Tuesday, July 26, 2016

September 7: Web - Ethical Issues in California Pro Bono Representation 2016 (Free)

While the ethical obligations of pro bono legal practice are no different than a commercial law practice, there are practical considerations regarding eligibility of clients, challenging clients, conflicts (similar in theory, different in practice settings), expectations on both sides, case management responsibility, and different delivery models, such as limited scope representation, that cause many professionals to hesitate to offer pro bono legal services. This program is designed to answer questions regarding the ethical obligations of pro bono legal service, encourage attorneys to engage in this professionally rewarding aspect of law practice, and remove ambiguities that are barriers to engaging in pro bono legal services.
Attorneys knowledgeable about professional responsibility and pro bono service, who work in legal services, law firms, private bar programs and in-house corporate law departments will discuss the application of the California Rules of Professional Conduct, the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, and, where relevant, the Proposed California Rules of Professional Conduct to pro bono legal service in different settings. The faculty will begin with the basics of pro bono, including the definition of “Pro Bono” for lawyers, why it is considered an important part of the profession, and ethical concerns unique to pro bono, as opposed to the commercial practice of law.
The faculty will also address emerging ethical issues in developing areas, such as pro bono clinics, incubators, pro bono in Federal courts, and the impact of technology in pro bono legal services.
Finally, the faculty will discuss hypothetical fact patterns to illustrate the application of the rules.
Title:
Ethical Issues in California Pro Bono Representation 2016
When/Where:
September 7, 2016
9:00 AM Pacific
Webcast - Register Now!
Speakers:
  • Chair: Tiela Chalmers ~ Chief Executive Officer, Alameda County Bar Association
  • Renee Glover Chantler ~ Pro Bono Counsel, DLA Piper US LLP
  • Toby J. Rothschild ~ Of Counsel, OneJustice
  • Christopher M. Tirrell ~ Pro Bono Co-Chair and Supply Chain Counsel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company
  • Jonathan McNeil Wong ~ Partner, Donahue Fitzgerald LLP
  • Phong S. Wong ~ Pro Bono Director, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
  • Program Attorney: Christina Thompson ~ Program Attorney, Practising Law Institute
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July 16: Webcast - Foundations of Civility [Washington State]

Greater civility in our legal system benefits clients, practitioners, and the pursuit of justice. Furthermore, the costs of incivility extend beyond economics and time. Incivility impacts the mental and physical health of all who are involved in the system, and it impairs the administration of justice. We will explore the characteristics of civility, the costs of incivility, the benefits of civility, as well as identify foundations to foster greater civility in the profession and promote justice.

Title:
Foundations of Civility
WSBA Legal Lunchbox Series
When/Where:
July 26, 2016
11:30 a.m. Webcast Check in Opens
(It is a good idea to check in early, in case of technical issues)
12:00 p.m. Webcast Begins
1:30 p.m. Adjourn
Webcast
Speaker:

  • Paula Lustbader, J.D. - Professor Emerita, Seattle University School of Law; President/Executive Director, Alfie’s Fund; President/Executive Director, Robert’s Fund
  • Timothy Jaasko-Fisher - Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development, Robert’s Fund

By:
WSBA
Credits:
General: 1.50
Cost:
Free to all WSBA members.
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This webcast is part of the WSBA’s free Legal Lunchbox Series CLEs that are offered at noon on the last Tuesday of each month as a benefit to WSBA members.
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

July 12: Web - Serving on a Nonprofit Board – Practical Considerations for Attorneys

Joining a nonprofit board can be one of the most personally and professionally rewarding experiences of an attorney’s career. Whether you’re an experienced attorney or just beginning to practice, serving on a nonprofit board can bring opportunities to deepen your skills, make valuable connections, and help a cause that is personally meaningful to you.
This free one-hour briefing will offer some practical tips and ethical considerations for attorneys currently serving on nonprofit boards or thinking about joining a nonprofit board. Please join Courtney A. Darts, Director of Education, Pro Bono Partnership and Nancy Eberhardt, Director, New Jersey Program, Pro Bono Partnership as they discuss:
  • Tips for identifying and joining a nonprofit board that interests you;
  • Doing your due diligence – the questions to ask and documents to request before you join a nonprofit board;
  • Bringing maximum value to your role – thinking how you can best assist your fellow board members with business decisions, risk management, and legal decisions;
  • Understanding liability, insurance, and indemnification; and
  • Ethical considerations for the attorney who is being asked to give legal advice to the board on which he/she sits.
Title:
Serving on a Nonprofit Board – Practical Considerations for Attorneys
When/Where:
July 12, 2016
1:00 PM  Eastern
Webcast - Register Now!
Credit:
1 credit in most jurisdictions
Speakers:
  • Courtney A. Darts, Director of Education, Pro Bono Partnership
  • Nancy Eberhardt, Director, New Jersey Program, Pro Bono Partnership 
By:
PLI
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Monday, July 11, 2016

August 17: Web - Residential Mortgage Servicing Update: What You Need to Know as We Approach the End of HAMP

The rules of the road for residential mortgage servicing have changed significantly over the past several years, and they are about to shift again as we approach the expiration of the government’s Making Home Affordable loan modification programs. Attend this training for an in-depth look at the program rules, laws and regulations that govern the relationship between borrowers and loan servicers, including an update on the latest program and regulatory changes relating to loss mitigation for defaulted loans. Practitioners and experts will review significant developments and use case studies to help you identify and address your clients’ loan servicing problems.
What You Will Learn
  • The latest developments in loan modification and other loss mitigation programs available to borrowers, including Streamlined HAMP, post-HAMP loan modification options and Keep Your Home California programs;
  • Current regulations governing the loss mitigation process, including California’s Homeowner Bill of Rights and federal TILA and RESPA regulations;
  • Case developments under federal and state loss mitigation regulations;
  • How to identify, analyze and address loss mitigation errors and violations.
Practitioners who represent consumers and loan servicers will benefit from this program, as will general practitioners interested in learning more about residential mortgage servicing.
Title:
Residential Mortgage Servicing Update: What You Need to Know as We Approach the End of HAMP 
When/Where:
August 17, 2016
9:00 AM Pacific
Webcast - Register Now!
Credit:
1 credit in most jurisdictions
Speakers:
  • Chair: Lisa Sitkin ~ Managing Attorney, Housing and Economic Rights Advocates
  • Kent Qian ~ Staff Attorney, National Housing Law Project
  • Tara Twomey ~ Of Counsel, National Consumer Law Center
  • Program Attorney: Christina Thompson ~ Program Attorney, Practising Law Institute
By:
PLI
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August 12: Webcast - Reentry in California – Overcoming Legal Barriers to Community Reintegration 2016

In the past three decades, incarceration rates have exploded in the U.S., such that today we incarcerate over two million people, more than any other country in the world. The result is that many more people encounter the criminal justice system at some point in their lives. Indeed, an estimated 1 in 3 adults in California has an arrest or conviction record, and low-income people and people of color are disproportionately affected.
A person with a prior record faces significant employment and housing barriers, even when the record is old or unrelated to the job or housing. These barriers impede community reintegration and prevent formerly incarcerated people from being able to support themselves and their families or participate equally as members of their communities. This training is designed to give lawyers a foundation in the collateral consequences that result from contact with the criminal justice system, as well as tools for representing clients in need of reentry legal services.
What You Will Learn
  • Reentry and Financial Security – Criminal and Traffic Court Debt and its Impact
  • Reentry and Housing – Sex Offense Registration and Barriers to Housing
  • Reentry and Employment – Criminal Records Improperly Reported by the DMV, Private Background Check Companies and the Department of Justice
All attorneys interested in or currently assisting pro bono clients with reentry legal services through representation or in clinical settings, law firm pro bono coordinators, managers and partners, law clinic students and faculty, and public interest and non-profit organization attorneys and staff would benefit from attending this program.
Title:
Reentry in California – Overcoming Legal Barriers to Community Reintegration 2016
When/Where:
Webcast
August 12, 2016
9:00 AM Pacific
San Francisco, CA
Webcast - Register Now!
Credit:
1 credit in most jurisdictions
Speakers:
  • Co-Chairs:
    • Sarah Crowley ~ Staff Attorney and Clinical Supervisor, Clean Slate Practice, East Bay Community Law Center
    • Kristina Harootun ~ Ford Foundation Fellow, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights of the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Moderator: Eliza Hersh ~ Attorney at Law
  • Janice Bellucci ~ Attorney and President, California Reform Sex Offender Laws
  • Craig Davis ~ Attorney, Law Offices of Craig Davis
  • Ellen McDonnell ~ Reentry Coordinator and Deputy Public Defender, Contra Costa County Public Defender's Office
  • Adam Poe ~ Staff Attorney, Reentry Project Coordinator, Bay Area Legal Aid
  • Darris Young ~ Local Organizer, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights
  • Theresa Zhen ~ Skadden Fellow, A New Way of Life Reentry Project
  • Program Attorney: Christina Thompson ~ Program Attorney, Practising Law Institute
By:
PLI
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Recording: Drone Law Overview (Recording)

Free Until Wednesday July 13:
Eric Hansom
Commercial and recreational drone usage has increased sharply in the past few years. Today, it is estimated that the number of drones in the U.S. exceeds 1 million. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this rapidly developing industry has spawned many new legal challenges involving privacy, safety, intellectual property, and more.

In this program, intellectual property attorney Eric Hanscom has assembled several drone law experts to discus the various legal issues involved in owning, selling, and flying drones. Topics:

  • Background on drones
  • Current FAA rules
  • State law/federal law issues related to regulating drones and privacy issues
  • What a drone company needs to know about litigation
  • Intellectual property as it relates to drone inventions
  • What a drone startup needs to know about business entities and approaching investors
  • Estate planning considerations

Title:
Drone Law Overview
When/Where:
Web-based Recording: See It Now!
Speaker:
Eric Hanscom
By:
Lexvid
Cost:
Free until Wednesday July 13, 2016
Credit:
1.5 in CA; credit in other states may be possible through reciprocity or self-application
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Sunday, July 10, 2016

July 14: Webcast - Someone Online Hates You: Ethical Responses to Negative Online Feedback #MCLE

Discuss ways to help lawyers and law firms get comfortable with the rapid proliferation of online feedback and the most effective – and ethical – ways to respond.
Lawyers who attend this webinar will learn about:
  • The spread of online feedback via social media and review sites, and the importance of this trend to professional services and reputation
  • Why suing for defamation is the technique of last resort
  • Avoid violating the ethics rules around misleading advertising and attorney-client confidences when responding to online feedback
Title:
Someone Online Hates You: Ethical Responses to Negative Online Feedback
When/Where:
July 14, 2016
10AM (PT) / 1PM (ET)
Webcast - Register Now!
Speaker:
Josh King, Avvo's General Counsel and VP of Business Development
By:
Avvo.com
Credit:
1 hour Ethics CLE in CA, FL, IL, OH, NV, PA, TX, and WA
Cost:
Free.
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