Wednesday, February 15, 2017

February 16: Webcast - Brave New World: 10 Tips Adapt to the Changing Legal Landscape

Technology, outsourcing, pro-­se filings and forms, and many other trends and forces are changing the way people use the law and the way lawyers think about how they practice. Lawyers who want to not only survive but thrive in this new landscape – and make sure they do so ethically – must understand these emerging trends. This presentation will provide 10 tips to help lawyers understand the emerging legal landscape and the applicable ethical rules and concepts. Lawyers who attend this webinar will learn about:
  • Unbundling: What rules apply to unbundling and limited scope representation and how can lawyers use these tools effectively and ethically?
  • Cloud services: A few bar associations have issued opinions on how to use cloud services ethically. What are these rules? What is the cloud? How can lawyers use it?
  • Social media: Overview of social media rules and some key ethical areas where lawyers stumble.
  • Technology as an Ethical Competency: ABA Model rule 1.1 comment 8 has been adopted in a few states. What is this new duty of technological competence? How can or should lawyers understand it and what does it mean?

Title:
Brave New World: 10 Tips Adapt to the Changing Legal Landscape
When/Where:
February 16, 2017 at 10am PT / 1pm ET
Speaker:
Hosted by Dan Lear
By:
Avvo
Credits:
1hr Ethics CLE in CA, FL, IL, NV, PA, TX, OH, WA and NY
Cost:
Free to all WSBA members.
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Sunday, February 12, 2017

March 9: Web - Lawyers and Lies #MCLE

Most of us are taught that being honest is an unquestioned virtue – yet the law doesn’t necessarily see it that way. This course will explore the legal status of “required honesty,” before diving deep into a review of the various Rules of Professional Conduct relating to honesty, and how they play out depending on the relationship between attorney-speaker and subject. Attorneys who attend this webinar can expect to learn:
  • The relationship between First Amendment-protected speech and professional speech regulation.
  • How shifting cultural values shape what we define as a lie.
  • Negotiation ethics and the difference between bargaining and lying.
Title:
Lawyers and Lies


Josh King
Chief Legal Officer 
at Avvo
When/Where:
March 9, 2017 10 am Pacific / 1 pm Eastern
Webcast - Register Now!
Speaker:
Josh King
By:
Avvo.com
Credit:
1hr Ethics CLE in CA, FL, IL, NV, PA, TX, and WA
Cost:
Free. Pre-registration required.
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February 28: Web - Ethical Considerations While Representing Juvenile Clients (Washington State only)

How should attorneys approach issues such as confidentiality, client communication, and consent while working with juvenile clients? What if the juvenile client also suffers from trauma? What if he or she recently moved to the United States from a foreign country and/or has limited English-language skills? In this 90 minute CLE, faculty members will provide attorneys with best practices for competently and ethically representing juvenile clients with unique challenges and special needs.
Title:
Ethical Considerations While Representing Juvenile Clients
WSBA Legal Lunchbox Series - 
When/Where:
February 28, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Webcast - Register Now!
Speakers:
Janet Gwilym - KIND, Seattle
Nicole McGrath - Law Office of Nicole McGrath, Seattle
Veronica Quinonez - Veronica Quinonez Law, Seattle
By:
WSBA
Credits:
Ethics: 1.50
Cost:
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Friday, February 10, 2017

March 31: DC - Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program Training #MCLE


This program provides training free of charge to attorneys who agree to counsel and/or represent a veteran/VA claimant or family member before the Veterans Court. As well as receiving the day-long training, attorneys who participate are assigned a case that has been screened for merit and provided a screening memo outlining the issues in the case. Volunteers are also assigned a mentor (a practicing veterans’ law lawyer or practitioner) to give advice and share sample pleadings. Attorneys also receive the Veterans Benefits Manual (VBM) and other resource materials.
Attorneys who participate receive free training in exchange for a commitment to handle at least one appeal that is before the Veterans Court. Attorneys with little or no prior veterans’ law experience are generally able to capably represent an appellant before the Veterans Court provided they attend the training seminar and maintain contact with their mentor. Most cases can be completed in 50 to 60 hours; many cases may require fewer hours. A typical case lasts about 1 year from the time that the attorney enters the case. Some cases may be resolved more quickly and some may take longer.
These trainings tend to fill up quickly, so register asap.
Title:
Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program Training
When/Where:
Friday, March 31st, 2017
Washington, DC
9:00AM to 5:00PM
Registration: Now open-DC Attorney Training Link
By:
Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program
Credit:
These trainings have always featured a great many free CLE credit recognized in most or all mandatory CLE states.
If you have any questions concerning registration for our upcoming trainings, please email Courtney Smith at Courtney.Smith@vetsprobono.org

May 11: Web - If you’re not on Facebook you’re committing malpractice #MCLE

Can you imagine cross-examining a witness about a telephone call if you’d never used a telephone before? It sounds ridiculous, but that’s precisely where many attorneys find themselves today when it comes social media. Whether it’s Facebook, Twitter or another channel, most of the population is now using one or more of these tools to communicate and it’s increasingly dangerous for attorneys to blithely ignore social media and other developing technologies. Attorneys who attend this webinar can expect to learn:
  • The growing number of ethics opinions addressing social media, and the obligation of attorneys to be familiar with them.
  • How to think about counseling clients on their use of social media during a pending matter — and the attorney’s own use.
  • The intersection between competency requirements and changes in law office technology.
Title:
If you’re not on Facebook you’re committing malpractice


Josh King
Chief Legal Officer at Avvo
When/Where:
May 11, 2017
10 am Pacific / 1 pm Eastern
Webcast - Register Now!
Speaker:
Josh King
By:
Avvo.com
Credit:
1hr Ethics CLE in CA, FL, IL, NV, PA, TX, and WA
Cost:
Free. Pre-registration required.
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Thursday, February 9, 2017

June 8: Web - Working the web: Delivering legal services online #MCLE

E-commerce has exploded over the last 15 years, and this trend is finally finding its way to the law. This webinar is designed to help lawyers and law firms understand the primary ethics issues that may arise when selling or delivering legal services online. Attorneys who attend this webinar can expect to learn:

Online advertising and fee-splitting: A review of the first amendment considerations and limitations surrounding online referrals.
The ethics of online Q&A: How does answering questions online from people who may be out-of-state mesh with state-based practice limitations?
Online “deals” and unbundled services: To what extent do online deals or other unbundled offers implicate ethics rules around advertising, trust accounts, excessive fees, conflicts and the duty of competence?
Technology & security: What special considerations around technology and cloud-based applications are in play when serving clients online?

Title:
 Working the web: Delivering legal services online
When/Where:
June 8, 2017
10am PT / 1pm ET
Webcast - Register Now!
Speaker:
Josh King
By:
Avvo.com
Credit:
1hr Ethics CLE in CA, FL, IL, NV, PA, TX, OH, WA and NY
Cost:
Free. Pre-registration required.
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

April 27: Web - Ethical Social Media in Three Easy Steps #MCLE

In this webinar, Dan Lear, Avvo’s Director of Industry Relations, provides attorneys with a common sense approach to social media. Attorneys who attend this webinar can expect to learn:
  • Legal ethics surrounding social media use – and why you shouldn’t be afraid
  • Constitutional law that backs up lawyer social media use
  • Practical tips for dealing with grey areas that arise with emerging social media trends
Title:
Ethical Social Media in Three Easy Steps
When/Where:
April 27, 2017
10am PT / 1pm ET
Webcast - Register Now!
Dan Lear, Avvo
Speaker:
Dan Lear
By:
Avvo.com
Credit:
1hr Ethics CLE in CA, FL, IL, NV, PA, TX, OH, WA and NY
Cost:
Free. Pre-registration required.
More Information And Registration

Sunday, February 5, 2017

February 10: Cleveland - Commemorating Terry v. Ohio: A Milestone in the History of African-American Lawyers

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law hosts a dedication of a new Ohio historical plaque commemorating the landmark Supreme Court case Terry v. Ohio, which continues to govern the disputed legal terrain of police-citizen encounters. The Terry case was litigated by two prominent Cleveland attorneys, defense lawyer Louis Stokes and prosecutor Reuben Payne, both 1953 graduates of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. These two African-American lawyers argued the case in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, on appeal in the Ohio Eighth District Court of Appeals, and then in the United States Supreme Court.
The Supreme Court oral argument in Terry on December 12, 1967, was a milestone in American legal history. It was the first time two African-American lawyers argued a case before an African-American justice, Thurgood Marshall, who had assumed the bench in October 1967. The historical plaque commemorates this important event in Cleveland and American history.
The event will be held in the Moot Court Room at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, with a reception to follow.
Title:
Commemorating Terry v. Ohio: A Milestone in the History of African-American Lawyers
When/Where:
Friday, February 10, 2017 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm
1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room) [map]
Speakers:

  • The Honorable C. Ellen Connally, retired judge of the Cleveland Municipal Court, former president of the Cuyahoga County Council.
  • The Honorable Stuart A. Friedman, Judge, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. Judge Friedman’s father, Judge Bernard Friedman, presided in Terry case in the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.
  • Brett Hammond, assistant prosecutor, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office. Mr. Hammond’s grandfather, the Honorable Louis Stokes, represented the defendants in Terry v. Ohio from the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court to the United States Supreme Court.
  • Timothy McGinty, former Cuyahoga County Prosecutor and former Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court judge.

CLE credit:
1.0 free hour pending
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February: Fastcase Webcast #MCLE

Fastcase offers frequent free webcasts concerning their products.
When/Where/Title:
Mon, Feb 6, 2017 12:00pm - 12:30pm EST
Intro to TopForm Web
Thu, Feb 9, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Advanced Tips for Enhanced Legal Research on Fastcase
Mon, Feb 13, 2017 12:00pm - 12:30pm EST
Intro to TopForm Web
Thu, Feb 16, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Introduction to Boolean (Keyword) Searches
Mon, Feb 27, 2017 12:00pm - 12:30pm EST
Intro to TopForm Web
Thu, Mar 2, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Introduction to Legal Research
Mon, Mar 6, 2017 12:00pm - 12:30pm EST
Intro to TopForm Web
Thu, Mar 9, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Advanced Tips for Enhanced Legal Research on Fastcase
Mon, Mar 13, 2017 12:00pm - 12:30pm EST
Intro to TopForm Web
Thu, Mar 16, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm EST
Introduction to Boolean (Keyword) Searches
Mon, Mar 20, 2017 1:00pm - 1:30pm EST
Introduction to Fastcase 7
Mon, Mar 20, 2017 12:00pm - 12:30pm EST
Intro to TopForm Web




Credit:

Fastcase is currently in the process of applying to the following jurisdictions for CLE credit:

  • Arizona
    • The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This activity may qualify for up to 1 hour toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including 0 hour(s) of professional responsibility.
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin

February 28: Webcast - Subsidized Housing 2.0 - Advanced Topics in Subsidized Housing

This substantive training provides more in-depth coverage of select topics in the federal housing programs. The half-day training is designed for advocates with some housing experience, but practitioners at all experience levels should be able to benefit from this training. The panelists are noted experts in housing law who will cover a broad-range of topics in federally-subsidized housing with real-world examples.

What You Will Learn
• Admissions issues in subsidized housing
• Defending evictions from federally-subsidized housing
• Preventing subsidy terminations

Who Should Attend
Practitioners who want to gain a deeper understanding of subsidized housing, as well as housing attorneys looking for tools to represent their clients in federally-subsidized housing. The sessions will address issues pertinent to those with limited federally-subsidized housing practice as well as experienced practitioners.


Please join Ronald J. Tabak from Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, who co-chaired the special committee that led the New York State Bar Association to adopt unanimously a report and recommendations on these issues. He will:
  • provide a national overview on how these issues are being addressed;
  • note some particular initiatives in New York; and
  • discuss how lawyers can work on re-entry as part of their overall pro bono work.
Title:
Subsidized Housing 2.0 - Advanced Topics in Subsidized Housing
When/Where:
February 28, 2017
9:00 AM Pacific
Webcast - Register Now!
Also On Location: San Francisco, CA
Credit:
1 Credit in most jurisdictions
Speaker:
Ronald J. Tabak
By:
PLI
More Information And Registration