


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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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.



First American Exchange Company


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


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


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


  • 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


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
• 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


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

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Caginess or coincidence? No matter. It’s all good.

Four years after the ABA made changes to its Professional Conduct Model Rule concerning the “Special Responsibilities of a Prosecutor” and eighteen days after the “Arizona Republic” ran its multi-part series on prosecutorial misconductand following much protracted consideration, the Arizona Supreme Court finally amended Rule 42, ER 3.8 that identifies prosecutors’ post-conviction obligations when they know of new evidence establishing a reasonable likelihood a convicted defendant was innocent of the offense and addressing those circumstances when a prosecutor has a disclosure obligation and a duty to investigate and to take remedial steps to rectify the conviction.

The state’s highest court also enacted a new rule, ER 3.10, “Credible and Material Exculpatory Information about a Convicted Person.” The new rule follows the same principles underpinning the rule for prosecutors and imposes responsibility on all Arizona lawyers who credibly know of exculpatory evidence to promptly disclose that “credible and material evidence that a convicted defendant did not commit an offense of which the defendant was convicted.” 

LAW AND JUSTICE 133The Comment to ER 3.10 explains: “Rectifying the conviction and preventing the incarceration of an innocent person are core values of the judicial system and matters of vital concern to the legal profession. Because of the importance of these principles, this Rule applies to all members of the Bar except prosecutors, whose special duties with respect to disclosure of new, credible and material exculpatory evidence after conviction set forth in ER 3.8 (g), (h), and (i).”

woman giving thumbs up 3 L uidNo diddling, however, on the part of the Arizona State Bar. One day after the Court’s pronouncement, the Bar emailed all its members with news of a new CLE webcast, “Post-conviction Disclosure: Changes to ER 3.8 and new ER 3.10.” It’s one hour of mandatory continuing legal education in ethics for $39.00.

Small favors. At least the Arizona Bar’s not nicking its lawyers like ALI CLE for CLE likes to do. That organization is quite ‘proud’ of its one-hour webcasts, which typically come in at just two sawbucks shy of $200.


But happily for lawyers who just want CLE that’s FREE, there are complimentary programs still available elsewhere. Along with the usual disclaimers of continued access, content and availability of jurisdictional credit, here are the latest FREE CLE updates.


Florida State Bar

Overview of Trust Accounting 2013

(1) Hour Complimentary On-demand Online CLE – Ethics


Wolter Kluwer Corporate Legal Services /CT Corporation

Delaware’s Business Entity LawsWebinarDecember 4, 2013 1:00 P.M. (Eastern)

Learn about Delaware’s business entity formation and post-formation provisions.

(1) Hour Complimentary CLE


Practising Law Institute (PLI)

PLI: Seminars – Ethical Issues in Pro Bono Representation 2013 (Free)

December 16, 9:00 a.m. – 11:10 a.m.  (E.S.T.)

(2) Hours Free CLE Credit, Ethics (New York & other jurisdictions)

Troubleshooting Mortgage Servicing Problems: Regulatory Responses and Advocacy Approaches

San Francisco and Live Webcast, December 16, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. PT

(3.5) Hours FREE CLE Credit (Professional Practice in NY) Check other jurisdictions.



The Future of Trusts, Wills & Estate Planning: Predictions that May Impact Your Clients’ Income, Wealth & Lifestyle

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2013

Time: 2 PM (EST) 11 AM (PST) 12 PM (MST) and 1 PM (CST)

60-minute teleconference:

  • “How electronic wills will shape the future of estate planning.
  • Where asset protection planning is going and why.
  • How directed trust arrangements will shape the future of investing in the next 10 years.
  • How outsourcing will help both advisor and planner alike.
  • Why services like LegalZoom will be the new norm for services providers going forward.
  • Why brick and mortar offices will become an advisors ball and chain.”

Click Here to Register Online or call 1-866-754-6477


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With just a month till year-end, some lawyers are in the throes of final procrastination to meet calendar year mandatory continuing legal education requirements. And yeah, those are the honest ones.

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There are lawyers I meet who trigger my well-calibrated “B.S.” detector bragging about how they “always end up with more CLE than they need.” Yeah – – – right. And I always get all the gifts I want at Christmas.

So to allay a panic attack, here’s another “Free CLE” update. And the usual caveats apply. If a link is broken or if the content sucks or if your jurisdiction won’t approve it, don’t blame me.

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Also, for programs outside your jurisdiction, you’ll need to obtain approval for MCLE credit. I’ve previously blogged about how to do this, including at “General online learning can provide another creative way to Free CLE” and at “The Irreverent Lawyer’s 1st anniversary: updated free CLE webinars and podcasts.”

But ahead of that, indulge me one more soapbox rant on mandatory CLE – – – if you don’t mind. Make no mistake. Continuing legal education is fungible. We’re talking commodity, here, amigos. One pork belly is the same as another. Or when you can tell the difference between one frijole over another, let me know.

And then there’s the content. “Interesting CLE” is oxymoronic and “useful CLE” chimerical. And this is regardless of what providers charge and Why most continuing legal education sucks. But more importantly, when something’s commoditized, the only difference, then, is price. And “Free” always trumps a price tag.

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So unlike the greedy online shills, the dog-and-pony moonlighters, and the bottom-line hungry local and state bar associations, I don’t have any financial self-interest in CLE. See “Who’s making money from MCLE?”

To borrow a quote from Eric Sevareid, I post free continuing legal education courses on this blog, “To comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.”

So for all the lawyers not so fortunate to be sitting on “more CLE than they need,” and who’re still short on credits – – – not to worry, here’s more online FREE CLE.


Alaska Bar Association
3.0 hours of ethics credit

“2011 Updates: Practicing Law with Your Head in the Clouds and Your Mind on Ethics.”


New York State Bar Association – The NYSBA Committee on Lawyers in Transition



ARDC- Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois


Law Practice Transitions: The Ethical Obligations When Selling, Closing or Leaving a Law Practice.

Emerging Trends in Legal Ethics and Professionalism: Today and in the Future

The Ethical Requirements of Handling Trust Funds under Rule 1.15


TexasBarCLE, “Judicial Panel on Success for NewLawyers //Workingwith Others in Practice // Starting/Building
a Practice // How to Succeed in First Trial or Transaction: Keys to Victory in Court or Boardroom” (online class) Free Online Class at http://www.texasbarcle.com/CLE/home.asp


Foster Pepper PLLC and Northwest Justice Project

Podcasts: Serving The Legal Needs Of Urban Native Americans

The seminar, which was held March 31, 2011 in Seattle, was approved by the Washington State Bar Association for 3.0 Ethics and 2.0 General CLE credits, 5.0 credits total.



Pennsylvania Bar Institute (PBI) –

This one’s hard to explain. Other than – why give it away when you can charge for it? PBI makes available each week, a “free online course with all the features of the regular course, except CLE credit.”

But I would think this shouldn’t keep non-Pennsylvania lawyers from submitting these “free” courses for credit in their own jurisdictions since otherwise, these ‘ducks look like and quack like ducks’ even if PBI says they’re not mallards.

Free online CLE or podcast

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Actions 116A lot of traffic was driven to this blog the last weeks of 2010 by lawyers seeking free CLE. Not all state bars operate CLE requirements on a calendar year. But those that operate on a calendar basis, find procrastinating lawyers scrambling to beat the year-end deadline.
Not to worry, though for Missouri and Arizona lawyers who have annual compliance periods running from July 1 to June 30. But for the rest of the last minute lollilagging dawdlers, it was crunch time before that buggy turned into a pumpkin at midnight December 31st.
Nothing like “Free.”

But as before, for struggling solos, lawyer newbies, and small firm practitioners, “Free CLE” remains the preferable option to satisfy mandatory continuing education requirements.

Financial hardship discounts.

Perhaps in recognition of the economic times, to their everlasting credit, some state bars like Missouri’s, for instance, are trying to ease up on the economic pain to fulfill CLE requirements, such as the Financial Hardship Policy for MoBarCLE Sponsored CLE Programs.

Young business man standing pulling his pockets inside out uidOn its website, the Missouri Bar through MoBarCLE says it “is committed to providing continuing legal education programs at an affordable price to its members. Program registrants who are unable to afford seminar course fees due to financial hardship may complete an application for a complete waiver or reduced fee.”

Illinois also has a Hardship Policy. It requires lawyers who believe they qualify for financial hardship to send the bar an explanatory email.

The National Academy of Continuing Legal Education also offers applications for attorneys experiencing a financial hardship. Attorneys who have such a need must complete a Hardship Application Form.

Free CLE Updates.

Free CLE updates follow. And as always the usual self-serving disclaimers apply about quality and continued availability or as Elton John once famously said, “Don’t shoot me, I’m only the piano player.”

ABA Complimentary MP3 Audio Downloads

Business Development in Tough Economic Time

What Lawyers Need to Know About Suicide During a Recession: Prevention, Identity and Law Firm Responsibility

Interbranch Disharmony: State ex rel. Mass Transit Authority v. Indiana Revenue Board, which is a free CLE event sponsored by the Indiana Supreme Court Legal History Lecture Series with support from the Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education. The course number is 136596 for 1.5 hours.

7th Amendment: Civil Jury Trials R.I.P? Can It Actually Happen in America? (online class)
MCLE Credit: 0.50 hrs
MCLE No: 901215563
Accreditation for this course expires on 12/31/2011. You must complete the course and report your MCLE hours prior to this date to receive credit. View Topics Enter this Class.

Each month, a series of complimentary practice-building and legal productivity webinars are made available from RocketMatter, which describes itself as an online legal practice management and time tracking software solution for small to mid-size law firms that provides free, CLE accredited webinars exploring the business of law.

Spinning the Law: Trying Cases in the Court of Public Opinion

Host: Kendall Coffey, Coffey Burlington (Miami, Florida)
When: Thursday, January 28th at 12PM EST
Price: FREE

The Nixon Peabody LLP :: Events :: Information Law Webinar Series hosts a number of online complimentary webinars, including the following previous Webinars, such as

“Managing and Protecting Trade Secrets in the Emerging World of Cloud Computing”.

Click here for more details and to view an online recording of this webinar.

“Legal Challenges in Deploying Internal Corporate Social Media Tools (Yammer, Office Communicator, SalesForce Chatter)”

Click here for more details and to view an online recording of this webinar.

The Corporation Service Company offers a list of complimentary Web Seminars – Live WebinarsArchived Recordings | CSCGlobal.com. These include upcoming amendments to UCC 9. CSC provides a certificate of attendance for live presentations upon request. Request a certificate of attendance (live sessions only) or request presentation materials (live or recorded sessions).

The Oklahoma Bar Association – Online CLE

“Lawyers Targeted For Fraud. Don’t be a Victim!” This free program deals with the ongoing attempts being made to defraud lawyers by e-mails from individuals pretending to be potential clients.

MAN AT LAPTOP 3Low cost section offerings.

As a final add, many state bars, including Arizona and Nevada, offer very inexpensive live CLE programs to section members. Last month, for example, the Sole Practitioner and Small Firm Section of the Arizona Bar offered for the price of $20, 3.75 hours of CLE credit, including a .75 hour of ethics for a live probate and guardianship primer, hot buffet breakfast included.

And on a regular basis, the Elder Law Section of the Nevada State Bar offers live one-hour CLE telephone conferences on various elder law subjects, which are complimentary to section members.

Bottom line is that it’s foolish to shell out $200 to $300 or more for continuing legal education. There’s better pricing, there’s sufficient program diversity and quality to cover virtually all subject areas, not to mention the ease of access. And besides, CLE can also be had at no-cost!

And as I’ve said many times before, high cost doesn’t correlate to high quality. See, for example, my irreverent October post, which admittedly caused some of my colleagues to take offense, Why most continuing legal education sucks.

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