Category Archives: Law & Technology

CLE Course on the Importance of Mobile Phone Forensics in Litigation

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For many of us, the only time we’re not using your smartphone is when we are taking a shower – and I have to admit to checking my fantasy football scores in the shower. If you are like me, your smartphone is a text messaging device and a phone… and it’s also an Internet browser, a GPS device and the easiest way to send emails and check our stocks. Other people use their smartphone to post content to Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, Vine, Instagram, Youtube and other social media and content sharing websites. We now live our lives through our phones, tablets and other mobile devices.

Mobile Phone Forensics

From a business and legal standpoint, the preservation and collection of electronically stored information (ESI) is central in today’s litigation landscape and is only complicated by smartphones and other mobile devices. Emails, presentations, spreadsheets, memos and even pictures & video can all be potentially responsive data sources. The challenge with this type of electronically stored information (ESI) is that it is often stored in a myriad of systems and mobile devices, and each system has its own preservation and collection nuances.

In this course, attorney and global eDiscovery & cyber forensics expert Paul Connolly describes the current landscape of mobile information collection and preservation and answers the vexing question of why attorneys so often overlook mobile data in the context of eDiscovery. Paul mainly discusses why collecting the data can be ethically challenging, expensive & potentially awkward, and he also provides some proactive policy and protocol ideas to bring clarity to your practice and electronic discovery of mobile devices.  To access the course please click here: Our Phones, Ourselves: The Importance of Mobile Phone Forensics in Litigation.

Additional topics covered in this CLE course include:

  • The prevalence of discoverable data on mobile devices
  • How preservation of employee text messages & other mobile data is frequently overlooked or botched
  • The practical issues faced when collecting data
  • Ethical complications
  • Privacy questions
  • Company BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies
  • Shadow BYOD policies

Paul K. Connolly is an attorney and Global E-Discovery & Cyber Forensics Expert with Duff and Phelps in Santa Monica, California. He has extensive case and workflow management responsibilities and handles internal investigations and “front page” enforcement actions by federal securities and antitrust regulators. Paul often works closely with internal counsel and compliance departments at international banks.

This CLE course is 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)
  • Missouri (MO)
  • 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 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: Legal Ethics of Online Legal Advertising

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Almost every attorney and law firm utilizes numerous online resources to provide legal information to the public and advertise services to potential clients. However, while numerous attorneys and firms rely on websites and social media to grow their businesses, many don’t give a second thought to the fact that their online activities could run afoul of the ethical rules on attorney advertising. Firm websites, Facebook, Twitter, Quora, LinkedIn, Quora and other social media platforms all pose significant ethical risks for lawyers who may be inappropriately or even inadvertently advertising to or soliciting clients online.

The following Model Rules will be discussed:

  • Model Rule 7.1 – false & misleading communications, required disclaimers
  • Model Rule 7.3 – solicitations
  • Model Rule 4.4 – transactions with persons other than clients
  • Model Rule 8.4 – integrity of the profession

In this legal ethics course, attorney Ken Matejka points out the ethical issues created by your online content and shows you how to fulfill your ethical duties when advertising and offering legal information on your law firm website, social media websites and other online resources like AVVO and Yelp. The five main topics that Ken discusses include false & misleading communications, solicitations, required disclaimers, privacy policies and eliciting online reviews. To access the course please click here – A Tangled Web: Ethical Issues Created by Your Online Legal Content.

Additional issues covered in this CLE course:

  • Providing legal information/legal advice
  • Case results
  • Specialists
  • Guarantees
  • Establishing the attorney-client relationship online
  • Online Q & A websites
  • Contingency fees & costs
  • ABA Formal Opinion No. 10-457
  • Recommended elements for a valid disclaimer
  • Recommended placement for disclaimers
  • Unencrypted email & the attorney-client privilege
  • The integrity of the profession

Ken Matejka is a California attorney and a former member of the ABA’s Standing Committee on Lawyer Referral and Information Services (LRIS). For seventeen years, he worked at the Lawyer Referral and Information Service of the Bar Association of San Francisco and in 2006, co-founded LegalPPC, an Internet Services Company dedicated to helping lawyers and lawyer referral services get more clients from Google. Ken has been a regular presenter at events like the ABA’s Annual LRIS Workshop and for attorneys across California on the topic of online visibility and lead generation for the solo practitioner’s law practice. LegalPPC currently provides Internet services to about 20 bar associations and a large number of law firms nationwide.

This CLE course is 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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CLE Course on “Re-engineering” the Patent Process

screen-capture-3Over the years, the conventional patent process has become highly inefficient. This often results in low quality patents being filed and significant money being lost by the applicant. And while a record number of patents are being issued – over a quarter million were issued last year – many of those patents will not generate a dime of revenue. There is, however, a better way for patent counsel and key decision makers to approach every patent that is pursued.

Patents are legal instruments that can be highly coveted and valuable business assets.

The 7 Step Strategic Patent Assessment takes a huge leap forward to renovate and sharpen the patent process. In this CLE course, patent attorney and former design engineer Craige Thompson teaches you a different way to look at the patent application process to maximize value for your clients. Craige provides a case example of a patent prosecution using a hypothetical invention and primarily addresses the lifetime costs & the value potential of patents, a typical patent prosecution, the patent decision problem, the 7 step strategic patent assessment and 4 new ways to win. To access the course, please click here: Patents: Re-engineering the Process to Get More Valuable Patents.

Additional topics that Craige discusses include:

  • The benefits of this new process
  • Focusing on the point of novelty
  • “Everything you say will be used against you”
  • Minimizing the number of office actions
  • The 4 core mistakes
  • The lifetime of a patent
  • Conventional prosecution value
  • What investors want
  • Benefits to the decision makers
  • The goldilocks investment rules
  • How the 7 Step SPA pays or itself
  • Solving the 4 core mistakes

A professional design engineer and accomplished patent attorney, Craige Thompson is president of Thompson Patent Law Offices, PC in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as well as Austin, Texas. Craige has substantial experience in patent licensing, prior art searching, due diligence, prosecution, opinion, reexamination, and litigation. He has handled cases that involve complex technologies that range from electrical engineering to mechanical engineering, software, and medical devices. Craige has enjoyed particular success in protecting and licensing clients’ complex green technologies that radically improve energy efficiency. He is admitted to the bar in the states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and the U.S. District Courts for the Western District of Wisconsin and the District of Minnesota and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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 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 How the Supreme Court Analyzes Evolving Technology

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Almost 100 years ago, the Supreme Court was forced to decide on the admissibility of evidence from a groundbreaking new technology – the systolic blood pressure test. At the time, the evidence from the systolic blood pressure test – or lie detector test – was held to be inadmissible because it was not “sufficiently established to have gained general acceptance in the particular field in which it belongs.”

Advances in sciences yield new, novel and high technology, much of which has significant legal ramifications. Unfortunately, technology evolves much faster than the laws can keep up and courts are forced to apply old legal doctrines to novel situations in our new digital world.

Fast-forward almost a century later and the Supreme Court now routinely decides major cases involving technology, reasonable expectations of privacy and the Fourth Amendment. In 2001, the Supreme Court aptly noted in Kyllo v. United States that technology has the power to erode Fourth Amendment privacy – and that seems to be exactly what’s happened in the ensuing years. Today, technological advances have given law enforcement powerful new tools at their disposal — stingrays, drones, thermal imaging devices, facial recognition software — to conduct surveillance and investigate criminal activity. Yet courts have been slow to keep pace with these technological changes and they have been split all over the map on what constitutes a violation of the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition against unreasonable search and seizure.

To learn more about how the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has analyzed evolving technologies, please join attorney and forensic expert Herbert Joe as he details the court’s analysis on emerging technologies – from the lie detector test to digital technologies. Mr. Joe presents and discusses Frye vs. U.S. (polygraph machine), Katz vs. U.S. (recording devices), Kyllo vs. U.S. (thermal imaging devices), U.S. vs. Jones (GPS tracking devices), U.S. vs. Wurie and Riley vs. California (smartphone searches).

To access this course please click here: From Katz to Riley: How SCOTUS Analyzes Evolving Technology. Herbert Joe is a forensic scientist with 4 degrees, Graduate Faculty (Law) at the University of Phoenix and a Registered Patent Attorney. As managing partner of Yonovitz & Joe, L.L.P., his firm has been involved in 1000s of cases involving forensic audio/acoustic/voice/video evidence for the past 27 years. He is also a Certified Mediator, licensed to practice law in Texas and Oklahoma, a Registered Patent Attorney with the United States Patent & Trademark Office, and a Member of the College of the State Bar of Texas. 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.

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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The Naked Lawyer CLE: Understanding Professional Liability & Insurance Coverage

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Robert is the Managing Partner of a very successful five-lawyer firm that has been in business for over thirty years. In that time, Robert’s firm has built up a substantial reputation that is second to none in the local community… and then “it” happened. Robert received calls from two of the firm’s top clients on the same day – they had both been the victims of identity fraud. At first Robert was baffled and frankly insulted that they would blame him, as his firm has state of the art firewalls protecting their computer systems. “How does this happen and why blame us,” he thought. Then he remembered that one of the associates at the firm had lost his tablet a few weeks ago in a taxi when he was taking a taxi back to the firm.

Cyber Liability and Data Breach protect attorneys and law firms from any type of occurrence where clients or employees information becomes compromised. This includes third party damages and defense costs.

A lawyer and law firm’s liability is much great than malpractice exposure. Cyber liability, car accidents by employees in the course of employment, discrimination lawsuits – these are just a few areas where lawyers and firms face potential exposure to liability. In this course, Michael Carroll will teach you how to protect you and your firm against these potential risks. Michael mainly discusses data breach insurance, cyber liability, office business insurance, hired and non-owned auto coverage and the grisly gremlins of insurance exclusion (earthquakes, floods, harassment, discrimination & termination) and malpractice liability & coverage. To access the course please click here: The Naked Lawyer: Understanding Professional Liability.

Additional topics covered in this CLE course:

  • Workers’ compensation
  • General liability
  • State data breach laws
  • The results of a data breach for your law firm
  • Cyber liability
  • Car accidents by employees in the course of employment
  • Employment Practices Liability Insurance (EPLI)
  • Optional endorsements
  • The fine points of deductibles
  • Loss only deductibles
  • CEOL (Claim Expenses outside Policy Limits) vs. CEIL (Claim Expenses inside Policy Limits)

Specializing in law firms for over twenty-five years, Michael Carroll started Insuring Lawyer in 2002 and now has offices in Ohio and Arizona. His firm has been selected as a Best Practices agency for fourteen consecutive years. Michael is a featured speaker at many national events to lawyers. He also has authored a critically acclaimed book for Lawyers titled The Naked Insurance Lawyer. Michael also is the host of his national TV Show for Lawyers titled The Naked Lawyer Show with Michael Carroll.

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)
  • 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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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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New CLE Course on Ethics & ESI

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Whether you’re in private, government, or corporate practice, you’re likely to deal with ESI (Electronically Stored Information) for a variety of transactional, litigation and business purposes. And as new technologies are developed and then become integrated into society and the practice of law, an attorney’s obligations under the ethical duty of competence continues to evolve. At a very minimum, attorney competence generally requires a basic understanding of, and facility with, issues relating to eDiscovery and the proper discovery of electronically stored information (ESI). The duty of competence may require a higher level of technical knowledge and ability depending on the e-discovery issues involved in a given matter and the nature of the ESI involved.

Failing to adhere to ethical standards in eDiscovery can lead to fines, reduced verdicts and even suspension from the practice of law.

In our brave new electronic world, digital pitfalls are truly lurking everywhere and this program will assist you in understanding the do’s and don’ts of eDiscovery by covering a number of pertinent ethical rules and recent case law in the area. This CLE program will mainly explore your ethical obligations in these areas: competence, the attorney-client privilege, client confidentiality, knowing where to look for ESI and intentionally withholding ESI. To access the course please click here: Ethics & ESI: Pitfalls and Practical Tips For the Wary Practitioner.

Further issues discussed in this CLE course include:

  • Rules of Professional Conduct
  • The Business & Professions Code
  • The ABA Model Rules
  • The Stored Communications Act
  • The I “heart” Hot Moms case
  • Electronic spoliation
  • Intentionally deleting electronic evidence
  • Removing Facebook photos & other social media evidence
  • Innocent deletion
  • Social media’s indefinite half life
  • Emails & the attorney client privilege
  • The work product doctrine
  • The responsibilities of partners & supervisory lawyer
  • The responsibilities of a subordinate lawyer
  • Responsibilities regarding nonlawyer assistance
  • Withholding electronic documents & emails
  • Qualcomm Inc. v. Broadcom Corp.
  • The penalties for failing to live up to ethical standards when conducing eDiscovery

Eric R. Deitz devotes much of his practice to the defense of attorneys and other professionals sued for malpractice. He also practices complex, estate and appellate litigation. Eric’s published opinions include In re Harris, 590 F.3d 730 (C.A.9, 2009) and Woolverton v. McCracken, 321 Ill.App.3d 440 (2001). Eric has tried multiple cases to verdict, including a statewide class action in California Superior Court. He also lectures on legal ethics, e-discovery, and document retention practices and policy. A member of the invitation-only Legal Ethics Committee of the San Diego County Bar Association, Eric currently serves on the committee’s executive board. Since 2013, Eric has been recognized by the Southern California edition of Super Lawyers® in the area of Professional Liability Defense.

This CLE course on ethics & ESI qualifies for legal ethics credit and 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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New CLE Course on Ethics & Technology

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In a very short period of time technology has revolutionized society and has forever changed the practice of law. The days of burying your head in the sand and hoping that technology all just goes away are over – whether you like it or not, technology is here to stay. ESI, metadata, litigation holds, friending potential witnesses… lawyers now need to understand and be well-versed with technology in order to fully represent their clients, get the best outcome at trial and avoid discipline and malpractice lawsuits.

Failing to grasp these new technologies in your everyday practice can lead to ethical violations, malpractice lawsuits and even disqualification.

In this new CLE course Ed McIntyre provides ethical guidance for fellow trial attorneys by reviewing three different hypothetical case examples based on the following subjects: electronically stored information (ESI) & the litigation hold, the inadvertent disclosure of documents and friending people involved in a lawsuit. To access the course click here: Ethics and Technology for the Trial Lawyer.

Further topics covered by Mr. McIntyre include:

  • Why we should care about ethics & technology
  • The applicable laws & codes
  • The evolution of technology
  • ESI (electronically stored information)
  • The Zubulake series of cases
  • Model Rule 1.1, Model Rule 1.6(c)
  • Rico v. Mitsubishi
  • Attorney client privilege
  • Attorney work product
  • Model Rule 4.4(b)
  • Disqualification
  • Public vs. private Facebook pages
  • Googling the jury

Edward J. McIntyre, Esq. is a litigation partner and general counsel for Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith, LLP where he practices complex business litigation in federal and state courts. He also advises and represents attorneys on issues of professional responsibility, risk mitigation and professional negligence. Mr. McIntyre is an expert on the topic of professional responsibility. He testifies as an expert witness in court, writes a monthly column on professional responsibility in the San Diego Lawyer Magazine and frequently lectures on this topic. He is also a member and chair of the San Diego County Bar Association Legal Ethics Committee and received the 2013 Top Lawyers of San Diego distinction.

This CLE course on ethics & technology 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 CLE.

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California CLE: Legal Ethics Credits

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If you practice law in California (and many states around the country) you have a legal ethics requirement as part of your mandatory CLE obligations. For example, attorneys in California must complete 4 credit hours of legal ethics each 3 year compliance period. In other state like Florida and Illinois, attorneys need to complete 5 and 6 credit hours of legal ethics respectively each CLE compliance period.

California MCLE Compliance Requirements

  • Total Units: 25
  • Legal Ethics: 4
  • Elimination of Bias: 1
  • Substance Abuse/Competence Issues: 1

If you need legal ethics credit, we have a number of courses that qualify for that type of specialty credit. Here is a list of courses that qualify for ethics credit in California.

Legal Ethics Courses:

  • Avoiding Ethical Violations and Legal Malpractice Claims: An Expert’s Perspective
  • Conflicts of Interest: The Basics
  • Ethical Advice from a Trial Lawyer
  • Ethics & Legal Technology: E-Filing, Email & Electronic Wills
  • Ethics for Lawyers in the Cloud
  • Ethics in a Web 2.0 World
  • Ethics of Cloud Computing
  • Fee Agreements: Ethics & Reasonableness
  • Honesty is Best Policy: How Far Can You Go in Negotiations
  • Law, Ethics & Technology: E-Discovery & E-Competence
  • Law, Ethics & Technology: E-mail, Metadata & Electronic Storage
  •  Legal Ethics: Civility and Zealous Representation
  •  Personal Injury: An Ethically Hazardous Practice Area
  •  Practical Ethics: Avoiding Trouble with Clients, Courts and the State Bar
  •  Take Five: Edifying and Educational Ethical Examples
  •  Top 10 Ways to Stay Out of Ethical Trouble
  • Working with Experts

California attorneys can complete legal ethics courses for self-study or participatory credit as long as they complete a total of 12.5 hours of participatory credit. For more information about California CLE please click the following link: CA CLE.

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New Rules on Raising Capital and Crowdfunding

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The JOBS Act was enacted in 2012 and was intended to reduce barriers to capital formation – especially for smaller companies and startups. On July 10, 2013, the SEC adopted amendments to Rule 506 of Regulation D under the Securities Act to implement the requirements of Section 201(a) of the JOBS Act and these amendments became effective on September 23, 2013. Welcome to the age of crowdfunding!

The JOBS Act requires the SEC to adopt rules amending existing exemptions from registration under the Securities Act of 1933 and creates new exemptions that permit issuers of securities to raise capital without SEC registration.

If you need to learn more about the practical effects of amendments to SEC Rule 506, then join attorney Kelly Bagla as she details what the revised laws means for small businesses and startups that are now looking to raise capital. The main issues discussed include traditional Rule 506 requirements, new Rule 506(c) requirements, general solicitation & general advertising, accredited investor verification, the practical effects for companies looking to raise capital, the definition of crowdfunding, types of crowdfunding and rules regarding crowdfunding.  To access the course please click here: New Rules on Raising Capital and Crowdfunding.

Additional subjects covered by Mrs. Bagla include:

  • Rule 504 & 506 requirements
  • Exemptions to Rule 506
  • Pre-existing relationships
  • Venture capital
  • Raising unlimited capital
  • Four different ways to verify accredited investors
  • Third party accredited investor verification
  • Confidentiality
  • Startups
  • Rules for crowdfunding
  • Kickstarter
  • Disclosures
  • Annual reports
  • 505(c) verification

The founder and general manager of Bagla Law, Kelly Bagla is an experienced corporate and securities attorney who practices in San Diego, California. A multi-degreed lawyer, she began her career with a Fortune 500 global biotechnology company in California, where she managed legal issues for 35 international subsidiaries. She then joined Baker & McKenzie, an international law firm based in San Diego, where she advised domestic and international clients on corporate and securities issues. Kelly subsequently joined the Catalyst Law Group in San Diego, California, where she headed the corporate legal department. Her practice covers everything from general corporate counseling to legal advice on offshore transactions. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and International Relations from California State University, Hayward. She also earned a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B. with honors) from the University of Wales, Swansea, and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Whittier Law School.

This CLE course on Indian gaming & tribal sovereignty 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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