Pennsylvania CLE: 6 Online PA CLE Hours Allowed

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Pennsylvania attorneys must complete twelve (12) credit hours each annual compliance period, including at least two (2) hours of legal ethics. In the past, Pennsylvania attorneys were only allowed to complete four (4) Distance Leaning courses each annual compliance period. However, Pennsylvania attorneys may now complete six (6) hours each annual Pennsylvania CLE compliance period by completing computer based online and downloadable CLE courses.

PA CLE Distance Learning 

  • 6 credit hours each annual compliance period
  • Online & downloadable PA CLE courses

Pennsylvania attorneys that are in PA CLE Compliance Group I are required to complete their required Pennsylvania CLE by April 30. Attorneys that are in PA CLE Group I may now complete 6 credit hours each compliance period by completing online & downloadable Pennsylvania CLE courses. Attorney Credits’ Distance Learning PA CLE courses have been approved by the Pennsylvania CLE Board. For more information about CLE in Pennsylvania please click here: PA CLE.

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Colorado CLE: Late CO CLE Compliance

screen-capture4Colorado attorneys must complete at least 45 credit hours of CLE every 3 years to stay compliant with the CO CLE requirement. In addition, at least 7 of the required 45 credit hours must be in legal ethics. All Colorado CLE credit hours must be completed by December 31 and reported by January 31. If you do not complete the required CLE in time you may qualify for an extension.

Colorado CLE Extension 

If you had a December 31, 2015, CLE deadline and you did not complete the 45 credit hour requirement you may be able file a request for an extension of time with the Colorado Board of Continuing Legal Education.

If you are granted an extension you will be given until May 31, 2016, to complete the required Colorado CLE. Your request should be filed on the Make-Up Plan form provided by the Colorado Board of Continuing Legal Education. For more information about continuing legal education in Colorado, please click the following link: CO CLE.

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Arizona CLE: 15 Credit Hours by June 30

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Arizona attorneys must complete at least fifteen (15) AZ MCLE credit hours annually, including 3 credit hours of legal ethics. The annual Arizona MCLE compliance period begins on July 1 and ends on June 30th. The CLE reporting deadline in Arizona is September 15.[1]

Arizona MCLE compliance & Reporting

  • Reporting Cycle
    • Annual
  • Required Hours
    • 15
  • Compliance Deadline
    • June 30
  • Reporting Deadline
    • September 15

Please note that the State Bar of Arizona does not certify CLE courses or CLE providers. Arizona attorneys must independently review the AZ MCLE Rules and make their own determination that a CLE course or CLE provider qualifies for CLE credit towards the Arizona MCLE requirements.[2] We offer CLE in over 48 and Arizona attorneys have been taking our CLE courses for years without issue. For more information about CLE in Arizona please click here: AZ CLE.

[1] Arizona attorneys must file MCLE affidavits by September 15 of each year to report compliance. The online electronic affidavit is available in mid-July. An alternative option to report compliance is to print off a blank affidavit from the State Bar of Arizona website, complete and mail it.

[2] Arizona CLE Regulation 104(A) contains the standards that apply to CLE courses and CLE providers that delineate whether a CLE course will qualify for CLE credit in Arizona.

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NJ CLE: Report New Jersey CLE Compliance

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New Jersey attorneys certify New Jersey CLE compliance on the Annual Attorney Registration and Billing Statement. Every New Jersey attorney is assigned to one of two compliance groups. New Jersey CLE Compliance Groups are determined by birth date. Compliance Group 1 attorneys certify NJ CLE compliance in even-numbered years.[1] Compliance Group 2 attorneys certify NJ CLE compliance in odd-numbered years[2]

New Jersey CLE Compliance

  • New Jersey attorneys certify NJ CLE compliance on the Annual Attorney Registration and Billing Statement.

Attorneys licensed in New Jersey may take 12 of the required 24 NJ CLE credit hours through online and downloadable CLE courses. Some New Jersey attorneys may qualify for either a medical or non-resident exception and may be able to take all 24 NJ CLE hours through online on-demand New Jersey CLE courses. For more information about the New Jersey CLE requirement, reporting and compliance please click the following link: NJ CLE.

[1] Compliance Group 1 – New Jersey attorneys born January 1 – June 30.

[2] Compliance Group 2 – New Jersey attorneys born July 1 – December 31.

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The Florida CLER

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Members of the Florida Bar are subject to the CLER. The CLER stands for “Continuing Legal Education Requirement.” Each Florida attorney is assigned a reporting date and required to complete 30 hours of approved Florida CLE every three years.

Non-Compliance with the Florida CLER

If you fail to complete and report the required 30 FL CLE hours you can be suspended from the practice of Florida law.

Florida attorneys may complete all 30 required CLER credit hours through on-demand online and downloadable CLE courses. The Florida Bar allows the entire CLER to be fulfilled via streaming video, audio & video download and CD courses. For more information about Attorney Credits FL CLE courses and the CLER please click this link: FL CLE.

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CLE Course: Ethical Traps for the Unwary

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How well do you know the California Rules of Professional Conduct (CRPC), the Business & Professions Code (B&PC) and the State Bar Act? Do you know them well enough to avoid lurking ethical traps?

Lawyers & Ethics

Unfortunately, many lawyers think that the MPRE is the last time they need to study ethics rules and quite a few attorneys have little or no familiarity with the rules of the ethical road in California.

There are many traps for the unwary hiding within those ethical rules – traps that could lead to a malpractice violation or even state bar discipline and disbarment. Join David Carr as he discusses the source of ethical rules in California and ethics traps you need to avoid. To access the course click here: Ethical Traps for the Unwary.

The main topics presented and discussed by Mr. Carr include:

  • Failing to account for client funds
  • Accounting for unearned advanced fees
  • Accepting fees from third parties without client consent
  • Failing to disclose a lack of malpractice insurance
  • Settling a legal malpractice claim without advice to seek counsel
  • Failing to maintain membership address
  • Seeking agreement to withdraw or not make a state bar complaint
  • Candor toward tribunal
  • Moral turpitude through gross negligence

David Cameron Carr is Senior Counsel in the Legal Ethics and Law Firm Practice Group of Klinedinst PC. Mr. Carr specializes in legal ethics and the law of lawyering, including discipline defense, bar admissions, attorney fee disputes, legal malpractice, attorney professional responsibility and ethics advice. Mr. Carr graduated from Loyola Law School in 1986 and was admitted to the California Bar that year. After practicing in business litigation and commercial law, Mr. Carr spent 12 years as staff attorney, discipline prosecutor and manager at the State Bar of California, before returning to private practice in 2001 and then joining Klinedinst PC in 2016. Mr. Carr is an active member of the San Diego County Bar Association, where he serves on the Legal Ethics Committee.

This CLE course is currently offered in the following states:

  • California (CA)

For more information about the CA MCLE requirement please click the following link: CA CLE.

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CLE Course on Building Client Relationships with Tech-Savvy Business Owners

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Have you ever had a client refuse to work with you because your 26-page retainer agreement scared them away? Do you offer flat fees for some of your services? Have you found that your new business clients now communicate differently in the age of Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat?

Millennial & Tech-Savvy Business Owners

If you want to attract and keep new business clients, you need to work and communicate with millennial and tech-savvy clients in a way that works for them.

In this course, trial attorney and author Melody Kramer shows you how to establish, develop and maintain client relationships with millennial and tech-savvy business owners and make them clients for life. The main points discussed by Melody include building the attorney-client relationship in the 21st century, talking the clients language, billing & fee agreements, flat fees and client communications 2.0. To access the course please click here: Developing Client Relationships with Millennial and Tech-Savvy Business Owners.

Additional topics discussed in this CLE course:

  • Working with today’s entrepreneurs
  • How people view lawyers
  • Your entry point with business clients
  • Charging “reasonable” fees
  • Using plain English in the retainer agreement
  • Striking a good deal
  • Charging flat fees for phases of litigation
  • Keeping clients informed of your billing
  • Virtual practice
  • Email & test messages
  • Electronic signatures
  • Transparency
  • Freelance websites

Melody A. Kramer is a veteran trial lawyer, legal strategist, speaker, blogger and author. Her legal career began in Nebraska handling criminal, juvenile and civil cases. In 1999, she returned to California and turned her focus to general civil litigation. For the past seven years, Melody has handled complex federal litigation, served as lead counsel in dozens of cases and negotiated IP licensing agreements with well-known companies. She has been able to take on diverse litigation projects through strategic partnerships with other law firms. Her recently released book is entitled “Why Lawyers Suck! Hacking the Legal System, Part 1.”

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 Illinois and around the country. For more information about CLE in Illinois please click the following link: IL CLE.

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TX CLE: When Is My MCLE Deadline?

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Texas attorneys must complete a minimum of 15 TX CLE credit hours each year. The Texas CLE compliance year is a one-year period that begins on the first day of the month that you were born. The TX CLE compliance period ends one year later on the last day of the month before your birth month. In addition, each Texas attorney has an automatic grace period – the end of his or her birth month – to complete and report TX MCLE hours for that compliance year.

TX CLE Deadline

  • All TX CLE must be completed & reported
  • By the last day of your birth month

If you do not complete and report your required 15 hours of TX CLE by the last day of your birth month grace period then you subject to a penalty ranging between $100-$300 and considered in non-compliance. Please click this link to access more information about CLE in Texas: TX CLE.

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CLE Course: Substance Abuse & the Legal Profession

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Untreated addictions can seriously affect an attorney’s competence to practice law. Substance abuse and addiction can lead to late filings, missed court appearances, client defaults, poorly drafted pleadings, inappropriate settlements, local & state bar suspension, legal sanctions, restrictions & probation, unpaid dues & bills, disbarment, cancelled malpractice insurance and malpractice lawsuits against the lawyer and his or her client.

Substance Abuse & Attorneys

Substance abuse is the dirty little secret of the legal profession. The long hours, conflict and pressure of the profession leads some attorneys to abuse drugs and alcohol to cope with the stress of the profession.

In this substance abuse course, Commissioner K. Riley provides her unique perspective on alcohol and drug abuse amongst attorneys. The main topics covered by Commissioner Riley include substance abuse & attorneys, the addiction disease model, the physiology of alcoholism, competence & substance abuse, where to get help, the Other Bar, the Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP) and 12 step programs. To access this substance abuse course please click here: Substance Abuse & the Legal Profession.

Additional subjects in this Substance Abuse CLE course:

  • Why attorneys are at such a high risk
  • Lawyer defense skills
  • Neurochemistry
  • The Duty of Competence
  • The ABA Model Rules
  • Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Intervention
  • Relapse
  • Maintaining sobriety
  • Triggers
  • Getting help for attorneys
  • Legal discipline & getting help
  • The cost of discipline
  • Peer support groups
  • The Other Bar
  • AA
  • Additional resources for attorneys

Commissioner K. Riley has worked for the San Diego Superior Court system since 1992. Before she began working for the court system, Commissioner Riley was in private practice for over ten years. Because of her unique perspective, Commissioner Riley is frequently called on by bar associations and legal groups to speak about the plight of substance abuse in the legal profession.

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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IL CLE: The Illinois MCLE Deadline is June 30

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The deadline to complete your Illinois CLE is June 30.  Illinois attorneys must complete a minimum of thirty (30) IL CLE credit hours every two years in order to complete the IL MCLE requirement, including 6 hours of Professional Responsibility.

Illinois MCLE Deadline

  • June 30

However, Illinois attorneys do not have to complete and report 30 IL CLE hours every year.  Illinois MCLE compliance is broken down into two biennial MCLE reporting groups.

IL CLE Reporting Group

  • A – M     2016
  • N – Z     2017

If your last name begins with A-M you must complete and report the 30 required IL CLE hours by June 30.  Please note that your Illinois CLE reporting period depends on the first letter of your last name as it appears on the master roll of attorneys with the ARDC.  For more information about the IL CLE requirement and deadlines, please click the following link: IL CLE.

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