Late California MCLE Compliance is June 30

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The State Bar of California requires all active California attorneys to complete 25 hours of minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) every three years.[1]  As part of the 25 credit hour California MCLE requirement attorneys must complete at least four hours of legal ethics, one hour of elimination of bias in the legal profession and one hour of substance abuse.  CA MCLE compliance is broken down into 3 different compliance groups so that not every attorney has to complete their CA CLE requirement at one time.

Extensions of Time

If you can comply by June 30, there is no need to request an extension of time, although a late fee of $75 will be assessed if you have not reported your compliance by February 1.[2]

First, the bad news if you belong to the Group 3 MCLE compliance group in California – you are late completing your MCLE.  Now, for the good news.  If you comply with your CA MCLE requirement by June 30, you simply have to pay a $75 late fee.  There is no suspension, there is no make up plan, there is no disbarment – you simply have to comply with your CA MCLE requirement by June 30.

“You cannot be disbarred for failure to take MCLE … but you can be disbarred for lying about it.”[3]                                                                                             – Jerome Fishkin, Walnut Creek legal ethics attorney

However, it is important to properly complete your California MCLE requirement.  This means completing the proper amount of bias, ethics and substance abuse hours and making sure that you don’t exceed the 12.5 credit hours of self-study credit.  And most importantly, don’t try to lie or deceive the State Bar of California.  The Cal Bar has been greatly increasing the amount of MCLE audits and the penalty for trying to deceive the Bar has even been disbarment in some cases.[4]

Don’t get suspended or disbarred, get your CA MCLE done today!  For more information about the California MCLE requirement please click the following link: California CLE.


[1] There are some limited exceptions to the 25 credit hour MCLE requirement.

[2] Attorneys with the last name N–Z are in Group 3 for MCLE compliance in California.

[3] Extensions of Time

MCLE Audits Catch Lawyers Off Guard

https://www.callawyer.com/clstory.cfm?eid=928451&wteid=928451_MCLE_Audits_Catch_Lawyers_Off_Guard

[4] MCLE Audits Catch Lawyers Off Guard

https://www.callawyer.com/clstory.cfm?eid=928451&wteid=928451_MCLE_Audits_Catch_Lawyers_Off_Guard

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NY CLE FAQ

How many New York CLE credit hours do I have to complete?

When do I have to complete my New York CLE credits?

How do I report my NY CLE compliance?

These are some of the questions that we hear everyday when we speak to New York attorneys that use AttorneyCredits.com for CLE compliance.  We know that New York attorneys have questions on NY CLE compliance – everything from the NY CLE requirement to late NY CLE reporting.  CLE information is not always the easiest to find and the state bars don’t always provide you with the information that you need.

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That’s why we have created a NY CLE FAQ to help New York attorneys find the information that they need.  Attorneys in the Empire State must complete their CLE requirement every two years.  If you are an ‘experienced’ attorney in New York there is one bright spot – you may complete your entire New York CLE requirement through online and downloadable NY CLE courses.  What’s an experienced attorney in New York you might ask?   See the answer below!

Top New York CLE Questions

What is my CLE requirement if I am an ‘experienced’ New York attorney?

  • Experienced New York attorneys must complete twenty-four (24) accredited NY CLE credit hours during each biennial NY CLE reporting cycle.[1]  At least four (4) credit hours of Ethics and Professionalism credit must be completed each two-year compliance period.  The remaining NY CLE credit hours can be earned in any category of CLE credit.

What is an ‘experienced’ attorney?

  • Attorneys that have been admitted to the New York Bar for more than two (2) years are experienced attorneys.

If I am an experienced New York attorney how many online NY CLE courses can I take with Attorney Credits?

  • All twenty-four (24) NY CLE credit hours.

When must I complete my NY CLE requirement and report NY CLE compliance?

  • Your NY CLE compliance deadline is your birthday.  You have 30 days after your birthday to report your NY CLE compliance.

What are the NY CLE compliance groups?

  • If you were admitted BEFORE 1/1/82 – OR in an even-numbered year – then you report your New York CLE compliance in EVEN-numbered years. If you were admitted in an odd-numbered year AFTER 1982, then you report your NY CLE compliance in ODD-numbered years.

Does the NY CLE Board keep a record of my CLE activities?

  • No, the New York State CLE program is a self-reporting system and certificates of completion and other supporting CLE documentation must be retained by the attorney for at least four (4) years from the date of the completion of the CLE course.

How do I report New York CLE compliance?

  • The NY CLE Board will mail you an attorney registration form.  You must file your attorney registration form and indicate that you have completed your MCLE requirement within 30 days after your birthday on alternate years.[2]

Who can I contact for more information about NY CLE?

  • For more information about NY CLE, please call the New York CLE Board at (212) 428-2105 or toll free from outside of New York City at 1 (877) NYS-4CLE (697-4253). You can also contact Attorney Credits support via email or phone. For further assistance and information, please call our Support Center at 877-910-MCLE (6253) or visit the support page on the website.

Attorney Credits is an accredited CLE provider in New York.  New York attorneys may complete NY CLE courses in the following media formats: streaming video & audio, MP3 and video download (MP4).  We also offer MP3 Player and USB Stick compliance packages that come pre-loaded with all 24 required NY CLE credit hours.

 For more information about CLE in New York, please click the following link: NY CLE.


[1] The biennial NY CLE reporting cycle is the two-year period between your attorney registrations.

[2] At the time of your biennial registration, you must certify that you have completed your MCLE requirement for that reporting cycle and that you have retained the proper documentation.

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Illinois CLE: 30 Credit Hours by June 30

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For about half of the Illinois attorneys, it’s just about that time for you.  Time to get your Illinois CLE requirement done!  The June 30 IL MCLE deadline will be here before you know it.  Why procrastinate … when you can get started now and complete your Illinois MCLE requirement in plenty of time.

Illinois MCLE Compliance Requirements:

  • Reporting Cycle: 2 years
  • Compliance Deadline: June 30
  • Reporting Deadline: July 31

In Illinois, there are two different MCLE reporting groups for CLE compliance purposes.  The reporting groups are based on the attorney’s last name.[1]  Illinois attorneys whose last name starts with A – M must complete 30 IL CLE credit hours by June 30, 2014.  The deadline to report IL CLE compliance is July 31.

Illinois MCLE Reporting Periods:

  • Last names A – M: July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2014
  • Last names N – Z: July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2015

Attorneys licensed in Illinois may satisfy all 30 IL CLE credit hours through online IL CLE courses.  Attorney Credits is an Accredited Provider in Illinois and all of our Illinois CLE courses are presumptively pre-approved by the Illinois MCLE Board.  For more information about Illinois CLE requirements, deadlines and CLE compliance packages, please click the following link: Illinois CLE.


[1] As your last name as it appears on the master roll of attorneys.

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What is CLER?

Every state regulates the conduct of its own attorneys – everything from Bar admissions to requiring a certain amount of pro bono hours every year.  And continuing legal education is no exception.  At this point in time, CLE is mandatory in the majority of states around the country – although there are a few holdovers like Michigan and Maryland.

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Each state even has its own name for the mandatory continuing legal education that is required of its attorneys.  Some states call it MCLE (Minimum Continuing Legal Education) some states simply call it mandatory CLE – and then there’s Florida.  The official name for the continuing education required of attorneys in Florida is the Florida CLER – or Florida Continuing Legal Education Requirement.

CLER, or Continuing Legal Education Requirement, was adopted by the Supreme Court of Florida in 1988 and requires all members of The Florida Bar to continue their legal education.[1]

The Florida CLER was adopted by the Supreme Court of Florida in 1988 and requires all members of The Florida Bar to complete a certain amount of continuing legal education.  Each three year compliance period, every Florida attorney must complete 30 FL CLE credit hours.[2]  Of these 30 required credit hours, 5 must be in the area of ethics, professionalism, substance abuse, or mental illness awareness.

Attorney Credits offers a number of pre-approved Florida CLE courses and also offers a number of different 30 credit hour FL CLE compliance packages: Florida CLE.


[1] What is CLER?

http://www.floridabar.org/tfb/TFBMember.nsf/ed6e4bcb92a8fe1b852567090069f3c2/dde037de5dcfe59885256b2f006c6a4d?OpenDocument#What%20isCLER%3F

[2] Members of The Florida Bar are required to report FL CLE hours earned every three years. Each Florida attorney is assigned a three year reporting cycle. You can find your reporting date on the mailing label of The Florida Bar News.

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Texas CLE FAQ

When do I have to complete my Texas CLE credits?

When do I report CLE compliance in Texas?

How do I report compliance?

These are some of the questions that we hear everyday when we speak to attorneys that use our AttorneyCredits.com website for CLE compliance.  We know that a number of attorneys have questions about CLE compliance, from credit requirements to late CLE reporting.  The information is not always easy to find and the state bars don’t always make things easy for you.

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In order to help Texas attorneys find the CLE information they need, we have created a CLE FAQ for Texas attorneys.  Attorneys in the Lonestar State are required by the State Bar of Texas to complete their CLE obligation each year.  Luckily for attorneys in Texas, they may complete their entire TX CLE requirement through online and downloadable TX CLE courses.

Top Texas CLE Questions

What are the mandatory CLE requirements in Texas?

  • Texas attorneys must complete a minimum of 15 TX CLE credit hours each annual TX CLE compliance period, including 3 hours of Legal Ethics.

How many online Texas CLE courses can I take through Attorney Credits?

  • Attorneys admitted to the State Bar of Texas may complete fifteen (15) TX CLE credit hours through on demand online TX CLE courses. Attorney Credits online and offline TX CLE courses qualify for participatory CLE credit in Texas.

When must I complete my TX CLE requirement and report my TX CLE compliance?

  • The Texas CLE compliance year is a one-year period that begins on the first day of the month you were born and ends one year later on the last day of the month that precedes the month of your birth. Each Texas attorney is given an automatic grace period to complete and report mandatory TX CLE hours for the TX CLE compliance year. This TX CLE grace period runs until the end of the birth month.

Does Attorney Credits keep track and report my TX CLE hours completed?

  • Yes, Attorney Credits does report your TX CLE credit completed to the State Bar of Texas. We send completed lists to the State Bar of Texas every Monday.[1]

Whose responsibility is it to ensure that TX CLE hours are properly reported?

  • Since Texas is a self-reporting CLE state you must verify the receipt of your TX CLE compliance information with the State Bar of Texas.[2]

Does the State Bar of Texas keep a record of my CLE activities completed?

  • Yes, the Texas MCLE Department does track an attorney’s mandatory CLE compliance through the MCLE Annual Verification Report.

How do I report my Texas CLE compliance?

  • Your MCLE Annual Verification Report will be mailed to you by the State Bar of Texas eight (8) weeks before the month of your birth and it is your duty to review this report carefully. If the Verification Report indicates that you have completed the required number of TX CLE hours, then you do not have to take any further action.[3]

Who can I contact for more information about TX CLE?

  • For more information about CLE in Texas call the Texas MCLE Department at (512) 427-1806. 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.

Attorney Credits is an accredited CLE provider in Texas.[4]  Texas attorneys may complete TX CLE courses in the following media formats: streaming video & audio, MP3 and video download (MP4).  We also offer MP3 Player and USB Stick compliance packages that come pre-loaded with all 15 required TX CLE credit hours.

For more information about CLE in Texas, please click the following link: Texas CLE.


[1] Attorney Credits reports on Monday for all courses completed the previous Monday 12:00:01 AM to Sunday 12:59:59 PM.

[2] Texas attorneys are ultimately responsible for reporting completion of their TX CLE requirement to the State Bar of Texas.

[3] If you have not completed or reported the minimum 15 TX CLE credit hours by the last day of your TX CLE compliance year, a reminder notice will be emailed and mailed to you by the State Bar of Texas at the beginning of your birth month. If you are not in compliance with your mandatory TX CLE requirement you can either report your TX CLE compliance online or submit a coded Credit Input Form that is mailed along with your MCLE Annual Verification Report.

[4] Attorney Credits state CLE provider number is 12507.

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The Illinois CLE Deadline is June 30

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June 30 is the deadline to complete the MCLE (Minimum Continuing Legal Education) requirement for Illinois attorneys.  Illinois attorneys must complete 30 IL CLE credit hours each two-year MCLE compliance period.  As part of the 30 hour IL CLE requirement, attorneys must complete a minimum of 6 credit hours of Professional Responsibility.[1]

Illinois MCLE Compliance Requirements:

  • Reporting Cycle: 2 years
  • Compliance Deadline: June 30
  • Reporting Deadline: July 31

Illinois is broken up into two different MCLE reporting groups for compliance purposes.  The reporting groups are based on the attorney’s last name and depend on the first letter of the attorney’s last name as it appears on the master roll of attorneys.  Illinois attorneys with the last name A – M must report their IL CLE compliance by June 30, 2014.

Illinois MCLE Reporting Periods:

  • Last names A – M: July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2014
  • Last names N – Z: July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2015

Illinois is a self-reporting state and CLE providers do not report for individual attorneys.  All Illinois attorneys are required to report compliance, non-compliance or exemptions by the end of the attorney’s two-year IL MCLE reporting period.  The Illinois MCLE Board will mail a Certification Form to each Illinois attorney at the mailing address on file with the ARDC.[2]  In order to timely complete MCLE reporting, the Certification Form must be completed and returned to the MCLE Board by the due date printed on the form.

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


[1] Professional responsibility CLE credits include courses in professionalism, diversity, mental illness & addiction issues, civility and legal ethics.

[2] ARDC stands for Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.

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New York CLE: Reporting CLE Compliance

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Experienced New York attorneys must complete a minimum of 24 accredited CLE credit hours during each two-year reporting period.[1] According to the New York CLE Rules, an “experienced” New York attorney is an attorney that has been admitted to the New York Bar for more than two years.  Please be advised that newly admitted attorneys in New York have their own set of special CLE requirements.[2]

NY CLE Requirements — Experienced Attorneys

  • NY CLE Credits Required: 24
  • Reporting Cycle: 2 years
  • Compliance Deadline: Date of Birth
  • Reporting Deadline: 30 days after your birthday

As part of the NY CLE requirement, New York attorneys must also report their NY CLE compliance.  New York is a self-reporting CLE state.  New York attorneys must report their own CLE compliance with the NY CLE requirements.  CLE providers do not report CLE compliance for New York attorneys.

How do I report my New York CLE compliance?

The New York CLE Board will mail you an attorney registration form. You must file your attorney registration form and indicate that you have completed your MCLE requirement within 30 days after your birthday on alternate years. At the time of your biennial registration, you must certify that you have completed your MCLE requirement for that reporting cycle and that you have retained the proper documentation.

Attorney Credits offers NY CLE (Continuing Legal Education) for attorneys in New York and around the country.  For more information about completing the mandatory New York CLE requirement, please click here NY CLE.


[1] The biennial reporting cycle is defined as the two-year period between your attorney registrations.  The registration card is sent to you around the time of your birthday.

[2] Attorneys that are newly admitted New York State Bar Association must complete a minimum of 16 “transitional” NY CLE credit hours – in each of the first two years of admission for a total of thirty-two (32) CLE credit hours.  Sixteen of those credit hours must be in the following areas: Skills, Ethics and Professionalism & Law Practice Management and/or Areas of Professional Practice. The first set of 16 transitional NY CLE credit hours must be completed by the first anniversary of admission to the New York Bar Association in the designated categories of credit. The second set of 16 transitional CLE credit hours must be completed between the 1st and 2nd anniversaries of admission to the New York Bar.

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Late Nevada CLE Compliance

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Attorneys that are subject to the Nevada CLE requirement must complete at least twelve (12) CLE credit hours each annual NV CLE compliance period as part of their mandatory continuing legal education (CLE) requirement.  As part of the 12 unit Nevada CLE requirement, attorneys must complete at least two (2) credit hours of legal ethics.[1]  All NV CLE credit hours must be completed and reported by December 31 to remain compliant with the Nevada CLE requirement.

Nevada CLE Compliance Requirements

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

If you did not complete your NV CLE requirement by the December 31 deadline, please visit the Nevada CLE Board website or call the CLE Board’s office for specific instructions on how to obtain an extension of your deadline.  Generally, extensions are only granted until March 1.[2]  If the attorney has a history of late CLE compliance the CLE Board may deny the request for extension.[3]

Extensions

If you haven’t completed your CLE credits by December 31, you can request an extension of time.

Nevada attorneys that fail to file their Nevada CLE compliance report and/or pay fees by the March 1 extension deadline are subject to a late fee of $100.00.[4]  Attorneys that are served a Notice of Noncompliance will have until May 1 to make up the CLE deficiencies outlined in the Notice.  After May 1, continued noncompliance will result in the attorney’s name being placed on a Petition to the Supreme Court for suspension.[5]

Does the Nevada CLE Board keep a record of my CLE activities?

The Nevada CLE Board tracks your NV CLE compliance.  In October, the Nevada CLE Board mails out a courtesy notice to all members of the Nevada Bar. In January of the following year, the Nevada CLE Board will mail you a Compliance Report (Form 6) reflecting CLE credits that you earned from the previous CLE compliance year.

Don’t risk fines or suspension – start completing your Nevada CLE requirement today!  To access Attorney Credits’ Nevada CLE compliance packages please click the following link: Nevada CLE.


[1] In 2013, Nevada also made substance abuse a required CLE course.  However, since substance abuse was mandatory for the compliance year in 2013, and Nevada attorneys only have to complete 1 credit hour of substance abuse every three years, substance abuse will not be mandatory again until 2016.

[2] You must send a written request to the NV CLE Board along with a $50 extension fee to the CLE Board’s office. The request must include the reason for your CLE deficiency and the name of the course(s) that you plan to attend to cure the deficiency.

[3] Continued noncompliance can result in suspension of license to practice law in Nevada.

[4] The Notice of Noncompliance will not be sent by certified mail but by 1st class mail.

[5] This will happen around June 1 and those members who comply after the petition is filed will be assessed an additional $250.00 Consent to Dismissal fee.  If a member has previously been placed on a Petition at any time within the preceding 5 year period, the Consent to Dismissal fee will be charged on a sliding scale from $350.00 – $1,250.00. The amount of the fee will depend on the number of times that the attorney has previously been placed on petition.

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How to Avoid Legal Malpractice Claims

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Over the last few decades, the incidence of legal malpractice claims has greatly increased as more clients have begun to sue their attorneys for substandard work.  There are many reasons to explain the increased number of legal malpractice claims, and the recent downturn in the economy has only generated more malpractice claims.  In order to avoid these lawsuits, attorneys must be extremely cognizant of their ethical duties to their clients and also the major sources of client discontent that lead to the greatest amount of legal malpractice claims.

“Pay attention to the details because they separate mediocrity from excellence” – Mark Wilson

To learn how you can provide excellent service to your clients and avoid legal malpractice claims, please join attorney Mark Wilson for a look at the areas that lead to malpractice liability.  Establishing a good rapport with the client, paying attention to your ethical duties and providing excellent legal service to your client can help you to avoid major pitfalls and malpractice lawsuits.  The main issues discussed include recent malpractice trends, how best to proceed if you decide to accept the case, the importance of using fee agreements, early preparation, giving the client guidance, intelligent time keeping, learning your craft and client trust accounts.  To access the course, please click here: How to Avoid Legal Malpractice Claims.

Further topics addressed in this CLE course include:

  • The reputation of attorneys
  • Malpractice statistics
  • The downturn in the economy & the increased incidence of malpractice claims
  • Deciding whether to accept the assignment
  • Avoiding difficult clients
  • Appearance & reality
  • Documenting the attorney-client relationship
  • Avoiding conflicts of interest
  • Conflict waiver letters
  • The retainer agreement
  • Corresponding frequently with clients
  • Jury instructions
  • Why information is not enough
  • Block billing
  • “No charge”
  • Proper staffing
  • Timekeepers
  • Competence
  • Workload
  • Client trust accounts
  • Attention to detail

A seasoned trial attorney and skilled negotiator, Mark B. Wilson has won nearly every case he has tried or arbitrated and has lost only one jury trial in which the appellate court reversed the judgment in his client’s favor.  He tries cases in both federal and state courts in a variety of practice areas, including copyright infringement, construction defects, covenants not to compete, breach of contract, attorney malpractice, unlawful detainer and personal injury.  He and his partner Gerald Klein have recovered nearly $100 million in plaintiffs’ cases and have won defense verdicts in “bet the company” cases where millions of dollars were on the table.  For eight consecutive years he has been acknowledged as a Southern California Super Lawyer in the areas of business litigation, construction litigation and intellectual property litigation. He is also recognized as one of the top trial attorneys in Orange County by OC Register Metro magazine and Mr. Wilson has also achieved an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell.  A frequent lecturer to bar organizations on modern trial techniques, he has also authored several articles on trial practice.

This CLE course on handling media attention 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 Illinois and around the country.  For more information about CLE in Illinois  please click the following link: Illinois CLE.

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Discriminatory Client Preferences and the Practice of Law

While managing or operating a law practice attorneys must not unlawfully discriminate or knowingly permit unlawful discrimination on the basis of sex, race, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or disability during the course of employment or while accepting or terminating representation of a client. But what if it is the client that is asking you to act in a discriminatory manner? Do you have to honor your duty to zealously defend your client or are you bound by your ethical duties as an attorney?

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Join attorney Dan Eaton as he provides excellent analysis and feedback on this tricky subject and further explores discriminatory client preferences and the practice of law.  The main topics addressed in this presentation include an attorney’s ethical duties, conditions of representation, withdrawal and employment laws.  Mr. Eaton also discusses case law in this area and provides hypothetical situations based off existing case law regarding discriminatory client and business preferences.  To access the course please click here: Discriminatory Client Preferences and the Practice of Law.

California Rule 2-400 Prohibited Discriminatory Conduct in a Law Practice.

(B) In the management or operation of a law practice, a member shall not unlawfully discriminate or knowingly permit unlawful discrimination on the basis of race , national origin, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age or disability in:

(1) hiring, promoting, discharging, or otherwise determining the conditions of employment of any person; or

(2) accepting or terminating representation of any client.

Daniel E. Eaton is a shareholder with Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek in the Litigation Department and practices employment law.  Mr. Eaton received his B.S. from Georgetown University in 1984 and received his law degree, cum laude, from the Harvard Law School in 1989.  Prior to joining Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek, Mr. Eaton was with Proskauer Rose in Los Angeles from 1995 to 1998 and with Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich from 1989 to 1995. He was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Western State College of Law in 1993. He also has taught employment law at the University of California, San Diego, and both human resources law and business ethics at San Diego State University. From 1983 to 1986, Mr. Eaton served as an aide to Pennsylvania’s U.S. Senator Arlen Specter.

This CLE course on handling media attention is currently accredited in the following states:

  • California (CA) – 1.0 Credit Hours Elimination of Bias
  • New Jersey (NJ) – 1.0 Credit Hours Legal Ethics
  • New York (NY) - 1.0 Credit Hours Legal Ethics

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: New York CLE.

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