Thursday, September 21, 2017

September: Following, Friending and Pinning: The Intersection of Social Media and Evidentiary Principles

According to the Pew Research Center, 73% of online adults use at least one social media platform. That number grows daily. Learn how to apply evidentiary principles to this medium, discover and build sound strategies to uncover sources and results on an electronic legal research platform and stay up to date on the trends in social media as well as the social media activities of key players in cases as well as gain an understanding of how social media has taken such an important role in society
Title:
Following, Friending and Pinning: The Intersection of Social Media and Evidentiary Principles
When/Where:
By:
LexisNexis
Credit:
1 credit in most jurisdictions

October 6: Minneapolis - Asylum Step-by-Step in Removal Proceedings - Part I

This is part I of a two-part series and will focus on the initial stages of removal proceedings for asylum seekers including preparation for the initial master calendar hearing. Participants will learn how to conduct client interviews and prepare asylum applications with individuals who have experienced significant trauma and are in removal proceedings.

Title:
Asylum Step-by-Step in Removal Proceedings - Part I
When/Where:
Friday, October 6, 2017
9 am - 11am
Fredrikson & Byron
200 South 6th St
Suite 4000
Minneapolis, MN 55402
By:
The Advocates for Human Rights
www.theadvocatesforhumanrights.org
Credit:
Application submitted for 2 standard CLE credits
More information and Registration



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

September 28: Navigating Accommodations for Disabled Workers

Determining reasonable accommodations for disabled workers, and managing accommodations that are in place, can be a complicated and time-consuming process for employers - and legal missteps can carry a high price tag. This webinar will explore recent developments involving disability discrimination and reasonable accommodation obligations under California and federal law, with a special emphasis on the interactive process, attendance issues, telecommuting, reassignment, and more.
Miller Law Group invites you and any of your interested colleagues to attend this web seminar free of charge. All you need is a computer with Internet access and speakers.
Join Miller Law Group for an in-depth look at the laws and regulations for Accommodating Disabled Workers.
Title:
Navigating Accommodations for Disabled Workers
When/Where:
Thursday, September 28, 2017
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM PDT
Register Now!
By:
Miller Law Group
More Information and Registration


Sunday, September 17, 2017

October 2: Web - U.S. Energy Policy 2017: Making Carbon Great Again?

The nation's energy mix has undergone dramatic changes in the past decade. Coal use has declined precipitously while natural gas and renewables have climbed. Some claim this was due to a regulatory "war on coal" while others credit technological change and market forces. The Trump Administration promises to expand fossil fuel production, coal in particular, by reducing regulatory burdens and subsidies for alternatives. Is this realistic? Can coal be revived? Can renewables compete without subsidies? Does federal energy policy matter anymore? Or is the real action at the state level and in private markets? Join a distinguished panel of energy policy experts to discuss the future of energy policy in the United States.

Title:
U.S. Energy Policy 2017: Making Carbon Great Again?
When/Where:
October 2, 2017
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Webcast Available Soon
Moot Courtroom (A59)
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
11075 East Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106-7148
Speaker:
  • Alexander C. Schoch - General Counsel, Office of General Counsel, Railroad Commission of Texas
  • Dr. Walter J. Culver - Founding Board Member, Great Lakes Energy Institute at Case Western Reserve University
  • Timothy Fitzgerald - Associate Professor, Business Economics, Texas Tech University, Rawls College of Business.
By:
Center for Business Law & Regulation, Great Lakes Energy Institute (GLEI), and the Property & Environment Research Center (PERC)
Credit:
1.5 hours of in-person CLE credit, pending approval
Cost:
Free and open to the public.
More Information and Registration

October 13: Nebraska Supreme Court #MCLE

Registration is open for the free CLE event that the Court will host on October 13.  The session is sponsored by the Court with the assistance of the Nebraska State Bar Association, and complimentary registration can be done through the NSBA website.  It is open to all Nebraska attorneys.  
The hotel has indicated there should be space for 2000 so we expect to have more seating than we have had the last 2 years, but attorneys are encouraged to come early to get the best seats.

For advance registration go to the 2017 NSBA Annual Meeting Registration Page: http://www.nebar.com/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=845986&group=
To register online, your login to the NSBA website is your bar number. If you are having difficulties with your password or need assistance logging in please use the forgot password link or contact the NSBA’s administrative department or call the NSBA at (402) 475-7091.  

If you would prefer not to register online, click here to view a PDF of the meeting brochure: http://www.nebar.com/resource/resmgr/annual_meeting/am_brochure_final.pdf

You can also register by downloading and returning this PDF of the Annual Meeting Registration Form: http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.nebar.com/resource/resmgr/annual_meeting/am_registrationform.pdf and returning it to the Nebraska State Bar Association.
Title:
When/Where:
October 13, 2017
La Vista Embassy Suites & Conference Center
12520 Westport Pkwy
La Vista, NE 68128
By:
Nebraska Supreme Court
Credit:
3 Credits Nebraska #144458 - includes 2 Ethics

October+November/Seattle - UW Law Mock Trial Competitions

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 two fall mock trial competitions. The first of these competitions is the 2017 PWRFL 2L/3L Mock Trial Competition, which will take place Monday, October 16th through Thursday, October 19th.  The second competition is the 2017 1L Mock Trial Competition, scheduled for Monday, November 13th through Thursday, November 16th.  More information about each competition, including a complete schedule for the days volunteer judges are needed 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 for both competitions 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 tojudges@uw.edu

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

Sincerely,
CaroLea Casas
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. Please note that WSBA no longer places a limit on CLE credits from judging MCHB competitions.

2017 PWRFL 2L/3L Mock Trial 
Competition Schedule


Monday, October 16: 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, October 17: 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, October 18: 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, October 19: 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. 

2017 1L Mock Trial  
Competition Schedule


Monday, November 13: 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, November 14: 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, November 15: 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, November 16: 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 feedbac

Thursday, September 14, 2017

September 18: Hurricanes Harvey and Irma: Leasing and Insurance Guidance for Restoring Order After the Wind, Rain and Floods Have Gone



Hurricanes Harvey and Irma left a massive trail of destruction, floods, power loss and business interruptions and closures.  Now that these horrific back-to-back storms have passed, the legal issues to be addressed and answered must be identified and fast, accurate and practical answers provided to those individuals and businesses in need.   Although damage issues vary on a case-by-case basis, knowing the accurate answers to the most frequently asked questions is the first step toward a meaningful recovery.  This One-Hour Briefing will provide answers to your leasing and insurance issues.
Expert faculty will discuss:
  • Assessing and responding to landlord and tenant inquiries regarding lease rights, duties, obligations and remedies with respect to damaged premises 
  • Ascertaining the scope of insurance coverage, exclusions and limitations in the aftermath of the storms and insurance advice to give for the future 
  • Developing, publicizing, implementing and adapting a business continuity plan to expedite a return to normalcy.
Register now for this important free presentation.
Title:
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma: Leasing and Insurance Guidance for Restoring Order After the Wind, Rain and Floods Have Gone

When/Where:
September 18, 2017
4:00 PM Eastern
Webcast - Register Now!
Credit:
1 credit in most jurisdictions
Cost:
Free
By:
Practising Law Institute
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

September: Avoiding the Million Dollar Comma: The Use of Forms in Legal Drafting #MCLE

The use of forms in drafting legal documents is just one way to increase efficiency and work product quality while at the same time mitigating some of the risk associated with each document. Explore source, types and benefits of forms, find appropriate motion templates, using a form bank.

Title:
Avoiding the Million Dollar Comma: The Use of Forms in Legal Drafting
When/Where:
Webcast on multiple dates:
By: LexisNexis
Credit: Most states that allow online credits.







October 11/Seattle: 2017 Seattle Citywide Pro Bono Fair

Representatives from legal services organizations from across the Seattle area will be available to meet with lawyers and law students looking for pro bono opportunities.  This is a great one-stop shopping opportunity to learn about many different ways to get involved in helping those in your community and developing new legal skills.  Some of the approximately 20 legal service providers attending include Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, University of Washington School of Law’s Pro Bono Patent Network and Entrepreneurial Law Clinic, Center for Children and Youth Justice’s Lawyers Fostering Independence program, and Kids in Need of Defense.

New this year, we will be hosting a one-hour ethics CLE from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Ethics Jeopardy: Show your ethics pride in this interactive game show competition that will discuss ethical issues that arise in daily law practice, the Washington Rules of Professional Conduct, and other jurisdictional specifics. Think you know it all? Then bet it all on the Daily Double. But whatever you do, don’t forget to answer in the form of a question. 
Kindly RSVP by October 4, 2017.
Title:
2017 Seattle Citywide Pro Bono Fair with Ethics Jeopardy CLE
When/Where:
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Ethics Jeopardy CLE
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Pro Bono Fair
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Perkins Coie
1201 Third Avenue
Suite 4900
Seattle, WA 98101
Credit:
1.0 Ethics CLE credit is pending.
More Information And Registration

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

September 12: Do You Have an Automotive Product Liability Case? #MCLE

On September 12, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. (ET), The TASA Group, in conjunction with traffic accident reconstruction expert Frank Costanzo, will present a free, one-hour interactive webinar presentation, Do You Have an Automotive Product Liability Case, for all legal professionals. During this presentation, Mr. Costanzo will discuss:

  • Types of cases to review
  • Where to start
  • Examples of crush deformation
  • Air bag failure/defects
  • Child restraint misuse and failure
  • Seat belt failures
  • Seat back failures
  • Tire forensics.
Title:
Do You Have an Automotive Product Liability Case?
When/Where:
September 12, 2017
2:00 p.m. (ET)
WEBCAST - REGISTER NOW!
Speaker:
Frank Costanzo is a traffic accident reconstruction specialist who has worked on over 1,900 full-scale collision investigations and reconstructions. He is a certified court expert with more than 30 years of experience in collision investigations and reconstructions, scene documentation/diagramming, 3D laser scanning, truck and vehicle computer downloads, and forensic vehicle inspections.
Credit:
This webinar is approved for CLE credit in CA, FL, IL, MN, MO, NC, NJ, OH, PA, and WI.
By:
The TASA Group, Inc.
Cost:
Free.
More Information And Registration

Saturday, September 9, 2017

September: When It Doesn’t Stay in Vegas: A Lawyer’s Guide to Workplace Social Media Policies

These days when employees want to complain about their boss or employer, they post it in social media outlets such as Facebook® or Twitter®. So what’s an employer to do? Employers must recognize that social media has changed the labor and employment landscape forever, and they must draft policies that will pass muster with the National Labor Relations Board. In this CLE, we’ll explore social media and discuss connectivity between employees, the role of the NLRB and social media policy language.
Title:
When It Doesn’t Stay in Vegas: A Lawyer’s Guide to Workplace Social Media Policies
When/Where:
This webcast is scheduled multiple times in July 2017 - register now!
Speaker:
David Friedman
By:
LexisNexis
Credit:
Most states that allow online credits.

September 21: Blowing Smoke: Managing New Risks in the Workplace

The National Institute of Drug Abuse puts the cost of substance abuse to our nation at $600 billion in terms of crime, lost work productivity and health care. With workplace drug and alcohol testing laws and regulations changing constantly, discover the history and background of drugs and the workplace, medical marijuana and a drug free workplace, establishing impairment levels and workplace challenges.
Title:
Blowing Smoke: Managing New Risks in the Workplace

https://www.lexisnexis.com/university/Course.aspx?classInfo=Crs~686~33222&str=t
When/Where:
Webcast - register now!
September 21, 2017
12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT
Speaker:
Jared Millisor
By:
LexisNexis
Credit:
Most states that allow online credits.

Friday, September 8, 2017

September: Answering the Call: Overcoming Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession #MCLE

In this course, you will examine the characteristics of the legal profession that make attorneys so much more susceptible to substance abuse as well as review the wildly disproportionate disciplinary records.
During our session we will cover:
  • Substance Abuse Prevalence in Legal Profession 
  • Consequences of Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession
  • A Personal Story of Addiction
  • Signs of Substance Abuse and Strategies Uses to Hide Addiction Problems in the Legal Profession.
Title:
Answering the Call: Overcoming Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession
When/Where:
This webcast is scheduled multiple times - register now!
Speaker:
Neil Waechter
By:
LexisNexis
Credit:
Most states that allow online credits.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

September 7: Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey: Disaster Assistance #MCLE


Historic rainfall and devastating destruction has left many in dire need of assistance.  Register now for PLI’s One-Hour Briefing and learn what resources are available and how you can help.
Expert faculty from FEMA and Southeast Louisiana Legal Services will address:

  • An overview of federal disaster assistance
  • Eligibility criteria for the Individual and Household’s Program
  • Broad overview of the National Flood Insurance Program
  • Sale of flood insurance
  • Mapping flood hazards
  • Floodplain management
  • Flood mitigation assistance
  • Understanding the Standard Flood Insurance Policy (SFIP) and claims
  • Terms and conditions in the SFIP
  • Proof of Loss and timelines for filing claims –building and contents
  • When experts are needed
  • Appeal and judicial review regarding a denial of a flood insurance claim
  • How to appeal a claim
  • Filing suit 
  • Most common reasons for FEMA denials
  • Practice tips to help survivors overcome FEMA denials 
 Don’t miss this important free presentation.

Title:
Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey: Disaster Assistance
When/Where:
September 7
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (E.T.)
Webcast - Register Now!
Also presented in-person San Francisco, CA
Cost:
Free
By:
Practising Law Institute
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Monday, September 4, 2017

September 20: Representing the Pro Bono Client: Advocacy Skills for Administrative Hearings 2017


The need for pro bono assistance with administrative hearings has never been higher.  Clients who have been denied or are at risk of losing vital benefits, housing subsidies, or are facing school discipline have a right to an administrative hearing, but are often unrepresented in what can be a confusing and adversarial process.  Significant changes to key public benefits programs, including Social Security, General Assistance, CalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-Cal and In-Home Support Services have occurred in recent years imposing new complex rules.  On the unemployment insurance front, while the number of applications has overall declined, we have yet to see a reverse of the recession-based trend of employers challenging many unemployment insurance benefit applications.  Housing Authorities frequently seek to deny and revoke housing subsidies often due to tenuous allegations of crimina
l activity.  Meanwhile, low-wage workers are experiencing wage theft at unprecedented rates and relying on the Labor Commissioner more than ever before to recover their unpaid wages.  School discipline is a major driving force in the inequitable educational outcomes faced by low-income children and children of color, posing significant harm to students who are not adequately represented.
Legal aid services have also suffered funding problems and staffing cuts with reduced ability to meet the demand to represent clients in these cases.  Unfortunately, there are many individuals, who have been unlawfully deprived of critical benefits, are at risk of losing a housing subsidy, have not been paid according to basic wage and hour laws, and who are facing school discipline.  This vulnerable population cannot navigate the administrative hearing process on their own.  As a result, low-income families face hunger, homelessness, economic instability, and inadequate education.
This training is designed to help mitigate the crisis faced by low-income families everywhere by providing attorneys with a basic understanding of common issues and strategies in providing pro bono assistance with administrative hearings.  The program will focus on California law, but will also cover many topics such as due process and other rights that apply nationwide; therefore, advocates from other forums would benefit from the information and attending the program.
What You Will Learn
  • An overview of administrative hearings low-income clients most frequently need involving:
  • State public benefits, including General Assistance, CalWORKs, CalFresh, Medi-Cal;
  • Federal public benefits, including Supplemental Security Income;
  • Federally assisted housing programs, including public housing and Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP or "Section 8");
  • Unemployment and state disability insurance claims and overpayments;
  • Unpaid wages, and other wage and hour-related rights; and
  • School discipline, including representing students at expulsion hearings.
  • Best practices and common advocacy strategies, preparation, and procedures for administrative hearings, including:
    • Obtaining evidence: informal and formal discovery;
    • Drafting position statements/hearing briefs;
    • Presenting your case at hearing; and
    • Alternatives: Informal resolution
  • Rehearings and further appeals
  • California law and practice specifics.
All attorneys interested in or currently assisting pro bono clients with administrative matters through representation or in clinical settings; law firm pro bono coordinators, managers and partners; legal clinic faculty and law students; and public interest and non-profit legal services attorneys and staff would benefit from attending this program.
Title:
Representing the Pro Bono Client: Advocacy Skills for Administrative Hearings 2017
When/Where:
September 20, 2017
9:00 AM Pacific
Webcast - Register Now!
Also presented in-person San Francisco, CA
Cost:
Free
By:
Practising Law Institute
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September 20: Cleveland - Reforming the Civil Legal System to Assure “Justice for All” #MCLE



The concept of equal justice is deeply embedded in our national values. Jefferson, Madison, and Hamilton all emphasized the importance of justice to the nation they helped to found and to the government they created.  Our commitment to equal justice has found expression repeatedly throughout American history; it is reflected in the closing words of the Pledge of Allegiance and in the inscription on the pediment of the Supreme Court building.  Yet every day across America, tens of thousands of people walk into courtrooms alone, without a lawyer, because they cannot afford to pay for one and have no constitutional right to a lawyer in civil matters.  Their cases involve matters of safety, subsistence, and family stability – evictions, foreclosures, child custody and support, and domestic violence.  They confront a complicated legal system built largely by lawyers for lawyers – an adversary system based on the assumption that you do have a lawyer.  Their chances of a fair shot at justice are slim, especially if their opponent is represented by counsel.
Sandman will explain the facts underlying this inconsistency between our professed values and the reality of our civil justice system today. He will also offer suggestions for reforming the civil legal system to provide justice for all.
Title:
Reforming the Civil Legal System to Assure “Justice for All”
When/Where:
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
5:00pm - 6:00pm
1801 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, Ohio 44115 (Moot Court Room) [map].     
Speaker:
Jim Sandman has been President of the Legal Services Corporation since 2011.  LSC is the largest funder of civil legal aid programs in the United States, supporting 133 programs with more than 800 offices serving every state and territory.   From 1977 to 2007, Jim practiced law with Arnold & Porter LLP and served as the firm’s Managing Partner for ten years.   He is a past President of the 100,000-member District of Columbia Bar. From 2007 to 2011, he served as General Counsel of the District of Columbia Public Schools. 
By:
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
CLE credit:
1 free hour pending
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Sunday, September 3, 2017

October 12: Hindsight: A Great Thing to Borrow

As the saying goes, “Hindsight is 20/20.” Many lawyers sued for malpractice gain clarity on best practices only after it is too late. This webinar is designed to help you acquire a clearer understanding of the risks by studying what went wrong for other attorneys during their malpractice cases. Join speakers Walter Houghtling, J.D., and Erin McCartney, J.D., to discuss malpractice cases and gain helpful insights.
Title:
Hindsight: A Great Thing to Borrow
When/Where:
Thursday, October 12, 2017
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT
Webcast - Register Now!
Speakers:
  • Erin McCartney, J.D.
  • Walter Houghtling, J.D.
CLE credit:
  • Attorney Protective is an Approved Multiple Activity Provider in CA and NJ and this webinar will qualify for 1.2 CLE (ethics/professionalism) in NJ, and 1 CLE (legal ethics) in CA.
  • This webinar is approved for 1 CLE (Ethics) credit in AL, CO, FL, GA, IA, IN, KS, KY, LA, MS, MT, NC, ND, NM, NV, OH, OK, SC, TN, TX, and UT.
  • This webinar is approved for 1 general credit in IL.
  • This webinar is approved for 1.2 ethics credit in MO.
  • This webinar is approved for 1 Attorney Professional Conduct credit in OH.
  • This webinar is approved for .50 Law & Legal and .50 Ethics credit in WA (1034563).
  • CLE credit has been applied for and pending approval for 1 CLE (Ethics) credit in most states. Please check back here to view updates regarding CLE credit approval.
By:
Attorney Protective
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September 26: Injustices Under the Law [Washington State]

This program will look at effective strategies and related ethical questions for the legal profession when the law doesn’t equal justice. The seminar will begin with a historic look at when and how legal professionals have responded to moments of social and cultural crises and move into strategies for addressing legal injustices in a contemporary setting.
Title:
Injustices Under the Law
WSBA Legal Lunchbox Series
When/Where:
Injustices Under the Law
12:00 PM - 1:35 PM
Speakers:
  • Rick Eichstaedt – Center for Justice, Spokane
  • Paul Lawrence – Pacifica Law Group, Seattle
  • Michele Storms – American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, Seattle
  • Camille Walsh – University of Washington, Seattle
By:
WSBA Legal Lunchbox Series
Credits:
1.5 Other
Cost:
Free to all WSBA members.
More Information and Registration