Friday, January 20, 2017

Feb 6-9: Seattle - Judging Contracts Negotiation Moot Court #MCLE

On behalf of the Moot Court Honor Board at the University of Washington School of Law, I am pleased to invite you to participate as a judge in our 2017 Contracts Negotiation Competition. The competition will take place Monday, February 6 through Monday, February 13. More information about the competition and a complete schedule may be found at the bottom of this email.

We welcome attorneys from all practice areas to participate. Volunteer judges are invaluable to the continued success of MCHB and the in-house competition program. As a judge, you will provide valuable feedback and evaluate the participants’ performance. For your service as a judge you will receive:
-          3 free CLE credits and 2.5 credits for each additional night judged*
-          Free parking
-          Dinner

You may register to serve as a judge using this online sign-up sheet.

If you are unable to serve as a judge for this competition, but would like to receive invitations to judge future competitions, please let us know via the sign-up sheet. Questions can be sent to judges@uw.edu

Thank you in advance for your support. We hope to see you at the competition.

Sincerely,
Carolyn White
Vice President of Judges
UW Moot Court Honor Board

*Each round of competition entails a time commitment of substantive work (training, listening to competition rounds, grading, and delivering feedback) of approximately 3 to 3.5 hours. Judges will receive 0.5 credits for training activity per competition and 2.5 CLE credits for each round judged. Note that WSBA no longer places a limit on CLE credits from judging MCHB competitions.

2017 Contracts Negotiation 
Competition Schedule


Monday, February 6: Preliminary Round #1
5:30-6:00 p.m.             Judge check-in and dinner; chance to review problem.
6:00-6:30 p.m. Mandatory training for judges.
6:30-9:00 p.m. Competition round and feedback. 

Tuesday, February 7: Preliminary Round #2
5:30-6:00 p.m.             Judge check-in and dinner; chance to review problem.
6:00-6:30 p.m. Mandatory training for judges.
6:30-9:00 p.m. Competition round and feedback. 

Wednesday, February 8: Quarterfinal Round
5:30-6:00 p.m.             Judge check-in and dinner; chance to review problem.
6:00-6:30 p.m. Mandatory training for judges.
6:30-9:00 p.m. Competition round and feedback. 

Thursday, February 9: Semifinal Round
5:30-6:00 p.m.     Judge check-in and dinner; chance to review problem.
6:00-6:30 p.m. Mandatory training for judges.
6:30-9:00 p.m. Competition round and feedback. 

Monday, February 13: Final Round
* Recruitment of judges for the final round is completed by other means. The schedule for this day is provided for informational purposes only.
6:30-9:00 p.m. Competition round and feedback.
9:00-10:30 p.m.           Awards ceremony and refreshments.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

January 19: Webcast - Social Media Ethics for Lawyers #MCLE

As lawyers expand their involvement in social media, they need to be aware of emerging ethical violations that may result from their online activities. As a lawyer and the author of The Lawyer’s Guide to Social Media and two more books on social media and the law, John Browning has spent a great deal of time examining this issue and will offer some valuable insight into emerging issues. Sally Field is an attorney of more than 30 years and has spoken on numerous ethics topics over the years. She will offer attendees perspective on how the Model Rules of Professional Conduct translate to social media.
Title:
Social Media Ethics for Lawyers
When/Where:
Thursday, January 19, 2017
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PST
Webcast - Preregister Now!
Speakers:
  • John Browning, J.D.
  • Sally Field, J.D.
CLE credit:
Attorney Protective is an Approved Multiple Activity Provider in CA and NJ and this webinar will qualify for 1 CLE credit in those states. This webinar is approved for 1 CLE (Ethics) credit in CO, FL, GA, IA, IN, KY, LA, ME, MS, MT, NM, NV, OK, SC,TN, TX and UT. This webinar is approved for 1 CLE (General) credit in AL, ID, IL and VT. This webinar is approved for 1 CLE (Attorney Professional Conduct Instruction) in OH. This webinar is approved for 1 CLE (Law Practice Management) in KS. This webinar is approved for 1.2 CLE credit hours in MO. CLE credit is being applied for in most states. Please check back here to view updates regarding CLE credit approval.
By:
Attorney Protective
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Sunday, January 8, 2017

February 22: Web - Patent-Eligibility Update: Abstract Ideas in the Federal Circuit and USPTO (Live MBHB Webinar)

2016 was an interesting year for patent-eligibility. Four times, the Federal Circuit found software claims eligible for patent under 35 U.S.C. § 101, representing a marked change in how applicants and patentees can address this topic. Additionally, the USPTO has updated its patent-eligibility guidelines. This webinar will review the new case law and USPTO guidance, with an eye toward how each is being applied in practice. Discussion will include:

  • A review of the Enfish, BASCOM, McRO, and Amdocs cases.
  • A comparison of these cases to others in which the Federal Circuit found claims to be ineligible, emphasizing important distinctions made by the court.
  • Do's and don'ts of claim drafting / amending in light on these developments.
  • Introduction of a framework for determining how a given set of claims might be viewed under § 101, with an emphasis on what characteristics makes claimed inventions more likely to be eligible.
  • Open issues not yet answered by the courts.

Title:
Patent-Eligibility Update: Abstract Ideas in the Federal Circuit and USPTO
When/Where:
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
10:00-11:15 a.m. CT | Live MBHB Webinar via WebEx
While there is no fee to participate, all attendees must register in advance and, in order to receive MCLE credit, must participate online and individually. Register online here
Speakers:
MBHB partner Michael Borella, Ph.D.
Credit:
MCLE credit is pending for the states of California, Illinois, New Jersey,* New York,* North Carolina and Virginia (*via reciprocity).
By:
McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP is committed to educating clients and friends of the firm with respect to significant developments and trends in the areas of intellectual property law.
More Information:
www.mbhb.com/events/

January 18: Web - Top Patent Law Stories of 2016 (Live MBHB Webinar)

For its tenth anniversary, the Patent Docs weblog will present an annual, end-of-the-year review of the top stories in patent law. In this MBHB webinar presentation, Patent Docs co-authors Dr. Donald Zuhn, Dr. Kevin Noonan and Dr. Michael Borella will take a look back at the top patent stories of 2016, many of which will likely impact patent applicants and practitioners in the coming year.
Title:
Top Patent Law Stories of 2016
(Live MBHB Webinar)
When/Where:
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
10:00-11:15 a.m. CT
Live MBHB Webinar via WebEx
Speakers:
MBHB partners Michael Borella, Ph.D., Kevin Noonan, Ph.D., and Donald Zuhn, Ph.D.
Cost:
While there is no fee to participate, all attendees must register in advance and, in order to receive MCLE credit, must participate online and individually. Register online here
Credit:
MCLE credit is pending for the states of California, Illinois, New Jersey,* New York,* North Carolina and Virginia (*via reciprocity).
By:
McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP is committed to educating clients and friends of the firm with respect to significant developments and trends in the areas of intellectual property law.

Register online here:
www.mbhb.com/events/

January 24: NYC - The Times They Are A-Changin’:Energy Policy in the Trump Administration

US oil and gas policy may undergo substantial change in the next administration. Federal rules governing methane emissions, the leasing of government lands, gas exports, and much more could be revised in the coming years. Please join experts from government, academia and industry as they assess the changes that may be in store.
Title:
The Times They Are A-Changin’:Energy Policy in the Trump Administration
When/Where:
Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
*Wine and cheese reception to follow*
NYU School of Law
Lipton Hall, D’Agostino Hall
108 West 3rd Street
New York, NY 10012
Cost:
The event is free, but seating is limited. Please RSVP.
Credit:
1.5 CLE credits offered in the areas of Professional Practice category. The credit is both transitional and non-transitional.
This event is being produced in collaboration with Vinson & Elkins

Speakers (in formation):
  • Thomas P.J. Cape, Senior Analyst, Evercore ISI
  • Jayni Foley Hein, Policy Director, Institute for Policy Integrity at NYU School of Law
  • Robert Seber (Moderator), Partner, Mergers & Acquisitions and Private Equity, Vinson & Elkins
  • Alexandra Teitz, formerly (as of 1/20/17) Counselor to the Director, Bureau of Land Management, Department of Interior; previously Senior Counsel, Environment and Energy/Chief Counsel for Energy and Environment, Committee on Energy and Commerce, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Richard B. Stewart (Faculty Director), Katrina Wyman, Danielle Spiegel-Feld, David Kantor, Yael Lifshitz, Amelia Linn, Michael Oppenheimer, Bryce Rudyk, Karmjit Sangha, Augusta Wilson, Michelle Wolfson.

By:
The Frank J. Guarini Center on Environmental, Energy and Land Use Law advances market-oriented energy and environmental policies for an efficient and sustainable economy. Drawing upon our faculty and fellows’ diverse areas of expertise, we tackle issues at the municipal, state, national, and global level.
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Jan 23-26: Seattle - 2017 Judson Falknor Appellate Advocacy w.#MCLE Credit

On behalf of the Moot Court Honor Board at the University of Washington School of Law, I am pleased to invite you to participate as a judge in our 2017 Judson Falknor Appellate Advocacy Competition. The competition will take place Monday, January 23 through Monday, January 30. More information about the competition and a complete schedule may be found at the bottom of this email.

We welcome attorneys from all practice areas to participate. Volunteer judges are invaluable to the continued success of MCHB and the in-house competition program. As a judge, you will provide valuable feedback and evaluate the participants’ performance. For your service as a judge you will receive:

  • 3 free CLE credits and 2.5 credits for each additional night judged*
  • Free parking
  • Dinner
You may register to serve as a judge using this online sign-up sheet.
If you are unable to serve as a judge for this competition, but would like to receive invitations to judge future competitions, please let us know via the sign-up sheet. Questions can be sent to judges@uw.edu
Thank you in advance for your support. We hope to see you at the competition.
Sincerely,
Carolyn White
Vice President of Judges
UW Moot Court Honor Board

Credit:
Each round of competition entails a time commitment of substantive work (training, listening to competition rounds, grading, and delivering feedback) of approximately 3 to 3.5 hours. Judges will receive 0.5 credits for training activity per competition and 2.5 CLE credits for each round judged. Note that WSBA no longer places a limit on CLE credits from judging MCHB competitions.

2017 Judson Falknor Appellate Advocacy 
Competition Schedule

Monday, January 23: Preliminary Round #1
5:30-6:00 p.m.             Judge check-in and dinner; chance to review problem.
6:00-6:30 p.m. Mandatory training for judges.
6:30-9:00 p.m. Competition round and feedback. 

Tuesday, January 24: Preliminary Round #2
5:30-6:00 p.m.             Judge check-in and dinner; chance to review problem.
6:00-6:30 p.m. Mandatory training for judges.
6:30-9:00 p.m. Competition round and feedback. 

Wednesday, January 25: Quarterfinal Round
5:30-6:00 p.m.             Judge check-in and dinner; chance to review problem.
6:00-6:30 p.m. Mandatory training for judges.
6:30-9:00 p.m. Competition round and feedback. 

Thursday, January 26: Semifinal Round
5:30-6:00 p.m.     Judge check-in and dinner; chance to review problem.
6:00-6:30 p.m. Mandatory training for judges.
6:30-9:00 p.m. Competition round and feedback. 

Monday, January 30: Final Round
* Recruitment of judges for the final round is completed by other means. The schedule for this day is provided for informational purposes only.
6:30-9:00 p.m. Competition round and feedback.

9:00-10:30 p.m.           Awards ceremony and refreshment

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

February 21: Webcast - Best Practices in Biotechnology Prior Art Searching

Examine the tools that maximize search efforts and walk-through successful processes on extracting relevant data from search results
Search Strategies Examined:
  • Searching devices, protocols and products related to biotechnology
  • Sequence searching review
  • Preparing sequence listings.
Topics Covered:
  • Search Types: What kinds of prior art searches are there?
  • Search Strategies: A guide to conducting a good search
  • Databases: Patent vs. non-patent, free vs. subscription, as well as which databases specialize in particular subject areas, along with their pros, cons and features.
Title:
Best Practices in Biotechnology Prior Art Searching
When/Where:
February 21, 2016
Webcast
Speaker:
  • Feroze Ali & Jeffrey Sobek come from varied technical and management backgrounds; they also bring a wealth of knowledge from more than 40 years of combined experience working with IP professionals from top IP and AmLaw firms to individual inventors.
By:
Legal Advantage has conducted over 3,000 combined searches, with a cross section of experience of searching for patent and non-patent literature in databases mirrored with extensive on-site search experience at the USPTO.
Credit:
CA, ME, MS, OH, WA
More:
http://legaladvantage.net/CLE/Biotechnology.aspx

May 3: Webcast - Best Practices in Patent Illustration

This webinar demonstrates proven techniques that improve figure clarity and generate top quality first drafts that reduce office actions. Topics Covered:
  • Techniques that reduce examiners' confusions and improve figure clarity
  • Best practices for working with inventors and vendors
  • Quality control - what details are examiners looking for in your illustrations
  • How can you help your vendor complete the drawings in one draft instead of three?
  • Lines, shading, text and fills for Utility and Design patents
  • Samples and examples throughout the webinar
Attorneys, patent agents and paralegals will find these webinars very useful and are able to manage their patent prosecution in a more efficient and effective manner.
Title:
Best Practices in Patent Illustration
When/Where:
May 3, 2017 - 12 PM EST
Speaker:
Hal Pieroway - Coming from industrial and product design domains, our presenter bring a wealth of knowledge from more than 10 years of experience working with intellectual property professionals: from top IP and AmLaw firms to individual inventors. Hal has been conducting webinars focusing on these critical areas over the last few years specializing in utility and industrial designs.
By:
LegalAdvantage
Cost:
Free
Credit:
CA, ME, MS, OH, WA, WV
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Monday, January 2, 2017

April 27: Webcast - Best Practices in Mechanical Engineering Prior Art Searching

This CLE will examine the tools to that maximize search efforts and walkthrough successful processes to extract relevant data from search results.
Search Strategies Examined
  • Classifying multiple components within different Mechanical Engineering sectors
  • Searching tips and tricks using ME strategies and examples
  • Searching ME specific databases
Topics Covered
  • Search Types: What kinds of prior art searches are there?
  • Search Strategies: A guide to conducting a good search
  • Databases: Patent vs. non-patent, free vs. subscription, as well as which databases specialize in particular subject areas, along with their pros, cons and features
Title:
Best Practices in Mechanical Engineering Prior Art Searching
When/Where:
April 27, 2017
12 PM EST
Webinar
Speakers:
Feroze Ali & Jeffrey Sobek: Coming from varied technical and management backgrounds, they also bring a wealth of knowledge from more than 40 years of combined experience working with IP professionals from top IP and AmLaw firms to individual inventors.
Legal Advantage has conducted over 3,000 combined searches, with a cross section of experience of searching for patent and non-patent literature in databases mirrored with extensive on-site search experience at the USPTO.
By:
LegalAdvantage
Credit:
CA, ID, MN, NM, OH, WA, WY
More:
http://legaladvantage.net/CLE/Mechanical-Engineering

February 23: Web - Myths and Mysteries of Substance Use Disorder #MCLE

Many lawyers suffer from substance use disorder – more than is typical in the general population. Fortunately, there are many attorneys who want to help to change that reality, but it's often hard to know where to start. Would you know how to identify substance use disorder? Once you knew about the abuse, would you know how to help? So many things about substance use disorder are a mystery to us and so many things that we hear are myths. What's the truth about substance use disorder? Join this 60 minute webinar to learn facts about substance use disorder and how to help. Terry Harrell, the Executive Director of the Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program and Bree Buchanan, J.D., the Director of the Texas Lawyers Assistance Program both help lawyers suffering from substance use disorder.
Title:
Myths and Mysteries of Substance Use Disorder
When/Where:
February 23, 2017
12:00 PM-1:05 Central Time, 1:00 PM-2:05 Eastern Time and 10:00AM Pacific Time
Webcast - Register Now!
CLE credit:
Attorney Protective is an Approved Multiple Activity Provider in CA and NJ and this webinar will qualify for 1 CLE credit in those states. CLE credit has been applied for and pending approval for 1 CLE (Ethics) credit in most states.
By:
Attorney Protective
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Sunday, January 1, 2017

January 19: Webcast - Integrating Health Impact Assessments via Environmental Policy Acts

According to the American Planning Association, health impact assessments (HIAs) “bring together scientific data, health expertise, and public input to understand how a proposed plan, policy, program, project, or action could affect the public’s health.” HIAs can provide decision-makers with critical information to identify project alternatives or potential mitigation measures, broader effects on the environment and community, and potential overall health impacts.
In a dual stage effort funded by the Health Impact Project, a collaboration between the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Network collaborated with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers (ASTHO) to explore and analyze opportunities to imbed health considerations and HIAs into environmental reviews required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and related state environmental policy acts (SEPAs).
These laws require various levels of advance, comprehensive environmental reviews for major public (and some private) projects or actions in affected jurisdictions that may significantly impact the human environment. They apply to multiple federal, state, tribal, and local governmental agencies and often entail conducting extensive assessments designed, in part, to protect human health.
Presented by project lead investigators, this webinar examines how HIAs and related health impacts may “legally fit” with environmental reviews as explained in the Network’s legal report highlighting 10 opportunities to incorporate health considerations.
Title:
Integrating Health Impact Assessments via Environmental Policy Acts
When/Where:
Thursday, January 19, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET.
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Speakers:
  • Kim Weidenaar, J.D., Deputy Director, Network for Public Health Law - Western Region; Fellow, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law; Project Investigator;
  • Leila Barraza, J.D., M.P.H., Consultant, Network for Public Health Law - Western Region; Assistant Professor, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona; Project Investigator
  • Moderator: James G. Hodge, Jr., J.D., LL.M, Director, Network for Public Health Law - Western Region; Professor of Public Health Law and Ethics, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law; Project Project Investigator.
Credit:
Some attendees may qualify for CLE credit. ASLME is an approved provider of continuing legal education credits in several states ASLME will also apply for CLE credits in other states upon request.
By:
The Network for Public Health Law
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