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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.

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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: No rule changes have been made at this time.

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

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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: No rule changes have been made at this time.

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: No rule changes have been made at this time.

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: No rule changes have been made at this time.

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

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Appellate Jurisdiction

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Appellate Jurisdiction Details

Free. (Normally $19.99)

Course Description

When a lower court makes a judgment on a case, an attorney must decide whether that judgment is ripe for an immediate appeal. In this course, Mr. Pollis discusses the balancing tests inherent in appellate jurisdiction. When is the need for appellate review more Important than the Interruption of trial-court proceedings? When is the need for appellate review worth the cost to the judicial system of providing it?

In the federal court system, the general rule is that orders entered during the course of a pending case are not appealable until the entire case has been resolved. This principle is commonly known as the "final judgment rule.? Mr. Pollis will discuss the benefits and exceptions of the ?final judgment rule.? Mr. Pollis will also examine how state appellate jurisdiction; especially in Ohio, differ against their Federal counterparts. The course will also examine the intricacies of separating claims in the appeals process and how appellate jurisdiction differs in civil and criminal courts.

Course Agenda

The Balancing Tests Inherent in Appellate Jurisdiction

  • When is it important?
  • Is it worth the cost?
  • Appellate Jurisdiction in Federal Court

  • Overview of Federal Appellate Jurisdiction issues
  • The Final Judgment Rule
  • Benefits of the Final Judgment Rule
  • Exceptions to the Final Judgment Rule
  • State Appellate Jurisdiction

  • Ohio State Appellate Jurisdiction
  • Ohio State Constitution
  • What is a Final Order?
  • R.C. 2505.02
  • Civ.R. 54 (B)
  • "Final Order" vs. "Final Appealable Order"?
  • What is a claim?
  • Applying Rule 54(B): Two-Part Test
  • Final Order in a criminal case
  • Improper appeal
  • Course Credit per State

    AK - Voluntary: 1.0 Credits
    MO - Self Study: 1.1 Credits
    ND - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
    VT - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
    WV - General: 1.1 Credits

    Course Presenter(s)

    Andrew Pollis

    Andrew Pollis is certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as an appellate-law specialist. Andrew Pollis joined the faculty of Case Western Reserve University in 2008 as a Visiting Assistant Professor and was appointed as an Assistant Professor effective July 2011.

    Before coming to Case, Andrew Pollis practiced law for 18 years in the litigation department of the Cleveland-based law firm of Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP. In private practice he focused extensively on appellate and general-commercial litigation. He has argued in numerous state and federal appellate courts across the country and has had two cases in the United States Supreme Court. He also has extensive trial experience, amassing verdicts totaling over $560 million since 2003, as well as experience in class-action litigation on the defense side.

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    Free. (Normally $19.99)

    Bankruptcy Avoidance Powers

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    Bankruptcy Avoidance Powers Details

    Free. (Normally $19.99)

    Course Description

    This course will discuss the Bankruptcy Trustee's avoidance powers. Avoidance powers are the rights given to the bankruptcy trustee or the debtor in possession to recover certain transfers of property such as preferences or fraudulent transfers or to void liens created before the commencement of a bankruptcy case. The laws governing these avoidance powers are complex and are codified in chapter 5 of the Bankruptcy Code


    Attorney Doug Cortés will first provide an overview of the Bankruptcy code. He will then discuss how Trustee's avoidance powers come into play. The course will explain what constitutes valid preferential transfers and what are considered fraudulent transfers. Mr. Cortés will explain in detail the key statutory defense against these avoidance powers. These defenses include a contemporaneous exchange for new value, determining intent, determining if the payments were made according to the ordinary business affairs of the parties, and establishing new value factors.

    Course Agenda

    Presenter Overview

    What Do Creditors Want From A Debtor In Default?

    Purposes Of Bankruptcy Rush To The Courthouse

    The Bankruptcy Code - 11 U.S.C.

    Bankruptcy Rules

    Adversary Proceedings

    Rules Governing Avoidance Actions

    Avoidance Powers

    Types Of Transactions That May Be Avoided

    Preferential Transfers

    Purposes Of Preference

    Avoidance Powers Under §547

    Elements Of Preference Avoidance

    Burdens Of Proof

    What Is A Transfer?

    Time Of Transfer Antecedent Debt

    Presumption Of Insolvency

    Key Statutory Defenses
    • Contemporaneous Exchange For New Value
    • Proving The Defense
    • Determining Intent
    • New Value
    • Definition Of New Value
    • Ordinary Course Of Business
    Important Fraudulent Transfer Terms And Concepts

    Badges Of Fraud List Of Badges Of Fraud
    • Insolvency Not Required For Actual Intent
    • Constructive Fraud
    • State Law And Ufta Under Section 544
    • Other Possible Longer Reach Back Period
    • Some Statutory Defenses To Fraudulent Transfers

      • Section 548(C): Value And Good Faith Value Good Faith
      • Section 550(B)
      • Section 550(B) Provides Complete Defense
      • Defenses To Claims Brought Pursuant To Section 544
      • Another Possibility: Fiduciary Duty Claims
    The Reference
    • Withdrawal Of The Reference
    • Stern V. Marshal
    • Important Statutes & Opinions Related To ?The Reference?

    Course Credit per State

    AK - Voluntary: 1.0 Credits
    MO - Self Study: 1.2 Credits
    MT - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
    VT - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
    WV - General: 1.22 Credits

    Course Presenter(s)

    Doug Cortés

    Mr. Doug Cortés received his J.D. from Southern Methodist University (2003) and B.S. from the University of the State of New York (1994). He was an extern and law clerk to the Hon. D. Michael Lynn, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, N.D.Tex. (2002-04). Doug is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and is admitted to practice in the State of Texas and the U.S. Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas. He currently manages his own firm and has served as bankruptcy counsel to Trustees, debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, and creditors? committee. He has also served as a bankruptcy examiner and mediator.

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    Free. (Normally $19.99)

    Best Practices for Clear Contract Drafting

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    Best Practices for Clear Contract Drafting Details

    Free. (Normally $19.99)

    Course Description

    Contracts are essential elements for building business relationships. For business to get done, parties to a transaction need to agree on certain essential terms that govern their business relationship. Contracts are the way parties to an agreement define those terms and make promises enforceable under the law. When the stakes are high there can be a tendency to get too technical and too verbose. This can often introduce more mistakes rather than prevent them. Ambiguity in contracts will often lead to conflict and ultimately litigation.

    This course discusses how to avoid ambiguity by following best practices for clear contract drafting. Ms. Carolyn Seymour discusses how to achieve brevity and clarity in order to make the contract as end-user friendly as possible and remove uncertainty in the document. Ms. Seymour will address best practices to avoid legalese, how to recognize and correct linguistic ambiguity and provide proper techniques to draft dates and numbers in contracts. The course will also examine the pitfalls of passive voice in contract drafting and how to achieve simplicity in drafting through good organization, eliminating wordiness, and the use of lists.

    Course Agenda

    Primary Goals of Drafting Contracts

  • Brevity
  • Clarity
  • Making the document user-friendly
  • Brevity in Drafting

  • Eliminating wordiness
  • Compound prepositions
  • Word wasting idioms
  • Order in organization
  • Use of Lists
  • Clarity in Drafting

  • Recognizing & correcting linguistic ambiguity
  • Avoiding Legalese
  • Dangling modifiers
  • Change of language
  • Combined persons & actions
  • Best practices
  • Best Practices: Use of Drafting Tools

  • Covenants
  • Language selection
  • Inanimate covenants
  • Non-party covenants
  • Rights Representations
  • Word selection
  • Declarations
  • Declarations vs. Representations
  • Drafting Dates and Numbers
  • Word selection
  • Course Credit per State

    AK - Voluntary: 1.0 Credits
    MO - Self Study: 1.2 Credits
    MT - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
    ND - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
    VT - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
    WV - General: 1.2 Credits

    Course Presenter(s)

    Carolyn Seymour

    Carolyn Seymour practiced law for almost 20 years before coming to the law school to teach legal writing in 2004. Professor Seymour began her legal career at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P., where she was an associate for five years before joining Duvin, Cahn & Hutton in 1990. As an employment litigator, she specialized in sexual harassment and disability discrimination issues. In 1995, she became in-house counsel for BFGoodrich-Aerospace, another position she held for five years before returning to Duvin as a partner in 2000. She received her B.A. (1982) from Colgate and her J.D. (1985) from University of Michigan.

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    Free. (Normally $19.99)

    Detecting, Investigating and Documenting Fraud - Part 1

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    Detecting, Investigating and Documenting Fraud - Part 1 Details

    Free. (Normally $19.99)

    Course Description

    Corporate securities fraud has cost both large institutional investors and retail traders billions of dollars annually. Through manipulation of financial documents, misuse of corporate accounts, and publishing fraudulent statements, companies like Enron and WorldCom have left investors with massive losses. The primary way investors can seek relief for corporate fraud is through private securities litigation. This process can be expensive and take many years to go through the appellate process.

    This course will examine the current statutes and case law that surround private securities litigation. How has the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act affected the ability of Plaintiff?s attorneys to successfully prove fraud? Attorney Christopher Seefer will discuss the critical steps to take when preparing for a private security lawsuit. Mr. Seefer will explain techniques to lift a stay of discovery. He will explain the challenges of pleading scienter. The course will conclude with a discussion on the importance of collective analysis and the various types of information that is essential to properly pleading a fraud case. Throughout the presentation of the course, various case studies will be brought up to illustrate key points of the presentation.

    Course Agenda


  • Discovery: private securities litigation vs. regulatory investigations
  • Essentials elements to investigate corporate fraud Increases instability
  • Strategies to successfully plead a fraud case
  • Discovery: Private Sec. Litigation Vs. Regulatory Investigations

  • Access to private corporate documents and communication
    • Govt. Example: Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS)
      • Power to service subpoenas and subpoenas duces tecum
    • Private parties
      • Attorneys and law firms have no subpoena powers
  • Case Study: Charles Keating
  • Case Study: Mortgage Crisis
  • SEC RULE 10B-5

  • Employment of Manipulative and Deceptive Practices
  • Elements of the offense
    • Manipulation or Deception
    • Materiality
    • "In Connection With" the purchase or sale of securities
    • Scienter
    • Additional burden for private plaintiffs
      • Standing
      • Reliance
      • Loss Causation
      • Damages
  • Case Study: Janus Capital Group
  • Case Study: Matrixx
  • Case Study: National Australia Bank LTD.
  • Fraud In The Market

  • The defendant has to make a publicly fraudulent statement
  • Every investor could then sue if it could be shown that the statement affected the market as a whole
  • The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

  • Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Information
  • Limitations on Joint and Several Liability
  • Increased Pleading and Proof Requirements
  • Limitation on Damages
  • Class Action Procedural Reforms
  • Enhanced Attorney Sanction Provisions
  • RICO Amendment Eliminating Sanctions Claims
  • Auditor Duty Regarding Financial Fraud
  • Additional SEC Rulemaking Authority
  • Steps for Investigating Fraud

  • Collection and organization of all public information
  • Prepare a financial trend analysis
  • Review daily stock prices changes
  • Determine existence of other proceedings
  • Consider motive
  • How to Lift Stay of Discovery

  • Case study: Verfone Holdings
  • Pleading Scienter

  • Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 9(B)
  • The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act (PSLRA)
  • Case Study: Tellabs
  • Pleading a Fraud Case

  • Insider selling
  • Executive compensation
  • Executive termination
  • Restatements and GAAP violations
  • Find former employees
  • Case Study: Northwest Pipe Company
  • Case Study: Yahoo!
  • Course Credit per State

    AK - Voluntary: 1.25 Credits
    CO - General: 1.38 Credits
    MO - Self Study: 1.4 Credits
    ND - Self Study: 1.25 Credits
    VT - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
    WV - General: 1.4 Credits

    Course Presenter(s)

    Christopher P. Seefer

    Christopher P. Seefer earned his Bachelor of Arts degree and his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California, Berkeley. Mr. Seefer earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Golden Gate University School of Law in 1998.

    Mr. Seefer concentrates his practice in securities class action litigation, including cases against Verisign, UTStarcom, VeriFone, Nash Finch, NextCard, Terayon and America West. Mr. Seefer was a Fraud Investigator with the Office of Thrift Supervision, Department of the Treasury (1990-1999) and a field examiner with the Office of Thrift Supervision (1986-1990).

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    Free. (Normally $19.99)

    Detecting, Investigating and Documenting Fraud - Part 2

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    Detecting, Investigating and Documenting Fraud - Part 2 Details

    Free. (Normally $19.99)

    Course Description

    The Savings and Loans Crisis in the late 1980s and the recent Mortgage Crisis of the last decade were both exacerbated by widespread corporate fraud. Through manipulation of financial documents and publishing fraudulent statements, companies like Countrywide Financial have left investors with massive losses. Could the fraud have been detected earlier? Was there a clear paper trail for investigators to follow?

    This course will examine how corporate fraud in both financial crises followed the same formula. Mr. Bill Black will discuss the key elements of the accounting fraud formula. The formula's key elements are high rate of growth over a short period of time, risky loans with premium yields, an extreme level of leverage, and extremely low reserves. Mr. Black will go into detail how financial institutions involved in the mortgage crisis used the accounting fraud formula to enrich their top executives. The presentation will list fraud red flags that appeared before the crisis and examine the paper trail that finally exposed the extent of the mortgage fraud. The course explores how collateral debt obligations played their part in hiding the fraud from investors and regulators. Mr. Black will end the presentation on a discussion on how the "chain of lying" that began with fraudulent loan applications led to a betrayal of trust between lending institutions and ultimately resulted in the total seizure of the credit markets.

    Course Agenda


  • What made the S&L Crisis different?
  • Deregulation and the competition for laxity in the states
  • Unintended consequences
  • Garn-St. Germain Depository Institutions Act
  • Control Fraud

  • Accounting Fraud Formula
    • Incredible growth
    • Risky loans with premium yields
    • Extreme levels of leverage
    • Trivial reserves
  • Weapon of Choice: GAAP
    • What is GAAP?
  • George Akerlof
    • Executives will loot under certain conditions
  • Fraud Red Flags
    • Extraordinary profits in a short time
    • Extraordinary compensation for the top executives
    • Adherence to accounting fraud formula
  • Case Study: Enron
  • The Mortgage Crisis

  • Short Cut to Growth
    • How do you grow in a mature market?
    • How do you increase profit while expanding?
    • How do you create effective demand?
  • Formula For Fraud
    • Increase demand by pursuing riskier borrowers
      • Low credit scores
      • Undocumented income
      • Unsophisticated borrowers
    • Created new categories of loans
      • Sub-prime
      • Alt-A
    • Collateralized Debt Obligations
      • The securitization process
      • The risk review standards
    • The Markers of Fraud
      • Liar Loans
      • Stated Income loans and foreclosure rates
  • SEC Rule 10B-5
  • 2004 FBI Warning: Chris Swecker
  • Course Credit per State

    AK - Voluntary: 0.75 Credits
    CO - General: 1.0 Credits
    MO - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
    ND - Self Study: 0.75 Credits
    VT - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
    WV - General: 1.0 Credits

    Course Presenter(s)

    Bill K. Black

    Bill K. Black is an Associate Professor of Economics and Law at the University of Missouri ? Kansas City (UMKC). He was the Executive Director of the Institute for Fraud Prevention from 2005-2007.

    Black was litigation director for the Federal Home Loan Bank Board (FHLBB) from 1984 to 1986, deputy director of the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation (FSLIC) in 1987, and Senior VP and the General Counsel of the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco from 1987 to 1989, which regulated some of the largest thrift banks in the U.S.

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    Free. (Normally $19.99)

    Ethics & Entertainment: Should the Show Go On

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    Ethics & Entertainment: Should the Show Go On Details

    Free. (Normally $19.99)

    Course Description

    This one-hour course will cover legal ethics in the entertainment industry. Deborah Gonzalez will begin by examining the differences between values and ethics, explaining how one can be enforced, while the other cannot. Ms. Gonzalez will then discuss a handful of cases of ethical misconduct in the entertainment industry, which ultimately resulted in the disbarment of the attorneys involved.

    Course Agenda

    Ethics v Values
    • Values = Personal Beliefs
    • Ethics = Conduct
    Specific Ethical Issues
    • Professional Conduct
    • Responsibility
    • Competency
    • Client-Attorney Relationship
    • Confidentiality Model Rule 1.6
    • Trial Publicity
    • Legal Advertising
    • Unauthorized Practice of Law

    Course Credit per State

    CA - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
    CO - Ethics: 1.2 Credits
    FL - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
    TX - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
    VT - Ethics: 1.0 Credits
    WV - Ethics: 1.2 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.

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    Free. (Normally $19.99)

    Prevention Detection and Treatment of Mental or Physical Issues that Impair a Members Ability to Perform Legal Services with Competence

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    Prevention Detection and Treatment of Mental or Physical Issues that Impair a Members Ability to Perform Legal Services with Competence Details

    Free. (Normally $19.99)

    Course Description

    The California State Bar has recently added important new components to the required course previously known as "Prevention, Detection and Treatment of Substance Abuse and Emotional Distress." The new definition of this course, "Prevention, Detection and Treatment of Mental or Physical Issues that Impair a Member's Ability to Perform Legal Services with Competence," reflects the need to consider the bigger picture of the pressures which lawyers face on a daily basis in their practices, as well as the physical and mental issues which may impair competence, such as depression, age and natural cognitive decline.

    In this HD Video program attorney Steven A. Nielsen focuses on the mental changes that occur over a career. The normal aging process results in cognitive decline, and Mr. Nielsen suggests that a colleague or two keep tabs on each other, including those at large law firms. He discusses the presence of dementia and what to do should it arise, and provides links to resources on how to sell or close a practice should this occur. Other simple tips include the use of a lawyer's skills as a problem solver to help neural plasticity and memory, such as playing bridge, crossword puzzles and hobbies, physical activity in the office as well as outside and an improved diet. He also takes aim at the rise of constant electronic messages or other electronic interruptions and the damage this can have, and suggests how "Interruption Management" can help effectiveness and productivity. Mr. Nielsen's remedies and tips offered are not extreme, but are important as they can be easily implemented. This program will help attorneys improve the efficiency and enjoyment of their practices and increase awareness of cognitive issues and possible diminution of competence.

    Course Agenda

    What are we going to learn?

    • Genesis of MCLE Requirement
    • Substance Abuse? Been there, done that..
    • Depression ? A Kingpin of Disaster
    • The New ?Other? Categories of Impairment
    • Mental Issues
    • Physical Issues
    • What can we do? Prevention/Detection/Treatment

    Why Are We Here Today?

    • To Keep our License to Practice Law
    • To Consider Ways to Live Life to the Fullest and to Consider Ourselves as a Whole
    • Avoid ?Junk Science? and figure out the state of the art
    • Consider the bigger picture as now encouraged in Rules of the State Bar of California Title 2. Division 2.

    Division 2. Rights and Responsibilities of Members

    Substance Abuse

    • What can we add?
    • How does it start?
    • Detection
    • Treatment?

    Mental Impairment ? Mental illness

    Depression ? Kingpin of Impairment?

    Depression ? Effect on the New Other Issues


    Mental Issues

    Age ? The Great Thief

    Dementia Happens

    When Dementia Happens

    Avoid ?natural? cognitive decline

    Avoid Negative Mental Conditioning

    Twitch and Click will change your brain

    Constant interruptions are a mental impairment

    Stop Interruptions to decrease mistakes

    Old World / Kaiser Focus

    Are you as focused as a Kaiser worker?

    Our mind does not want to go back to work after an interruption

    What was focus in the Old World

    Consider Interruption Management


    Physical issues that impair

    Sitting is the new smoking

    Improved eating and activity does not need to be extreme

    Course Credit per State

    AK - : 1.0 Credits
    AZ - : 1.0 Credits
    CA - Competence Issues: 1.0 Credits
    CO - : 1.2 Credits
    FL - Mental Illness: 1.0 Credits
    IL - General: 1.0 Credits
    MO - Self Study: 1.22 Credits
    MT - : 1.0 Credits
    ND - : 1.0 Credits
    NY - General: 1.0 Credits
    VT - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
    WA - : 1.0 Credits
    WV - Ethics: 1.22 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, on his website, or via his LinkedIn page.
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    Free. (Normally $19.99)

    Reduce Bias with Better Decision Making

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    Reduce Bias with Better Decision Making Details

    Free. (Normally $19.99)

    Course Description

    In this course, attorney David Graulich will discuss ways to reduce bias with better decision making. David will begin by explaining what bias is, and how bias in the legal profession affects society. He will discuss Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which is the primary anti-bias weapon in the federal arena. Mr. Graulich will then talk about ways to "debias", as well as rules that have been put into place in order to eliminate bias in the legal profession. He will then explain what modern research tells us about bias. In this section, David will discuss logic v. emotion and he will cover two systems that we all utilize when we strive to make a decision, the "Automatic System" and the "Reflective System". David will finish by explaining how to apply what was learned during the course to the practice of law.

    Course Agenda

    • What is Bias?
    • Explicit v. Implicit Bias
    • Title VII (1964)
    • 28 U.S.C.A § 144 - Bias or Prejudice of Judge
    • "Ways to Debias"
    • Age Grading
    • From Whence Come the Justices?
    • Our First "Blink"
    • Bias = Here, There and Everywhere
    • Benevolent Bias
    • Logic v. Emotion
    • System One v. System Two
    • Instinctive Thinking
    • "Black Swan" Fallacy
    • Judges ALL Believe in Their Objectivity
    • Logical Fallacy: Small Sample
    • Another Look at Sampling
    • How to Do Better
    • Be a Discerning Wary Consumer of Media
    • Overcoming Bias when Making Decisions About Clients
    • Occupational Stereotypes
    • Bias During Voir Dire
    • "I Wanted a Biased Jury"
    • Don't Use Racial Stereotypes

    Course Credit per State

    AK - Voluntary: 1.0 Credits
    CA - Elimination of Bias: 1.0 Credits
    FL - General: 1.0 Credits
    MO - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
    TX - General: 1.0 Credits
    VT - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
    WV - Office Management: 1.2 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:
    Free. (Normally $19.99)

    Top Ten Challenges For New Lawyers

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    Top Ten Challenges For New Lawyers Details

    Free. (Normally $19.99)

    Course Description

    Law school teaches you how to think like a lawyer. And this is very important. But law school does not teach you how to actually practice law. Law school does not equip you with the day-to-day skills that you need to know in order to be a successful new lawyer and contribute meaningfully to a legal practice from day one.

    In this program, Ms. Moore indentifies and discusses some of the key challenges new lawyers face as they transition from law school into a legal practice environment. If you want to succeed, and stand out from your peers, you have to make an exceptional impression from day one. In addition to a solid resume, you must demonstrate that you have the personal skills, practical skills, and business sense to succeed in your early legal career and beyond. You will be expected to know the unspoken rules of professionalism, connect with and maintain mentor relationships, master time management and organization, build productive working relationships with senior attorneys, use social media strategically, and more. Ms. Moore will explain the missteps new lawyers routinely make in the areas of confidence, professionalism, interfacing with clients, delegating work, and more. For each challenge, Ms. Moore will identify specific rubrics and techniques for addressing these challenges head on. Ms. Moore will share both the ways that new lawyers themselves can generate solutions to the challenges presented by a legal practice, as well as how their firms, companies, and other offices can support them as they navigate the challenges.

    Course Agenda


  • Challenges and opportunities
  • Confidence

  • Achieving confidence
    • Self-doubt
    • Best practices

    Understanding the significance of professionalism

  • Aspects of professionalism
    • Work vs. private life
    • Dress code
    • Concentric circles of professionalism
    • Interpersonal skills
  • Best practices
  • Displaying enthusiasm

  • Why enthusiasm is important
  • Importance of a positive attitude
  • Diligence

  • Best practices
    • It?s in the details
    • Observing others
    • Quality of work

    The Question/Assumption Game

  • The assumption trap
  • The solution-oriented strategy
  • Management advice and access
  • Delegating

  • The challenges of delegation
  • Proper use of paralegals
  • Client Interactions

  • Challenges of client interactions
  • Timing and frequency is key
  • Learning actively

  • Best practices
  • Key resources
    • Peers and mentors
    • Internet resources

    Marketing a legal practice

  • The challenge of marketing yourself
  • The professional importance of marketing oneself
  • Work/Life Balance

  • The challenges and importance of a good work/life balance
  • Best practices
  • Course Credit per State

    AK - Voluntary: 1.0 Credits
    CO - General: 1.2 Credits
    FL - General: 1.0 Credits
    MO - Self Study: 1.2 Credits
    VT - Self Study: 1.0 Credits
    WV - General: 1.2 Credits

    Course Presenter(s)

    Desiree Moore

    Desiree Moore is the founder and President of Greenhorn Legal, LLC and author of the ABA bestseller, Thrive - A New Lawyer's Guide to Law Firm Practice. Ms. Moore is an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University Chicago School of Law and was an associate at the law firm of K&L Gates LLP (formerly Bell, Boyd & Lloyd, LLP) in Chicago for seven years. In 2011, Ms. Moore left K&L Gates to launch Greenhorn Legal.

    Ms. Moore developed Greenhorn Legal to address a significant deficit in the legal market: law students and recent law school graduates ( even the most diligent ones ) are not prepared to practice law. The skills learned in law school are necessary, but far from sufficient, to enable young lawyers to thrive in their legal practice. The Greenhorn Legal training programs prepare law students and new lawyers to succeed. Greenhorn Legal equips new lawyers with key skills that will help them stand apart from their peers in the job search and act as indispensable members of their legal practices from day one.

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    Free. (Normally $19.99)

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