Attention: CLE rules have temporarily changed in several states due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. MCLEZ is monitoring these changes and will provide updates as they occur. Click here for details.

CLE rules have temporarily changed in several states due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. MCLEZ is monitoring these changes and will provide updates as they occur.

Alabama: No rule changes have been made at this time.

Alaska: No rule changes have been made at this time.

Arizona:The Supreme Court of Arizona has issued an Order extending the deadlines for both the completion of mandatory continuing legal education hours and the required affidavit of compliance, solely for the educational year 2019-2020. The deadline for completion of the necessary hours is extended through December 30, 2020; the deadline for submission of the affidavit of compliance is also extended through December 30, 2020.

California: The State Bar of California has issued an order extending the late CLE deadline, which was previously June 30, 2020, to September 30, 2020 for attorneys in Group 3 who have not yet completed their MCLE requirement. Failure to complete the requirement by September 30, and pay any outstanding license fees, will result in being enrolled in Involuntary Inactive status.

Connecticut: No rule changes have been made at this time.

Florida: The Florida Bar issued an order extending CLE reporting deadlines for February, March, April and May 2020 to August 31, 2020. All other annual compliance deadlines remain the same.

Georgia: The Supreme Court of Georgia issued an order temporarily waiving the 6 hour in-person CLE requirement until the late CLE deadline on March 31, 2020. Georgia attorneys can now complete their full 12 hour requirement through self-study, in-house or online seminars.

Illinois: The Illinois Supreme Court has issued an order extending the MCLE deadline by 90 days (to September 30) for attorneys due in 2020 (last name A-M) who are unable to complete their requirement by June 30. To receive this extension, attorneys must log in to the MCLE Board's website and report "Not Yet Completed" by July 31. No reason for the extension is required.

Indiana: The Indiana Supreme Court has waived the credit-hour limitations on distance education courses for attorneys whose three-year Educational Period ends on December 31, 2020. Those credit-hour limitations are amended for all other attorneys whose educational periods expire on or before December 31, 2022 may obtain no more than 24 hours of distance education. https://www.in.gov/judiciary/files/order-other-2020-20S-ms-239.pdf

Kansas:On April 8, 2020, the Kansas Supreme Court issued Administrative Order 2020-RL-033. This order modifies continuing legal education attendance and reporting deadlines, and waives the limitation on prerecorded programming through September 30, 2020

Kentucky: No rule changes have been made at this time.

Maine:The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has issued an order temporarily waiving the in-person CLE requirement. Maine attorneys may complete their entire CLE requirement via On-Demand courses until further notice. In addition, the Board of Overseers of the Bar for the State of Maine has extended the reporting deadline to May 1, 2020 and will not impose any late fees for the 2018-2019 reporting period.

Mississippi: The Supreme Court of Mississippi approved the waiver of the in-person requirement for MCLE so that attorneys may earn all their credits through online programs or live webinars. The Court also extended the deadline to September 30, 2020 with a reporting deadline of October 15, 2020. This waiver and deadline extension also apply to newly licensed attorneys whose new lawyer requirement deadline is July 31, 2020. https://courts.ms.gov/appellatecourts/docket/sendPDF.php?f=700_496517.pdf&c=91465&a=N&s=2

Missouri: No rule changes have been made at this time.

Montana: No rule changes have been made at this time.

Nevada: No rule changes have been made at this time.

New Hampshire:No rule changes have been made at this time.

New Jersey: The Supreme Court of New Jersey issued an order temporarily relaxing the 12-hour live classroom credit requirement. Until further notice from the courts, New Jersey attorneys may fulfill their entire CLE requirement through approved courses offered in alternative verifiable learning formats.

New York: No rule changes have been made at this time.

North Carolina: No rule changes have been made at this time.

North Dakota: Effective immediately and continuing until further notice attorneys in Reporting Group 3, who report in 2020, will be allowed to earn all or a portion of the required 45 credits through self-study. Three (3) ethics CLE hours will still be required. https://www.sband.org/news/496604/Important-News-from-the-ND-CLE-Commission.htm

Ohio: The Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education has waived the self-study cap for the 2018-2019 Late Compliance period and extended the deadline to June 29, 2020. Ohio attorneys who still need to finish their CLE requirements from the 2018-2019 compliance period can do so by watching On-Demand programming.

Oklahoma: No rule changes have been made at this time.

Pennsylvania: The April 30, 2020 CLE compliance deadline is extended to August 31, 2020. Click Here to View Court Order

South Carolina: Chief Justice Donald Beatty issued an order on March 17, 2020, allowing lawyers who failed to comply with the 2019-2020 CLE requirements to earn all or any portion of the required 14 hours of CLE credit for the annual reporting year through online or telephonic programs.

Tennessee: On March 27, 2020, the Supreme Court issued an order allowing attorneys to use unlimited online hours to establish their compliance for the 2020 compliance year. Attorneys seeking reinstatement in 2020 are also covered by the order.

Texas: The State Bar of Texas has granted the following automatic extensions for their CLE requirement: (1) A 60 day extension for attorneys with March, April, or May 2020 compliance deadlines; (2) A 60 day extension for missed January or February 2020 compliance deadlines, to prevent the assessment of further fees; (3) A one month extension for attorneys subject to suspension for failure to comply with MCLE requirements in November or December 2019.

Utah: The Supreme Court Board of Continuing Education issued an order suspending all requirements for the in-person CLE requirement until June 30, 2020. Utah attorneys can now complete their required hours through webinars and other self-study courses.

Vermont: No rule changes have been made at this time.

Virginia:The Supreme Court of Virginia issued an order April 14, 2020, extending a number of compliance deadlines that affect Virginia lawyers to ease their professional responsibilities during the COVID-19 emergency. The order extends the MCLE compliance deadline from October 31, 2020 to December 31, 2020.

Washington: No rule changes have been made at this time.

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ABA Professional Responsibility Client-Lawyer Guidelines Part IV

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ABA Professional Responsibility Client-Lawyer Guidelines Part IV Details


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Course Description

This class is the fourth 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 VII (Information about Legal Services). Among the topics covered: Communication Concerning a Lawyer's Services, Communications Concerning a Lawyer's Services: Specific Rules, Solicitation of Clients and Political Contributions to Obtain Legal Engagements or Appointments by Judges. 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

  • ABA Ethics Guidelines Context
  • Rules Overview
  • Rule 7.1 Communication Concerning a Lawyer's Services
  • Rule 7.2 Communications Concerning a Lawyer's Services: Specific Rules
  • Rule 7.3 Solicitation of Clients
  • Rule 7.6 Political Contributions to Obtain Legal Engagements or Appointments by Judges
  • Conclusion

Course Credit per State


AL - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
AZ - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
CA - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
CT - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
FL - Professionalism: 1.0 Credits
GA - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
IL - Professional Responsibility: 1.0 Credits
KS - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
KY - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
MS - Ethics: 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 Conduct: 1.0 Credits
OK - Legal Ethics: 1.0 Credits
PA - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
SC - Ethics: 1.03 Credits
TN - Dual: 1.03 Credits
TX - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
UT - Ethics: 1.0 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:
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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


CA - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
FL - Ethics: 1.2 Credits
IL - Professional Responsibility: 1.0 Credits
IN - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
KY - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
NJ - Ethics: 1.2 Credits
NY - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
PA - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
TX - Ethics: 1.0 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
 
 

Business and Asset Protection Strategies in the Age of Covid-19

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Business and Asset Protection Strategies in the Age of Covid-19 Details


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$19.99

Course Description

than those who have not. This engaging presentation on protecting assets from plaintiffs, lenders, creditors and the government will cover lessons learned from the financial crisis of 2008 that we can apply to the current landscape, what businesses can do now to transition into the recession, and how companies and individuals can protect their assets from litigation and creditor threats. The instructor will share real-life stories and anecdotes, and will present a very practical approach to protecting assets. The discussion will also cover asset protection planning in a troubled economy, focusing on protecting assets from lenders and landlords and how to plan after a lawsuit, a default or an accident.

Course Agenda

  • Overview of Asset Protection
  • Fraudulent Transfers
  • Business Entities
  • Trusts in Asset Protection
  • Protecting Specific Assets
  • How to plan for a lawsuit

Course Credit per State


CA - General: 1.5 Credits
NY - General: 1.5 Credits
OK - Distance Learning: 1.5 Credits
VA - 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.

  Course Price:
$19.99
 
 

Digital Millennium Copyright Act - Live Webcast

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Digital Millennium Copyright Act - Live Webcast Details


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$29.99

Course Description

This lecture discusses the background and substance of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, case law surrounding it and what the implications of the DMCA are currently, plus what it might mean for the future of the Internet and Intellectual Property.

Course Agenda

  • What is the DMCA?
  • DMCA CASES
  • DMCA Penalties
  • Is the DMCA Successful?
  • Conclusions

      Course Credit per State


      CA - General: 1.0 Credits
      NY - General: 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.

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$29.99
 
 

Ethical Issues for Trust, Estate & Probate Attorneys Under the California End of Life Option Act

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Ethical Issues for Trust, Estate & Probate Attorneys Under the California End of Life Option Act Details


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Course Description

The California End of Life Option Act ("EOLOA" or "the Act"), operative since June 9, 2016, impacts estate, trust, and probate practice in a variety of ways. This article explains the Act's eligibility and procedural criteria and shows how potential EOLOA fact patterns can implicate certain ethical rules of professional responsibility. Specifically, this article focuses on the interaction between the EOLOA and some of the updated Rules of Professional Conduct, effective since November 1, 2018.

Course Agenda

EOLOA Eligibility Criteria & Procedures
  • California's End of Life Option Act (EOLOA)
  • Summary of Eligibility Criteria
Health & Safety Code Sec. 443.2
  • Key Terms
  • Qualified Individual
  • Capacity to Make Medical Decisions
  • Informed Decision
  • Terminal Disease
  • Self-Administer
  • Summary of Process: Patient Perspective
Health & Safety Code Sections 443.3, 443.5-443.7
  • Requirements for Patient's Written Request
  • Who Can be a Witness?
  • Summary of Process: Physician Perspective
  • EOLOA: Estate Planning
  • Donative Transfers Presumed Invalid
  • Care Custodian
  • Health & Social Services
  • Dependent Adult (Senior)
  • Dependent Adult (Non-Senior)
  • EOLOA & Care Custodian
  • Care Custodian as Heir?
  • EOLOA: Safe Harbor
  • EOLOA: Criminal Conduct
EOLOA & Cal. Rules of Professional Responsibility
  • Ethical Issue #1: Diligence (as of November 10, 2018)
  • Fact Pattern: Diligence
  • Ethical Analysis
  • Ethical Issue #2: Confidential Information of a Client (as of November 10, 2018)
  • Fact Pattern: Permissive Disclosure of Client Information
  • Ethical Analysis
  • Ethical Issue #3: Conflict of Interest - Current Clients (as of November 10, 2018)
  • Directly Adverse
  • Significant Risk? Materially Limit
  • Financial, Family, or Intimate Relationships
  • Fact Pattern: Avoiding the Representation of Adverse Interests
  • Ethical Analysis

Course Credit per State


CA - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
IN - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
NY - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
VA - General: 1.0 Credits

Course Presenter(s)

Ariana Perfecto
Ariana M. Perfecto is an attorney at Lagerlof, LLP in Pasadena, California. She focuses on estate planning and trust administration. Ms. Perfecto earned her Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law. The California Trusts and Estates Quarterly recently published her article entitled, "The Practitioner's Guide to Preserving the Latino Legacy."
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$19.99
 
 

FOIA - Freedom of Information Act

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FOIA - Freedom of Information Act Details


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$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
    FL - General: 2.0 Credits
    IL - General: 1.75 Credits
    IN - Distance Education: 1.8 Credits
    KY - General: 1.75 Credits
    MO - Self Study: 2.1 Credits
    NH - General: 1.75 Credits
    NJ - General: 2.2 Credits
    NY - General: 2.0 Credits
    OK - Distance Learning: 2.0 Credits
    TX - General: 2.0 Credits
    VA - 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
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$19.99
 
 

Intellectual Property Law Basics - Live Webcast

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Intellectual Property Law Basics - Live Webcast Details


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$29.99

Course Description

The field of Intellectual property is an ever-changing area of law. This lecture will talk about the basic concepts behind IP law including Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights, what they cover and what potential limits and conflicts can be in enforcing them.

Course Agenda

    Intellectual Property Basics Patents Trademarks Copyrights

Course Credit per State


CA - General: 1.0 Credits
NY - General: 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:
$29.99
 
 

Online Civility and Attorneys - Live Webcast

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Online Civility and Attorneys - Live Webcast Details


Price:
$29.99

Course Description

This course talks about the growing need for civility training and awareness regarding maintaining civility, especially with today's modern online environment. Special attention is paid to the 2Civility program by Illinois and real life examples of civility experiences with an interview of a mediation attorney, Joann Babiak.

Course Agenda

  • Lawyers Image
  • Lack of Civility = National Problem
  • How Prevalent is it?
  • Illinois Example of Civility in Practice
  • California Attorney Guidelines of Civility and Professionalism
  • Civility in the Practice of Law
  • Ways to Maintain Civility
  • Advice from Joann Babiak, mediator
  • SECTION 17 PRIVACY
  • Why is online civility different?
  • The Negative Results of Online Harassment
  • Advice
  • ATTORNEY'S PLEDGE

Course Credit per State


CA - General: 1.0 Credits
NY - General: 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:
$29.99
 
 

Sexual Harassment, Attorneys and Social Media

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Sexual Harassment, Attorneys and Social Media Details


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$19.99

Course Description

Recent events show that the issue of sexual harassment in all areas, specifically the legal field, needs to be addressed. This discussion addresses the costs of sexual harassment, how the growth of social media can create harmful sexual harassment situations and how attorneys can utilize social media to help fight it.

Course Agenda

  • Sexual Harassment: The Numbers
  • The Costs of Harassment
  • ABA Rule 8.4 (g)
  • Social Media makes it easier to harass
  • Yik Yak: A Social Media Harassment Case Study
  • What can be done?
  • Can Social Media Help?

Course Credit per State


CA - General: 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
 
 

Sophisticated Planning for High Net Worth Individuals - Live Webcast

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Sophisticated Planning for High Net Worth Individuals - Live Webcast Details


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$29.99

Course Description

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


CA - General: 1.0 Credits
NY - General: 1.0 Credits
VA - 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.

  Course Price:
$29.99
 
 

Structuring Foreign Investments

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Structuring Foreign Investments Details


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$19.99

Course Description

Structuring foreign investment in the U.S. is a hot topic. With lots of money pouring into the U.S. from the BRIC countries a lot of practitioners find themselves representing foreign clients. Representing such clients requires an understanding of U.S. taxation of foreigners and choice of entity. The discussion of U.S. taxation of foreign investment in the U.S. will provide an overview of effectively connected income, FDAP withholding, FIRPTA withholding, treaty application, branch profits tax and residence tests. Particular attention will be devoted to appropriate entity structures, including onshore-offshore hybrid structures.

Course Agenda

  • Structuring U.S. Inbound Investments
  • Inbound Taxation Investment Structures for Foreign Investors
  • Direct investment
  • LLC or LP
  • Domestic corporation
  • Foreign corporation
  • Foreign corporation - domestic corporation (or U.S. LLC taxed as a corporation
  • Income Taxation of Inbound Investments
  • Residence for income tax purposes
  • Nonresident alien vs U.S. tax resident
  • U.S. tax residence is determined based on physical presence in the U.S. or immigration status as a green-card holder
  • Individuals who are U.S. tax residents are taxed on their worldwide income
  • NRAs and foreign corporations taxed on investment income from U.S. sources and income from a U.S. trade or business
  • Domestic corporations are taxed on a new quasi-territorial tax system
  • Inbound Taxation NRA Tax Rules
  • Withholding tax on passive income (FDAP)
  • Ordinary taxation of business income (ECI)
  • Capital gains, bank interest, portfolio interest
  • Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act of 1980 (FIRPTA)
  • Branch profits tax

Course Credit per State


AZ - General: 1.0 Credits
CA - General: 1.0 Credits
IL - General: 1.0 Credits
IN - Distance Education: 1.0 Credits
NY - General: 1.0 Credits
OH - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
TX - General: 1.0 Credits
VA - 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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Unauthorized Practice of Law

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Course Description

The unauthorized practice of law, (UPL), is "engaging in the practice of law by persons or entities not authorized to practice law" and the State needs to control who holds themselves out as an attorney to give value to the licensing and ethics control entities such as the Bar Associations and Court systems. Tensions arise when consumers need certain services which they may believe are too costly if performed by a bona fide lawyer or firm. This course outlines those tensions, the balancing factors which certain states have used to address these issues and takes a close look at several situations in which the non-lawyer entities may pose a risk to the public, and where lawsuits have been necessary to limit or curtail these non-lawyer entities.

Course Agenda

  • What is UPL?
  • The Wills Crisis and UPL
  • LegalZoom & UPI
  • Cases
  • The Florida Bar v. Moses, 380 So. 2d 412 (Fla. 1980)
  • Peters Production, Inc. v. Desnick Broadcasting Company
  • Ginger v. Cohn (Cite 426 F.2d 1385)
  • Bay County Bar Association v. Finance System, Inc.
  • State v. Despain, 319 S.C. 317, 460 S.E.2d 576 (1995),
  • Franklin v. Chavis, 371 S.C. 527, 640 S.E.2d 873 (2007)
  • Kone v. Wilson,630 S.E.2d 744, 272 Virginia 59 (2006)
  • House Counsel
  • Punishments for Violations: Examples
  • Conclusions

Course Credit per State


VA - 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.

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$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


AZ - General: 1.0 Credits
CA - General: 1.0 Credits
FL - General: 1.0 Credits
IL - General: 1.0 Credits
IN - Distance Education: 1.0 Credits
KY - General: 1.0 Credits
MO - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
MT - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
NY - General: 1.0 Credits
OH - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
TN - General: 1.1 Credits
VA - General: 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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