Now Offering RI CLE!

screen-captureIn our effort to provide as many attorneys as possible around the country with a convenient way to complete their mandatory CLE requirement we now offer online on-demand CLE courses for attorneys licensed to practice in Rhode Island! Rhode Island attorneys must complete ten (10) credit hours of Rhode Island CLE activities each year, including the 2 hour legal ethics requirement.

Rhode Island CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: Annual
  • Required Credits: 10 credit hours
  • Compliance Deadline: June 30
  • Reporting Deadline: June 30

Rhode Island attorneys may satisfy up to three (3) CLE credit hours each annual compliance period through Attorney Credits’ online and downloadable Rhode Island CLE courses. Attorney Credits will keep track and report your course completion to the Rhode Island Supreme Court within 30 days. You must report your Rhode Island CLE compliance no later than June 30 of each reporting year through the Rhode Island Supreme Court Attorney Portal.[1]

Rhode Island lawyers may only satisfy up to three (3) of their CLE requirements through online and downloadable on-demand courses.

Our pre-selected one-click Rhode Island Bundles are the quickest way to get started on your RI CLE requirement. You may also Build Your Own Rhode Island CLE Bundle, select individual RI CLE courses, or choose Unlimited CLE for 1 full year. For more information about CLE in Rhode Island please click here: RI CLE.

[1] See: www.courts.ri.gov.

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PA CLE: 2 Big Changes in 2015

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There are two main changes to the PA CLE system that all Pennsylvania attorneys should be aware of. First, the ethics requirement has been increased to 2 credit hours each annual compliance period.[1] Second, Pennsylvania attorneys may now also complete 6 of the 12 required PA CLE credit hours by studying online on-demand CLE courses.

2015 PA CLE Changes

  • 2 hours of ethics now required
  • 6 online on-demand hours now allowed

Active Pennsylvania attorneys that are not exempt from their annual PA CLE requirements must complete at least twelve (12) CLE credit hours each compliance period in order to fulfill the Pennsylvania CLE requirement. Your CLE compliance and reporting deadlines are based on what Group you are assigned to.[2]

According to the PA CLE Board website, the ethics credit increase marks the first significant modification to the CLE requirement since 1996 when the total requirement expanded from nine credits to twelve.

Attorneys in compliance group 2 are required to complete their CLE requirement by August 31, 2015.  For information, please click here: PA CLE.

[1] In previous compliance periods only 1 credit hour of ethics was required each compliance period.

[1] All PA lawyers are assigned to 1 of 3 PA CLE Compliance Groups:

  • Group I:    May 1 – April 30
  • Group II:   September 1 – August 31
  • Group III:  January 1 – December 31

PA CLE groups are chosen randomly by lawyer ID number.

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CLE Course: Administering an Estate With Firearms

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No one knows exactly how many firearms are owned by U.S. citizens – a reasonable estimate would put the number around 300 million. Yes, firearms ownership in our country is at an all-time high and is only trending higher due to increased participation in gun collecting and firearms purchases for self-defense and hunting – and don’t forget about all those “doomsday preppers” that are stockpiling weapons for the end of the world.

What happens to guns when their owners die? What many people don’t realize about firearms is that they also pose major legal issues when administering estates. Gun laws in the United States create a complex web of requirements that are rarely considered in the estate administration process…. do you still think it’s legal to sell your Uncle Earl’s shotguns at the estate sale???

In this CLE course, attorney Kim McGhee discusses the legal issues that you must consider when administering an estate with firearms. She mainly addresses the laws regarding the administration of estates with firearms, key considerations regarding possession, transporting & storing firearms, prohibited persons and transferring firearms. She concludes by providing a checklist for administration and further resources. To access the course please click here: How To Administer An Estate Which Owns Firearms.

Additional topics covered in this CLE course:

  • The National Firearms Act (NFA)
  • The Gun Control Act (GCA)
  • The definition of a firearm
  • Curios & relics
  • Minors
  • Drug-affiliated restrictions
  • Mental health
  • Noncompliance with transfer requirements
  • Private party transactions (PPT)
  • Liability
  • Selling/loaning firearms
  • Family transfers
  • NFA gun trusts
  • Locating & identifying firearms
  • Background checks on beneficiaries
  • The proper certificates
  • Gun trusts

Kim McGhee is an experienced attorney in advocating and protecting her clients’ best interests. She possesses a broad range of experience in the areas of estate planning, elder law, retirement planning, banking, real estate and legal ethics. Kim is active in both community and professional organizations and she is a member of the State Bars of California and Nevada, member of the North County Bar Association California Conference of Delegates, Member-At-Large and Chair of the Community Outreach and Fundraising Committees for the San Diego Dementia Consortium and a former Executive Board Member-At-Large of the Clark County Bar Association.

This CLE course is currently offered 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)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • 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.

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CLE Course on Audio & Video Evidence

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In today’s digital age where recording devices, video cameras and digital technologies are ever-present, audio and video evidence has become incredibly important in civil and criminal litigation throughout all state and federal courts. Attorneys must have at least a basic understanding of what can be done forensically and legally with such audio and video evidence to get the best results in their cases and the best outcomes for their clients.

Will your audio, acoustic, voice or video evidence be considered legally trustworthy and therefore admissible in court? Or has your audio or video evidence been tampered with or fabricated in any way thus making it inadmissible?

In this CLE course presented by attorney and forensic expert Herbert Joe, you will learn what can and cannot be done with audio, acoustic, voice and video evidence – whether you’re the proponent or opponent of such evidence. Mr. Joe utilizes a number of criminal and civil case examples from his own practice and mainly discusses original evidence, the authenticity of audio & video evidence and uncovering key facts from the audio and video evidence.  To access the course please click here: Forensic Analysis of Audio & Video Evidence.

Further subject covered in this CL course:

  • Examples of VOX
  • Poor audio recordings
  • Forensic analyses of audio evidence
  • Evidence from phones
  • The legality of recording phone calls
  • Waveform analysis
  • Signs that are suggestive of fraud
  • Examples of gaps in recordings
  • Stop-record signatures
  • The importance of one word in a recording
  • Time scaling
  • Acoustic gunshot analysis
  • Digital image processing
  • Analyzing security videotape damaged in a bank robbery
  • Measuring the height of a subject based on video footage
  • Accounting for sunlight in a video recording
  • Determining key facts of a civil or criminal case from video evidence

Herbert Joe is a forensic scientist with 4 degrees, a Registered Patent Attorney and Graduate Faculty (Law) at the University of Phoenix. As managing partner of Yonovitz & Joe, L.L.P., his firm has been involved in thousands of cases involving forensic audio/acoustic/voice/video evidence for the past 27 years. He has testified in state and Federal courts in civil and criminal cases throughout the U.S. and overseas as an expert witness in forensic audio, acoustic, voice and video evidence, as well as an expert in patent law in patent infringement cases. Clients include all levels of state and Federal governmental entities, law firms throughout the world, Fortune 100 companies, Public Defender’s Office throughout the U.S. Mr. Joe conducts clinical/forensic research, has co-authored peer-reviewed publications, has given national and international presentations and consulted for CSI:Miami, Dr. Phil, ABC, BBC, FOX, AP, TMZ, and People Magazine.

This CLE course is currently offered 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 Hampshire (NH)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • 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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Oregon CLE: 45 Online OR CLE Credit Hours

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Oregon attorneys have one of the larger CLE requirements in the country. Attorneys that are licensed to practice law in Oregon must complete 45 OR CLE credit hours each 3 year reporting period to remain compliant with the Oregon MCLE requirement.[1]

Oregon MCLE Compliance & Reporting

  • Reporting Cycle: Every 3 years
  • Compliance Deadline: December31
  • Reporting Deadline: January 31

Oregon attorneys may complete all 45 required OR CLE credit hours through Attorney Credits’ online and downloadable CLE courses. Attorney Credits offers 45 unit OR CLE compliance packages and individual OR CLE courses. We also feature a wide selection of CLE courses dedicated to legal ethics and access to justice, and soon we will be offering a new course on the new mandatory elder abuse reporting statute for Oregon attorneys.

Oregon attorneys may complete all 45 required CLE credit hours through online on-demand CLE programs.

All 45 OR CLE credit hours must be completed by December 31. Your OR MCLE compliance must be reported no later than January 31. Please note that that Oregon MCLE compliance is broken up into 3 different groups, so Oregon attorneys must complete the OR MCLE requirement every three years.[2] For more information about CLE in Oregon please click here: OR CLE.

[1] Oregon attorneys must also complete a number of specialty credits to complete the 45 credit hour OR CLE requirement. A minimum of 6 credit hours must be completed in CLE activities accredited for legal ethics or professional responsibility credit.[1] For reporting groups 2015-2017, 1 of the 6 required ethics credit hours must pertain to a lawyer’s statutory elder abuse reporting obligations. And in alternate OR CLE reporting periods, at least 3 of the required 45 hours must be in programs accredited for Access to Justice credit pursuant to Rule 5.5(b).

[2] See: Oregon MCLE: Compliance Groups. Your OR MCLE compliance group will be determined by the year when you became a member of the Oregon State Bar.

http://www.attorneycredits.com/wordpress/2013/02/oregon-mcle-compliance-groups/

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Oklahoma CLE: 6 Online Hours Each Year

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Oklahoma attorneys must complete a minimum of 12 Oklahoma CLE credit hours each compliance period in order to complete the annual OK CLE requirement. In addition, at least 1 of the 12 required OK CLE credit hours must be approved for legal ethics credit.[1]

Oklahoma CLE Compliance & Reporting

  • Reporting Cycle: Annual
  • Compliance Deadline: December 31
  • Reporting Deadline: February 15

Oklahoma attorneys may study online and downloadable CLE courses to complete at least a portion of their 12 unit OK MCLE requirement.  Oklahoma allows attorneys are allowed to complete 6 CLE units through online CLE courses each annual compliance period.  Attorney Credits offers online streaming video courses and downloadable CLE courses in audio & video format for Oklahoma attorneys. This gives you the option to study at your home or office – or take your CLE with you on your iPod, phone or portable electronic device.

Online Oklahoma CLE Courses

Oklahoma attorneys may complete 6 of the required OK CLE credit hours through online OK CLE courses.

Oklahoma attorneys may earn 6 Oklahoma CLE credits from Attorney Credits as part of the 12 unit OK CLE requirement, including the Oklahoma specialty CLE requirement. Our Oklahoma CLE courses have all been pre-approved for OK CLE credit by the Oklahoma MCLE Commission and we report your OK CLE credits completed within 30 days of course completion. For more information about CLE in Oklahoma please click here: OK CLE.

[1] Legal Ethics also includes Professional Responsibility and Prevention of Malpractice topics.

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CLE Course on Effective Negotiation Strategies

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Well over 90% of civil and criminal cases never make it to a courtroom, as the great majority of cases nowadays either end in plea bargain or settlement. What does that mean for you? It means that in today’s legal world of backed up dockets and clogged courts, solid negotiation skills are almost as important as solid trial skills.

“In business as in life, you don’t get what you deserve you get what you negotiate.” – Chester L. Karass[1]

Whether you are a second year associate or a highly experienced criminal attorney, in this CLE course you will learn key skills and strategies to becoming a more effective negotiator. Attorney and mediator Douglas Barker mainly discusses the importance of preparation, the negotiation process and key goals of negotiation.  To access the course please click here: Effective Negotiation Strategies.

Further issues addressed in this CLE course include:

  • The fundamentals of communication
  • Evaluating potential forms of value
  • Presenting less tangible considerations
  • The target & walk away result
  • Knowing the other side
  • Demeanor & perspective
  • Dealing with emotions
  • Being an active listener
  • Pace
  • Opening proposals
  • Negotiating to your target

The information, skills and techniques presented by Mr. Barker in this CLE course can be deployed by both criminal & civil law attorneys, in addition to mediators & arbitrators and many other legal professionals. A lawyer since 1980, Doug Barker was a litigator and partner at Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich (now DLA Piper) for the first 14 years of his legal career. From 1984 through the late 1990s, Mr. Barker worked in ADR as a court-appointed arbitrator and arbitrated hundreds of cases He has trained as a mediator at NCRC (National Conflict Resolution Center), Pepperdine University, and through the American Bar Association (ABA). Mr. Barker has been a mediator since 1999 and is a frequently published writer and seminar speaker on the subject of mediation. He has mediated over 2,000 cases involving a wide array of civil litigation matters with a strong emphasis on personal injury, employment, real estate, construction defect, homeowners’ association and commercial contract disputes.

This CLE course is currently offered 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 Hampshire (NH)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

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

[1] Title of book written by Chester L. Karrass

http://www.amazon.com/Business-Life-Dont-Deserve-Negotiate/dp/0965227499

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Ohio CLE: 12 Online Credits Hours

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Attorneys in Ohio must complete 24 Ohio CLE credit hours each 2-year compliance period. Ohio attorneys must also complete the Professional Conduct requirement every two years.  To complete the Ohio Professional Conduct requirement, Ohio attorneys must complete a minimum of 2.5 credit hours of Professional Conduct.[1]

OH CLE Compliance & Reporting

  • Reporting Cycle: 2 years
  • Compliance Deadline: 12/31
  • Reporting Deadline: 1/31

Ohio attorneys can complete online and downloadable with Attorney Credits to fulfill 12 self-study CLE credit hours each two-year compliance period. Under the 2014 changes to the Ohio MCLE Rules, Ohio attorneys may now take 12 hours of self-study courses. This includes online and downloadable CLE courses.

Attorneys in Ohio may complete online and downloadable CLE courses to fulfill self-study hours.   Attorneys may take up to 12 credit hours of online on-demand CLE courses.

We have a full selection of general and Professional Conduct CLE courses for Ohio attorneys. We also offer OH CLE Bundles with all 12 required credit hours included. For more information please click here: OH CLE.

[1] This includes courses on Substance Abuse, Legal Ethics and Professionalism.

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Now Offering North Dakota CLE!!

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In our effort to provide as many attorneys as possible around the country with a convenient way to complete their mandatory CLE requirement we now offer online on-demand CLE courses for attorneys licensed to practice in North Dakota! North Dakota attorneys must complete forty-five (45) credit hours of North Dakota CLE activities every three years, including the 3 hour legal ethics requirement.

North Dakota attorneys must complete their CLE hours by June 30 and report ND CLE compliance by July 31.

North Dakota attorneys may satisfy up to twelve (15) CLE credit hours each compliance period through Attorney Credits’ online and downloadable ND CLE courses. Attorney Credits’ online and downloadable CLE courses are considered self-study courses by the North Dakota CLE Board. Please note that In North Dakota no more than fifteen (15) total credit hours may be obtained through self-study CLE activities.

No more than fifteen (15) total credit hours may be obtained through Attorney Credits’ self-study ND CLE courses.

Our pre-selected one-click North Dakota Bundles are the quickest way to get started on your ND CLE requirement. You may also Build Your Own North Dakota CLE Bundle, select individual ND CLE courses, or choose Unlimited CLE for 1 full year. For more information about CLE in North Dakota please click here: ND CLE.

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North Carolina: 6 Online CLE Hours Annually

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North Carolina attorneys must complete 12 credit hours of approved NC CLE to fulfill the annual North Carolina CLE requirement. Of these 12 required hours, at least 2 credit hours each year must be in the area of Professional Responsibility or Professionalism.[1]

North Carolina CLE Compliance & Reporting

  • Reporting Cycle: Annual
  • Deadline: December 31
  • Reporting Deadline: February 28

There is one major positive for attorneys in North Carolina when it comes time to complete the NC CLE requirement. North Carolina amended the CLE Rules in 2014 to allow 6 credit hours of computer-based CLE courses, replacing the previous limit of four.[2] That means that North Carolina attorneys may now complete half of their annual NC CLE requirement through online and downloadable CLE courses.

Online CLE Courses

North Carolina attorneys may take up to six (6) hours of CLE credit through online and downloadable NC CLE courses each annual compliance period.[3]

Please note that a North Carolina attorney may also take an additional six (6) hours of online NC CLE credit (in addition to the 6 online hours allowed each compliance period) each year.[4] However, this additional NC CLE credit will be “banked” and applied to the following year’s CLE requirement. For more information about North Carolina CLE please click here: NC CLE.

[1] And at least once every 3 years, each NC attorney must also complete at least one (1) hour of professional responsibility devoted entirely to instruction in Substance Abuse awareness or debilitating mental conditions – and a lawyer’s professional responsibilities “attendant to these conditions.”

[2] The NC CLE rules previously allowed only 4 online credit hours each year. Attorneys practicing in North Carolina now have the option to complete half of their annual NC CLE requirement through online and downloadable North Carolina CLE courses.

[3] Online Courses

http://www.nccle.org

[4] Frequently Asked Questions for Attorneys

http://www.nccle.org/atty/a_faqs.aspx

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