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Continuing Legal Education Online Courses with MCLEZ are for Georgia attorneys who want to make the most of their time and money. Easily earn Georgia Online CLE credit through courses which have been produced in a variety of legal subjects that matter to you.

MCLEZ provides online continuing legal education courses that have been individually pre-approved for online CLE credit by the Georgia Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency.

Georgia Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency phone # (404) 527-8710

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Cryptocurrency - New Age Money or Scam

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Cryptocurrency - New Age Money or Scam Details


Price:
$19.99

Course Description

Cryptocurrency: There has been much talk about the use of cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, as the hot new investment and a fast way of making money. But it's a very complicated process and has many pitfalls and challenges legally. This lecture will discuss the creation and use of cryptocurrencies, along with some of the challenges of trying to use and maintain cryptocurrencies as a financial tool and/or investment strategy.

Course Agenda

  • What is crypto currency?
  • Defining Bitcoin
  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Cryptocurrency
  • The Real Cost of Mining Bitcoin
  • CASES
  • Top 5 Crypto Currency Failures

Course Credit per State


AK - Voluntary: 1.0 Credits
AZ - General: 1.0 Credits
CA - General: 1.0 Credits
CT - General: 1.0 Credits
FL - General: 1.0 Credits
GA - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
IL - General: 1.0 Credits
IN - Distance Education: 1.0 Credits
MT - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
NJ - General: 1.3 Credits
NV - General: 1.0 Credits
NY - General: 1.0 Credits
OH - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
SC - General: 1.06 Credits
UT - Self Study: 1.0 Credits

Course Presenter(s)

Russell Jackman, Esq.

Russell Jackman, Esq. is owner of Calmputer Consulting Services in Marin County, California. He is a Past President of the California State Bar's Law Practice Management and Technology Section.

  Course Price:
$19.99
 
 

Demystifying Cyber Security

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Demystifying Cyber Security Details


Price:
$19.99

Course Description

This program helps attorneys understand the ethical issues which surround cyber security, including protection of client data and advice lawyers should provide businesses and other clients. Mr. Jackman provides real-world examples of the issues raised in the ABA Rules and Opinions, and offers helpful guidance on how lawyers can best understand cyber security, how they can best comply with their ethical obligation to protect client information and to act promptly to stop any breach and mitigate damage resulting from the breach.

As he digs into the subject of cyber security, Mr. Jackman offers an overview of the actors involved with cyber security threats, the scope of the problem and the types of threats prevalent, (hacking, phishing, ransomware), and the risks to capital, property, business continuity, costs of response, damage to brand name, reputation and customer confidence. He discusses the tensions between privacy and security, reviews recent cyber attacks and analyzes data breaches by types of attacks and the relevant federal regulations. Of interest is a sample security questionnaire which can be utilized to evaluate vulnerabilities and create a breach response action plan with suggested solutions for easy and affordable ways to materially help protect against cyber threats.

Course Agenda

  • What is Cyber Security?
  • How did we get here
  • What are the types of current threats? How big is the risk really?
  • Who are the targets?
  • Where is this leading us?
  • What can I do to protect myself and my business?

Course Credit per State


AL - On-Demand: 1.0 Credits
AZ - General: 1.0 Credits
CA - General: 1.0 Credits
FL - Technology: 1.0 Credits
GA - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
IL - General: 1.0 Credits
IN - Distance Education: 1.0 Credits
MO - Self Study: 1.2 Credits
MT - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
NH - General: 1.0 Credits
NJ - General: 1.2 Credits
NY - Cybersecurity: 1.0 Credits

Course Presenter(s)

Russell Jackman, Esq.

Russell Jackman, Esq. is owner of Calmputer Consulting Services in Marin County, California. He is a Past President of the California State Bar's Law Practice Management and Technology Section.

  Course Price:
$19.99
 
 

Ethical Considerations when Screening and Selecting New Clients

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Ethical Considerations when Screening and Selecting New Clients Details


Price:
$19.99

Course Description

One of the most important yet overlooked issues in practicing law are the ethical considerations when screening and selecting new clients. If you work in a large law firm with a dedicated research department or work for a small law firm, it is important to understand the rules and nuances of new client ethics. In this course we look at what the ethical framework is that underlies these principles. We first look at conflicts of interests. Next, we examine meritorious claims and contentions. We then look at the various issues involved into going into business with or investing in a client. We examine the related concepts of competence and capacity and then lastly review the importance of not overselling a case with a potential client.

Course Agenda

  • Overview
  • Ethical Framework
  • Conflict of Interests
  • Meritorious Claims & Contentions
  • Going into Business With a Client
  • Competence
  • Capacity
  • Do Not ?Oversell? a Case

Course Credit per State


AZ - Professional Responsibility: 1.25 Credits
CA - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
CT - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
FL - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
GA - Ethics: 1.5 Credits
IL - Professional Responsibility: 1.25 Credits
IN - Ethics: 1.2 Credits
NC - Professional Responsibility: 1.0 Credits
NH - Ethics: 1.25 Credits
NJ - Ethics: 1.5 Credits
NY - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
OH - Attorney Professional Conduct: 1.25 Credits
PA - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
TN - Dual: 1.23 Credits
TX - Ethics: 1.25 Credits

Course Presenter(s)

David Graulich, Esq.

Mr. Graulich worked over 20 years in journalism and the public relations industry. He represented companies such as PepsiCo, Schwab and Computer Sciences Corp., advising senior executives on communications policies. Mr. Graulich received his law degree at the University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law. Mr. Graulich is currently working in private practice and resides in Sacramento, California.

  Course Price:
$19.99
 
 

FOIA: Freedom of Information Act - 2021 Update

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FOIA: Freedom of Information Act - 2021 Update Details


Price:
$29.99

Course Description

Presentation Goals: To help attorneys - in all fields of practice - learn how to more successfully navigate the FOIA process to better support their clients

Course Agenda

  • The phases/steps of the FOIA process
  • Background and Purpose of FOIA
  • Practical tips to increase the success of a FOIA request
  • Provide practical tips for the administrative appeal and judicial review phases
  • Increase the likelihood of a reasonable attorneys? fees shift award

Course Credit per State


AL - On-Demand: 2.0 Credits
AZ - General: 2.0 Credits
CA - General: 2.0 Credits
FL - General: 2.5 Credits
GA - Self Study: 2.0 Credits
IL - General: 2.0 Credits
KY - General: 2.0 Credits
MT - Self Study: 2.0 Credits
NC - General: 2.0 Credits
NJ - General: 2.5 Credits
NY - General: 2.0 Credits
OK - Distance Learning: 2.5 Credits
PA - Distance Learning: 2.0 Credits
TX - General: 2.0 Credits

Course Presenter(s)

Pete Sorenson

With more than 30 years as an attorney, lawyer and advocate, I am licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and the State of Oregon. I specialize in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) law and help journalists, authors, nonprofits, for profit businesses, and others to access federal government records. I assist clients with FOIA Requests, Administrative Appeals, Judicial Reviews and FOIA litigation. In addition to assisting clients, I speak and lecture on FOIA, most recently at the Appalachian Public Interest Environmental Law (APIEL) Conference in Tennessee, University of Georgia School of Law, and at University of Tennessee College of Law.

Public and civic service is a cornerstone, with earlier careers working for a member of Congress and as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Agriculture. I am currently serving my 24th year as an elected Commissioner on the Lane County Board of Commissioners in Eugene, Oregon. Prior to that, I served in the Oregon State Senate. My political and civic experience adds a depth and understanding to my FOIA work that is unique among lawyers.

RECENT FOIA CASES: (2016 ? Present)
  • Food and Drug Administration: assisted journalist in obtaining the calendar of a crucial FDA official
  • Central Intelligence Agency: obtained records for a journalist writing on the activities of a prominent CIA official, used in questioning President's nominee for CIA Director
  • Environmental Protection Agency: made request for client; assisted company in obtaining a report of a competitor's product performance
  • Central Intelligence Agency: made request, filed administrative appeal and judicial review; assisted in obtaining records of a client's father's service in the CIA
  • Bureau of Land Management: on behalf of a nonprofit organization, filed judicial review, obtained records and then obtained significant judgment for attorneys' fees for that work
  • Agricultural Marketing Service: filed judicial review; assisted nonprofit organization in obtaining records and then obtained judgment for attorneys' fees for that work February 6, 2020

Federal Bureau of Investigation: filed request and administrative appeal on behalf of an individual seeking DNA evidence in criminal matter; obtained records; matter pending Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: assisting client in obtaining records held by CMS (in progress) Environmental Protection Agency: filed judicial review, obtained records, and obtained settlement of attorneys' fees for engineering firm needing data and reports

CURRENT WORK:
  • 1997 ? Present Elected County Commissioner, Lane County Board, Eugene, Oregon
  • 1982 ? Present Attorney and Owner, Sorenson Law Office, Eugene, Oregon
PAST EXPERIENCE:
  • 2005 ? 2006 Adjunct Professor, School of Law, University of Oregon
  • 1993 ? 1997 Oregon State Senator (Member of Judiciary Committee), Salem, Oregon
  • 1984 ? 1985 Visiting Professor, Department of Geography, University of Oregon
  • 1983 ? 1984 Instructor, Dept. of Planning, Public Policy and Management, University of Oregon
  • 1981 ? 1982 Volunteer Prosecutor, Lane County District Attorney's Office, Eugene, Oregon
  • 1979 ? 1982 Law Clerk, Dwyer Simpson and Wold, Attorneys, Eugene, Oregon
  • 1977 ? 1979 Special Assistant, Office of the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, DC
  • 1974 ? 1977 Legislative Assistant, Congressman Jim Weaver (Oregon), Washington, DC
EDUCATION:
  • 1996 ? Certificate of Completion, Program for America's Emerging Political Leaders, Darden School, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
  • 1982 ? J.D. University of Oregon School of Law, Eugene, Oregon
  • 1979 ? M.A. University of Oregon Geography Department, Eugene, Oregon
  • 1973 ? B.A. University of Oregon Geography Department, Eugene, Oregon
  • 1972 ? A.A. Southwestern Oregon Community College, Coos Bay, Oregon
BAR MEMBERSHIPS:
  • 1994 United States District Court for the District of Columbia
  • 1993 United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • 1993 District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • 1991 Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • 1984 United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • 1983 United States District Court for the District of Oregon
  • 1982 Lane County Bar Association
  • 1982 Oregon State Bar
  Course Price:
$29.99
 
 

Gambling as an Addiction - Not Worth the Gamble

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Gambling as an Addiction - Not Worth the Gamble Details


Price:
$19.99

Course Description

Gambling has become more present and easier to do in recent years, with many new forms of gambling existing and new ones coming on the horizon. Attorneys or their friends or family who may fall victim to the addiction of gambling may be unsure of the signs or what to do to deal with the problem. This lecture talks about how attorneys can identify the professional threats to their practice that could come from a gambling addiction, the laws regarding online gambling and what resources there are available to attorneys to help alleviate the problem.

Course Agenda

  • Gambling
  • Gambling As An Addiction
  • What Makes Online Gambling More Dangerous?
  • Is the Site I am using legal?
  • CASES
  • Solutions?

Course Credit per State


AZ - General: 1.5 Credits
CA - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
FL - General: 1.5 Credits
GA - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
IL - General: 1.0 Credits
MS - General: 1.2 Credits
MT - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
NC - General: 1.0 Credits
NJ - General: 1.4 Credits
NV - Substance Abuse: 1.0 Credits
NY - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
OH - Attorney Professional Conduct: 1.0 Credits
OK - Distance Learning: 1.0 Credits
PA - Distance Learning: 1.0 Credits
TX - General: 1.25 Credits
UT - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
VA - General: 1.0 Credits

Course Presenter(s)

Russell Jackman, Esq.

Russell Jackman, Esq. is owner of Calmputer Consulting Services in Marin County, California. He is a Past President of the California State Bar's Law Practice Management and Technology Section.

  Course Price:
$19.99
 
 

Google LLC v. Oracle America Inc.

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Google LLC v. Oracle America Inc. Details


Price:
$29.99

Course Description

One of the most important copyright and fair use cases of our time has been Google LLC v. Oracle America, Inc. This case has worked its way through many levels of courts while examining two key concepts: Are Application Programming Interfaces copyrightable and if they are, is copying them fair use? This course looks at these two concepts in detail and provides arguments from Oracle's and Google's advocates on both key topics.

Course Agenda

  • Background and Technical Context
  • Two important issues
  • Arguments that APIs are copyrightable
  • Arguments that APIs are not copyrightable
  • Fair Use Doctrine
  • Arguments that Android using the API was fair use
  • Arguments that Android using the API was not fair use

Course Credit per State


AZ - General: 2.0 Credits
CA - General: 1.5 Credits
CT - General: 2.0 Credits
FL - General: 2.0 Credits
GA - Self Study: 1.5 Credits
IL - General: 1.5 Credits
KY - General: 1.75 Credits
MT - Self Study: 1.75 Credits
NC - General: 1.5 Credits
NH - General: 1.75 Credits
NJ - General: 2.1 Credits
NV - General: 1.5 Credits
NY - General: 2.0 Credits
PA - Distance Learning: 1.5 Credits
TX - General: 1.75 Credits

Course Presenter(s)

Michael Carroll
Michael W. Carroll is a Professor of Law and Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American University's Washington College of Law.[1][2] Carroll is one of the founding Board Members of Creative Commons, a not-for-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative work available for others to legally build upon and share.[1] He also is a member of the Board of Directors of the Public Library of Science PLOS and served on the National Academy of Sciences' Board on Research Data and Information from 2008 to 2013.
  Course Price:
$29.99
 
 

How CRMS Can Help Your Legal Practice

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How CRMS Can Help Your Legal Practice Details


Price:
$19.99

Course Description

This lecture discusses the role of Client Relationship Management Software) CRMS for the modern law office, strategies on how using the CRMS can be used to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of today's legal practice, which leads to a more streamlined and efficient law office. We talk about types of CRMS systems, how they work and how to integrate them into your practice.

Course Agenda

  • ABA Rule 1.1 Competency
  • What is a CRM?
  • THE CRM PROCESS
  • CRM strategies/advice
  • CRM Features you should be aware of
  • Other Factors
  • Basic CRM: Outlook & Google Apps
  • Disadvantages: Outlook & Google Apps
  • Other Popular Systems
  • ABACUS LAW
  • AMICUS ATTORNEY
  • NEEDLES
  • CLIO
  • MYCASE
  • Conclusions

Course Credit per State


AZ - General: 1.25 Credits
CA - General: 1.25 Credits
FL - Technology: 1.5 Credits
GA - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
IL - General: 1.25 Credits
IN - Distance Education: 1.3 Credits
MS - General: 1.3 Credits
NH - General: 1.25 Credits
NJ - General: 1.5 Credits
NY - General: 1.25 Credits
OH - Self Study: 1.25 Credits
OK - Distance Learning: 1.5 Credits
TX - General: 1.25 Credits
UT - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
VA - General: 1.0 Credits

Course Presenter(s)

Russell Jackman, Esq.

Russell Jackman, Esq. is owner of Calmputer Consulting Services in Marin County, California. He is a Past President of the California State Bar's Law Practice Management and Technology Section.

  Course Price:
$19.99
 
 

Progress in Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession

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Progress in Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession Details


Price:
$19.99

Course Description

The 2020 Model Diversity Survey Report, released by the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession, is the first ABA report on diversity, equity and inclusion in law firm practice, according to an ABA press release. The survey is based on three years of data. In short, the Report states that while more minorities are getting hired as associates, law firm leadership is mostly white and male because of a diversity ?bottleneck? and higher rates of minority attrition.

In this program, attorney Steven A. Nielsen reflects upon what the Report means in terms of the lack of the progress it describes. The focus of this presentation, however, is to provide a long-range perspective on this important subject and to highlight progress which the profession has made. He offers information on new, innovative programs which have been developed to address the inequities outlined in the ABA report and in society at large, and concrete steps which can help Diversity and Inclusion issues to be successfully addressed in the law office environment. Mr. Neilsen's candid assessment of the data, coupled with a review of how new Diversity and Inclusion programs and educational awareness have helped the profession make progress, makes for an informative and stimulating presentation.

Course Agenda

  • A Newer CLE Requirement Have we seen progress?
  • Innovative Ideas in Diversity
  • The Community Fund for Black Bar Applicants
  • The AccessLex Center for Legal Education Excellence
  • What Does The Past Literature Tell Us?
  • The Past Literature: Pressure for Law School Ranking Hurts Women
  • The Current Thinking
  • In Past Studies: Both Law and Medicine have Diversity Problems
  • What Does the Current Literature Tell Us?
  • A Summary of the Current Trends
  • Coca-Cola and Cisco
  • A Big Picture View
  • Is Mental Health a Point of Diversity?
  • ?Belongingness?
  • The Do?s of Discussing Diversity
  • The Don?ts of Discussing Diversity
  • Covering the Bases of D and I
  • New York - Has a Diversity and Inclusion Office (D&I)
  • A Broader Definition of Diversity
  • Illinois
  • Mentoring and Networking Seem to be an Answer
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Is Our Definition of ?Reaching the Top? to be Reconsidered?
  • Is Running a Solo or Small Firm Considered Success?
  • Bias - A Proposed Big Picture View
  • What is Bias?
  • Mechanical Bias
  • Group Bias
  • Discriminating
  • Do We Learn Hate?
  • How Did We Evolve?
  • Advantages of Being in a Group
  • Group Study Data
  • The Robber?s Cave Experiment
  • Is Group Theory Supported by Current Events?
  • Groups or Traits to Consider in the reduction of Bias in the Legal Profession
  • The Protected Classes are Just a Start
  • Perhaps Broad Definitions of ?Diversity? are Helpful in Defining the Scope of Our Anti-Bias Efforts
  • Still Allowed to Judge or Discern, but Judge with Knowledge of the Individual
  • How do we Reduce Bias?
  • How do we Make Everyone Feel Equal?
  • The Judge and the Fishing Story
  • The Skilled Mediator Example
  • Bias in Action
  • Can we Learn to Withhold Judgment?
  • Question Everything

Course Credit per State


AZ - General: 1.0 Credits
CA - Elimination of Bias: 1.0 Credits
CT - General: 1.0 Credits
FL - General: 1.0 Credits
GA - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
IL - Diversity and Inclusion: 1.0 Credits
IN - Distance Education: 1.0 Credits
NJ - Diversity Inclusion Elimination of Bias: 1.2 Credits
NV - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
NY - Diversity and Inclusion: 1.0 Credits
OH - Attorney Professional Conduct: 1.0 Credits
PA - Distance Learning: 1.0 Credits
TN - General: 1.0 Credits
TX - General: 1.0 Credits

Course Presenter(s)

Steven A Nielsen
Based in Larkspur, California, Steven A. Nielsen is a U.S. registered patent attorney with many years of experience in patent procurement and in achieving favorable results in federal court in the field of intellectual properly litigation. Mr. Nielsen is the past chairperson of the Intellectual Property Section of the Marin County Bar Association. Mr. Nielsen received his J.D. in 1987 from Boalt Hall, University of California at Berkeley and also holds a B.A. in Computer Science. He may be contacted at steve@nielsenpatents.com, on his website, nielsenpatents.com or via his LinkedIn page.
  Course Price:
$19.99
 
 

Taking Depositions in the New Virtual Era

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Taking Depositions in the New Virtual Era Details


Price:
$19.99

Course Description

The Coronavirus epidemic has been wildly disruptive to many aspects of our lives and professions and conduction depositions is no exception. Virtual depositions are now standard and routine and are likely to remain ubiquitous even once the epidemic has abated. In this course we look at depositions generally from an overview perspective and then examine both the advantages and disadvantages of virtual definitions. Some important case law examples are explored and then we conclude with some practical considerations when conducting virtual depositions.

Course Agenda

  • High Level Overview
  • Case Law
  • Virtual Deposition Mechanics
  • Advantages of Virtual Depositions
  • Disadvantages of Virtual Depositions
  • Practical Considerations of Virtual Depositions

Course Credit per State


AZ - General: 1.25 Credits
CA - General: 1.0 Credits
CT - General: 1.0 Credits
FL - Technology: 1.0 Credits
GA - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
IL - General: 1.25 Credits
IN - Distance Education: 1.3 Credits
NJ - General: 1.5 Credits
NY - General: 1.0 Credits
OH - Self Study: 1.25 Credits
TN - General: 1.28 Credits
TX - General: 1.25 Credits

Course Presenter(s)

David Graulich, Esq.

Mr. Graulich worked over 20 years in journalism and the public relations industry. He represented companies such as PepsiCo, Schwab and Computer Sciences Corp., advising senior executives on communications policies. Mr. Graulich received his law degree at the University of the Pacific - McGeorge School of Law. Mr. Graulich is currently working in private practice and resides in Sacramento, California.

  Course Price:
$19.99
 
 

Technology and Bias - Spreading it and Stopping it

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Technology and Bias - Spreading it and Stopping it Details


Price:
$19.99

Course Description

This lecture deals with how technology both spreads and helps eliminate conscious and unconscious bias in the legal profession, and what can be done to continue to use technology to identify and eliminate patterns of bias while being aware of how the wrong use of technology can unfortunately help spread it.

Course Agenda

  • Conscious vs Unconscious Bias
  • UCSF Study
  • AI & Its role in determining bias
  • Using technology to fight bias
  • Bias for not using technology
  • Technology & Age Bias
  • Sexual Bias
  • Economic Bias
  • Cultural Bias
  • Solutions?

Course Credit per State


AL - On-Demand: 1.0 Credits
AZ - General: 1.0 Credits
CA - Elimination of Bias: 1.0 Credits
FL - Technology: 1.0 Credits
GA - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
IL - General: 1.0 Credits
IN - Distance Education: 1.0 Credits
KY - General: 1.0 Credits
MT - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
NJ - Diversity Inclusion Elimination of Bias: 1.4 Credits
NY - General: 1.0 Credits
OH - Attorney Professional Conduct: 1.0 Credits
PA - Distance Learning: 1.0 Credits
SC - General: 1.13 Credits
TX - General: 1.25 Credits
UT - Self Study: 1.0 Credits

Course Presenter(s)

Russell Jackman, Esq.

Russell Jackman, Esq. is owner of Calmputer Consulting Services in Marin County, California. He is a Past President of the California State Bar's Law Practice Management and Technology Section.

  Course Price:
$19.99
 
 

Update on NLRB Cases, Guidance and Rulemaking

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Update on NLRB Cases, Guidance and Rulemaking Details


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$19.99

Course Description

Course Agenda

Course Credit per State


AZ - General: 1.0 Credits
CA - General: 1.0 Credits
CT - General: 1.0 Credits
FL - General: 1.0 Credits
GA - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
IL - General: 1.0 Credits
KY - General: 1.0 Credits
NH - General: 1.0 Credits
NJ - General: 1.3 Credits
NV - General: 1.0 Credits
NY - General: 1.0 Credits
PA - Distance Learning: 1.0 Credits
TN - General: 1.07 Credits
TX - General: 1.0 Credits
VA - General: 1.0 Credits

Course Presenter(s)

Thomas A. Lenz
Experience

Thomas A. Lenz is a Partner in Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo, (AALRR), a leading full-service firm with over 180 attorneys in 9 offices in California. Mr. Lenz handles all aspects of labor and employment law issues and heads the firm's traditional labor and National Labor Relations Board practices. He works with employers in all major industries across California and the West. Mr. Lenz served as Chair of the Labor and Employment Section for the California Lawyers Association (formerly the State Bar of California) during the 2017-2018 term. He serves as a Lecturer in Law, teaching at the USC Gould School of Law.

Education

Tom received his undergraduate degree from Marquette University and his law degree from the Louisiana State University Law Center. Tom studied in Spain during college (Universidad Complutense de Madrid) and in France during law school (Universite d'Aix‐en‐Provence).

Memberships

Tom sits on a variety of boards and committees, including San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership (Board Member), International Institute of Los Angeles (Secretary), State Bar of California Labor and Employment Section (Executive Committee Officer), Associated Builders and Contractors (National Legislative Committee Member), National Club Association (Board Member), Orange County Labor and Employment Relations Association/OC LERA (Past President and current Board Member), and Marquette University Alumni Club of Southern California (Past President and current Board Member).

Awards and Recognitions

Tom has been named to the Top One Hundred Labor Attorneys in the United States by Labor Relations Institute, Inc., a leading industry information source.

  Course Price:
$19.99
 
 

Whistle-Blower Claims: Avoiding the Courthouse

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Whistle-Blower Claims: Avoiding the Courthouse Details


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$19.99

Course Description

During this presentation, Fisher Phillips Partner, Jason Geller will discuss, what constitutes retaliation, protecting and defending your company against such claims, whistle-blower protection vs. retaliation claims and creating policies and procedures to minimize problems, claims and lawsuits.

Course Agenda

  • The rise in whistleblowing and retaliation lawsuits
  • Important laws protecting employees against retaliation for whistleblowing
  • Enforcement by governmental agencies
  • What is ?protected activity? and how to spot it
  • Effective responses to whistleblowing and ?protected activity?
  • Why So Much Whistleblowing?
  • Publicity: Federal and State whistleblowing claims are in the press
  • Creates liability where none existed!
  • The Legal Landscape: What We Need to Know - ?Protected Activity?
  • Wrongful Discharge in Violation of ?Public Policy?
  • Federal False Claims Act
  • National Labor Relations Act
  • State laws protecting whistleblowers
  • The ?adverse actions? that can cause problems:
  • The Legal Landscape: What We Need to Know ? ?Adverse Action?
  • Look Out! Government Agencies Are Involved
  • EEOC, OSHA, NLRB, SEC State agencies
  • SEC Whistleblowing Program
  • SEC/NLRB enforcement:
  • Defend Trade Secrets Act
  • Social media policies
  • Recent wage/hour complaint?
  • The Best Response: Solid Policies and Practices
  • Employer complaint procedures
  • The Best Response: Solid Policies and Practices
  • Employer?s investigation protocol
  • Employer?s response to protected activity
  • Conduct objective and thorough investigation required by the circumstances
  • Carefully evaluate risks of subsequent discipline to employee
  • The Best Response: Spot Retaliation ?Red-Flags? And Shut Them Down!
  • Stricter supervision
  • New performance issues
  • Higher standards or expectations
  • Supervisor complaints to others
  • Coworkers shun, tease, threaten
  • Knock, Knock: The Government Is at Your Door on A Whistleblowing Complaint
  • Gatekeeping when the auditor arrives
  • Final Questions

Course Credit per State


AK - Voluntary: 1.0 Credits
AZ - General: 1.0 Credits
CA - General: 1.0 Credits
FL - General: 1.0 Credits
GA - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
IL - General: 1.0 Credits
IN - Distance Education: 1.0 Credits
MO - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
MT - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
NV - General: 1.0 Credits
NY - General: 1.0 Credits
TX - General: 1.0 Credits
UT - Self Study: 1.0 Credits

Course Presenter(s)

Jason A. Geller

Jason A. Geller is the Managing Partner of Fisher & Phillips' San Francisco office. Fisher & Phillips is one of the largest U.S. law firms representing management exclusively in the areas of labor, employment, civil rights, employee benefits, and immigration law. The firm has 31 offices with 300 attorneys.

Jason represents employers in all facets of employment law matters. He has considerable experience defending employers in litigation involving claims under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and California wage and hour laws. Jason has also defended employers against whistleblowing and retaliation claims, including claims under the California Whistleblower Act, the False Claims Act and various provisions of The California Labor Code.

Jason has extensive experience defending employers in Federal and State courts, as well as in investigations by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the DFEH, United States Department of Labor (DOL) and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

In addition to defending his clients in litigation, Jason frequently counsels employers to assist them in avoiding litigation. He regularly advises clients on leave management issues and the interactive process for employees with disabilities, reinstatement obligations under various leave laws and wage and hour compliance. Jason has prepared employee handbooks and a variety of agreements, including independent contractor, employment, confidentiality and trade secrets agreements.

His clients are involved in a variety of industries, including assisted living, independent living facilities, construction, manufacturing, engineering, architecture, professional services, agriculture, technology, retail and restaurant industries.

Jason was included in Northern California Super Lawyers in 2015.

Professional Activities
  • Board Member, Northern California Human Resources Association - East Bay Chapter
  • Member, Marin Human Resources Forum (1995-2000)
  • Member, Labor and Employment Section of the San Francisco Bar Association
  • Board Member & Legislative Co-chair, Employers' Advisory Council of the California Employment Development Department
  • Member, Labor and Employment Section of the State Bar of California
  • Member, Advisory Committee on Employment Law Jury Instructions of the Labor and Employment Section of the State Bar of California
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