Wednesday, November 22, 2017

December 18: Better Serving Older or Disabled Veterans: A Special Session on the Intersections between Veterans Benefits, Social Security, and Medicaid


Well over one-half of the American Veteran population is elderly or disabled and entitled to a wide-range of government benefits— from income to health care to in-home services. These benefits can help a veteran and their family stave off poverty, prolong independence, and receive the supportive services they need to thrive. Yet, while many elder law, disability rights, and benefits practitioners are versed in Social Security and Medicaid, few attorneys are aware of how these benefits intersect with benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
As part of PLI’s Advocating for Veterans series, this free half-day session will empower practitioners with the tools they need to maximize their Veteran clients’ income and well-being, and to better meet their health care and long-term needs. More specifically, expert veterans and government benefits attorneys will provide practitioners with an in-depth understanding of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ lesser known Non-Service-Connected Pension benefit and break down the interplay between VA Benefits, Social Security benefits, Medicaid, and In-Home Supportive Services.
What You Will Learn
  • How to determine whether a Veteran is eligible for VA Non-Service-Connected Pension, including how to reduce a Veteran’s countable income in order to ensure entitlement and maximize income
  • How VA Benefits and Social Security benefits intersect, including how they offset one another, the main differences between VA Non-Service-Connected Pension and SSI, and the impact of VA Non-Service-Connected Pension on SSI
  • How to prolong a Veteran’s independence by using VA Non-Service-Connected Pension with or without In-Home Supportive Services to pay for in-home care and assisted living
  • How to expand a Veteran’s long-term care options using VA Benefits, Medicaid, and In Home Supportive Services
Who Should Attend
  • Attorneys and advocates that work with or are interested in serving American Veterans will benefit from this program.
  • Elder law, disability rights advocates, and government benefits advocates may find the session particularly applicable to their practice areas.
  • IMPORTANT! If you are a VA-accredited attorney and have already completed the VA’s initial CLE requirement, this program may satisfy the VA’s continuing CLE requirement to maintain accreditation. 
Title:
Better Serving Older or Disabled Veterans: A Special Session on the Intersections between Veterans Benefits, Social Security, and Medicaid
When/Where:
December 18, 2017
9:00 AM Pacific
Webcast - Register Now!
Credit:
Cost:
Free
By:
Practising Law Institute
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Monday, November 20, 2017

December 5: Employee Handbooks for 2018

2018 is weeks away - are you prepared? Give us 30 minutes - we’ll give you a roadmap to handbook and policy changes for the new year.
Title:
Employee Handbooks for 2018
When/Where:
Tue, December 5, 2017 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM PST
Webcast - Register Now!
By:
Miller Law Group
Credit:
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Sunday, November 19, 2017

November: 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




December 7: Working the Web: Delivering Legal Services Online

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:
December 7, 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, November 15, 2017

November 17+30: 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!
Speaker:
Jared Millisor
By:
LexisNexis
Credit:
Most states that allow online credits.

November 28: It's All About the Relationship: Becoming an Effective Counselor at Law

Law is often taught as a series of topics, like torts, contract, constitutional law, etc. That approach emphasizes the theory of law, but not the practice of it. The practice of law is all about the relationships we form — with our clients, with colleagues, with our families. The psychological challenges that arise in legal practice are rarely the result of a cognitive challenge in understanding the principles of law that are at stake. Rather, the challenges arise from the emotional stress we feel from the difficult relationships we sometimes have to endure. And the rewards of legal practice often come from the supportive and compassionate relationships from which we benefit..

Title:
It's All About the Relationship: Becoming an Effective Counselor at Law
WSBA Legal Lunchbox Series
When/Where:
November 28, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:35 PM
Speaker:
Duncan Holloman – M.FA., J.D., Ph.D., Seattle
By:
  • WSBA Legal Lunchbox Series
  • Sponsored by ALPS
Credits:
1.5
Cost:
Free to all WSBA members.
More Information and Registration

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

December 7: 2017 eDiscovery Case Law Review: Sanctions, Security and SCOTUS on Spoliation

December 7, 2017
11:00 am
Webcast - Register Now!
In modern legal practice, the difference between success and failure often boils down to the ability to navigate and make sense of data. To that end, the legal profession in 2017 was largely shaped by major developments in data and legal technology, from the way in which discovery sanctions were adjudicated to news-making data breaches, such as the so-called “Paradise Papers,” where the hacking of a major law firm exposed illicit tax-sheltering practices of many of the firm’s clients. Over the course of a tumultuous year, legal professionals confronted the specter of cybercrime, a shifting of judicial views on how (and how hard) evidentiary penalties should be imposed, and the fact that the demise of a client’s case -- or a fruitful career -- can arise from a simple failure to understand how modern tech works. The Supreme Court, in the high-profile Goodyear decision, even got in on the action.
Join a panel of experts, including federal judges, as we glean practical guidance from the most important cases and developments of 2017.
Cases reviewed include:
  • Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Haeger, No. 15-1406 (U.S. Apr. 18, 2017): When does a court’s inherent power to sanction cross the line?
  • Ronnie Van Zant, Inc. v. Pyle, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 138039 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 28, 2017): Non-party sanctioned under Rule 37(e) for loss of cell phone information. 
  • Harleysville Insurance Co. v. Holding Funeral Home, Inc., No. 1:15cv00057 (W.D. Va. Oct. 2, 2017): Should privilege be waived due to inappropriate use of a file-sharing site? 
  • N.M. Oncology & Hematology Consultants v. Presbyterian Healthcare Servs., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 130959 (D.N.M. Aug. 16, 2017): Should sanctions be levied for giving employees discretion to preserve emails? 
  • Bailey v. Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center, No. CV 16-2195(ADS)(AKT), 2017 WL 2616957 (E.D.N.Y. June 16, 2017): Expensive discovery persuades court to split costs, and penalize counsel, in light of lopsided ESI agreement.
Title:
By:
Logikcull
Speakers:
Attorney Michael Simon and a panel of judges.
Credit:
You will have to apply for CLE credit with your jurisdiction.
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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Law Firm Digital Audit Offer

4 Free CLE has partnered with Lightpost Digital to offer a free digital audit of your practice. This includes a 45 minute consultation with Evan Larkin, an expert in digital marketing, currently serving as the Director of Marketing for national CLE provider LexVid Services, Inc. and Digital Director at Lightpost Digital.
Evan will provide you with an expert overview of your practice online, and show you if your practice is reaching the potential clients it should be. Evan will evaluate these key factors for your practice:

1. Website setup, mobile-friendliness, navigation & page layout
2. Website speed & load time
3. SEO quality
4. Listings audit
5. Search ranking.

You will receive a proprietary 5-point digital audit of your practice that will show you why you are, or are not gaining clients online, and plus a game plan on how to reach more people looking for attorneys in your practice areas. Evan will review your digital audit with you and answer any related marketing questions you may have.

Contact Evan Larkin at 760-740-0040 or email him at Evan@lightpostdigital.com. Mention you're from 4FreeCLE to receive 10% off any marketing services offered by Lightpost Digital!
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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

November 8: Foot & Ankle Injuries, Malpractice and Medicine REVISITED

The TASA Group, in conjunction with podiatry expert Dr. Aprajita Nakra, will present a free, one-hour interactive webinar presentation, Foot and Ankle Injuries, Malpractice and Medicine, for all legal professionals. During this presentation, Aprajita will discuss:
  • Legality of foot and ankle pathology
  • Personal injury
  • Medical malpractice
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Expectations of the “expert”
  • Significance of the diabetic foot
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.
Title:
Foot & Ankle Injuries, Malpractice and Medicine REVISITED
When/Where:
November 8, 2017
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Webcast - Register Now!
Speaker:
Dr. Aprajita Nakra is a board-certified reconstructive foot and ankle surgeon. She is the president of the Arizona State Physicians Association and is also the medical director at Advanced Ankle and Foot which is located in Gilbert, Arizona. Dr. Nakra is an editor, instructor, lecturer and speaker.
By:
The TASA Group, Inc.
Credit:
This webinar is approved for CLE credit in CA, IL, MO, PA, and WI.
Cost:
Free.
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November 14: Seattle - Moot Court Judging MCLE

MCHB is still recruiting judges for the preliminary rounds of the competition on Tuesday, November 14th.
 
A special event and catered reception is scheduled after the rounds that evening – the UW MCHB Alumni Night. UW law alums, UW MCHB alums, and UW National Team alums are all encouraged to attend, as are non-Husky volunteer judges. We currently have only 50% of the judges we need for the Tuesday rounds, so if you are still available (and especially if you are an alumnus), please sign up using this online Alumni Night sign-up sheet..
 
As always, 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. For your service as a judge you will receive:
-          3 free CLE credits and 2.5 credits for each subsequent night judged*
-          Free parking
-          Dinner 
 
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 regarding judging can be sent to CaroLea Casas at judges@uw.edu.  If you have questions specific to Alumni Night, please contact Reina Almon at mchbalum@uw.edu.
 
Thank you in advance for your support. We hope to see you at the competition.
 
Sincerely,
 
CaroLea Casas                                                Reina Almon
Vice President of Judges                                Vice President of Alumni Relations
UW Moot Court Honor Board                       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 Floyd, Pflueger & Ringer 1L Mock Trial  
Competition Schedule
 
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. 
After Rounds:             Reception for UW MCHB Alumni in room 115.
            *Refreshments beginning at 8:30 p.m. 

Jan. 9-11: Dallas - USPTO Attorney and Agent Stakeholder Training

Registration is now open to attend the Jan. 9-11 USPTO Attorney and Agent Stakeholder Training on Examination Practice and Procedure (STEPP) at the Texas Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Dallas. 
This training, which will make use of statutes, rules, and guidelines relevant to practicing before the USPTO, is limited to those who have passed the patent bar, and priority will be given to those who have recently passed the patent bar. The course is led by USPTO trainers and is based on material developed for training patent examiners and other employees.
STEPP courses are planned throughout the year for attorneys and agents, and also for inventors. Courses are held in person across the country, and some are held virtually. For more information, and to see the schedule of upcoming courses, visit the STEPP page of the USPTO website.
When/Where:
January 9 through 11, 2018
Dallas, TX.
Credit:
The USPTO is applying for CLE credit in Texas for this three-day course. You might be able to apply for credit in other jurisdictions.
Cost:
Free.
By:
US Patent and Trademark Office

December 7: Legal Risks in Ancillary Care

On December 7, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. (ET), The TASA Group, in conjunction with physical therapy expert Deborah Singer, will present a free, one-hour interactive webinar presentation, Legal Risks in Ancillary Care, for all legal professionals. During this presentation, Deb will discuss:
  • Types of ancillary care medical malpractice lawsuits
  • Education of physical therapy expert witnesses
  • Common types of physical therapy lawsuits
  • Understanding ancillary care hieroglyphics
  • Expert witnesses in ancillary care
  • Looking to the future of ancillary claims.
Title:
Legal Risks in Ancillary Care
When/Where:
December 7, 2017
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Webcast - Register Now!
Speaker:
Deborah Singer serves as the senior vice president for Select Medical and is currently responsible for the strategic rehabilitation businesses in five states including California and Alaska. As a nationally recognized leader in physical therapy, Deborah formed Experts In Therapy, LLC in 2006 and Experts in Nursing, LLC in 2016. Operating now as the leading niche provider of therapy and nursing expert witnesses in the country, her reputation as an attorney-ancillary care matchmaker is unprecedented.
By:
The TASA Group, Inc.
Credit:
This webinar is approved for CLE credit in CA, IL, MO, NC, PA, and WI.
Cost:
Free.
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Monday, November 6, 2017

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

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:
When It Doesn’t Stay in Vegas: A Lawyer’s Guide to Workplace Social Media Policies
When/Where:
By:
LexisNexis
Credit:
1 credit in most jurisdictions




Sunday, November 5, 2017

November 6: Defending the Constitution in the Age of Trump

On the morning after the 2016 election, the ACLU took out a full-page advertisement in the New York Times with a simple message for the President-elect: “We’ll see you in court.” Whether warning or prediction, it was in fact something of an understatement; the ACLU has challenged Trump administration policies on multiple fronts. Ben Wizner, director of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project, will discuss the state of civil liberties in the age of Trump and whether our existing institutions can withstand the challenge of a norm-breaking presidency.
Title:
Defending the Constitution in the Age of Trump
When/Where:
Monday, November 6, 2017
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Institute for Global Security Law and Policy Lecture
Webcast Of Presentation
Moot Courtroom (A59)
11075 East Blvd.
Cleveland, Ohio
By:
Speaker:
Ben Wizner is the director of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. For nearly 15 years, he has worked at the intersection of civil liberties and national security, litigating numerous cases involving airport security policies, government watch lists, surveillance practices, targeted killing, and torture. He appears regularly in the global media, has testified before Congress, and is an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law. Since July of 2013, he has been the principal legal advisor to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Ben is a graduate of Harvard College and New York University School of Law and was a law clerk to the Hon. Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
Credit:
1 hour of in-person CLE credit, pending approval
More Information And Webcast Link

Continuing Legal Education Readings
Unfit for the Constitution Nativism and Constitution, From the Founding Fathers to Donald Trump (75 p.)


Wednesday, November 1, 2017

November 15: Low-wage Noncompetes as Constitutional Violations

Employers in a variety of fields are increasingly imposing non-compete agreements on their workers as a condition of their at-will employment. These employees are working at or near minimum wage, in positions that require little to no advanced technical skills. Major news sources have highlighted this issue while covering recent employment litigation between Jimmy Johns and a pair of its former employees. This issue is not limited to one fast food chain. Indeed, there is a growing trend, in jurisdictions where employment contracts are legally enforceable, to require low-wage, unskilled workers to execute non-compete agreements as a condition of their hire as at-will employees. This presentation will identify how the extension of post-employment restrictive covenants, specifically non-compete agreements, to workers earning low wages and performing unskilled work improperly infringes on their constitutional right to seek better employment opportunities without suffering overly burdensome penalties.
Title:
Low-wage Noncompetes as Constitutional Violations
When/Where:
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Louis C. Greenwood Lecture Series
CWRU Law Downtown at the City Club
The City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio
Also webcast
By:
Speaker:
 Ayesha Bell Hardaway is an Assistant Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law in the Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic. As a member of the faculty, Hardaway has taught as a clinician in the areas of health law, civil litigation and criminal justice. Her research and scholarship interests include the intersection of race and the law, constitutional law, criminal law, health law and civil litigation. Her upcoming article on reparations will be published by the New York University Review of Law & Social Change later this month. Prior to joining the law school faculty, Hardaway practiced in the Litigation Department of Tucker Ellis LLP. Her six years at the firm were devoted to defending major electrical, automotive and pharmaceutical manufacturers during all phases of litigation as trial counsel and National Coordinating Counsel. Hardaway represented those clients in state and federal courts throughout the country. Before her time at Tucker Ellis, Hardaway was an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Cuyahoga County.
Credit:
1 hour of in-person CLE credit, pending approval
More Information And Registration
http://law.case.edu/Lectures-Events/EventId/315/e/low-wage-noncompetes-as-constitutional-violations-15-nov-2017