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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
NY - 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.

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$19.99
 
 

Freedom of Information Act: 2021 Update

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Freedom of Information Act: 2021 Update Details


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$29.99

Course Description

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

Course Agenda

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

Course Credit per State


CA - General: 2.0 Credits
CT - General: 2.5 Credits
FL - General: 2.0 Credits
NY - General: 2.5 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
  Course Price:
$29.99
 
 

Google LLC v. Oracle America Inc.

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Google LLC v. Oracle America Inc. Details


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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
NY - General: 2.0 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.
  Course Price:
$29.99
 
 

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


CA - General: 1.0 Credits
CT - General: 1.0 Credits
FL - General: 1.0 Credits
IL - General: 1.0 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.
  Course Price:
$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
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.
  Course Price:
$19.99
 
 

Sexual Harassment, Attorneys and Social Media

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Sexual Harassment, Attorneys and Social Media Details


Price:
$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


AK - Voluntary: 1.0 Credits
CA - General: 1.0 Credits
CT - General: 1.0 Credits
IL - General: 1.0 Credits
MS - General: 1.0 Credits
NC - General: 1.0 Credits
NJ - General: 1.3 Credits
NY - General: 1.0 Credits
OH - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
OK - Legal Ethics: 1.0 Credits
TN - General: 1.0 Credits
TX - General: 1.0 Credits
UT - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
VA - General: 1.0 Credits

Course Presenter(s)

Russell Jackman, Esq.

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

  Course Price:
$19.99
 
 

Taking Depositions in the New Virtual Era

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Taking Depositions in the New Virtual Era Details


Price:
$19.99

Course Description

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

Course Agenda

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

Course Credit per State


AZ - General: 1.25 Credits
CA - General: 1.0 Credits
CT - General: 1.0 Credits
FL - Technology: 1.0 Credits
IL - General: 1.25 Credits
NY - General: 1.0 Credits
TX - General: 1.25 Credits
VA - General: 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
 
 

Time to Say Goodbye: Ethical Considerations When Ending Client Relationship

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Time to Say Goodbye: Ethical Considerations When Ending Client Relationship Details


Price:
$19.99

Course Description

An important yet overlooked issues in practicing law are the ethical considerations when ending formal relationships with clients. If you work in a large law firm such matters would hopefully be routine but small firms and private practice attorneys frequently make mistakes in this area. In this course we look at what the ethical framework is that underlies these principles. We then examine in detail the two types of withdrawals: optional and mandatory. Both case law and personal examples are explored to make these concepts concreate. We end the course by looking at different situations where formally ending a relationship is necessary and then explore some best practices.

Course Agenda

  • Overview
  • Types of Termination
  • Ethical Framework
  • Mandatory Withdrawal
  • Optional Withdrawal
  • Case Cites/Examples
  • Personal Examples
  • Best Practices
  • Other Situations

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
NY - 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
 


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