IL CLE: What are the mandatory CLE requirements in Illinois?

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Illinois lawyers must complete a minimum of thirty (30) Illinois CLE credit hours every two years in order to fulfill their IL MCLE requirement.  As part of this 30 credit hour IL CLE requirement at least six (6) credit hours must be in the area of Professional Responsibility.

Illinois MCLE Compliance Requirements:

  • Reporting Cycle: 2 years
  • Credit Hours: 30
  • Compliance Deadline: June 30
  • Reporting Deadline: July 31

In Illinois, there are 2 different MCLE reporting groups for IL CLE compliance purposes.  The reporting groups in Illinois are determined by the attorney’s last name.[1]  Illinois attorneys whose last name starts with A – M should have completed 30 IL CLE credit hours by June 30, 2014.  The deadline to report IL CLE compliance was July 31, 2014.  For information about late compliance please click here: Illinois CLE.

Illinois MCLE Reporting Periods:

  • Last names A – M: July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2014
  • Last names N – Z: July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2015

Attorneys licensed to practice in Illinois and subject to the IL MCLE requirement may satisfy all 30 IL CLE credit hours through online IL CLE courses.  Attorney Credits is an Accredited Provider of CLE in Illinois and all of our Illinois CLE courses are presumptively pre-approved by the Illinois MCLE Board.  For more information about the Illinois CLE requirements, deadlines and IL CLE compliance packages, please click the following link: IL CLE.

[1] As your last name as it appears on the master roll of attorneys with the Illinois ARDC (Attorney Registration & Discipline Commission).

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New York CLE: Accredited NY CLE Sponsors

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Attorney Credits offers CLE in states across the country to help attorneys fulfill their mandatory CLE requirement.  We offer CLE in thirty-two states at this point in time and we will be adding more states next year to better serve attorneys around the country.  Attorneys enjoy our convenient online format and the quality of our courses in addition to our helpful customer service.

The New York State Continuing Legal Education Board has approved Attorney Credits as an Accredited Provider of CLE in New York.

Attorney Credits has such a strong track record of delivering CLE around the country that we are approved providers of CLE in many of the larger states that offer such status.  We are approved providers of CLE in California, Illinois and Texas to name a few.  Attorney Credits has also been an Accredited Provider of CLE in New York for a number of years.  Please click the following link to see a list of Accredited Providers in New York: NY Accredited Sponsors.

Continuing legal education courses or programs sponsored by Accredited Providers are deemed approved for CLE credit in New York.

With our online, on-demand format we have helped thousands of New York attorneys conveniently complete their NY CLE requirement from the comfort of their home or office.  If you want to study your NY CLE online we offer streaming video courses.  And if you want to work off-line we offer NY CLE courses in a downloadable MP3 and Video Download format.  For more information about New York CLE please click the following link: NY CLE.

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FAQ About California MCLE Audit

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You are a California attorney and you completed your 25 credit hour MCLE requirement back in January right before the end of the deadline.  The CA MCLE requirement is about the furthest thing on your mind at this point in time.  You go to your mailbox to grab your latest edition of California Lawyer … and the next thing you know you are holding an envelope from the State Bar of California.

Can I submit all of my hours as self-study? [1]

No. To complete the audit you need to submit proof of completion of the required number of participatory courses.

Your California MCLE compliance has been audited.  The State Bar of California is requesting that you show them proof that you properly completed all 25 credit hours of CLE – including at least 12.5 hours of participatory credit, 4 credit hours of legal ethics, 1 credit hour of elimination of bias and 1 credit hour of substance abuse.  What do you do now?

I’ve submitted my audit materials.  How will I know when the audit has been received and completed? [2]

Once your audit is complete, you will receive a letter confirming your successful completion of the administrative portion of the audit.

If you need more information about the MCLE audit in California, the State Bar of California has created an FAQ page regarding how to proceed if your CA MCLE compliance has bas been audited.  The Cal Bar knows that being audited can be stressful so they have provided you with pertinent answers that you need so that you can respond to the audit properly and provide the Cal Bar with all the necessary information.  To access the Cal Bar MCLE Audit FAQ please click here: CA MCLE Audit.

[1] MCLE Audit FAQS

http://mcle.calbar.ca.gov/MCLE/MCLEAuditFAQ.aspx

[2] MCLE Audit FAQS

http://mcle.calbar.ca.gov/MCLE/MCLEAuditFAQ.aspx

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Nevada CLE: December 31 CLE Deadline

screen-capture8Attorneys that are admitted to the State Bar of Nevada must complete at least twelve (12) CLE credit hours each annual NV CLE compliance period as part of their mandatory Nevada continuing legal education (CLE) requirement.  As part of the 12 unit Nevada CLE requirement, Nevada attorneys must complete at least two (2) credit hours of legal ethics.  Nevada attorneys now also have a substance abuse requirement that must be completed every three years.[1]

Nevada CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: Annual
  • Compliance Deadline: December 31
  • Reporting Deadline: December 31

All NV CLE credits must be completed and reported by December 31 to remain in compliance with the Nevada continuing legal education (CLE) requirement.  If you haven’t completed your required NV CLE credit hours by December 31, you can request an extension of time with the NV CLE Board.  You must put your request in writing and send it to the NV CLE Board along with a $50 extension fee.  Most Nevada attorneys are given until March 1 to complete the NV CLE requirement.

If you haven’t completed your Nevada CLE credit hours by December 31, you can request an extension of time.[2]

We are rapidly closing in on the end of the year and 2015 will be here before you know it.  Don’t risk fines or suspension – start completing your Nevada CLE requirement today!  To access Attorney Credits’ Nevada CLE compliance packages please click the following link: NV CLE.

[1] Effective March 20, 2014, the Nevada Supreme Court amended Supreme Court Rule 210 regarding mandatory CLE per ADKT 478. Beginning 2014, (the first cycle) the order makes it mandatory for all active Nevada attorneys to take a minimum of one (1) CLE hours once every three years on substance abuse, addictive disorders and or mental health issue. During that year, the remaining requirement will be nine (9) general credits and two (2) ethics credits. The remaining two years of the three-year cycle, attorneys shall complete 10 hours of general credits and 2 hours of ethics.  Those Nevada attorneys who completed the substance abuse credit during 2013 have satisfied the substance abuse requirement for 2014.

http://www.nvcleboard.org

[2] Nevada CLE Board

http://www.nvcleboard.org

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PA CLE: What if my hours are not reported as of my compliance deadline ?

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Attorneys that are admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar Association must complete 12 PA CLE credit hours each annual compliance period to fulfill the mandatory Pennsylvania minimum Continuing Legal Education (CLE) requirement.  As part of the 12 unit PA CLE requirement, Pennsylvania attorneys must complete a minimum of 1 hour of legal ethics, professionalism or substance abuse.  This legal ethics requirement will be increased to 2 credits hours annually for Pennsylvania attorneys with 2015 compliance deadlines.

PA CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: Annual
  • Compliance Deadline: April 30, August 31 & December 31
  • Reporting Deadline: The PA CLE Board will notify you

Pennsylvania attorneys may complete PA CLE courses up until midnight on the day of their PA CLE deadline to take a CLE course and complete the PA CLE requirements.  As an Accredited Provider of CLE in Pennsylvania, Attorney Credits is required to notify the PA CLE Board of your attendance within 30 days after your complete your PA CLE course.  If the PA CLE credits are completed prior to the PA CLE deadline, the attorney will not be considered non-compliant once the PA CLE credits are reported.[1]

As long as the credits are taken prior to the deadline, the attorney will not be considered non-compliant once the credits are reported.

As an Accredited Sponsor of CLE in Pennsylvania, Attorney Credits has a number of PA CLE programs that have been pre-approved by the Pennsylvania CLE Board.  We offer streaming video courses for you to study your PA CLE online and if you prefer to work offline we offer MP3 and video download courses.  And for the most convenience and flexibility we also offer MP3 Player and USB Stick packages that come pre-loaded with 4 credits hours of PA CLE.  For more information about CLE in Pennsylvania, please click the following link: Pennsylvania CLE.

[1] Frequently Asked Questions

https://www.pacle.org/lawyer/lawyer_faq.asp

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Reducing the Risk and Cost of Cross-border and Multi-lingual eDiscovery Cases

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Recent court decisions imposing sanctions and holding both in-house and outside counsel responsible for poor electronic discovery practices make it clear that all attorneys need to understand the basics of electronic discovery – or at least know when and how to engage colleagues, litigation support teams and service providers who are experts in the field.  Complicating this challenge is the fact that many businesses have an international presence and have offices and employees scattered across the globe.  With the increasing global reach of both business and economic activity, the incidence of cross-border and multi-language litigation is rapidly increasing.  And countries in Europe, Asia and elsewhere around the world have much more strict data privacy laws than the United States that affect how electronic information can be discovered.

Agenda for Course

  • Cross-Border Legal Considerations
  • International Collection Strategies
  • Using technology to lower cost & risk of foreign language review

This CLE course presented by Jeff Jacobs, Associate General Counsel for DTI, will address how to resolve some of the principle discovery challenges involved in cross-border and multi-language litigation.  The main topics discussed by Mr. Jacobs include dealing with non-U.S data privacy laws & regulations, cross-border legal considerations, international collection strategies, using technology to lower the cost & risk of foreign language review and resolving cultural & foreign language issues that may arise in the course of conducting cross-border discovery.  To access the course please click here: Reducing the Risk and Cost of Cross-border and Multi-lingual eDiscovery Cases.

Mr. Jacobs also addresses:

  • Discovery versus privacy around the world
  • Global approaches to personal privacy
  • EU data privacy developments
  • The Sedona framework
  • Jurisdiction
  • Blocking statutes
  • International data privacy laws
  • EU members state penalties
  • Hague evidence collection
  • Resolving international disputes
  • Collecting international information
  • Language identification
  • Special handling for Asian, European and Arabic languages
  • Review strategies
  • The form of production

Jeff Jacobs is the General Counsel and Senior Consultant for Document Technologies, Inc. (DTI).  For the past five years he has advised clients on litigation readiness, email & records retention and the planning & execution of electronic discovery matters.  Prior to joining DTI, Jeff spent seven years as an Associate Litigation Counsel at MCI/WorldCom, where he managed the electronic discovery associated with the government investigations of the WorldCom accounting fraud, related securities class actions and other litigation and the acquisition of MCI by Verizon.  He also served as counsel to the company’s Records and Information Management group and managed the subpoena compliance unit.  Before MCI, he was a Special Counsel in the litigation group of Sullivan & Cromwell’s Washington, DC office.  Jeff is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Chicago Law School and was in the first class of candidates to qualify as a certified electronic discovery specialist by the Association of Electronic Discovery Specialists (ACEDS).

This CLE course on reducing the risk and cost of cross-border and multi-lingual eDiscovery cases is currently accredited in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers continuing legal education (CLE) for attorneys in California and around the country.  For more information about CLE in California please click the following link: CA CLE.

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Reducing E-Discovery Costs and Risks Through Litigation Readiness

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The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) require that companies must be prepared to discuss the location and accessibility of potentially relevant electronically stored information (ESI) shortly after the litigation begins.  The federal (and many state) discovery rules and recent case law require the quick and effective imposition of a litigation hold on critical ESI before the lawsuit even begins.[1]  This presents numerous challenges for large companies that are generating voluminous amounts of electronic documents and emails.  Litigation has also become increasingly expensive and is only increasing in the areas of intellectual property, products liability, employment, securities and mergers & acquisitions.

  • How can you mitigate and reduce eDiscovery risks?
  • What is the best way to manage and reduce eDiscovery costs?
  • How do you leverage existing and implement new technologies to achieve discovery objectives?

In this CLE course DTI Associate General Counsel Jeff Jacobs will answer the questions above and provides points on how to reduce discovery costs and risks through litigation readiness.  The main topics addressed by Mr. Jacobs include case law & rule evolution, proactively addressing the eDiscovery challenge, records retention & policy review, eDiscovery process development, litigation holds and risk & cost mitigation.  To access the course please click here: Reducing E-Discovery Costs and Risks Through Litigation Readiness.

Additional topics addressed include:

  • Why eDiscovery matters
  • Discovery sanctions
  • Judicial intolerance for poor eDiscovery
  • Critical sanction cases
  • The EDRM (Electronic Discovery Reference Model)
  • Finding the relevant information
  • ESI assessment
  • Saving costs through effective retention & disposition
  • What judges want related to eDiscovery
  • The development of an effective litigation discovery response plan
  • The creation of a targeted data map

Jeff Jacobs is the General Counsel and Senior Consultant for DTI. For the past five years he has advised clients on litigation readiness, email & records retention and the planning & execution of electronic discovery matters.  Prior to joining DTI, Jeff spent seven years as an Associate Litigation Counsel at MCI/WorldCom, where he managed the electronic discovery associated with the government investigations of the WorldCom accounting fraud, related securities class actions and other litigation and the acquisition of MCI by Verizon.  He also served as counsel to the company’s Records and Information Management group and managed the subpoena compliance unit.  Before MCI, he was a Special Counsel in the litigation group of Sullivan & Cromwell’s Washington, DC office.  Jeff is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Chicago Law School and was in the first class of candidates to qualify as a certified electronic discovery specialist by the Association of Electronic Discovery Specialists (ACEDS).

This CLE course on reducing eDiscovery costs and risks through litigation readiness is currently accredited in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers continuing legal education (CLE) for attorneys in New York and around the country.  For more information about CLE in New York please click the following link: NY CLE.

[1] Litigation holds must be imposed once a triggering event occurs and litigation is reasonably foreseeable.

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Colorado CLE: How do I report credits earned?

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Attorneys that are licensed to practice law in Colorado have mandatory continuing legal education (CLE) obligations.  Colorado attorneys must complete a minimum of 45 credit hours of approved CO CLE every 3 years in order to fulfill the CO CLE requirement.  Of the 45 required CO CLE credit hours, a minimum of 7 credit hours must be completed in the area of legal ethics.  In order to keep your license to practice law in Colorado in good standing you must complete your CO CLE requirement by December 31 and report your Colorado CLE compliance by January 31.

Colorado CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: 3 years
  • Compliance Deadline: December 31
  • Reporting Deadline: January 31

For CLE programs held outside of Colorado, you must submit a photocopy of your Colorado Affidavit form to the Colorado MCLE Board to receive credit for the CO CLE course.  The CO CLE Board sends an affidavit to each registered Colorado attorney and judge for the reporting of compliance with the Colorado MCLE rules.  Since Attorney Credit’s online and offline CO CLE courses are held outside of Colorado you will need to submit a photocopy of your Colorado Affidavit form to the Colorado MCLE Board.

The Colorado CLE Board sends an affidavit to each registered Colorado attorney and judge for the reporting of compliance with the Colorado MCLE rules.

Attorney Credits is an Approved Sponsor of CLE in Colorado.  Our Colorado CLE courses have all been approved for CLE credit by the Colorado CLE Board for homestudy credit because our CO CLE courses meet the requirements set forth in Colorado MCLE Rule 103(j).  For more information about Colorado CLE, please click the following link: CO CLE.

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The Neuroscience of Addiction: Attorney as Patient

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Historically, addiction has been attributed to a lack of self-control or will power.  However, science has proven that this is not the case.  Many individuals, with the self-control and will power to complete law school, run a successful company or become a professional athlete succumb to the ills of addiction.  And lawyers are no strangers to addiction – substance abuse and addiction rates inside the legal profession are twice as high as the general population.  The legal profession is full of conflict and is very stressful and lawyers learn to develop a tough exterior and repress weakness to deal with this conflict and stress.

“Giving up smoking is easy. I’ve done it hundreds of times.”

In this highly informative course on the neuroscience of substance abuse and addiction Dr. Lavid defines addiction, discusses the link between genetics, addiction & the brain, and addresses treatment options with a focus on the attorney.  To access the course please click here: The Neuroscience of Addiction: Attorney as Patient.  The course qualifies for substance abuse or legal ethics credit in many states.

Dr. Lavid also touches on a number of additional topics including:

  • The DSM-5 definition of addiction
  • The clinical course of addiction
  • Genetic vulnerability
  • The inherent addiction of substance abuse
  • Alcohol
  • Cocaine
  • Heroin
  • Brain function in addiction
  • The nucleas accumbens
  • Medical treatment
  • Medicines that target addiction including bupropion & naltrexone
  • Why attorneys are especially at risk
  • Lawyers & stress
  • Medical evaluation
  • Intervention
  • Treatment
  • The Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP)
  • The Other Bar
  • The Alternative Discipline Program (ADP)
  • Statistics on the LAP

Dr. Nathan E. Lavid practices clinical and forensic psychiatry in Long Beach, California, where he operates his own private practice.  Dr. Lavid’s practice is dedicated to providing care for patients and forensic clients that incorporate the latest findings from neuroscience research.  Dr. Lavid is also accepted as an expert by numerous state and federal courts around the country. He engages a variety of civil, criminal, family and probate law matters including addiction, child and adolescent/custody, competency to stand trial and for decision-making, civil commitment, diminished intent, fitness for duty, harassment, immigration, insanity, placement, psychiatric and psychological autopsy, psychiatric disability/damages, psychiatric evaluation for treatment, psychopharmacology, and restoration of competency & sanity.

This CLE course on the neuroscience of addiction is currently accredited in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers continuing legal education (CLE) for attorneys in New Jersey and around the country.  For more information about CLE in New Jersey please click the following link: NJ CLE.

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The Payment Process on a Construction Project

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In this new CLE course Florida construction law attorney Charles Jimerson provides an overview of the payment process on a construction project.  The main topics discussed by Mr. Jimerson include the flow of money in a construction project, the payment process, conditions precedent to payment for contractors & subcontractors, “pay-when-paid” clauses and how retainage clauses are utilized in a construction project.

“There must be a ‘cash-flow’ in the building trade. It is the very lifeblood of the enterprise.” – Lord Denning

Mr. Jimerson also addresses a number of questions including the main risks for owners, general contractors and sub contractors, what happens if items are left out of the application for payment, fraud in the application for payment and the issuance of the certification of payment.  To access this course please click the following link: The Payment Process on a Construction Project.

Further topics that Mr. Jimerson addresses include:

  • The document flow in a construction project
  • Key documents
  • Subcontractor “cash flow”
  • Applications for payment
  • AIA form G702
  • The architect’s certification for payment
  • The final affidavit
  • Contractor/subcontractor releases
  • Common contract clauses
  • Lien law
  • Time of payment
  • How retainage provisions work within agreements

Charles B. Jimerson founded Jimerson & Cobb and continues to lead its preeminent business litigation practice. Mr. Jimerson represents various corporations, entrepreneurs, financial institutions, and small and mid-size businesses in business litigation matters ranging from commercial collections, contract disputes and business torts to real estate, construction, bankruptcy and foreclosure proceedings. Focusing his practice on commercial litigation, bankruptcy law, creditor’s rights and collections and construction law, Mr. Jimerson has experience in all stages of litigation, including alternative dispute resolution, negotiation of settlement and litigation of multifaceted commercial matters up through and including trial. Prior to founding the firm, Mr. Jimerson practiced at prominent Jacksonville based commercial litigation and construction litigation boutiques.

This CLE course on the payment process on a construction project is currently accredited in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers continuing legal education (CLE) for attorneys in California and around the country.   For more information about CLE in California please click the following link: CA MCLE.

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