Thursday, December 30, 2010

Web - Martindale's free online AV

Martindale's 2010 "Year In Review" includes links to two recorded webinars that might be eligible for AV credit. You'll have to check on your own jurisdiction's rules to see if they qualify for credit - credit is not guaranteed for all jurisdiction:
Recorded titles include:

Jan 11/San Francisco, CA - Introduction to Landlord Tenant Training

VLSP's full scope Eviction Defense Project provides representation to clients during their eviction proceedings. These cases provide excellent litigation experience as the procedures are the same as those involved in business litigation-discovery, motions, settlement, and trial-on a more manageable level. Before you volunteer with this project, we ask that you attend this free MCLE training session.

This training will be given by VLSP's Supervising Attorney who will go over the volunteer procedures as well as the different types of cases we place with volunteers. The substantive portion of the training must be viewed ahead of time on the Practising Law Institute's Web site. For more information on how to view this webcast and attend our live training, please email Megan Colla at or call 415.782.9000 x 8759. Pre-registration is required to attend.

Introduction to Landlord Tenant Training

Tuesday January 11 , 2011

  • By: Volunteer Legal Services Program of the San Francisco Bar Association (VLSP)
  • Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Time Zone: Pacific Time (US & Canada)
  • CLE Credit
  • Location:
    The Bar Association of San Francisco
    301 Battery Street
    3rd Floor
    San Francisco, CA
  • Contact:
    Megan Colla

  • Website:
  • CLE Credit Comments: 1 CLE Credit

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


This class is for any attorney who wants an in-depth understanding of the role of the title company and title search in a New York real estate transaction. It provides a comprehensive overview of the entire title process; what title insurance does, and does not, protect the insured against; an examination of the various searches the title company conducts; how to read a title report; detailed discussions of Schedules A and B of the title report; issues related to clearance of Schedule B title exceptions; survey matters including possible out of possession and adverse possession issues; the title company's role at the closing; and what you should expect from a title company.

Date and Time: January 13, 2011, 8:30 am to 10:30 amLocation: Berdon 360 Madison Avenue 8th FloorCost: FreeInstructor: Marc Israel, Esq., Kensington Vanguard National LandCLE Credit: 3 Areas of Professional Practice CreditsSponsor: Berdon LLPTo Resister
Randy Winn

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Jan 25/Seattle, WA - From Needs to Rights: The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in South Asia

Discussion of South Asian states' experiences with ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Featured Speaker: Professor Upendra Acharya, from Gonzaga University School of Law.

When:  Tuesday, January 25, 2011
             Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Where: 1111 Third Ave. Building
              3rd Floor Conference Room, Seattle
Credit: 1.0 general CLE credit.
WPTL Section members and law students — Free
Non-WPTL Section members — $25

MORE INFORMATION (including how to join & then attend this event for free):
From Needs to Rights: The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in South AsiaSponsored by the WSBA World Peace Through Law Section

Monday, December 20, 2010

Jan 18/New York, NY - Advising Micro-Entrepreneurs

Faculty Chairs: Mark A. Underberg, Esq. and Justin Hamill, Esq., Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP; and Rolando Gonzalez,
Esq., The Legal Aid Society
CLE Credit: 2 credits total: 1 hour of professional practice/practice management and 1 hour skills. This program provides
transitional credit for newly admitted attorneys.

Attain an overview of the available business structures for the formation of a micro business, including the advantages and disadvantages of using a corporation, partnership, limited liability company, or sole proprietorship. The session will include a role-playing exercise highlighting the legal issues surrounding business structures as well as the shareholder, employment, and other similar agreements involved in the formation of a business.
 Training is without charge, but attorneys who attend are expected to undertake the pro bono representation of one or more Legal Aid Society clients over the course of the following year. Additional information about The Legal Aid Society and its Pro Bono Practice can be found on our website,
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Hosted by Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
1285 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019"Advising Micro-Entrepreneurs"

Friday, December 17, 2010

Multiple Dates/Web - Possible hardship waiver for ACC webcasts

The Association of Corporate Counsel sponsors periodic webcasts, and charges a fairly typical fee if you seek CLE credit. However, attorneys experiencing financial hardship may wish to persue the option described at

"Financial Hardship Policy for CLE Webcasts

ACC understands that due to the present economic environment, it may be difficult to cover the costs required to obtain MCLE. Please submit a request to with the state bar that you need to obtain credit and a statement that you are currently in-transition. All requests must be received seven (7) business days prior to the airdate of the webcast you are interested in attending. ACC will then review your claim and notify you of our decision."
I can't make any promises about this, and I hope people who are not in genuine hardship but who are (like me) merely cheap, won't abuse the system. But, like the website says, for some people the costs really may be difficult. I hope someone will work through this process and let me know how it goes.
You can see a calendar of webcasts here:
 A hardship waiver for a paid program can be a good way to get free CLE if you qualify, and it can be an excellent give-back for the sponsor. This generous offer from ACC deserves recognition!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Jan 13/Mountain View, CA - Seminar for In-House Counsel

Earn a maximum of eight credits in one day by choosing among several California MCLE approved classes ...
The Computer History Museum
Mountain View, CA
Thursday January 13, 2011
8:20 AM - 6:00 PM
SNR Denton
To Register/Ask Questions:
Register or ask questions: sanfranciscoevents@snrdenton

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Dec 15/FL Webinar - Social Media for Lawyers: The Next Frontier

Host:Authors Niki Black and Carolyn Elefant
Wednesday, December 15th 2010 at 12PM EST
Description:We’re excited to have renowned speakers Niki Black and Carolyn Elefant discuss their recent ABA book, Social Media for Lawyers: The Next Frontier, on the Legal Productivity Webinar Series. The world of legal marketing has changed with the rise of social media sites such as Linkedin, Twitter, and Facebook. Law firms are seeking their companies attention with tweets, videos, blog posts, pictures, and online content. Social media is fast and delivers news at record pace. Social Media for Lawyers: The Next Frontier provides you with a practical, goal-centric approach to using social media in your law practice that will enable you to identify social media platforms and tools that fit your practice and implement them easily, efficiently, and ethically.
About the Presenters:
Niki Black is a lawyer, legal writer and avid blogger. The founder of lawtechTalk, a company that educates lawyers regarding technology issues and provides legal technology consulting, she runs the law and technology blog Practicing Law in the 21st Century .
Carolyn Elefant is the founder and principal attorney with the Law Offices of Carolyn Elefant (LOCE) in
Washington, DC. A prolific writer and avid blogger, she is creator of, the first and longest running blog on solo and small firm practice

Anytime/Web - IL - Two Professional Responsibility Recording CLEs

ARDC, an Accredited CLE Providerwith the Illinois MCLE Board, offers recorded webcasts that have been approved for general MCLE credit in Illinois by the Illinois MCLE Board and have also been approved for professional responsibility/legal ethics credit by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.
These recorded webcasts are available 24/7.  Once you have registered, you will be able to access the program and accompanying materials as may times as you wish but you may claim CLE credit for only one viewing. 

* Professional Responsibility Roundtable: A Discussion of the New Lawyer Ethics Rules in Illinois (2 Hrs. MCLE/PCLE Credit in Illinois) Recorded Webinar (May 2010)  CLICK HERE:

* What the New Rules of Professional Conduct Will Mean for Your Practice  (2 Hrs. MCLE/PCLE Credit in Illinois)
Recorded Webcast (October 2009) CLICK HERE: 

Monday, December 13, 2010

Dec 21/Web, NY - Ethical Issues in Pro Bono Representation 2010

"Ethical Issues in Pro Bono Representation 2010" will examine recent developments and ongoing ethical issues and concerns that frequently arise in the context of pro bono and public interest representation.
Using thought-provoking hypothetical examples to highlight ethical issues that arise in pro bono representation, you will learn about:
- The Attorney-Client Relationship: Formation, Termination and Other Issues
- Pro Bono Representation and Client Misconduct
- Client Identity and Third Party Involvement
- Dealing with Pro Se Adversaries and Other Third Parties
- Diminished Capacity, Client Representation and Non-Lawyer Involvement
All attorneys working in nonprofit organizations and legal service organizations, as well as those involved in pro bono practice in law firms and corporate legal departments will find this program very beneficial.

As part of PLI's commitment to public service and the pro bono activities of the legal community, there is no fee to attend this program.
Register Today!
"Ethical Issues in Pro Bono Representation 2010"
December 21, 2010
9:00 a.m.-11:10 a.m. EST
New York City
Live on the Web

To register by phone, please call PLI's Customer Relations Department at
(800) 260-4754. Be sure to mention your Priority Code: LBN0-8EM11 and your Customer ID when registering: 843540.


Friday, December 10, 2010

Dec 15/New Orleans, LA - The Safe Escape Initiative-- Kickoff Free CLE training event

In Jefferson Parish, a woman trying to escape a violent relationship with the help of a protective order has almost nowhere to go for legal services if she cannot afford a private attorney. The few legal services available in the parish are forced to turn away the vast majority of domestic violence victims who need help.

In response to this need, the Tulane Domestic Violence Clinic is working with The Metropolitan Center for Women and Children to start the Safe Escape Initiative, a network of pro bono attorneys who volunteer to represent one domestic violence victim in a protective order hearing in Jefferson Parish.
  • The first free CLE training will be December 15, 2010 9:00 am - 2:00 pm.
  • Lunch provided
  • 4 hours of CLE have been applied for, including one hour of ethics and one hour of professionalism.
  • The CLE training will be free, and in return attorneys will agree to accept one protective order case in 2011.
  • This training will provide attorneys with the knowledge required to represent a domestic violence victim in a protective order case, and educate attorneys about the special ethical and professional obligations that arise when working with victims of domestic violence.
The Safe Escape Initiative-- Kickoff Free CLE training event Location:
Tulane University
Lavin-Bernick Center
Stibbs Conference Room
New Orleans, LA
  • Contact: Kati Bambrick Tulane Law School Domestic Violence Clinic
  • CLE Credit Comments: 4 CLE credit hours have been applied for, including 1 ethics and 1 professionalism hour

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Dec 9/New Orleans, LA - What Tangled Webs We Weave: Ethical Issues Involving the Relationship between Lawyers and Judges

Volunteer Appreciation Awards & Reception
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Jones Walker Auditorium
201 St. Charles Avenue
51st Floor
CLE Registration: 3:30 pm
CLE: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Awards & Reception:  5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
The CLE program, "What Tangled Webs We Weave:  Ethical Issues Involving the Relationship between Lawyers and Judges" is presented by Tim Averill, Esq.
The Honorable Ginger Berrigan, US District Court Judge, will be doing the honors as Master of Ceremonies for the Awards Presentation this year, helping us recognize our stellar volunteers. 

Please Register Here

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Anytime/Web - Various CLE

Here's a list of a variety of CLE available on the web anytime, just in time for your end-of-year enjoyment:
A few notes:
  • These are postings put up earlier this year, grouped together via the "Anytime" tag. Let me know if there are others that should be tagged!
  • Don't forget to check the "older posts" link at the bottom of that page.
  • The "Anytime" tag is to be distinguished from the "Web" tag as follows: "Anytime" is for resources you can access it any time (that is, they're recorded); "Web" is for anything available on the web, whether webinars, or recordings, or something yet to be dreamed of.
  • Many of these events are eligible for credit in multiple jurisdictions, but you'll have to check with your own jurisdiction to see if any particular what gets credit there. Good luck!
  • Washington and Oregon attorneys should take special note of the ethics credit on . I would urge you to send them a few bucks to keep their site running!
  • Let me also shout-out to the Intellectual Property Colloquium  - another leader in providing interesting and free online CLE!


Randy Winn

Dec 9/Washington, DC - Caregiver Representation Pro Bono Attorney Training

Please join us to learn about adoption, guardianship, and custody law and practice with presentations by experienced attorneys from Children's Law Center and a "View from the Bench" by Associate Judge Juliet McKenna of the D.C. Superior Court.

Children's Law Center Caregiver Representation Pro Bono Attorney Training

Thursday December 09 , 2010

  • By: Children's Law Center
  • Time: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Location:
    Crowell & Moring LLP
    1001 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC
  • Contact:
    Melanie Jaskolka
    Children's Law Center

    202-467-4900 ext. 586
  • Source: Dist. of Columbia

• Refreshments will be served.
• Participants will receive an updated free copy of CLC's Training Manual

To ensure sufficient seating and copies of our manual,
please RSVP to:

Melanie Jaskolka
202.467.4900 ext. 586


Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Dec 8/Edmond, OK - Special Education Law

Wright's Law presents a FREE CLE event on Special Education Law with Pete Wright, Esq.

Wednesday December 08 , 2010 All-day program

  • By: Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc.
  • Location:
    Constitution Hall
    University of Central Oklahoma
    Edmond, OK
  • Contact:
  • Oklahoma Disability Law Center, Inc.
  • Website:

Dec 8/ Long Beach, CA - International Information Exchange Agreements, What Happened to Privacy?

Free Business Networking Mixer Prior to the Free TALK
Presented by:   Harrington & Harrington
*See Introduction of the Lecture Series Below*
Speaker:   Sanford I. Millar 
What:  (1) Business Networking Mixer (6:00pm - 6:55pm)
            (2)CLE Presentation (7pm-9pm):
"International Information Exchange Agreements
What Happened to Privacy?"
When:   December 8, 2010  (2nd Wednesday of the month)
  • September 11, 2001 & the changes in Bank Secrecy
  • How the UBS case changed / ended Swiss Bank Secrecy (and bank secrecy in general)
  • The Hire Act, Sec. 6038D and 6048 and FATCA, IRC Sec 1471-1474 & new reporting requirements for individuals and foreign financial institutions
  • Proposed changes in Cross Border Electronic Transfer of Funds Reporting (wire T/F)
  • Circular 230 and Preparer Penalties: What you need to do to minimize your risks
Advance Copy of Outline in PDF format.
Where :  Cardinal Pacific Escrow Education Center
               Suite 105
               6621 E. Pacific Coast Highway
               Long Beach, CA 90803
(Located on the corner of PCH & Second Street/Westminister
               at "The MARKETPLACE".   Building 6621 is both directly
               behind building 6615, and is faced by the front of the
               United Artists Long Beach Marketplace 6 Theaters.)
Cost:   Free for all attendees; Free & Ample Parking
CLE/CPE CREDIT For Attorneys, CPA's & Enrolled Agents:
            2.0 hours of MCLE credit for Attorneys (+ 0.5 hours ETHICS)
            2.0 hours of MCLE TAX SPECIALIZATION CREDIT
            2.4 hours of TAX CPE credit for CPA's & EA's(+ 0.6 hours ETHICS)
Accreditation Source:
           (1)   State Bar of California, Tax Specialization Provider 15203
           (2)   Harrington & Harrington is an IRS Approved
                   Education Provider - No. 672
Questions?  Call Curt Harrington at  (562)-594-9784 
Future Mixer and CLE/CPE Programs:
Date                                 Program                          Speaker

January 12, 2011                   TBA                                 TBA
February 09, 2011                TBA                                 TBA
March 09, 2011                     TBA                                 TBA
April 13, 2011                       TBA                                 TBA
May 11, 2011                        TBA                                 TBA
June 08, 2011                        TBA                                 TBA
Check back with the website: , for any last-minute updates!

Friday, December 3, 2010

More Than A Game: On-Demand CLE

The complicated relationship between game manufacturers and the big three console producers, and the licensing arrangements under which video game companies make games based on intellectual property like the Harry Potter characters or the names and likenesses of NFL players, are the subjects of this edition of the Intellectual Property Colloquium
Speakers include chief legal officers from three major video game studios:
  • Steve Bene of Electronic Arts,
  • Seth Kraus of Take-Two, and
  • Chris Walther of Activision Blizzard
  • Host: Closet video game fan and UCLA Law Professor Doug Lichtman.
California, New York, Tennessee, Texas, Illinois, Washington, and  other states.
More Information

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Dec 9/Fife, WA - "Security Clearance Adjudication Process"

LAMP Section Meeting and CLE: "Security Clearance Adjudication Process"
Co-sponsored by the WSBA Legal Assistance to Military Personnel Section
This program will discuss adjudicative guidelines for determining eligibility for access of classified information.
Speaker: Hon. Judge David White – Office of the Secretary of Defense
When: Thursday, December 9, 2010
            12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Fife City Bar & Grill
             3025 Pacific Hwy. E., Fife

Web - Contingent Fees: Access to the Court or Threat to Capitalism?

Contingent fees continue to stir great controversy especially in class action cases, mass torts, and medical malpractice lawsuits.  The controversy most recently gained national attention when President Bush banned contingency fees in cases filed by the U.S Government.  Federal judges have called contingent fees "grotesque" and plaintiffs claim they will be denied access to the courts without them. The debate remains lively among plaintiff and defense lawyers, academics, the judiciary, insurance companies, the Chamber of Commerce and the general public.

 Recent legislation and efforts to amend state constitutions to limit contingent fees have been successful. Is there a problem with contingent fees? Do plaintiff's lawyers reap a windfall when enormous fees are awarded? What are the real risks undertaken by plaintiff's counsel and does the risk justify the reward? Are contingent fee awards out of whack? Who will benefit or suffer if they are restricted or eliminated?

The ABA Center for Continuing Legal Education presents:  "Contingent Fees: Access to the Court or Threat to Capitalism?" recording on 12/09/2008 and now available for free at

You'll have to check in your jurisdiction to see whether it's been approved for credit. In Washington State, it's 1.75 AV credit, Activity ID 232134.


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Ongoing/Sarasota County, FL - Multiple CLE CDs for lend

Members of the Sarasota County Bar Association can check out CLE CDs from the SCBA office at no cost in order to complete their continuing legal education requirements. See