CLE Course on Immigration Law & Deferred Actions

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Immigration law is a unique – and sometimes illogical practice area – with many malpractice traps for the unwary practitioner. And even if your practice doesn’t focus on immigration law, you should at least be aware of immigration issues that may arise in your cases to fully counsel your clients on their legal issues. Immigration issues can crossover into employment law, personal injury, tax, criminal law, family law and other practice areas.

At the conclusion of the course attorneys will:

  • Have a general understanding of immigration law
  • Know how immigration law interacts with other areas of law
  • Know the basics about President Obama’s recent executive actions
  • Be able to prepare a deferred action case

If you need to brush up on your immigration law, then join Indianapolis attorney Clare Corado provides an overview of the immigration system and executive actions for non-immigration practitioners. Clare first details the main steps to consider when evaluating an individual’s immigration case, then provides practice points & tips for other fields of law and concludes with a discussion on the recent Executive Actions by President Obama and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). She then covers the recent presidential Executive Actions and covers the three enforcement priorities, deferred actions, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA), preparing a deferred action case, types of evidence and formatting tips. Clare also points out how immigration law can crossover into other practice areas such as criminal law, family law and tax.  To access the course please click here: Coming to America: An Overview of Immigration Law and Executive Actions.

Additional subjects covered in this CLE course:

  • Citizens vs. non-citizens
  • The client’s goals
  • Immigration programs & visas
  • Grounds of inadmissibility vs. grounds of deportability
  • Immigration ‘kryptonite’
  • Waivers & exceptions
  • Favorable discretion
  • The rights of immigrants
  • ICE

Clare Corado is the founder of Corado Immigration Law, LLC, an Indianapolis based immigration firm that focuses on helping mixed-nationality couples build their lives together in the United States. Her work has been published in Legal Ink Magazine and she frequently speaks to attorneys and other professional and community groups on the topic of immigration law. Prior to becoming an attorney, she was a Peace Corps Volunteer and traveled extensively throughout Latin America. Her clients appreciate that she speaks fluent Spanish.

This CLE course on immigration law & executive actions 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 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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Arizona CLE: June 30 MCLE Deadline

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Like most attorneys around the country, attorneys admitted to the State Bar of Arizona have annual CLE requirements that include reporting AZ MCLE compliance. For Arizona attorneys, the educational cycle runs from July 1 to the following June 30. Unless exempted, a total of 15 hours of CLE must be completed by June, including a minimum of three hours of professional responsibility.[1]

Required Arizona CLE Hours

A total of 15 credit hours, including 3 credit hours if Professional Responsibility.  The 15 mandatory AZ CLE credit hours must be completed by June 30.

In addition, Arizona attorneys have annual MCLE reporting requirements. In order to properly report MCLE compliance, Arizona lawyers must submit proof of AZ MCLE compliance each year on a form provided by the State Bar of Arizona. This affidavit must be filed by September 15 of each year unless a valid exemption applies. Online filing is available beginning in mid-July through the State Bar of Arizona website.[2]

AZ CLE Course Approval

The State Bar of Arizona does not certify CLE courses or CLE providers. Arizona Attorneys are required to independently review the Arizona MCLE Regulations and make their own determination that it will qualify for CLE credit towards their MCLE requirements. MCLE Regulation 104(A) identifies the standards to apply when making this determination – interactivity is a key factor for online CLE courses.[3]

Arizona does not certify CLE courses or CLE Providers. However, Attorney Credits offers CLE courses in over 40 states across the country and due to our strong track record we are Approved CLE Providers in a number of states across the country. We have also had Arizona attorneys complete thousands of CLE courses by completing our online and downloadable CLE courses. You can access more information about MCLE in Arizona by clicking here: AZ CLE.

[1] For more information please visit the State Bar of Arizona MCLE webpage:

http://www.azbar.org/MCLE

[2] A blank affidavit is provided in the September edition of the Arizona Attorney magazine that is issued in mid-August.

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CLE Course on Publishing & Writing Law

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While the Internet and digital technologies have wreaked havoc on copyright & Intellectual Property law the last decade, many of the same fundamental legal principles continue to apply to publishing industry and writers. At the end of the day, attorneys still need to help writers to make money from the works that they create. This requires the attorney to see down the road with vision and realize that decisions made today have major implications for the writer’s future project and legal rights. The attorney should have one mantra when counseling writers – own everything, the entire “bundle of rights.”

In the over 4 decades that I have been practicing law, I have seen that rights owners or other contracting parties frequently fail to exhibit a wide vision of the market for their product or service. As a result, they often make deals that manifest that lack of vision and end up giving away or failing to ask for rights that can turn out to be very valuable down the line, if not in the immediately foreseeable future. Thus the need for vision.[1] – Ivan Hoffman

In this broad overview of writing and publishing law, Los Angeles attorney Ivan Hoffman covers many of the key issues faced by writers in the publishing industry. The main topics discussed include the relationship between contracts & copyright, the interplay of Internet & copyright law, the legal nuances of book publishing contracts, the relationship of trademark law and writing & publishing law, authors & contributors and the Internet & children (COPPA). To access the course please click here: Publishing and Writing Law.

Further topics addressed in this CLE course include:

  • Focusing on the contract
  • Registering copyrights
  • Works made for hire
  • Cover art & illustrations
  • Joint works & authors
  • The fair use defense to copyright infringement
  • Termination of transfers
  • The publisher/author relationship
  • Submission agreements
  • The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
  • The Communications Decency Act (CDA)
  • Website designers & developers
  • Permission forms & third party materials
  • Failure to publish provisions
  • Royalty provisions
  • The author’s warranties & indemnities
  • Owned & controlled provisions
  • Older contracts
  • What trademark law protects
  • Ghostwriters
  • The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA)
  • Operating with vision

Ivan Hoffman has practiced law for over forty years. Based in Los Angeles, California, he concentrates his practice on Entertainment Law, Publishing & Writing Law, Copyrights, Trademarks, Internet Law, Web Design Law, Sports Law and IP Law. Mr. Hoffman believes in practicing preventative law and he tries to advise clients in this regard so that they may possibly be able to avoid the very significant costs and fees of remedial law. Preventative law is about doing proactive, effective and thorough legal work in a manner that seeks to avoid problems that can arise later on. Preventative law is when rights are well documented, agreements are well drafted and when a longer-term view is used.

This course on publishing & writing law is offered in these 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.

[1] The Need for Vision, Ivan Hoffman, B.A., J.D.

http://www.ivanhoffman.com/vision.html

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CLE Course on Conducting Discovery Outside the Jurisdiction of the Pending Litigation

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The world is a big place and evidence knows no borders. As business becomes more global, increasingly more cases rely on evidence that is outside the jurisdiction of the pending litigation – in another state, a different district and even outside the United States entirely. Attorneys now need to know how to obtain documents from third parties, interview witnesses and take depositions outside of the litigation jurisdiction.

In order to obtain documents from third parties, interview witnesses and take depositions outside of the jurisdiction of the pending litigation, counsel must understand the particular customs and rules applicable to any jurisdiction or country in which discovery is necessary.

In this highly informative and practical CLE course presented by attorney Steven Coopersmith, you will learn the best way to obtain the information you need when conducing discovery outside the litigation jurisdiction to help navigate your client to the best result possible. The main topics discussed in this course include the limits of conducting discovery within the litigation jurisdiction, conducting discovery outside the litigation jurisdiction but within the U.S., and conducting discovery internationally. Mr. Coopersmith also concludes by providing an excellent case example where discovery was conducted in China in an international business dispute. To access the course please click here: The World is Not Flat: Conducting Domestic & International Discovery Outside the Litigation Jurisdiction.

Further subjects covered in this CLE course:

  • Discovery in state & federal courts
  • Party discovery
  • Third party discovery
  • Court reporters
  • Obtaining documents from third parties
  • The Interstate and International Deposition & Discovery Act
  • The Commission
  • The amendments to FRCP 45
  • The Hague Convention
  • Three methods of taking evidence
  • The Central Authority
  • Letters rogatory
  • The Inter-American Convention
  • FRCP 28
  • Using translators

Steven Coopersmith is the founder of The Coopersmith Law Firm in San Diego, California. He began his legal career as a military criminal prosecutor and legal advisor with the U.S. Army’s Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps, where he held the rank of Captain. After working with well-respected firms in San Diego for a number of years, he founded The Coopersmith Law Firm in 2008. He now represents clients throughout Southern California in a wide range of business and commercial litigation matters, including those stemming from corporate and partnership dissolutions, securities and financial fraud violations, executive-level employment disputes and bet-the-company litigation. Mr. Coopersmith also practices in the area of fine art law. In recognition of his professional skills and ethical standards, Martindale-Hubbell has awarded Mr. Coopersmith its AV-Preeminent* rating, and his firm is listed in the Bar Register of Pre-Eminent Lawyers for 2014 and 2015. He has also been named as a Top Attorney in 2012, 2013 and 2014 by The Daily Transcript/San Diego Source.

This CLE course on conducting discovery outside the litigation jurisdiction 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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Lay Off the Caffeine if You Want to Succeed?

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Don’t read this article as you are reaching for your fifth cup of coffee. A recent article from Entrepreneur.com points out how coffee has some serious side effects that can hinder your work performance.

While putting in long hours at work causes many entrepreneurs to nurse the coffee pot, studies show caffeine has some serious side effects that can hinder your performance at work.[1]

Interrupted sleep, withdrawal symptoms, irritability, stress… no, this is not drug withdrawal – these are the affects of coffee. Unfortunately, probably like many attorneys and legal professionals that will not stop my from drinking my 3-4 cups of java a day!

Like coffee, another necessity for many attorneys is CLE. Attorney Credits offers practical and informative CLE programming for attorneys in just about every state.

[1] How Caffeine Can Hurt Your Potential for Success

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/244079

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New CLE Course on Assessing Liability, Damages and Collectibility in a Personal Injury Case

imgresThree key areas can make or break your personal injury case – liability, damages & collectability. Understanding how to assess these three key areas of your case can have a significant affect on the results that you obtain for your clients and can save you a lot of time, effort and resources.

In this course, San Diego trial attorney Dan Gilleon analyzes the big three factors of personal injury – liability, damages & collectability. Dan also covers a myriad of other considerations when handling a personal injury case.

In this follow up course to Personal Injury: Liability, Damages and Collectibility, trial attorney Dan Gilleon thoroughly analyzes these three key areas when handling a personal injury case. The main topics discussed include the importance of jury instructions, using experts to establish liability & damages and how to leverage liability & damages to maximize recovery for your client. To access the course please click here: Personal Injury: A Detailed Examination of Liability, Damages and Collectibility.

Further subjects covered in the CLE course include:

  • Learning to rely & build your case on jury instructions
  • The basic duty of care
  • Presumption of negligence per se
  • Causation/substantial factor
  • Reliance on the good conduct of others
  • Failing to properly prepare your experts
  • Accident reconstructionists
  • Safety experts
  • Biomechanic experts
  • Human factors experts
  • Lighting experts
  • Helmet experts
  • Expert issues with written discovery & depositions
  • Insurance issues
  • Past medical expenses
  • General damages
  • Pre-existing conditions
  • The eggshell plaintiff
  • Damages experts
  • Settlement offers
  • Underinsured motorist coverage
  • Bifurcation
  • Maintaining your professionalism

Daniel M. Gilleon has spent more than a decade at the forefront of San Diego personal injury and civil rights litigation. Known as a tenacious litigator, his outstanding track record makes him a distinguished legal voice in the local and national media. Mr. Gilleon practices in the areas of personal injury, employment law and civil rights.

This course on Personal Injury is offered in these states:

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

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

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CLE Course on What Business Practitioners Need to Know About Workers’ Compensation Insurance

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Workers’ compensation insurance is a no-fault insurance coverage. It protects both the injured employee and the employer in case of a work-related injury or illness. And while workers’ compensation may sound like a great idea in theory, many employers around the country are ready to scrap the whole system.

A number of factors go into determining the annual premium for a workers’ compensation policy. These include industry classification, the company’s past history of work-related injuries, payroll and special group or dividend programs just to name a few.

To learn about the basics of the worker’s compensation system and why employers are frustrated with it join Mike Murrah as he provides an update on the state of the workers’ compensation system and reviews what business practitioners need to know about workers’ compensation insurance and the claims process. The main topics addressed by Mr. Murrah include an fundamentals of the workers’ compensation system & claims process, how California compares to rest of U.S., why & where fraud exists in the system, why employers are upset with the workers’ compensation system and tips for employers on managing workers’ compensation claims. To access the course please click here: Workers’ Compensation Insurance and Claims Process: What Business Practitioners Need to Know.

Attorneys that take this course will:

  • Learn the basics of workers’ compensation insurance & the claims process
  • Get a “State of the System” report
  • Find out about fraud in the system
  • Discover why employers are frustrated with workers’ compensation insurance
  • Review an actual workers’ compensation claim that involves all the elements
  • Learn best practices for handling workers’ compensation claims

Mike Murrah has over thirty-five years of experience in the insurance industry. He is a Managing Consultant with Aspen Risk Management Group (Aspen RMG) and also President of BCG Insurance Services. Aspen RMG is an employee-owned consulting company providing business improvement strategies to commercial, government, and non-profit organizations. In 1983, Mike started his own consulting and brokerage business, concentrating on workers’ compensation and group health plans. As a consultant, he has worked with employers in many industries to develop Injury & Illness Prevention Programs, conduct physical inspections and make recommendations to improve physical plant safety, and train managers on safety and conduct safety meetings for employees. Mike’s extensive knowledge of claims and their causes has allowed him the insight to be an effective and efficient consultant to employers.

This CLE course on workers’ compensation 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)
  • 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: Hot Topics in Employment Law

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From pregnancy discrimination to wage & hour claims, employment related lawsuits have been steadily increasing over the last two decades. Regardless of size, all businesses are at risk… now more than ever. Fortunately, employers and businesses can minimize their exposure, limit legal liability and prevent employment related claims by being aware of the possible avenues of liability and taking the necessary preventative measures before lawsuits occur.

Employment law is one of the fastest growing and evolving practices areas as employment related lawsuits have been steadily increasing over the last two decades.

In this highly current and informative CLE course, employment law attorney Stacy Fode of Brown Law Group introduces you to key employment law concepts and highlights emerging areas of liability for businesses. The main topics presented and discussed include Title 7 cases, the increased role of the NLRB (National Labor Relations Board), wage & hour laws, arbitration agreements and five takeaways to prevent employment related lawsuits. To access the course please click here: Hot Topics in Employment Law.

Further topics covered in this CLE course include:

  • EEOC trends
  • Protected classes under Title 7
  • The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act)
  • Reasonable accommodations
  • The PDA (Pregnancy Discrimination Act)
  • Best practices under the ADA & PDA
  • Anti-bullying management training
  • Rights of employees under Section 7 of the NLRA
  • Recent trends at the NLRB
  • Social media policies
  • Employee email use for union purposes
  • The quickie election rule
  • The FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act)
  • Recent FLSA case & claims
  • Reimbursing employees for personal cell phones
  • Arbitration agreements
  • Utilizing a written handbook
  • Classifying workers properly & exemptions
  • Updating personnel files
  • Not hiring or firing to quickly or too slowly
  • Severance agreements

Stacy Fode focuses her practice on employment litigation and advisement. She specializes in the representation of business clients in all aspects of employment law including wrongful termination, whistle blower, discrimination, sexual harassment, employment agreement disputes, and wage and hour matters, including class actions. Ms. Fode’s clients include employers in the energy, financial, technology, insurance, retail, and telecommunications industries. She has been a speaker on employment and diversity related topics and has published articles on these subjects and she has appeared on television segments relating to Sexual Harassment, Wrongful Termination and Recent Developments in Employment/Labor Laws.

This CLE course on hot topics in employment law 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 Illinois and around the country. For more information about CLE in Illinois please click the following link: IL CLE.

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Personal Injury CLE

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Three key areas can make or break your personal injury case – liability, damages & collectibility. Understanding how to assess these three key areas of your case can have a significant affect on the results that you obtain for your clients and can save you a lot of time, effort and resources.

In this follow up course to Personal Injury: Liability, Damages and Collectibility, trial attorney Dan Gilleon thoroughly analyzes three key areas of a personal injury case.

The main topics discussed by Mr. Gilleon in this extremely practical course include the importance of jury instructions, using experts to establish liability & damages and how to leverage liability & damages to maximize recovery for your client. To access the course please click here: Personal Injury: A Detailed Examination of Liability, Damages and Collectibility.

Further subjects covered in this CLE course:

  • Learning to rely & build your case on jury instructions
  • The basic duty of care
  • Presumption of negligence per se
  • Causation/substantial factor
  • Reliance on the good conduct of others
  • Failing to properly prepare your experts
  • Accident reconstructionists
  • Safety experts
  • Biomechanic experts
  • Human factors experts
  • Lighting experts
  • Helmet experts
  • Expert issues with written discovery & depositions
  • Insurance issues
  • Past medical expenses
  • General damages
  • Pre-existing conditions
  • The eggshell plaintiff
  • Damages experts
  • Settlement offers
  • Underinsured motorist coverage
  • Bifurcation
  • Maintaining your professionalism

Daniel M. Gilleon has spent more than a decade at the forefront of San Diego personal injury and civil rights litigation. Known as a tenacious litigator, his outstanding track record makes him a distinguished legal voice in the local and national media. Mr. Gilleon practices in the areas of personal injury, employment law and civil rights.

This CLE course on damages, liability and collectability in a personal injury case 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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CLE Course on Compromised Competence: Addiction in the Legal Profession

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Numerous studies conducted by the American Bar Association (ABA) and state bar associations show that there is a definite correlation between substance abuse and discipline in the legal profession. The bottom line: attorneys with substance abuse issues are much more likely to face discipline and disbarment. This is the reason that some states such as California require a mandatory course on Competence Issues that focuses on substance abuse in the legal profession, and many other states allow substance abuse courses to qualify for legal ethics credit.

One recent study found that in nearly 85% of all trust fund violation cases the attorney has an underlying substance abuse problem.

To learn more about how substance abuse and addiction affects an attorney’s competence to practice law join Susan Brown as she provides her expertise into addiction and what can be done about the problem. The main issues covered include lawyer stressors that contribute to substance use & addiction, the signs of addiction and where attorneys can go to get help for themselves and fellow attorneys. To access the course please click here: Compromised Competence: Addiction in the Legal Profession.

Further issues addressed in this CLE course include:

  • The “culture” of the legal profession
  • The result of stressors
  • Perfectionism
  • DSM-V symptoms of depression
  • Symptoms of secondary traumatic stress
  • “The solution”
  • Alcohol & other substances
  • CAGE screening
  • Addictive thinking
  • Consequences of addiction in the legal profession
  • “Real lawyers don’t ask for help”
  • Suggested solutions
  • The Lawyer Assistance Program (LAP)
  • The “Other Bar”
  • Lawyers Helping Lawyers
  • Trauma
  • EMDR therapy for trauma & addiction

Susan Brown is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Board Certified Diplomate (BCD). Since 1987 she has been in private practice in San Diego, California, and her areas of expertise include mood disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), substance & behavioral addictions, and marriage counseling. Mrs. Brown specializes in a treatment approach called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) developed by psychologist Francine Shapiro, Ph.D., in 1989. She is a Certified Approved Consultant through the EMDR International Association. EMDR is an efficient, effective, and extensively researched therapy for clearing out and resolving negative traumas. Susan is often called in by attorneys to work with clients that have suffered severe trauma.

This CLE course on competence & substance abuse qualifies for Competence Issues credit in California and legal ethics credit in many  other states and 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)
  • 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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