Nevada CLE: March 1 Late CLE Deadline

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Attorneys that are admitted to the State Bar of Nevada must complete a minimum of twelve (12) CLE credit hours each annual NV CLE compliance period as part of the mandatory NV CLE (continuing legal education) requirement.  In order to properly complete the 12 unit Nevada CLE requirement, Nevada attorneys must complete at least two (2) credit hours of legal ethics.[1]

Nevada CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

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

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

If you haven’t completed your NV CLE credits by December 31, you can request an extension of time. Please put your request in writing, along with a $50 extension fee and send it to the NV CLE Board. More than likely you will be given until March 1 to complete your NV CLE requirement.

December 31 will be here before you know it. Don’t risk fines, suspension or your Nevada law license – start completing your NV CLE requirement today! To access Attorney Credits’ Nevada CLE compliance packages please click the following link: NV CLE.

[1] Nevada attorneys now also have a substance abuse requirement that must be completed every three years. If you did not complete your substance abuse requirement in 2013, you must complete 1.0 credit hour of substance abuse for 2014.

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Group 3 PA CLE Compliance Deadline: 12/31

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Attorneys that are licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania must complete a minimum of twelve (12) CLE credit hours each annual PA CLE compliance period in order to fulfill the mandatory Pennsylvania CLE requirement. As part of the 12 unit annual PA CLE requirement, Pennsylvania attorneys must currently complete a minimum of 1 hour of legal ethics, professionalism or substance abuse. Please note that the legal ethics requirement will be increased to 2 credits hours annually for Pennsylvania attorneys with 2015 compliance deadlines.

Group 3 PA CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: Annual
  • Compliance Deadline: December 31
  • Reporting Deadline: The PA CLE Board will notify you

Pennsylvania attorneys that are in compliance group 3 are required to complete their CLE requirement by December 31, 2014. Accredited Providers of CLE are given 30 days from the date of course completion to report CLE credits to the PA CLE Commission. The PA CLE Board will account for this 30 day reporting period before determining non-compliance with the 2014 PA CLE requirement. To review your transcript and track your CLE credits reported you can access your MyPacle account.

Frequently Asked Questions[1]

Each active lawyer shall maintain records sufficient to establish compliance with the CLE requirement in the event of a dispute with the final compliance report. (Regulation Section 7) The recommendation from the Board is that you maintain those records for three (3) years. The MyPacle account access is intended to assist in tracking of courses and credits.

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

[1] https://www.pacle.org/lawyer/lawyer_faq.asp

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Colorado CLE: I Don’t practice in Colorado – do I have still have a CLE requirement?

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Active attorneys that are licensed to practice law in Colorado have mandatory continuing legal education (CLE) requirements. Colorado attorneys must complete 45 required CO CLE credit hours, including a minimum of 7 credit hours in the area of legal ethics. You must complete your CO CLE requirement by December 31 and report your Colorado CLE compliance by January 31.

Colorado CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

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

Even if you don’t practice law within the borders of the state of Colorado, you still must complete your Colorado CLE requirement. Unless you file for inactive status, you still must comply with the requirements of Colorado Rule 260 and complete your 45 credit hour CO CLE requirement. If you go on inactive status, your CO CLE requirements are suspended for the time you are inactive. Please be advised that you may not practice law in Colorado if your license is inactive.

Unless you file for inactive status, you must comply with the requirements of Rule 260. If you take inactive status, CLE requirements are suspended for the time you are inactive.[1]

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

[1] Colorado Supreme Court CLE FAQ

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Arizona CLE: 3 Required Legal Ethics Annually

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Attorneys licensed to practice law in the state of Arizona have CLE requirements as part of the mandatory Arizona MCLE requirement. The CLE compliance period for Arizona attorneys starts on July 1 and runs to the following June 30. During the Arizona CLE compliance period, each attorney licensed to practice law in Arizona must complete a total of 15 credit hours of Arizona CLE.

Arizona CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: Annual
  • Compliance Deadline: June 30
  • Reporting Deadline: September 15
  • Total Units Required: 15 credit hours
  • Required Ethics: 3 credit hours

As part of the 15 credit hour annual AZ CLE requirement, Arizona attorneys must also complete professional responsibility credits. Every year attorneys in Arizona must complete at least 3 credit hours of professional responsibility or legal ethics. In addition, attorneys that are newly admitted to the State Bar of Arizona and are required to attend the Arizona State Bar’s professionalism course within the first year of admission or registration.[1]

At least 15 hours of CLE are required each year, of which at least three hours must be professional responsibility.[2]

Please be advised that the State Bar of Arizona does not certify CLE courses or CLE Providers. Attorney Credits is a national provider of CLE and currently offers CLE courses in over 30 states. We are Approved Providers of CLE in a number of main states including California, Illinois, New York and Texas. In addition, Arizona attorneys have also completed thousands of CLE credit hours through Attorney Credits website by completing our interactive online and offline CLE courses. For more information about CLE in Arizona please click here: AZ CLE.

[1] Mandatory Professionalism Course

http://www.azbar.org/cleandmcle/mcle/mandatoryprofessionalismcourse

[2] CLE Sponsors/Provider Information

http://www.azbar.org/cleandmcle/mcle/clesponsorsproviderinformation

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New Jersey CLE FAQ

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Do you have questions about your New Jersey CLE requirement?  Do you need to know how to report your NJ CLE compliance – or how many legal ethics credits you need each annual compliance period?  Do you need to know how many online NJ CLE courses you can take you can take each year? Or what the non-resident exception is?

New Jersey CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: 2 years
  • Compliance Deadline: December 31
  • Reporting Deadline: December 31

Well, we have created a NJ CLE FAQ to answer all your pressing New Jersey CLE questions.  Now you can easily find the answers that you need to all of your NJ CLE questions without having to search all over the Web.  We have listed everything from the amount of credit you are allowed to carry over to what happens if you are in non-compliance with your NJ CLE requirement.

Top New Jersey CLE Questions

What are the mandatory NJ CLE requirements?

  • New Jersey lawyers must complete a minimum of twenty-four (24) NJ CLE credit hours every two years, including four (4) mandatory credit hours of legal ethics.

When must I complete and report my NJ CLE?

  • The NJ CLE compliance and CLE reporting deadline is December 31.

What are the CLE compliance groups in New Jersey?

  • Each New Jersey attorney is permanently assigned to one of two compliance groups for CLE purposes. One compliance group reporting each year.
  • Compliance Group 1: Attorneys whose birthday fall between January 1 to June 30 must certify their NJ CLE compliance in each EVEN numbered year next following the completion of a compliance period.
  • Compliance Group 2: Attorneys whose birthdays fall between July 1 to December 31 must certify their NJ CLE compliance in each ODD numbered year next following the completion of a compliance period.

How many online NJ CLE courses can I take with Attorney Credits?

  • Without a medical or non-resident exception, New Jersey attorneys may only complete twelve (12) of the required twenty-four (24) NJ CLE units with Attorney Credits’ online NJ CLE courses.

What is the medical exception in New Jersey?

  • Attorneys that have a serious medical condition may apply to the NJ CLE Board to obtain all of their required CLE credits through alternative verifiable learning formats such as online CLE courses. A licensed physician must certify to the NJ CLE Board that the attorney is not able to attend live CLE courses. New Jersey attorneys who qualify for this exception and receive approval from the New Jersey CLE Board can complete all of their required NJ CLE credits through alternative verifiable learning formats such as online CLE courses.

What is the non-resident CLE exception in New Jersey?

  • Under BCLE 201:8 lawyers admitted to the New Jersey Bar Association who reside in, work in, and are licensed in another mandatory CLE state that allows for 100% of CLE courses to be taken through alternative verifiable learning formats may satisfy the entire NJ CLE requirement through 100% alternative verifiable learning formats.

What is an alternate verifiable learning format?

  • Alternate verifiable learning format CLE courses are those NJ CLE courses that are presented on audiotape, videotape, online CLE courses, webinars, webcasts, podcasts, satellite simulcasts, teleconferences, videoconferences and Internet computer self-study.

Does the NJ MCLE Board keep a record of my completed CLE activities?

  • The New Jersey CLE Board does not keep track of individual New Jersey attorney’s credit-by-credit course work. New Jersey attorneys must maintain possession of their Certificates of Completion for at least 3 years. In the event of an audit, attorneys will be asked to produce CLE records to verify their NJ CLE compliance. Each New Jersey attorney is responsible for keeping track of the NJ CLE courses that he or she takes toward compliance with the mandatory NJ CLE requirement. The Certificate of Completion issued by Attorney Credits should be maintained and used to verify attendance.

 How do I report my NJ CLE compliance?

  • New Jersey attorneys will certify NJ CLE compliance on the Annual Attorney Registration and Billing Statement. Every New Jersey attorney is assigned to one of two compliance groups that is determined by birth date. Compliance Group 1 (born January 1 – June 30) will certify NJ CLE compliance in even-numbered years and Compliance Group 2 (born July 1 – December 31) will certify NJ CLE compliance in odd-numbered years.

Who can I contact for more information about NJ CLE?

  • For more information about CLE in New Jersey, please call the NJ CLE Board at (609) 633-9733. You may also contact Attorney Credits support via email or telephone. For further assistance and information, please call our Support Center at 877-910-MCLE (6253) or visit the support page on the website.

We hope that this saves you some time and keeps you compliant with your NJ CLE requirement. If you have further questions, you can visit our full New Jersey CLE FAQ. And if you need to complete your NJ CLE requirement, please visit our NJ CLE page: NJ CLE.

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Florida CLE: When is My FL CLE Reporting Period?

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Every three-year FL CLE compliance period Florida attorneys must complete 30 total FL CLE credit hours.[1] Florida Bar members are required to report FL CLE hours completed every three years.[2] Each member of the Florida Bar is assigned a three-year reporting cycle that is chosen at random by a computer program.

The Supreme Court of Florida adopted the Florida CLER in 1988. Every three-year FL CLE compliance period attorneys that are members of The Florida Bar must complete 30 total FL CLE credit hours.

Three months prior to your CLE due date you will receive notice from the Florida Bar advising you that your reporting period is upcoming. The Florida Bar will send you notice regarding the FL CLE that you have completed. If your FL CLE requirement has been satisfied at that time, you will receive a Notice of Compliance. If this Notice of Compliance is accurate, you will need to take no further steps.

You can find your reporting date on the mailing label of The Florida Bar News.

If your FL CLE requirement has not been satisfied, you will receive a Reporting Affidavit. This affidavit must be returned by the reporting date with an explanation of how the CLE deficit was cured. For more information about Florida CLE please click the following link: FL CLE.

[1] As part of the 30 credit hour FL CLE requirement, Florida attorneys must also complete 5 credit hours in the area of legal ethics.

[2] No later than the last day of the 3-year cycle.

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Texas CLE: Can I Carry Hours Forward to the Next Year?

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Attorneys licensed to practice in Texas must complete a minimum of 15 Texas CLE credit hours each annual TX MCLE compliance period as part of the mandatory CLE requirement in Texas. Texas attorneys must also complete at least 3 credit hours of Legal Ethics or Professional Responsibility to properly complete the mandatory 15 credit hour TX MCLE requirement. But are you allowed to carry over credits from one TX MCLE compliance period to the next?

Texas MCLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: Annual
  • Compliance Deadline: Last day of the month preceding your birth month
  • Reporting Deadline: First day of attorney’s birth month

Yes, Texas attorneys are allowed to carry over TX CLE credit from one compliance period to the next. Texas attorneys may carry over fifteen (15) credit hours from one TX MCLE compliance period to the next, including three (3) Legal Ethics and Professionalism credits. This carryover provision applies to one (1) year only.

Accredited continuing legal education and self-study completed during any compliance year in excess of the minimum fifteen (15) hour requirement for such period will be applied to the following compliance year’s requirement.

If you still have questions about TX MCLE please contact the State Bar of Texas. Attorney Credits also offers helpful information about continuing legal education (CLE) for attorneys licensed to practice law in Texas. Please click this link to access more information about CLE in Texas: TX CLE.

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CLE Course: The Art of Oral Advocacy… Courtroom Speaking & Beyond

screen-captureIn a recent Gallup poll only snakes came out above public speaking on a list of Americans’ fears – and public speaking ended up ahead of spiders & insects and being locked in a small space. Yes, speaking in front of people is scary proposition. And even if you will never set foot in a courtroom, you must still be an effective speaker and communicator in order to communicate ideas in meetings, educate new lawyers, impress partners in your firm and advocate effectively for your client. However, many attorneys become extremely uncomfortable and tongue-tied when they find themselves standing in front of a group of people – whether in court or in public.

Above all, lawyers are called on to persuade. – Chris Arledge

If you would like to learn about becoming a more effective oral advocate, please join attorney Chris Arledge for an extremely entertaining and informative CLE course on speaking in the courtroom and beyond. The main topics discussed by Mr. Arledge include maintaining the proper mindset, being yourself, body movement and voice. To access the course please click here: The Art of Oral Advocacy: Courtroom Speaking & Beyond.

Additional areas covered include:

  • The main difficulties of speaking in front of people
  • People’s short attention spans
  • Formulating a strategy
  • Reaching your goal
  • Losing your audience
  • Drawing your audience back in
  • The use of eye contact
  • Pacing in the courtroom
  • Using your hands
  • Transitioning between topics
  • Gestures
  • Learning to love the silence
  • Filling your speech with nonsense sounds
  • Losing credibility
  • Using pauses in your speech
  • Talking too fast
  • Marinating the great point
  • Breaking up the monotony
  • Varying the volume of your speech

Christopher W. Arledge is a co-founder and managing partner of One LLP. His primary focus at One LLP is intellectual property litigation, particularly disputes over copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets. He has handled disputes involving the intellectual property of celebrities like Madonna, Don Henley, Kobe Bryant, Bette Davis, and Perez Hilton. Above all, lawyers are called to persuade, and Chris therefore studies and teaches the principles of persuasion. He has taught the Art of Persuasion at Chapman Law School and has lectured on persuasion to some of the largest, most prestigious professional firms in the country, including Munger Tolles, O’Melveny, Jones Day, and Deloitte. In addition, Chris has polished his advocacy skills outside the courtroom, participating in speaking engagements and debates sponsored by groups such as the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the University of Southern California, Chapman Law School, Whittier Law School, the Anti-Defamation League, California Lawyers for the Arts, and various Inns of Court and local bar associations, and by serving as a legal expert on a number of nationally syndicated radio programs.

This CLE course on becoming an effective oral advocate 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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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

http://www.orrlaw.com/orrlawfirm/images/Orr_Chapter.pdf

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CLE Course: Structuring International Joint Ventures

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When American companies seek to expand their business abroad they face a myriad of choices and decisions. The primary consideration is how they will do business overseas. And there are a number of ways they can conduct business in foreign countries – from merely shipping goods overseas to forming a subsidiary in the foreign country. Engaging in an international joint venture is somewhere in the middle of this spectrum and it is an attractive option for many companies because it presents a manageable amount of risk while still allowing for a substantial amount of profit.

Small to medium-sized companies that consider expanding their operations internationally are faced with many questions:[1]

  • Why conduct business overseas?
  • What are the tax consequences?
  • How do we conduct due diligence?
  • What are the negotiating points of a joint venture agreement?

When you counsel business clients that are considering engaging in an international joint venture you must consider what is the best entity, what is the best way to negotiate the joint venture agreement, how to conduct due diligence, what are the tax consequences and many more important considerations. This nuts-and-bolts course presented by attorney Robert Klueger will mainly cover the legal, tax and practical aspects of forming and operating a joint venture with a foreign partner. To access the course please click here: Structuring International Joint Ventures.

Further issues addressed by Mr. Klueger include:

  • Ways that American companies can conduct business abroad
  • Shipping products overseas
  • Engaging a local sales agent
  • Selling products to a local distributor
  • Forming a subsidiary in a foreign country
  • The key aspects of an international joint venture
  • Types of entities
  • IRS Treasury Regulation 301.7701-3a
  • Assembling your team
  • Audited financial statements
  • Controlled Foreign Company (CFC) rules
  • Subpart F Income
  • Electing partnership status
  • Foreign currency restrictions
  • Investigating the foreign business partner
  • Assessing intellectual property considerations
  • Aspects unique to a foreign partnership
  • Drafting the joint venture agreement

Robert F. Klueger is a frequent lecturer on asset protection for the State Bar of California and various other groups throughout the country. He has authored numerous books and scholarly articles on both asset protection and tax planning. His published books include Buying and Selling a Business, published in 1988; Mergers & Acquisitions – a Practical Guide, published in 1989; A Guide to Asset Protection, published in 1997; Asset Protection published in 2008; Estate Planning After the New Tax Law, published in 2011, and his latest book, International Joint Ventures – A Concise Guide for Attorneys & Business Owners, which was published in 2014. His article entitled Overview of International Estate Planning appeared in the October 2012 issue of Valley Lawyer. He is one of the very few private attorneys in America who has argued a tax case before the United States Supreme Court, which resulted in a change in the tax law regarding tax refund claims filed by disabled taxpayers.[2]

This CLE course on structuring international joint ventures 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 New York and around the country. For more information about CLE in New York please click the following link: NY CLE.

[1] Klueger & Stein, LLP Write the Book on Successfully Structuring International Joint Ventures

http://ksilaw.com/about-us/press/klueger-stein-llp-write-the-book-on-successfully-structuring-international

[2] United States v. Brockamp, 519 US 347 (1997)

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