Saturday, June 27, 2009

June 29/Boston: Landlord-Tenant

A one session training on working with tenants facing eviction. Patricipants will learn the procedures for representing clients facing imminent eviction. Practice Guides will be provided.

VLP trainings are free of charge to active volunteers. Please see our Training Policy.

Title: VLP - Landlord/Tenant Law
Monday June 29 , 2009
By: Volunteer Lawyers Project
Time: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Volunteer Lawyers Project
99 Chauncy Street, Suite 400Boston, MA


Isabel Burney
Volunteer Lawyers Project
617-423-0648 x150
Source: Massachusetts > Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association


Thursday, June 25, 2009

July 7/Seattle: Street Speech

The ACLU-WA Civil Liberties 101 series presents introductory overviews of vital civil rights and civil liberties issues. Each class covers historical perspectives on landmark cases and updates on current law and policy.

This installment commemorates the 10th anniversary of the World Trade Organization (WTO) protests. ACLU cooperating attorneys discuss the right to parade, picket, leaflet, circulate petitions and otherwise express political beliefs in public. Learn about the kinds of regulations on speech activities that the government may enforce and the kinds of restrictions which are not permitted by the United States and Washington constitutions.

Cases include October 22nd Coalition v. City of Seattle, in which the ACLU-WA represented an activist group in successfully challenging the City of Seattle's parade ordinance.

MOHAI is dedicated to enriching lives by preserving, sharing and teaching the diverse history of Seattle, the Puget Sound region and the nation.

Please arrive early or stay on to enjoy the exhibits. The museum is open until 5:00 pm.

Title: CLE for Attorneys: Street Speech
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
3:30-4:30 pm
Seattle's Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI):
McCurdy Park, 2700 24th Avenue East, Seattle
Map and Directions:

Cost: FREE with Museum Admission (Adult $8)


Approved for 1.0 General CLE Credit, Washington State Bar Association Seminar #232603

Learn more about our Civil Liberties 101 series:


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Web/AV: Intellectual Property Colloquium

The Intellectual Property Colloquium is a wonderful series of online audio program. Per its site:
"The Intellectual Property Colloquium is an online audio program devoted to intellectual property topics. We aspre to be something like an NPR talk show, but focused on copyrights and patents, and aimed primarily at a legal audience.
Our programs are neither lectures nor debates. They are instead conversations,with guests drawn from academia, the entertainment community, the judiciary, and various technology industries.
Each program lasts one hour and can either be played on the site or downloaded to any PC or MP3 player. Morever, lawyers who listen to the show can earn free CLE credit in California, New York, Tennessee, Texas, Illinois, Washington, and soon over a dozen other states.
The Colloquium is hosted by Doug Lichtman. Its student director is Chris Moen. Our current show, an archive of previous programs, a schedule of up-coming audios, and various subscription methods are all available at the site."
This month's program is "Patent Reform: Damages". I verified the WA approval at the WSBA/MCLE page; it is MCLE Approved Activity 230733)
Thanks to the PatentO Blog for mentioning this wonderful resource!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

June 23/St. Paul - Certified Civil Trial Specialists Civil Trial Update

This event is free to Certified Civil Trial Specialists in Minnesota. While it's probably too late to get certified in time to get this program free this year, note that it's an annual program and that therefore you may be able to get future programs free with CT Certification.

MSBA Certified Civil Trial Specialists
5th Annual Civil Trial Law Update

With Special Guest Chief Justice Eric J. Magnuson


"Would you like to get current with breaking developments in civil trial practice, renew acquaintances with your fellow Certified Civil Trial Specialists, and work on the 10 credit hours per year Civil Trial CLE requirement?

OR are you curious about the requirements to earn Specialist certification - especially in light of MLM's 5% malpractice credit for Certified Specialists?

Then join us at the 2009 Member Rewards Seminar - our thank you for your support of Legal Specialist Certification in Minnesota.

3 hours of Standard CLE credit to be applied for
1.0 hours of Ethics credit to be applied for"


Friday, June 19, 2009

Web/AV: Why You Should Care About Appraisals

The State Bar of Texas offers free CLE online at
The topic at this time is: "Why You Should Care About Appraisals"; it appears to be scheduled to change bi-monthly.

You must register to access the program, but registration is free (even if you're not a member of the Texas State Bar!) They ask for permission to send you more information, so perhaps it's a marketing thing, but surely that is a small thing to give them in exchange for what you get!

MCLE Credit: 0.50 hours in Texas. Whether any particular program earns CLE credit in YOUR jurisdiction is up to YOU to find out; frequently a jurisdiction will extend credit if the subject matter is appropriate and YOU fill out a form. In my (admittedly limited) experience, sometimes someone ELSE will have done it already so you can ride on their credit application coattails.

More information from
"TexasBarCLE is pleased to offer this complimentary half hour of participatory MCLE credit. You will find a new topic available every other month. Please check back on these dates in 2009 for a new free class: January 1, March 1, May 1, July 1, September 1, and November 1

Disclaimer: Speakers on TexasBarCLE programs were carefully selected for their knowledge, but neither the State Bar of Texas nor the speaker warrant that the presentations or materials were free of errors, or will continue to be accurate. Opinions expressed are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect opinions of the State Bar of Texas, its sections, or committees. Statements in the presentations and their materials should be verified before relying on them. Video recordings of live presentations may have been edited."

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

June 25/Seattle: Recent Supreme Court Unilateral Conduct Cases

Washington State Bar Association Antitrust, Consumer Protection and Unfair Business Practices Section

The Supreme Court has issued several decisions interpreting Section 2 of the Sherman Act. Join two Federal Trade Commission lawyers who will explore these recent unilateral conduct cases. This discussion includes bundling, price squeezes, predatory buying, and a look at the state of the law for conduct by standard setting organizations.

Thursday, June 25, 2009
Noon to 1:15 p.m.

Perkins Coie LLP
1201 3rd Ave., Ste. 4800
Seattle, WA 98101

Credits: 1 general credit

Cost: Free (includes free lunch for registered attendees)


Questions and/or Special Accommodations: Contact Shyla Alfonso at


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

June&July/NY: Multiple CLE for Pro Bono

The New York Legal Assistance Group offers several free CLE to attorneys willing to do some pro bono work. Trading free education for work sounds like a deal!

Here's a selection:
New York Legal Assistance Group
450 W 33rd St. 11th Floor
New York, NY
Training Coordinator

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Cost-effective ways to meet CLE requirements - from Wisconsin Bar Journal

Jane Pribek writes of several ways to get free or very-low-cost CLE, in an article entitled "Cost-effective ways to meet CLE requirements" (Wisconsin Bar Journal, March 30, 2009).

While most of the examples are specific to Wisconsin, the general concepts in the article should apply nearly anywhere. Read More.

Monday, June 8, 2009

June 23/Seattle: Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples

This event is free to members of the WSBA World Peace Through Law Section and/orvthe Indian Law Section. Membership gives access to frequent free CLE and is available here:

United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous People

Register for event:

Tuesday, June 23, 2009, Noon to 1:00 pm
WSBA Office, 1325 4th Ave., Ste. 600, Seattle

Robert Coulter, an attorney and the executive director of the Indian Law Resource Center in Montana, will be speaking on provisions of 2007 United Nations declaration, including the negotiation process leading to adoption of the resolution.

Approved for 1 general CLE credit

Special Accommodations:
Please contact Jennifer Keene at or 206-727-8296.


About the Indian Law Resource Center:

Sunday, June 7, 2009

June 11/Albany, NY: Free Mandated Representation Family Court Training

This free program is open only to attorneys who provide mandated representation.

Free Mandated Representation Family Court Training
Thursday, June 11, 2009
State Bar Center, One Elk Street, Albany, NY, 518.487.5641

There will be limited on site registration provided for this program on a first come first serve basis. The last day to pre-register online was June 5, 2009.

Program Description:
Under New York MCLE Rules, this program has been approved for a total of 6 credit hours in the area of professional practice. This is a transitional program suitable for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys.

This full-day program is for attorneys who provide mandated representation to parents in Family Court proceedings. These attorneys face unique hurdles and must consider many avenues of approach when planning for their client's children who are the subjects of court review. This programs distinguished and talented speakers will address specific and challenging issues that confront parents' attorneys in Family Court. An interactive discussion will allow the audience to participate in an examination and analysis of an assortment of representational problems facing the parents' attorneys.

For more information, contact:

See Also:

Saturday, June 6, 2009

June 11/Seattle: The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children

Free to members of the Washington State Bar Association Section on Legal Assistance to Military Personnel (LAMP), which you can join easily before registering.

Event Title:
The Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children

Thursday, June 11th , 2009
11:30 a.m. ~ 1:00 p.m.
Ben Bridge Corporate Office
2901 3rd Avenue, 2nd Floor
Seattle, WA

1 CLE Credit applied for


Please also return e-mail if you plan to attend. You may elect to bring your own lunch, or a lunch will be provided for $10 by **advance order** no later than Monday, 6/8/09. E-mail if you have any questions!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

June 23/Web: Fighting Foreclosure Through Legal Aid-Community Organization Partnerships

Want to know more about how legal advocates are collaborating with community organizers to improve low-income homeowners' access to the court? Interested in how Los Angeles advocates and organizers are helping low-income homeowners negotiate collectively with loan servicers, and how the effort laid the groundwork for the LA City Council's support of a pilot foreclosure prevention project?

The editorial staff of Clearinghouse Review: Journal of Poverty Law and Policy, published by the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, will sponsor a webinar on June 23, noon - 1:30 pm to explore these lawyer-organizer partnerships and strategies to fight foreclosures.

Panelists will be:

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM CDT

Registration and more information

NOTE: the organizers of this event do not appear to have applied for CLE credit; however its content as described, and speaker's list, would make this a prime candidate for credit in many jurisdictions. You may wish to petition your state bar ASAP; if you do receive word of credit being granted, please use the "reply" feature below to let us all know!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

June 24/Stillwater, MN: What Every Attorney should Know about Working with the Mentally Ill

Location: Washington County Government Center, 14949 62nd Street North, Stillwater, MN 55082

Speaker: Warren Maas, Esq. and Psychologist, Clinical Director of Project Pathfinders

Date/Time: June 24, 2009 noon-1 pm

Title: "What Every Attorney should Know about Working with the Mentally Ill"

Credit: One elimination of bias CLE credit has been applied for.

This is one of a series of continuing legal education programs that the Washington County Law Library presents free of charge in coordination with the Washington County Bar Association; membership in the Association is not required for attendance.

More Information

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Web/AV: A New Landscape in Real Estate Law

ABA-CLE Podcasts presents
A Free PodCast (CLE credit may vary)
A New Landscape in Real Estate Law
Produced: May 20, 2009
Program File Format: MP3
Duration: 60 minutes, 7 seconds
MP3 File Size: 21 MB
Course Materials: Included in separate file 29 pages
MCLE Credit: This format/program may or may not be approved for MCLE credit in your state. Check with your state for approval of this format/program for MCLE use


More than 3.3 million homes went into foreclosure in 2007 and 2008—about 5 percent of the mortgage loans in the U.S. Many experts expect 3 million more homes to go into foreclosure in 2009 alone. Additionally, some banks have estimated that it is possible that up to 16 percent of all residential mortgages will go through foreclosure during the next four years.

This crisis situation has led to a number of private and government-sponsored loan modification initiatives. But the early programs have had little success in reducing homeowners’ monthly payments and keeping people in their homes. The programs have been unpopular with both banks that do not want to see big cuts in loan principals and with homeowners who refuse the programs’ onerous terms. Securitization of loans has further complicated the process because individual homeowners, and the real estate attorneys who work with them, often cannot figure out who to discuss modifications with since they cannot identify who owns the loan.

Recently the Obama administration has instituted a new program for beleaguered homeowners facing foreclosure that tries to rectify some of the issues of previous initiatives, but the jury is still out on whether or not the program will be more effective than earlier ones.

This free downloadable audio program will examine:

  • How the real estate crisis has developed
  • The existing programs for homeowners in trouble including the new Obama initiatives
  • The steps lawyers can take to keep homeowners in their homes, including the guidelines for participation in the new program
  • The prospects for changes to Chapter 13 of the Bankruptcy code that could help those not helped by the loan modification programs

Faculty Members:
  • O. Max Gardner, III
  • Jaime Lathrop
  • Marc S. Stern
System Requirements:
PC: Windows 2000 or newer with a soundcard
Mac: OSX 10.1 or newer
You must have a media player (Windows Media Player, Quicktime, RealPlayer, iTunes, etc.) installed on your computer to download the file, listen to the file, or transfer the audio program from your computer to an MP3 player. Please view your media player's help file for assistance with playing the file or transferring it to a portable MP3 player.