Category Archives: Law & Technology

CLE Course: Ethics of Cloud Computing

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Welcome to the digital age! The use of cloud computing technologies offers lawyers and law firms alike distinct advantages in terms of cost savings, flexibility & mobility, ease of use and more efficient client service. However, because cloud computing places data – namely confidential client information – on remote servers outside of the lawyer’s direct control, it has given rise to some serious concerns regarding its acceptability under applicable ethics rules. For these reasons, attorneys must be cognizant of their ethical duties when selecting an appropriate vendor and deploying cloud technologies in their practice.

Your law firm would like to take advantage of new technologies like “The Cloud” … but is it safe? How can you be sure you are fulfilling your ethical duties to your client to protect their confidential information?

If you have questions about utilizing cloud technologies in your practice while still maintaining ethical standards of practice then join intellectual property attorney Robert Cogan as he describes what the Cloud is and how you can use this new technology without running afoul of the ethics rules. By taking this course you will reach a basic level of familiarity with what the Cloud is in the context of law practice, be able to identify the ethical obligations that must be met in use of the Cloud, learn the actions the attorney must take in exercising due care when selecting a vendor, recognize significant security vulnerabilities that are not a function of Cloud use and take steps to address these security vulnerabilities. To access the course please click here: Ethics of Cloud Computing.

Additional topics addressed include:

  • Pertinent terms
  • Rules of professional conduct
  • Services
  • SAS
  • Advantages of using the Cloud
  • State ethics opinions
  • ABA opinions & Model Rules
  • Client confidentiality
  • Competence
  • Questions to consider
  • Knowledge requirements for non-technical attorneys
  • Terms of service
  • Practical care
  • Non-technical considerations
  • Social engineering
  • Phishing
  • Trojan horses
  • General guidance

Robert P. Cogan is a business and intellectual property lawyer with over 35 years of experience in both corporate and private practice as well as experience in operating management. His previous experience includes fourteen years as chief patent counsel of a Fortune 200 Company, where he managed the development and enforcement of worldwide patent and trademark portfolios. He has negotiated multimillion dollar agreements, including software licenses, distributorships and joint research projects. Mr. Cogan also has extensive experience in contracting with government agencies including Department of Defense, NASA, and NIH, as well as state agencies.

This CLE course on elder law 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 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: Protecting Employer Information

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It is estimated that over 70% of the value of an average business is held within its information systems. With this statistic in mind, it’s not surprising that information can now make the difference between success and failure for a business. For this reason, corporate espionage has become an enormous problem as we have progressed into the Digital Age.

Statistics drawn from various industry sources show that losses due to trade secret thefts are estimated at more than $150 billion a year.

Despite the significant risks that corporate espionage poses, few companies spend the money that is needed to secure and protect their trade secrets from disgruntled employees, and to train their employees to safeguard invaluable company trade secrets. In that regard, companies must pinpoint the specific physical, information technology and other security protocols they can take to safeguard their trade secrets from thieves. And the day is past when trade secrets can be adequately protected simply by requiring employees to execute confidentiality agreements, non-solicitation agreements and covenants not to compete.

Trade secrets and confidential information can be accessed from:

  • File Cabinets
  • Rolodexes
  • Personnel Files
  • Computer Workstations
  • Internet
  • E-Mail
  • Off-Site Login
  • High-Tech Surveillance Equipment
  • Cell Phones/PDAs
  • Fax Machines
  • Garbage

To learn more about how you can counsel companies to more effectively protect valuable trade secrets join Orange County attorney Ron Brand for a detailed discussion of what can be done to protect this invaluable company information. The main topics discussed include corporate espionage, the definition of a trade secrets, how to protect trade secrets and ensuring the enforcement of rights. Mr. Brand also provides thorough analysis of recent trade secrets case law from California and around the country and discusses what Congress is doing to protect trade secrets. To access the course please click here: Protecting Employer Information.

Further issues addressed in this CLE course include:

  • Information technology
  • What thieves are targeting
  • How trade secrets are accessed
  • The types of information that can be a trade secret
  • Security measures
  • Protecting corporate assets
  • Conducting exit interviews
  • Misappropriation of trade secrets
  • Cease & desist letters
  • TROs/preliminary injunctions
  • Monetary damages
  • Non-solicitation & non-compete agreements
  • The CFAA (Computer Fraud and Abuse Act)

Ron S. Brand focuses his practice on providing legal advice, guidance, and representation to employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including defense against Federal and State-based wrongful termination, retaliation, harassment, discrimination, wage and hour, whistle blower, defamation, breach of contract, fraudulent inducement and other similar claims brought by current and former employees. He represents employers in both Federal and State courts, and before administrative agencies, including the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He is a frequent speaker for CLE providers, trade groups, associations, and private employers on a wide variety of employment law related issues, including protection of trade secrets and pre-employment background screening.

This CLE course on protecting trade secrets 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)
  • 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.

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CLE Course: Medical and Scientific Evidence Used in DUI and Drug Cases

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With marijuana being legalized both medicinally and recreationally across the country and the recent scourge of prescription drugs, increasingly more people are being convicted of driving under the influence and other crimes involving drugs. This course presented by criminal defense attorney Paul Neuharth will address the testing for chemical substances or drugs – both as to the application in a DUI defense and as to being under the influence of drugs in a general criminal defense. The same principles will apply in both types of cases.

It is important for every attorney who is representing someone charged with a drug-related driving case to gain as much knowledge and training as possible in drug recognition and the actual methods used in testing for the suspected substances.[1]

In addition to discussing the medical and scientific evidence used to detect drugs such as LSD, methamphetamines, cocaine and prescription pills such as opiates, Mr. Neuharth also discusses the detection of alcohol. This course is especially timely with the recent legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington and the fact that we are now starting to formulate guidelines around the rest of the country. To access the course please click here: Medical and Scientific Evidence Used in DUI and Drug Cases.

Additional issues addressed include:

  • Nanogram limits
  • Metabolites
  • The absorption of marijuana into the bloodstream
  • Experts
  • Testing
  • Benzodiazepines
  • Tolerance
  • Opiates
  • Water solubility
  • Boutique drugs such as GHB
  • Spice & MDMA
  • Field coordination tests
  • Over the counter medications such as Benadryl
  • False positives
  • Blood tests
  • Breathe tests
  • Downloading information from the portable breathalyzer
  • Calibration of the breathalyzer
  • Preliminary alcohol screening
  • The slope detector
  • Testing at the crime lab
  • The lab packet
  • Gas chromatographs
  • Blood tests

Paul H. Neuharth Jr. is a sole practitioner located in San Diego, California, with exclusive and extensive experience in administrative and criminal law. Mr. Neuharth’s firm has been Martindale-Hubble AV-rated for the last 16 years. He is listed on the American Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Trial Lawyers for California and a top Criminal Law attorney category by The Daily Transcript (2010, 2011). Mr. Neuharth was a California State Law Enforcement Officer from 1983 to 1990, receiving 7 commendations and worked his way through his undergraduate studies and law school in that capacity.

This CLE course on the medical and scientific evidence used in DUI and drug cases 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)
  • 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] Navigating DUI Drug Cases

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CLE Course: Online Security & Risk Basics for Attorneys

We now live in the digital era – an era of social media, mobile phones & devices and being connected and online 24/7. There are many benefits for attorneys and law firms that adopt and utilize online technology to enhance their practice and provide more cost-effective and efficient service to their clients. Unfortunately, there are numerous risks that are involved with utilizing online technologies as well.

“Which risks are relevant?  Those that impact business goals.  Which risks impact business goals?  They all do.” – Deborah Gonzalez

In this new CLE course, Deborah Gonzales of Law2SM presents the tools and resources that you need to better understand the security and reputational risks of online and digital activity for attorneys and how to mitigate those risks to minimize potential losses. The focus of Online Security & Risk Basics for Attorneys is to present security and risk management best practices that address major concerns for attorneys in our new online environment.

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There is a wealth of practical information presented in this course and Ms. Gonzalez provides numerous practice points for attorneys to adopt in their everyday practice to minimize online risks.  The main topics addressed include setting the context of our new digital world, mobile devices, apps & BYOD, reputational risk, big data, content management/marketing, compliance and what you can do to mitigate your risk.

Further issues addressed in this CLE course include:

  • The relevant risks
  • Digital threats
  • Social media/online risk
  • Online security
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Sources of risk
  • Why risks happen
  • Crafting a social media policy
  • The NLRB’s (National Labor Relations Board) role in regulation
  • The 5 C’s
  • Monitoring risks
  • Suggested alerts
  • Metadata/geo-tagging
  • Protecting your online identity
  • Compliance with rules & regulations
  • The SEC regulations
  • FTC & compliance
  • Disclaimers
  • The FCC & net neutrality
  • COPPA (Children’s’ Online Privacy Protection Act)
  • The compliance toolkit
  • Audits & assessment
  • SLA™ Risk Assessment
  • Protecting yourself and your firm through insurance coverage

The founder of Law2SM, Deborah Gonzalez is an attorney whose legal practice focuses on music, art, entertainment, digital, social media and online law. She obtained her JD from New York Law School and is licensed to practice in both New York and in Georgia. Her clients include galleries, museums, artists & art professionals, animators, filmmakers, musicians & music professionals, authors, and various other creative professionals. Ms. Gonzalez is a member of the Georgia Production Partnership, Georgia Entertainment Association, Women in Animation, and the Entertainment Law sections of the Georgia and New York Sate Bar Associations. She speaks at various industry conferences around the world, such as SEIGE CON and SIAF, on legal issues and concerns for artists of all genres.  Attorney Credits offers continuing legal education (CLE) for attorneys in Illinois and around the country. To access more information about Illinois CLE please click the following link: IL CLE:

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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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New CLE Course on Refining Your Closing Argument

The way that juries filter and process information has fundamentally changed over the last few decades. Today, juries are less apt to soak up the volumes of complex information that today’s sophisticated civil and criminal cases require. During closing arguments attorneys need to be cognizant of their jury and should keep their message brief and easy to understand in order for jurors to be able to process the bottom line of the case.

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In this highly informative CLE course, you will learn how to provide a succinct closing argument that the jury will be able to process and remember in order for you to get a favorable outcome for your client. Three top trial attorneys present numerous practical points for you to deploy in your closing arguments while they provide real examples from past cases. Topics include framing the debate, focusing on jury instructions, honing your message, being outcome determinative, using story boarding, making the message easy to understand, streamlining your trial and solving the problem. The presenters also provide numerous case examples and two different six minute closing arguments based on two previously litigated cases.  To access the course click here: Closing Arguments.

We are dealing with a new generation of jurors.  People now learn information in a very different way than they did in the past.  People now learn information by having very short segments with a very particular piece of information combined with lots of different imagery.

The presentation features three excellent trial attorneys from a leading San Diego Law firm. The firm represents plaintiffs only in personal injury, wrongful death, businesses cases, employment and elder abuse cases. Since 2000, the firm has obtained over $150 million in verdicts and settlements for its clients. The firm has also obtained numerous awards of over one million and four jury verdicts over one million dollars when there was nothing initially offered to settle the case.

This CLE course crafting closing arguments 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: California CLE.

Common Issues When Licensing Intellectual Property

There are three principal ways for individuals and companies to monetize intellectual property assets.  First, an individual or business may sell the intellectual property on their own.  Second, the intellectual property can be assigned and the IP rights are then sold to a third party.  Third, the intellectual property may be licensed, essentially a rental of the IP asset for a certain period of time.

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Further topics covered include:

  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Copyrights
  • Ownership rights
  • Chain of title
  • Due diligence
  • Finding prospective licensees
  • Approaching potential licensees
  • Exclusive vs. non-exclusive licenses
  • Production minimums
  • The scope of the license
  • Sub-licensing
  • Product improvements
  • Sales rights
  • Quality control
  • Territory
  • Quotas
  • Royalty schedules
  • Royalties
  • Audit rights
  • The beginning & termination of the license
  • The term of the license
  • The business life cycle & IP value

Eric A. Hanscom founded the Law Offices of Eric Hanscom in 1995 as a sole practitioner.  Since beginning InterContinental IP he has added the legal talents of Todd J. Langford and formed long-lasting associations with numerous foreign attorneys and law firms and has grown his business into an international practice.  Lionel P. Bochurberg is an attorney admitted to the California and Paris Bars, with international in-house experience in the telecom, Internet, software and biotech fields.  He has over 19 years of experience assisting clients with complex business transactions and international matters.

This CLE course on licensing intellectual property is currently accredited in the following states:

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

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

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IP Basics for Transactional Attorneys

Many businesses fail to understand and protect possibly their most valuable asset – the intellectual property of the company.  And in today’s Web 2.0 world, companies must also be especially cognizant not to infringe on the intellectual property rights of other companies and individuals.  This can lead to costly lawsuits and drain the company of precious time and resources.  Attorneys need to be able to counsel their clients on intellectual property issues and leverage their client’s intellectual property to help them realize the most value from these highly valuable assets.

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Join Peter Afrasiabi as he discusses the protections and limitations of United States copyright, trademark and patent law in IP Basics for Transactional Attorneys.  Copyright topics addressed include what is covered under copyright law, the three necessary elements to achieve copyright protection, when copyright protection begins, the copyright owner, employee rights vs. independent contractors, the duration of copyright protections, the rights of copyright holders, infringement and fair use.  Trademark issues covered include examples of trademarks, the purpose of trademark protection, how rights are acquired, generic, descriptive, suggestive & arbitrary marks, the duration of protection, filing a claim, infringement, cybersquatting, dilution and fair use.  Mr. Afrasiabi also discusses the benefits of having a patent, the scope of protection, obtaining a patent, patent rights, the competitive advantage in the marketplace, causes of action and design patents.

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From battles with Madonna over the “Material Girl” brand to fair use disputes with the Eagles’ Don Henley, Peter Afrasiabi primarily handles copyright, trademark, and entertainment disputes.  Recognized for his expertise, Mr. Afrasiabi has been a legal commentator on NBC and CBS, in addition to being recognized as a ”Super Lawyer.”  Also an adjunct professor of law, he was selected by the University of California’s prestigious CEB publications division to author an annual intellectual property chapter entitled Copyrights, Patents and Trademarks.  Mr. Afrasiabi’s recently published book Show Trials was a 2012 Indie Book National Finalist.

This CLE course on persuasion techniques for attorneys is currently accredited in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Colorado (CO)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • Delaware (DE)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Florida (FL)
  • Georgia (GA)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Iowa (IA)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • Nevada (NV)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • Oregon (OR)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)
  • Tennessee (TN)
  • Texas (TX)

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

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CLE Course: Ten Social Media Myths for Attorneys

Social media has changed society and along with it the practice of law.  Those attorneys who previously adopted the “Ostrich” approach – burying their heads in the sand and hoping it would all go away – must pull their head out and learn to adapt to our new Web 2.0 world.

It is now apparent that social media is not a fad – it is a paradigm shift.  Like email, Twitter and Facebook are here to stay … and that’s just the beginning.  There are currently over 400 social media websites and the list continues to grow every month.

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Social media is not just for teenagers and college kids anymore, companies and professionals now utilize social media for many business purposes.  Attorneys must be cognizant of social media and the legal issues that it presents in order to avoid legal liability and ethical violations in their own practice, and to fully counsel the clients they represent.

If you need help understanding the complex intersection of social media and the law, we have just added an excellent CLE course entitled Ten Social Media Myths for Attorneys.  In this extremely current and informative CLE course, Deborah Gonzalez of Law2sm provides an extremely comprehensive overview of the legal issues created by social media.  This course delves beyond merely introductory social media concepts and goes in-depth into complex legal social media issues so that attorneys are better able to counsel their clients.  The main areas addressed by Ms. Gonzalez include what is social media, ten principal social media myths for attorneys and resources for attorneys.

Further topics discussed include:

  • The many forms of social media
  • The new digital world
  • Why attorneys & professionals use social media
  • The principles of social media
  • Ethical rules that apply to social media use by attorneys
  • Disclaimers
  • Trademark protection
  • The FTC & false credentials
  • Astroturfing
  • Twitter-jacking
  • Cyber-stalking
  • Privacy
  • Employment law issues
  • The criminal system & the right to a fair trial
  • Digital legacy
  • Digital assets
  • State & federal laws impacting social media

Deborah Gonzalez is an attorney whose legal practice focuses on art, music, entertainment, digital, social media and online law.  She is licensed to practice in both New York and Georgia, and her clients include museums, galleries, artists & art professionals, animators, filmmakers, musicians & music professionals, authors, and various other creative professionals.  Ms. Gonzalez is the legal advisor to the Georgia Music Industry Association and currently serves on the board of Women in Film & Television Atlanta.  She is also a member of the Georgia Entertainment Association, Georgia Production Partnership, Women in Animation, and the Entertainment Law sections of the Georgia and New York Sate Bar Associations.  She speaks at various industry conferences around the world – such as SEIGE CON and SIAF – on legal issues and concerns for artists of all genres.

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