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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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10 Legal Considerations for Starting and Running a Medical Practice

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10 Legal Considerations for Starting and Running a Medical Practice Details


Price:
Free. (Normally $19.99)

Course Description

In this fast-paced and highly informative program, the speakers address core issues with which attorneys who may be involved with medical practitioners must be familiar. These include how to help limit liability exposure, choice of business entity, supervision issues, compensation, Contracts 101 (HR and more), Intellectual Property, legal issues regarding marketing and how to avoid and/or best resolve disputes with patients. Also discussed are recommended asset protection and estate planning strategies and common asset protection mistakes which medical professionals need to be aware of and avoid.

Course Agenda

  • Limiting Your Liability
  • Supervision Issues
  • Compensation
  • Contracts 101
  • Intellectual Property
  • Marketing Legal Issues
  • How to Avoid Disputes

Course Credit per State


AK - Voluntary: 1.0 Credits
AL - On-Demand: 1.0 Credits
AZ - General: 1.0 Credits
CA - General: 1.0 Credits
CT - General: 1.0 Credits
FL - General: 1.0 Credits
GA - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
IL - General: 1.0 Credits
IN - Distance Education: 1.1 Credits
ME - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
MO - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
MS - General: 1.1 Credits
MT - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
NC - General: 1.0 Credits
NH - General: 1.0 Credits
NJ - General: 1.3 Credits
NV - General: 1.0 Credits
NY - General: 1.0 Credits
OH - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
OK - Distance Learning: 1.0 Credits
PA - Distance Learning: 1.0 Credits
SC - General: 1.05 Credits
TX - General: 1.0 Credits
UT - Self Study: 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:
Free. (Normally $19.99)
 
 

A Modern Look at Contractors v. Employees

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A Modern Look at Contractors v. Employees Details


Price:
Free. (Normally $29.99)

Course Description

Whether you're a business owner concerned with making the right distinctions when engaging people to work with/for you, or a lawyer responsible for advising clients on the contractor v. employee distinction, this presentation could save you a lot of grief and money down the line.

Marin County-based employment lawyer Diana Maier and Carlos E. Torres, a Hearing Officer for the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), discuss which factors matter most in deciding how to classify workers in light of recent legal decisions that are shifting those factors. In addition to covering a broad overview of the contractor v. employee debate, they also discuss ethical considerations for lawyers considering the question of contractor classification, and assess whether the sharing economy is due for extinction in light of recent rulings against companies such as Uber.

Course Agenda

Frequent Terms and Their Meanings
  • Principal versus Employer
  • Worker/Contractor/Consultant versus Employee
Central Questions
  • What are some ethical considerations to keep in mind as we review the material?
  • Why are we here?
  • Factors in classification
  • Advantages and disadvantages of each classification
  • How does the government know/find out?
  • What are the penalties if you get it wrong?
  • What do you do to protect yourself?
Sharing Economy
  • What is the sharing economy?
  • Worker classification ? independent contractor
  • Classification lawsuits
    • Lyft, uber, washio, homejoy, shyp, postmates, instacart, handy
Ethical Issues Revisited
  • Ethical considerations
    • Model rules of professional conduct
    • Rule 2.1 ? advisor
  • Given that this is a subjective standard, what ethical considerations exist for attorneys who need to advise others about this? Complicated by the fact that 1099 is less expensive.
  • Do you pick the argument most conducive to the business and just go with that?
  • How do the political/social factors come into play?
  • Are there law and policy objectives lawyers have a duty to protect?
  • If there are, has current law accomplished those, or have we gone too far?
Cases: Practicing the Material
  • Case #1: Client Engaging New Service Providers
  • Case #2: Corporate Employer
  • Case #3: Domestic Employer
Wrap Up
  • Standard is subjective ? makes it a tricky ethical issue for lawyers
  • Government prefers employee status
  • Back up a decision to make someone a contractor by making a file, contract, etc. and know there?s a risk
  • Government most often finds out via an obstructed claim, but there are many ways
  • Recent indications show government is only going to get more strict in enforcement

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
MO - Self Study: 1.2 Credits
NY - General: 1.0 Credits
PA - Distance Learning: 1.0 Credits
WA - General: 1.0 Credits
WV - General: 1.2 Credits

Course Presenter(s)

Diana Maier

Diana Maier is an employment and privacy law expert who founded The Law Offices of Diana Maier, PC, a San Francisco Bay Area company that provides exceptional customer service in privacy and employment law. Diana and her team advise companies on the legality of their workplace privacy and employment practices, litigate cases when needed, and conduct workplace investigations. Diana is certified in both European Union and US privacy laws and is a fluent Spanish-speaker.

Diana attended Stanford Law School and graduated in 1998. She received a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service, magna cum laude, from Georgetown University in 1992.

Diana began her legal career as a Public Defender for Santa Clara County, where she spent each day in the courtroom defending misdemeanor, felony, and three strike cases. She enjoyed great success in winning trials for her clients and felt that she had found her ?calling? in life. But in 2003, Diana decided to transition to a career that was more sustainable for family life, and she began practicing employment law. She joined forces with the plaintiffs? employment law firm Bushnell, Caplan & Fielding, LLP, which later became Bushnell, Caplan, Fielding & Maier, LLP. Diana left the firm in 2008 in order to launch the Law Offices of Diana Maier and focus more on the defense side of employment work, particularly litigation preventative work.

In early 2013, Diana began working as outsourced In-House Counsel for Labor and Employment and Privacy Law for Quantum Corporation in Silicon Valley. To handle this role more skillfully, Diana earned two privacy credentials, CIPP/US and CIPP/E, through the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Diana?s CIPP/US and CIPP/E certifications represent her dedication to thoroughly understanding global privacy laws for the benefit her clients. By knowing and applying privacy and data protection laws and regulations in the United States and Europe, Diana is able to ensure privacy compliance on a global scale.

Diana is a frequent speaker and writer on an enormous range of topics in employment and privacy law. She presents a quarterly public webinar (which can be found on her website under ?Lunchtime Legal Chats?) and also frequently speaks to the Marin County & San Francisco Bar Associations, as well as numerous non-attorney organizations. She has been published in The Recorder, the ABA Journal, and countless online publications, and she is often cited as an expert in news stories pertinent to employment and privacy law. You can find handouts from her presentations and articles featuring her at www.dianamaierlaw.com/resources. Diana is the former Chair of the Marin County Bar Association Labor and Employment section, and she serves as an advisor in the areas of employment law and privacy to Casetext, a legal start-up organization in Silicon Valley.

Diana's legal hobbies are blogging on employment and privacy law issues and exploring the practice of compassionate law, the idea that lawyers can be problem solvers and healers of conflict rather than just combatants for hire. Diana especially enjoys serving on the Board and heading up the Fundraising Committee of OneJustice, a California based legal non-profit that provides legal services to marginalized populations who otherwise wouldn?t have access to an attorney.

You can read Diana?s blog at www.dianamaierlaw.com/employment-and-privacy-law-blog-by-diana-maier/ and also read about her talented staff at www.dianamaierlaw.com/about/staff-bios/. Her email is diana@dianamaierlaw.com, and her phone number is 415-515-1707. In addition, you can find her on LinkedIn and on Twitter under @DianaMaierLaw, to name just a few social media sites where Diana likes to ?hang out? and talk law.

  Course Price:
Free. (Normally $29.99)
 
 

A Primer on International Taxation

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A Primer on International Taxation Details


Price:
Free. (Normally $19.99)

Course Description

There is a multitude of issues that drive a cross-border business transaction. Sale of shares versus sale of assets; statutory mergers; joint ventures; security for enforcement of representations and warranties; governing law and venue; earn-outs and holdbacks; restrictions on foreign ownership; due diligence; local customs; privacy and many other. Most non-tax considerations are not country specific. They are driven by the economics of the deal and the negotiating position of the parties. When a transaction touches the U.S., tax has the center-stage.

From a U.S. standpoint, none of the other issues are as important as the tax consequences. Taxation of an M&A transaction will very often determine the deal structure. The parties can negotiate and agree to all the other terms, but tax will determine how the transaction is structured, what is possible and what is not.

For U.S. tax purposes, cross-border transactions are divided into two classes: inbound (foreigners doing business or investing in the U.S.), and outbound (Americans doing business and investing overseas). The tax rules that apply to inbound and outbound transactions are entirely different. We will examine both, and will then delve into the related subjects of pre-immigration tax planning (foreigners immigrating to the U.S.) and expatriation (Americans emigrating from the U.S.).

Course Agenda

Course Credit per State


AZ - General: 1.0 Credits
CA - General: 1.0 Credits
CT - General: 1.0 Credits
FL - General: 1.0 Credits
IL - General: 1.0 Credits
NV - General: 1.0 Credits
NY - General: 1.0 Credits
PA - Distance Learning: 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:
Free. (Normally $19.99)
 
 

Drafting Software Development Agreements

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Drafting Software Development Agreements Details


Price:
Free. (Normally $19.99)

Course Description

This session provides an overview of the practice of drafting and negotiating software development agreements. Topics to be covered include: pros and cons of waterfall vs. agile approaches to software development; myths of SDAs; SDA clauses of interest; term definitions; warranties; intellectual property concerns; breach of contracts and possible remedies; negotiation styles; negotiation tips for SDA?s; and a list of resources for future reference, including SDA examples and checklists.

Course Agenda

  • Software Development
  • Waterfall vs. Agile Software Development
  • Agreement Components
  • The Software Development Agreement (SDA)
  • Myths of SDA?s
  • Contract Requirements
  • SDA Clauses of Interest
  • Points of Interest
    • Definitions
    • Pricing/Payment
    • Exclusivity Clauses
    • Disclosure/Confidentiality Requirements
    • Security Clauses
    • Indemnity Clauses
    • Assignments
    • Termination
    • State Law Jurisdiction
    • Warranties
    • Insurance
    • IP Issues
    • Make it present tense ?hereby assigns? not future tense
    • ?Work for hire? language is ineffective without a specific transfer of the copyrights
    • Sublicensing, Transferability
    • What about a merger? Can that breach non-assignment provisions?
    • In US: each joint copyright owner may commercialize a copyrighted work WITHOUT their joint owner?s consent, but must account for licensing royalties and may not destroy the value of the work.
    • Address this in your SDA.
    • IP Issues
    • Software Escrow
    • Breach of Contracts
    • Remedies
    • Negotiating Tips

    Course Credit per State


    AZ - General: 1.25 Credits
    CA - General: 1.25 Credits
    CO - General: 1.2 Credits
    CT - General: 1.5 Credits
    FL - General: 1.5 Credits
    IL - General: 1.25 Credits
    MO - Self Study: 1.5 Credits
    NY - General: 1.5 Credits
    WA - General: 1.25 Credits
    WV - General: 1.58 Credits

    Course Presenter(s)

    Deborah Gonzalez

    Deborah Gonzalez, Esq. is the founder of Law2sm, LLC, a new legal consulting firm focusing on helping its clients navigate the legal issues relating to the new digital and social media world.

    Deborah graduated from New York Law School. Following graduation, she built a successful boutique practice in New York City, focusing on the arts, music and entertainment scene. In 2007, Deborah relocated to Georgia where she was employed by the University System of Georgia. In 2008 she was granted reciprocity to practice law in Georgia.

    Deborah's practice has taken her from an inner-city arts community center in NYC to a sidewalk café in Eastern Europe; from preparing programs for diplomats in the EU to assisting medical missions with refugee communities in Thailand; from protecting against music piracy in the US to protecting against bio-piracy in South America. And now it is transporting her beyond the Internet to the social space where the physical and digital dimensions of her clients co-exist and where she can leverage her legal expertise to their benefit.

    Deborah enjoys engaging with those around her - so social media is a natural fit. But it is her skill in being able to connect the dots to understand the next big paradigm shift in global communication and legal application that makes her a leader in social media law. Deborah serves as Chair of the GA Bar Association's Annual Program on Social Media and the Law and serves as a social media legal liaison for social media marketing companies and their clients (such as Chick-fil-A and Nestle). In addition, Deborah speaks on the legal issues relating to intellectual property; art, music, and digital entertainment law; and social media legal trends and practices in various venues throughout the United States and abroad.

  Course Price:
Free. (Normally $19.99)
 


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