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ABA Professional Responsibility Client-Lawyer Guidelines Part III

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ABA Professional Responsibility Client-Lawyer Guidelines Part III Details


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$19.99

Course Description

This class is the third in a special MCLEZ series on The Rules of Professional Conduct. The Rules, written by the American Bar Association, are "the gold standard" when making critical decisions about ethics, compliance and best practice. The ABA Rules have been adapted by most state bars for the benefit and guidance of their members. In addition, the Rules are an authority across the U.S. during attorney disciplinary hearings and fee dispute arbitrations. In this class, David Graulich, Esq. examines Rule IV (Transactions with Persons other than Clients) and Rule V (Law Firms and Associations). Among the topics covered: Truthfulness in Statements to Others; Communication with Persons Other Than Clients; Dealing with Unrepresented Persons; Respect for the Rights of Third Persons, and Responsibilities of Partners, Managers and Supervisory Lawyers. Graulich illustrates the ABA rules with citations from actual cases as well as personal anecdotes from his experiences as a plaintiff's employment lawyer in Northern California.

Course Agenda

Course Credit per State


AZ - Professional Responsibility: 1.0 Credits
CA - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
CT - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
FL - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
IL - Professional Responsibility: 1.0 Credits
ME - Professional Responsibility: 1.0 Credits
NH - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
NV - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
NY - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
PA - Ethics: 1.0 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
 
 

ABA Professional Responsibility Client-Lawyer Guidelines Part V

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ABA Professional Responsibility Client-Lawyer Guidelines Part V Details


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$19.99

Course Description

This class is part of a special MCLEZ series on The Rules of Professional Conduct. The Rules, written by the American Bar Association, are "the gold standard" when making critical decisions about ethics, compliance and best practice. The ABA Rules have been adapted by most state bars for the benefit and guidance of their members. In addition, the Rules are an authority across the U.S. during attorney disciplinary hearings and fee dispute arbitrations. In this class, David Graulich, Esq. examines Section VIII (Maintaining the Integrity of the Profession). Among the topics covered: Bar Admission and Disciplinary Matters, Judicial and Legal Officials, Reporting Professional Misconduct, Misconduct and Disciplinary Authority; Choice of Law. Graulich illustrates the ABA rules with citations from actual cases as well as personal anecdotes from his experiences as a plaintiff's employment lawyer in Northern California.

Course Agenda

  • Rules Overview ? Maintaining the Integrity of the Profession
  • Rule 8.1 - Bar Admission and Disciplinary Matters
  • Rule 8.2 - Judicial and Legal Officials
  • Rule 8.3 - Reporting Professional Misconduct
  • Rule 8.4 - Misconduct
  • Rule 8.5 - Disciplinary Authority; Choice of Law
  • Further Reading

Course Credit per State


AK - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
AZ - Professional Responsibility: 1.0 Credits
CA - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
CT - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
FL - Ethics: 1.2 Credits
GA - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
IL - Professional Responsibility: 1.0 Credits
NH - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
NJ - Ethics: 1.2 Credits
NV - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
NY - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
OH - Attorney Professional Conduct: 1.0 Credits
OK - Legal Ethics: 1.0 Credits
PA - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
SC - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
TN - Dual: 1.0 Credits
UT - Ethics: 1.0 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.

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$19.99
 
 

Advanced Planning with Trusts

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Advanced Planning with Trusts Details


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$19.99

Course Description

Attorney Jacob Stein offers an in-depth review of trusts in general, specific types of trusts and when and how each may be appropriate. He defines a "Trust" as a private agreement between two people, and the roles of the settlor, trustee and beneficiaries. He then focuses on irrevocable trusts and necessary special considerations, use of trusts in advanced tax planning, defective grantor trusts, asset protection generally, how to best structure asset protection trusts, self-settled trusts and foreign protection trusts. Both in the general overview of trusts within our legal system and in the specific considerations necessary to evaluate different types of trusts, this program provides attorneys with information on trusts which can be of enormous value, both to themselves and to their clients.

Course Agenda

  • The Basics
  • Terminology - Types of Trusts
  • Focus on Irrevocable Trusts
  • Requirements for a Valid Trust
  • Trustee - Selection, Duties, Powers
  • Possible Benefits of Trusts
  • Special Considerations
  • GRATs
  • Income Tax Planning with DINGs
  • Structuring Asset Protection Trusts
  • Self-Settled Trusts

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
MO - Self Study: 1.2 Credits
NH - General: 1.0 Credits
NY - General: 1.0 Credits

Course Presenter(s)

Jacob Stein, Esq

Jacob Stein, Esq. is a partner at Aliant, LLP. He specializes in structuring international business transactions, complex U.S. and international tax planning and asset protection planning. Mr. Stein received his law degree from the University of Southern California, and a Master of Laws in Taxation from Georgetown University. He has been accredited by the State Bar of California as a Certified Tax Law Specialist. He is AV-rated (highest possible rating) by Martindale-Hubbell, has been named ?A Super Lawyer? by the Los Angeles Magazine and one of ?America?s Most Honored Professionals 2016?, by the American Registry.

Over the course of his career Mr. Stein has represented thousands of clients, including: officers and directors of Fortune 500 companies; Forbes 400 families; celebrities; Internet entrepreneurs; high-profile real estate developers, builders and investors; physicians; wealthy foreigners doing business in the United States; small business owners; attorneys, accountants and financial advisors; and many other individuals facing financial adversity or seeking privacy for their holdings.

He is the author of numerous books, scholarly articles and technical manuals including his most recent article, Pre-Immigration Taxation, published in the January 2016 edition of EB-5 Investors Magazine Volume 3, Issue 3; His other works include his book: A Lawyer?s Guide to Asset Protection Planning in California, Second Edition, published in April of 2016, which is the only legal treatise on asset protection specific to California, and International Joint Ventures ?A Concise Guide for Attorneys & Business Owners,? published in 2014.

Mr. Stein is a frequent lecturer to various attorneys, CPA and other professional groups, teaching over 100 seminars per year. His presentation topics include: Tax Planning for Cross-Border Joint Ventures, A Foreigner?s Guide to Investing in U.S. Real Estate, Creative Planning with Controlled Foreign Corporations, Advanced Asset Protection Planning, Choice of Entity Planning, Estate Tax Planning and various courses on trust law. He is an instructor with the California CPA Education Foundation, National Business Institute, Thomson Reuters, the Rossdale Group and Lorman Education Services where he teaches courses on advanced tax planning, structuring international business transactions, asset protection and trust law. He is an adjunct professor of taxation at the CSU, Northridge Graduate Tax Program.

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$19.99
 
 

Competence Issues

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Competence Issues Details


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$19.99

Course Description

In an overview of his program, attorney Steven A. Nielsen discusses the new definition of the former required program which focused solely on substance abuse and emotional distress, and why it is more relevant and vital to take a 'big picture' approach which considers the multiple pressures which lawyers face in their practices, from physical and mental issues which may impair competence, such as depression, age and natural cognitive decline, to substance abuse (including cannabis), alcohol abuse and general health. He discusses mental illness, mental impairment and depression and how they may be recognized, and programs which help eliminate the stigma of mental health in the workplace. He then offers a series of practical recommendations, such as limitation of constant interruptions from email, texts and cell phones, which he call "Interruption Management," and a "buddy system" by which attorneys can informally check on each other's practices, such as compliance deadlines and other projects. He also suggests ways in which lawyers can focus on activities to help keep a sharp focus, how to embrace physical activities with the caveat "sitting is the new smoking," improved eating habits, and how it may be necessary to sometimes say 'no' to new work in order to deliver top quality legal services and to maintain good mental and physical health.

Course Agenda

  • Genesis of MCLE Requirement Rule 1.1 [3-110]
  • Substance Abuse? New 420 Issues for 2019-2020?
  • Depression ? drops of water over time
  • The New ?Other? Categories of Impairment
  • Mental Issues
  • Physical Issues
  • What can we do? Prevention/Detection/Treatment

Course Credit per State


AZ - General: 1.0 Credits
CA - Competence Issues: 1.0 Credits
FL - Substance Abuse: 1.0 Credits
IL - Mental Health - Substance Abuse : 1.0 Credits
NH - General: 1.0 Credits
NJ - General: 1.2 Credits
NV - Substance Abuse: 1.0 Credits
NY - substance abuse: 1.0 Credits
SC - Substance Abuse: 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
 
 

Continued Progress in Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession

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Continued Progress in Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession Details


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$19.99

Course Description

Steven A. Nielsen objectively addresses progress made and new challenges faced by the legal profession in the areas of diversity and inclusion. This program includes a through review of multiple newly published articles and surveys, discernable trends, and valuable resources available. Topics include bullying as a form of gender discrimination, and ageism and mental health as other forms of perceived bias. He includes information on new programs that provide loan counseling and cross-cultural competency in ABA accredited law schools, the Diverse Lawyers Trial Academy which aims to further "first chair" opportunities for women, the Community Fund for Black Bar applicants and the AccessLex Center for Legal Education Excellence.

Mr. Nielsen reviews new data from the ABA on diversity and the need to promote minority associates. He notes a general cultural shift, such as in California where an ethnic studies course is required to graduate high school. He also discusses efforts by large law firms to now allow numerous hours per year of pre-approved Diversity and Inclusion work to count toward billable hours and bonuses and suggests a number of courses of action to improve discussion of diversity, equity and inclusion issues in law firms.

Course Agenda

  • Diversity and Inclusion, and now Equity - Have we seen progress?
  • Can C-suite diversity officers really make a difference?
  • SEC Approves Nasdaq Listing Rules Regarding Board Diversity
  • LinkedIn debuts Top Voices in Racial Equity
  • Workplace Bullying
  • Loan counseling and cross-cultural competency programing
  • What does the past literature tell us?
  • What does the current literature tell us?
  • A Summary of the Current Trends
  • Is Mental Health a Point of Diversity?
  • Bias - A Proposed Big Picture View
  • A Proposed Big Picture Approach
  • Group Bias
  • Discriminating
  • How do we reduce bias?
  • Bias in Action

Course Credit per State


CA - General: 1.0 Credits
NH - General: 1.25 Credits
NJ - Diversity Inclusion Elimination of Bias: 1.2 Credits
NY - 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
 
 

Demystifying Computers for Attorneys

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Demystifying Computers for Attorneys Details


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$19.99

Course Description

This basic lecture helps attorneys understand the components and roles of the different types of technology available or present in the law office, what to look for as far as stats and performance is concern

Course Agenda

  • ABA Rule 1.1: Competence
  • What IS a computer?
  • What are computers made of?
  • What are peripherals?
  • Storage
  • OPERATING SYSTEMS
  • Printers & Scanners & OCR
  • Internet Types + Security
  • How to get the most out of your computer
  • Online Meetings
  • Document Formation
  • Other Internet uses

Course Credit per State


AK - Voluntary: 1.0 Credits
AZ - General: 1.0 Credits
CA - General: 1.0 Credits
FL - General: 1.0 Credits
IL - General: 1.0 Credits
MT - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
NC - General: 1.0 Credits
NH - General: 1.0 Credits
NJ - General: 1.3 Credits
NY - General: 1.0 Credits
PA - Distance Learning: 1.0 Credits
SC - General: 1.0 Credits
TN - General: 1.1 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


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$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 - 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
 
 

Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession

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Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession Details


Price:
$19.99

Course Description

Attorney Steve Nielsen provides a candid assessment of where the legal profession stands in terms of diversity and inclusion, and reviews what ideas and programs have worked, and some which have not. He walks through and discusses key, topical articles and reviews the current statistical data on diversity and whether or not progress has been achieved. He suggests positive ways in which diversity and inclusion can properly and constructively be discussed in the law office and notes the important role of leadership in discussing diversity and inclusion in the office. Mr. Nielsen offers recommendations on how to effectively enhance inclusion efforts, such as mentoring and networking to help new attorneys, and includes some tips on what policies or strategies may be counter-productive He adds a list of the numerous categories of diversity which exist and which deserve attention to help create a better environment for legal professionals.

Course Agenda

  • What does the current literature tell us?
  • A Newer CLE Requirement
  • Pressure for Law School Ranking Hurts Women
  • Both Law and Medicine have Diversity Problems
  • National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL):
  • The national Association for Law Placement (NALP) www.nalp.org
  • A slow and discouraging trend..
  • From 'Why You Should Insist on Diversity in Your Law Practice": BY SUZIE SCANLON RABINOWITZ, JANUARY 23, 2020
  • New Reports Are Not Encouraging
  • 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
  • A Proposed Big Picture Approach
  • What is Bias?
  • Mechanical Bias
  • Group Bias
  • What is Discrimination?
  • Discriminating
  • Discriminating Tastes
  • 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
FL - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
IL - Diversity and Inclusion: 1.0 Credits
IN - Distance Education: 1.0 Credits
NH - General: 1.0 Credits
NJ - Diversity Inclusion Elimination of Bias: 1.2 Credits
NY - Diversity and Inclusion: 1.0 Credits
OH - Attorney Professional Conduct: 1.0 Credits
OK - Distance Learning: 1.0 Credits
TN - General: 1.02 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
 
 

Ethical Considerations when Screening and Selecting New Clients

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$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
IL - Professional Responsibility: 1.25 Credits
NH - Ethics: 1.25 Credits
NJ - Ethics: 1.5 Credits
NY - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
PA - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
TX - Ethics: 1.25 Credits
VA - Ethics: 1.0 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
 
 

Ethical Issues - Pro Bono Representation

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Ethical Issues - Pro Bono Representation Details


Price:
$19.99

Course Description

Pro bono legal representation is more critical now than ever with the issues that are with us in the challenges of the economy and Covid 19. This lecture discusses the ethical requirements of providing pro bono representation for under represented clients and why it makes such a big difference to the image and performance of the legal profession.

Course Agenda

  • Pro Bono: Definition
  • The need for Pro Bono
  • CASES
  • How to get involved
  • Conclusions

Course Credit per State


AK - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
AZ - Professional Responsibility: 1.0 Credits
CA - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
FL - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
GA - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
IL - Professional Responsibility: 1.0 Credits
IN - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
NC - Professional Responsibility: 1.0 Credits
NH - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
NJ - Ethics: 1.3 Credits
NY - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
OH - Attorney Professional Conduct: 1.0 Credits
PA - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
SC - Ethics: 1.08 Credits
TN - Dual: 1.08 Credits
UT - Ethics: 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
 
 

FOIA - Freedom of Information Act

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FOIA - Freedom of Information Act Details


Price:
$19.99

Course Description

The crux of the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. Sec. 552) is to make Federal agencies accountable for information disclosure policies and practices. While the Act does not grant an absolute right to examine government documents, it does establish the right to request records and to receive a response to the request. If a record cannot be released, the requester is entitled to be formally advised of the reason for the denial. The requester also has a right to appeal the denial and, if necessary, to challenge it in court. Consequently, access to information of the Federal Government can no longer be controlled by arbitrary or unreviewable actions of a hidden bureaucracy. This program introduces attorneys to FOIA and (includes a discussion of FOIA and Environmental Law)

Course Agenda

  • Historical Overview of the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. Sec. 552)
  • How to make information requests
  • What types of records can be obtained using FOIA
  • FOIA Fee Waivers
  • Time frames for the government to respond to a request for public records
  • Exemptions from disclosure
  • Request Strategies
  • Department of Justice and State and Government Websites
  • How FOIA can best be used to serve the interests of clients, the public and our democracy.

    Course Credit per State


    AZ - General: 2.0 Credits
    CA - General: 1.75 Credits
    CT - General: 2.0 Credits
    FL - General: 2.0 Credits
    GA - Self Study: 1.5 Credits
    IL - General: 1.75 Credits
    IN - Distance Education: 1.8 Credits
    MO - Self Study: 2.1 Credits
    NH - General: 1.75 Credits
    NY - General: 2.0 Credits
    OH - Self Study: 1.75 Credits
    OK - Distance Learning: 2.0 Credits
    SC - General: 1.8 Credits
    UT - Self Study: 1.5 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
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$19.99
 
 

Free Expression and Social Media

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Free Expression and Social Media Details


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$19.99

Course Description

More than ever we are seeing current events that are drawing conflicts between the First Amendment and Social Media-- should Social Media be regulated? If so, should it be done by the company or by the government? And how much regulation is too much? These and many more questions will be investigated by this seminar.

Course Agenda

  • The Core of Free Speech: The First Amendment
  • What Is Social Media?
  • The Social Media Phenomenon
  • Social Media is more than just chatting
  • COMMERCIAL SPEECH CAN BE REGULATED
  • Is Social Media = The New Town Square?
  • Facebook Censorship
  • Twitter Censorship
  • Trump vs Twitter
  • Trump vs Twitter: Executive Order
  • REAL LIFE FB CENSORSHIP
  • Which way do we go from here?
  • Questions to Ponder

Course Credit per State


AZ - General: 1.0 Credits
CA - General: 1.0 Credits
FL - Technology: 1.0 Credits
IL - General: 1.0 Credits
NC - General: 1.0 Credits
NH - General: 1.0 Credits
NJ - General: 1.3 Credits
NY - General: 1.0 Credits
OH - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
OK - Distance Learning: 1.0 Credits
SC - General: 1.11 Credits
TX - General: 1.0 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.

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$19.99
 
 

Google LLC v. Oracle America Inc.

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$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
MT - Self Study: 1.75 Credits
NH - General: 1.75 Credits
NJ - General: 2.1 Credits
NY - General: 2.0 Credits
PA - Distance Learning: 1.5 Credits
TX - General: 1.75 Credits
VA - General: 1.5 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.
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$29.99
 
 

How CRMS Can Help Your Legal Practice

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$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 - General: 1.5 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

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.

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$19.99
 
 

Patent Law Basics

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Patent Law Basics Details


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$19.99

Course Description

This course is designed to provide information for all attorneys with a general interest in Patent Law as well as those with clients who may have an idea with patent implications which they might like to explore. Although many areas of Patent Law do not often change, with advances in technology, medicine and other areas, along with general updates in rules and regulations specific to Patent Law Practice, this program addresses developments in those areas. Patent Law is a dynamic practice area and Mr. Nielsen's program discusses basic issues and concepts in an easy to understand and enjoyable fashion

Course Agenda

Goals of This Presentation Understand: 1. What is a patent? 2. What might be patentable in 2021? 3. Important deadlines 4. What patent work you may perform? 5. What patent work (or patent punishment) is reserved for registered patent attorneys?

Course Credit per State


AZ - General: 1.0 Credits
CA - General: 1.0 Credits
CT - General: 1.0 Credits
FL - General: 1.0 Credits
IL - General: 1.0 Credits
NH - General: 1.0 Credits
NJ - General: 1.2 Credits
NY - General: 1.0 Credits
TX - General: 1.0 Credits
VA - 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.
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$19.99
 
 

Security and Confidentiality for Providing Legal Services Remotely

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Security and Confidentiality for Providing Legal Services Remotely Details


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$19.99

Course Description

For lawyers, securing client information is of paramount importance and there can be severe risks that come from not doing so. However, most law firms are not adequately prepared in terms of cybersecurity because they do not invest in the tools necessary to prevent the inadvertent disclosure of, or unauthorized access to, client data. Failure to do so can be devastating for any law firm and the shift to working remotely due to COVID-19 has exacerbated the probability of these problems occurring. This program aims to elucidate the importance of cybersecurity for attorneys who are providing legal services from home and how to protect that legal data from potential cyberattacks.

Course Agenda

  • Why Cybersecurity?
  • Lawyer's Reasons for Cybersecurity
  • Model Rules of Professional Conduct
  • ABA Formal Opinion 477
  • Lawyers? Legal Obligations
  • Client Business Areas
  • Top Security Risks for Law Firms
  • Internal vs. External Risk
  • Cybersecurity Preparedness in Law Firms
  • How to Eliminate High Cyber Risk Vector
  • Cybersecurity Safeguards
  • Cybersecurity Habits
  • Vendor Review - ABA Formal Opinion 08-451
  • Secure Data
  • Use Passwords Intelligently
  • Make it Hard to Unlock with 2FA
  • Use Secure Communication Channels
  • Backups
  • How to Recover from a Cyber Incident
  • ABA Formal Opinion 483
  • Cybersecurity Insurance
  • Virtual-lawyering Risks
  • CLSMF Experience
  • Initial Considerations for Success
  • What Helps
  • Control #1: Inventory & Control Hardware Assets
  • Control #2: Inventory & Control Software Assets
  • Top Threats in 2020
  • Top Mitigations to Implement in 2020

Course Credit per State


AZ - General: 1.0 Credits
CA - General: 1.0 Credits
CT - General: 1.0 Credits
FL - Technology: 1.0 Credits
IL - General: 1.0 Credits
NH - General: 1.0 Credits
NJ - General: 1.2 Credits
NY - General: 1.0 Credits
TX - General: 1.0 Credits
VA - General: 1.0 Credits

Course Presenter(s)

Joshua Lenon
Joshua Lenon is an attorney admitted to the New York Bar. He studied law at St. Louis University School of Law, obtaining a J.D. degree and a certificate in international and comparative law. During this time, Joshua clerked for the Missouri Attorney General, helping prosecute discrimination claims on behalf of Missouri citizens. He also studied European union law at the University of Georgia School of Law's Brussels Legal Seminar. Joshua has since helped legal practitioners improve their services, working for Thomson Reuters' publishing departments in both the United States and Canada. He currently serves as lawyer-in-residence for Clio, providing legal scholarship and research skills to the leading cloud-based practice management platform.
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$19.99
 
 

Sophisticated Planning for High Net Worth Individuals

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Transactions and Asset Protection, discusses trends and developments in a number of important areas. He reviews in detail how the drafting of irrevocable trusts has changed over the last 10 years and how to best structure these instruments to allow for greater flexibility through the use of a "trust protector." He discusses how irrevocable trusts can be used to protect assets, to provide privacy for assets, to enhance tax planning and their use in offshore planning. He describes the use of LLCs and which states may be the most advantageous for LLC/trust formation. He discusses specific trust provisions, asset protection with both domestic and foreign trusts, and which types of trusts may be most useful for assets which may be expected to appreciate in value, like start-ups. Additional topics include international tax planning, structuring foreign investment in the U.S., pre-immigration tax planning, and which offshore jurisdictions may be favored.

Course Agenda

  • Structuring Irrevocable Trusts
  • Asset Protection
  • Asset Protection with Trusts
  • Asset Protection with Domestic Trusts
  • Asset Protection with Foreign Trusts
  • Foreign Trusts - Tax Treatment and Reporting
  • Defective Grantor Trusts
  • SCINs
  • GRATs
  • Income Tax Planning with DINGs
  • Monetized Installment Sale
  • Foreign Investment - FDAP and Capital Gains
  • Foreign Investment - Effectively Connected Income
  • Foreign Investment - Branch Profits Tax
  • Foreign Investment: FIRPTA
  • Foreign Investment: FIRPTA
  • Pre-Immigration Tax Planning

Course Credit per State


AZ - General: 1.0 Credits
CA - General: 1.0 Credits
CT - General: 1.0 Credits
FL - Technology: 1.0 Credits
IN - Distance Education: 1.0 Credits
MO - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
MT - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
NH - General: 1.0 Credits
NY - General: 1.0 Credits
OH - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
SC - General: 1.08 Credits
TX - General: 1.0 Credits
UT - Self Study: 1.0 Credits

Course Presenter(s)

Jacob Stein, Esq

Jacob Stein, Esq. is a partner at Aliant, LLP. He specializes in structuring international business transactions, complex U.S. and international tax planning and asset protection planning. Mr. Stein received his law degree from the University of Southern California, and a Master of Laws in Taxation from Georgetown University. He has been accredited by the State Bar of California as a Certified Tax Law Specialist. He is AV-rated (highest possible rating) by Martindale-Hubbell, has been named ?A Super Lawyer? by the Los Angeles Magazine and one of ?America?s Most Honored Professionals 2016?, by the American Registry.

Over the course of his career Mr. Stein has represented thousands of clients, including: officers and directors of Fortune 500 companies; Forbes 400 families; celebrities; Internet entrepreneurs; high-profile real estate developers, builders and investors; physicians; wealthy foreigners doing business in the United States; small business owners; attorneys, accountants and financial advisors; and many other individuals facing financial adversity or seeking privacy for their holdings.

He is the author of numerous books, scholarly articles and technical manuals including his most recent article, Pre-Immigration Taxation, published in the January 2016 edition of EB-5 Investors Magazine Volume 3, Issue 3; His other works include his book: A Lawyer?s Guide to Asset Protection Planning in California, Second Edition, published in April of 2016, which is the only legal treatise on asset protection specific to California, and International Joint Ventures ?A Concise Guide for Attorneys & Business Owners,? published in 2014.

Mr. Stein is a frequent lecturer to various attorneys, CPA and other professional groups, teaching over 100 seminars per year. His presentation topics include: Tax Planning for Cross-Border Joint Ventures, A Foreigner?s Guide to Investing in U.S. Real Estate, Creative Planning with Controlled Foreign Corporations, Advanced Asset Protection Planning, Choice of Entity Planning, Estate Tax Planning and various courses on trust law. He is an instructor with the California CPA Education Foundation, National Business Institute, Thomson Reuters, the Rossdale Group and Lorman Education Services where he teaches courses on advanced tax planning, structuring international business transactions, asset protection and trust law. He is an adjunct professor of taxation at the CSU, Northridge Graduate Tax Program.

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$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
FL - General: 1.0 Credits
IL - General: 1.0 Credits
NH - General: 1.0 Credits
NJ - General: 1.3 Credits
NY - General: 1.0 Credits
PA - Distance Learning: 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.

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$19.99
 
 

Water Law: Water Rights, Droughts, and a Flood of Legal Issues

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$19.99

Course Description

This program covers an array of legal, regulatory and policy topics involving California water supplies and related environmental issues, all of which implicate federal, state and local laws and regulations. California often serves as a model utilized by other states for some of these matters, making this discussion helpful for understanding what occurs throughout California and beyond. The program identifies different types of water rights, regulatory overlays from all levels of government and distinctions between surface and groundwater rights and rules. Also discussed is navigating through drought and climate change conditions when water demands may be high but supplies low. The presenter offers ideas looking ahead to avoid or resolve water resource disputes.

Course Agenda

Course Credit per State


AZ - General: 1.0 Credits
CA - General: 1.0 Credits
FL - General: 1.0 Credits
IL - General: 1.0 Credits
NH - General: 1.0 Credits
NJ - General: 1.3 Credits
NY - General: 1.0 Credits
TX - General: 1.0 Credits
VA - General: 1.0 Credits

Course Presenter(s)

Wes Miliband

Wes Miliband is a partner with Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud and Romo, AALRR, a full-service law firm with over 200 attorneys in nine offices throughout California.

AALRR represents both private and public sector clients, with emphasis in the areas of employment, labor, construction, education, real estate, water, general business and business litigation, corporate and taxation.

Mr. Miliband works out of the firm?s Sacramento and San Diego offices. He is an environmental lawyer focused on water resources and environmental issues throughout California involving surface water, groundwater and fisheries issues. Mr. Miliband represents public and private agencies, individuals as well as a federally-recognized Indian tribe.

Mr. Miliband started his legal career as a Deputy District Attorney in Orange County, where he prosecuted twenty jury trials and several more before the court. Prior to law school, Wes was on staff for a Member of Congress.

He frequently speaks and publishes articles throughout California. More information about Mr. Miliband is available on the Firm?s website, www.aalrr.com.

  Course Price:
$19.99
 


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