Monday, December 28, 2009

Web Resources for Free CLE

As this year winds to a close, need for web-based free CLE does not decline. This year's collection includes more than a dozen audiorecordings of events which are eligible for credit in some jurisdictions:
(Note this list goes to multiple pages; click on "older posts" at the bottom of that page to see more)

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!

As always, if you come across free CLE resources, feel free to contribute to the list. May 2010 be a great year for you and yours!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Jan 26/Seattle - "U.S. Social Exclusion Policies and the Right to Housing"

University of Washington professor Steven K. Herbert gives a presentation on how social exclusion policies affect the international human right to housing, focusing on his book with co-author Katherine Beckett, Banished: The New Social Control in Urban America.

When:  Tuesday, January 26, 2010
             Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Where: WSBA Office
              1325 4th Ave., Ste. 600, Seattle

"U.S. Social Exclusion Policies and the Right to Housing"


Approved for 1 general CLE credit

WPTL Section Members - Free
Non-WPTL Section Members - $25

More Information:

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

Monday, December 21, 2009

Feb 3/Springfield, MO : Probate Matters

Legal Services of Southern Missouri (LSOSM) is proud to offer free Continuing Legal Education (CLE) events to attorneys who are part of our Judicare and Volunteer Lawyer Panels. Judicare Panel members are attorneys who have agreed to handle LSOSM cases as a reduced fee. Volunteer Lawyer Panel members are attorneys who have agreed to handle LSOSM cases free of charge.    

Title: Probate Matters 
(Registration information has been sent to panel attorneys)
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
1-4 pm
Approved for 3 MCLE
1 - 1:50 Medicaid Myths and Methods
Speaker: Lois M. Zerrer, Esq.

2 - 2:50
Probate Primer: Wills, Small Estates, Spousal Refusals
Speaker: Fred L. Hall, Esq.

3 - 3:50
Do's and Dont's of Guardianships & Conservatorships
Speaker: Commissioner Carol Aiken, Greene County Probate Court
(1) Primary Site: Legal Services of Southern Missouri, Springfield Office
and by live video conference to:
(2) Legal Services Offices (Rolla, Cape Girardeau, Charleston, West Plains)


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Jan 12/Boston,MA - Family Law 102

A more in-depth training in Domestic Relations Law. This training will cover Temporary Orders, Pre-Trial Conferences, and how to finalize a divorce or other family law matter.
VLP trainings are free to active volunteers. Please see our Training Policy.

Title - Family Law 102
Tuesday January 12 , 2010

By: Volunteer Lawyers Project
Time: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Volunteer Lawyers Project
99 Chauncy Street, Suite 400

Volunteer Lawyers Project
617-423-0648 x150
More Information:

Jan 7/Atlanta, GA: Nuts and Bolts of Military and Veterans Law

 This seminar will discuss many of the hottest topics in the area of Military Law and Veterans Law, to include employment and reemployment rights on the military side under the provisions of the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act and becoming an accredited representative for veterans' cases. The information will be presented in a nuts and bolts format.

Nuts and Bolts of Military and Veterans Law

Thursday January 07 , 2010

  • By: ICLE in Georgia, State Bar of Georgia Military and Veterans Law Section
  • Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • CLE Credit
  • Location:
    The W Hotel - Midtown
    188 14th Street, NE

  • Contact:
    State Bar of Georgia

  • Website:
  • Source: Georgia > Georgia Online Justice Community
Military/Veterans Law Section Seminar, Thursday, January 7, 2010, 9:00 p.m. to 12:00 noon. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
PRESIDING: D. Kent Shelton, Co-Chair, Military/Veterans Law Section, State Bar of Georgia, D. Kent Shelton, P.C., Austell, GA
Melinda K. Hart, Co-Chair, Military/Veterans Law Section, State Bar of Georgia, United States Department of Veterans Affairs, Atlanta
SEMINAR DESCRIPTION: This seminar will discuss many of the hottest topics in the area of Military Law and Veterans Law, to include employment and reemployment rights on the military side under the provisions of the Uniformed Services Employment and Re-Employment Rights Act and becoming an accredited representative for veterans' cases. The information will be presented in a nuts and bolts format.
Credit: 3 CLE hours
Co-Sponsor: Military/Veterans Law Section, State Bar of Georgia
  • CLE Credit Comments: 3 hours

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

iPhone/iPodTouch Ethics CLE

West LegalEdcenter says CLE Mobile is available as a free download from the iPhone App Store.

Users have access to one free ethics CLE program when they download the app. Presumably, many other CVLE products would be available for a fee.

I'd appreciate if someone with an iPhone would give this a try; let us know how it works!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Georgia/multiple locations & dates

"Henning Mediation & Arbitration Service writes that it ...

"... has available for your firm, FREE seminars that will provide a one-hour Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of Georgia. Some of our seminars are also approved for an additional 1 hour of Professionalism* credit, offered at the same time.

Henning will provide an approved speaker who presents a program designed to help attorneys and insurance professionals improve their negotiation skills in mediation. The programs cover preparation for mediation, negotiating items important to the client, confidentiality and ethics in mediation, how to use persistence, patience and creativity to improve the mediation outcome.

The following seminars are available:
"Ethics for Advocates in Mediation" William S. Goodman, Esq.
"ADR for Business Lawyers" Pat Jones, Esq.
"Confidentiality in Mediation" Ken Kendrick, Esq.
"Winning at Mediation" Pat Siuta, Esq.
"The Tone and Tenor of Mediation" Rex Smith, Esq.

Henning will pay for the 1 hour of General CLE/CE and obtain the CLE and CE credits for all participants. The program is free and can be held at your facility as long as there are at least 15 people in attendance. *The $15 charge for the Professionalism credit will be the responsibility of the individual or their firm.

For those individuals interested in obtaining CLE/CE credits for just one person, Henning holds a one hour Free CLE Seminar the first and third Friday of each month at our office. To view the schedule of classes and to register, click here.
For more information contact Ann Clanton at (770) 955-2252 or email"
More information:

Dec 18/Akron, OH: Nuts and Bolts of Bankruptcy

A FREE CLE for volunteer attorneys who agree to accept one pro bono case with Community Legal Aid or within the next 12 months. 3.0 general hours CLE credit have been requested from the Ohio Supreme Court.

Nuts and Bolts of Bankruptcy (Sponsored by the Akron Bar Association)

Please Note: Space is limited for this CLE.

Where:   Akron Bar Association 57 S. Broadway Street Akron, OH
When: 8:00 am - 12:00pm
To Register: Contact Sandra Costa at (330) 983-2622, email or register online.
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Monday, December 14, 2009

Web/AV - In Re Bilski

Intellectual Property Colloqium has another innovative online course, this time concerning In Re Bilski.

In its recent decision in In Re Bilski, the Federal Circuit articulates a new test for whether a given innovative process falls within the subject matter of federal patent law. In this audio presentation, Professors Rob Merges and John Duffy join moderator Doug Lichtman to think through what the new test actually means; where it came from; and whether it will actually change the knds of patents that issue.
For CLE credit, you may have to check with your own jurisdiction, but the "Request CLE Credit" button on that page lists California, Illinois, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Washington State.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Dec 10/Nashville TN - Divorce & Domestic Violence

Training on how to do a Pro Bono Divorce as well as discussing the topic of domestic violence. 

This is a free training, and all we would ask would be for you to be added to the volunteer list for divorce cases in Davidson County.

Date/Time: Thursday, December 10th from 1pm to 4pm

Credit: You can earn 3 hours towards general CLE credit.

For More Information:
 (including who to contact for directions) please see the original notice:

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Dec 4/Kent, OH: Ethics, Professionalism and Substance Abuse

A FREE CLE for volunteer attorneys who agree to accept one pro bono case with Community Legal Aid within the next 12 months.

2.5 general hours CLE credits have been requested from the Ohio Supreme Court. 

The event will be moderated by Community Legal Aid Staff Attorney Patricia Dougan. 

Ethics, Professionalism and Substance Abuse

Kent State University Student Center, Kent, OH

Click here
for directions 

December 4, 2009 9:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. 

To Register:
Contact Sandra Costa at (330) 983-2622, email or register online.
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Dec 7/Seattle: Representing Hamdan - Constitutional Challenge to Executive Power

Perkins Coie lawyers Harry SchneiderJoe McMillan and Charles Sipos will provide a behind-the-scenes account of their experience as part of the defense team of lawyers appointed to defend Salim Ahmed Hamdan, widely known as Osama bin Laden's personal driver. The presentation will include a review of the federal court litigation filed in Seattle that eventually led to the United States Supreme Court 2006 landmark Hamdan v. Rumsfeld decision on the limits of presidential power. Messrs. Schneider, McMillan and Sipos will also provide an in-depth analysis of the 2008 trial at Guantanamo Bay in which Mr. Hamdan became the first defendant accused by the United States of committing war crimes in the war on terror and tried before a Military Commission.

Title: "The Trial of Salim Ahmed Hamdan: Constitutional Challenge to Executive Power and the First War Crimes Trial of a Guantanamo Detainee"

Monday, December 7, 2009
Benaroya Hall, 2nd & Union Streets, Downtown Seattle
Nordstrom Recital Hall
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

To Attend
This is a complimentary seminar offered by Perkins Coie; however, pre-registration is required. You may register here for this program.

CLE Credit
This program has been granted CLE credits in Washington and California. If you are admitted to practice in another state, we will provide information to allow you to apply for credit in your state of admittance.

Please contact our Registrar, Linda Gordon, at LGordon [at] or 206.359.8420 if you have questions.


  • I (rewinn) have personally seen these guys talk on this subject before, and they are well worth listening to. Your time will be well spent!
  • Thanks for the head's-up to Trial Ad Blog

Friday, November 27, 2009

Dec 8/NYC: Transgender Issues in the Criminal Justice System

Gender Fairness Committees of New York County Supreme & Criminal Courts, in conjuction with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Law Association of Greater New York (LeGal) and The Alliance - The Gay-Straight Alliance of the New York State Justice System present Transgender Issues in the Criminal Justice System.  

When: Tuesday, December 8, 2009 - 5:30pm - 7:15pm
Where: N.Y. County Supreme Court, 100 Centre Street, Room 1517

Elana Redfield, Esq., and Gabriel Arkles, Esq., Staff Attorneys of the Sylvia Rivera Law Project will be presenting.

2 hours of CLE credit will be available to experienced and transitional attorneys.

To RSVP, please contact Lisa Lindsay, Esq.,, (646) 386.4700.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Dec 8/Orleans: Preparing Affidavits for Small Successions

Objective: to train legal aid and pro bono attorneys on how to complete small successions affidavits, in light of the changes in small successions law in the last legislative session.

  • By: LSBA/Adams and Reese/Louisiana Appleseed/SLLS LSC funded

Preparing Affidavits for Small Successions

Tuesday December 08 , 2009
Time: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Content: lecture and discussion, followed by Q&A.
Presenters: Malcom A. Meyer, Adams and Reese; Paul Tuttle, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
To register for this training session, or for more information, please email by December 1, 2009.
CLE Credit Comments: Providers are applying for CLE credit approval.

Nov 16/Edmonds WA: Marijuana: It's Time for a Conversation

The ACLU-WA hosts a screening of its award-winning video "Marijuana: It's Time for a Conversation." Hosted by renowned travel writer Rick Steves, the half-hour video looks at the impacts of federal and state marijuana laws. The video explores the little-known history of marijuana prohibition and features interviews with leading national experts.

A public forum moderated by ACLU-WA Drug Policy Director Alison Holcomb follows the screening.

Panelists include:
Rick Steves, Travel Writer and Television Host
John McKay, Former U.S. Attorney for Western Washington
Bud Krogh, Former White House Deputy for Domestic Affairs, Nixon Administration
Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles, 36th Legislative District, Washington State

1.0 general CLE credit, WSBA Seminar #235285.
Monday, November 16
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm)
Edmonds Center for the Arts
Free and open to the public - no pre-registration, just show up!


Dec 4/Chicago: Manuevering within the Mental Health Code

This Seminar will cover the key provisions of the Illinois Mental Health Code, from detention, evaluation, and trial. Special attention will be paid to the interaction of mental health proceedings with guardianship, power of attorney, and juvenile proceedings.
• Admission to a mental health facility- judicial admission and admission by certificate;
• Hearings under the Mental Health Code and procedures for involuntary medication;
• Powers and limitations of guardianship in mental health proceedings;
• Issues involving Power of Attorney for Health Care and Declaration for Mental Health Treatment;
• Mental health law's importance to and impact on other areas of legal practice;
• Realities of outpatient treatment and long-term success.
Participants will receive two (2) hours of Continuing Legal Education Credit. Participation is limited to twenty (20) persons.


Sponsor(s): Center for Disability and Elder Law
Date: 12/04/2009
Time: 01:00PM - 03:00PM
The Center for Disability & Elder Law
Corboy & Demetrio Continuing Legal Education Center
Conference Room- 8th Floor,
79 West Monroe, Suite 919
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 376-1880 (phone)
(312) 376-1885 (facimile)

Speakers: Julia Dimoff, B.A., M.S., M.S.W., J.D.* Assistant State's Attorney, Cook County State's Attorney's Office
For more information, or to register, please contact the Center for Disability & Elder Law at

Julia Dimoff is a licensed attorney who began her career as mental health social worker. After law school, she worked as a legal analyst in both non-profit and governmental arenas focusing on health law, regulation, and policy. Currently, Ms. Dimoff works as an Assistant State's Attorney, and is dually assigned to the office's Mental Health Unit and the Transactions & Health Care Unit.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Dec 2/Seattle: Copyrighting Impressions of Nature: A Discussion About Lucky v. Sears Roebuck & Co.

Copyright protection extends to an author's impressions of nature as recorded in any tangible medium, but enforcement can be tricky. Learn the basics of originality as it applies to works based on nature and how to avoid common pitfalls in enforcement, including the doctrines of scenes a faire and merger.

WSBA Intellectual Property Section Upcoming Mini-CLE  
  "Copyrighting Impressions of Nature: A Discussion About Lucky v. Sears Roebuck & Co., 258 F. Supp. 2d 1106 (W.D. Wash. 2007)"

When:  Wednesday, December 2, 2009
             Noon to 1:00 p.m.

Where: Keller Rohrback L.L.P.
             1201 3rd Ave., Ste. 3200, Seattle
Credits: Approved for 1.0 general CLE credit

Cost: Free for all attendees

Special Accommodations:  Please contact Karin Swope at

Nov 24/Seattle: Navigating the Italian Judicial System

Join Alessandaro Canali, foreign law consultant, as he discusses the birth and development of western common law and civil law system, focusing on the difference between the  Italian and US judicial systems. He will specifically discuss the process and procedure as it pertains to Amanda Knox case.
Attendees at this interesting CLE will gain an understanding of:
  • The history of the western civil law system
  • A comparative overview of the Italian vs. U.S. judicial systems
  • Italian process and procedure as it applies to the Amanda Knox trial
  • Practical tips when dealing with the Italian judicial system
WSBA International Practice Section Mini-CLE: "Navigating the Italian Judicial System"
When:  Tuesday, November 24, 2009
             Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Where: Offices of William Kastner Gibbs
             Two Union Square
             601 Union St., Ste. 4100, Seattle0

Credits: Approved for 1.5 general CLE credits
International Practice Section members - Free
Non-International Practice Section members - $35
Law students - Free
Event Registration

Join the Section to get this and future events free:
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Special Accommodations
Please contact Shahzah Qadri at
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Dec 7/Boston: VLP - Landlord/Tenant Law

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

By: Volunteer Lawyers Project
Title: VLP - Landlord/Tenant Law
Monday December 07 , 2009 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Dec 10/Atlanta: One Child, One Lawyer Volunteer Training

Training to prepare volunteer attorneys to represent children whose parents are participating in the Fulton County Family Drug Court program.

By: Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation--One Child, One Lawyer Program

    One Child, One Lawyer Volunteer Training

Tuesday December 01 , 2009
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

  • CLE Credit
  • Location:
    State Bar Headquarters

  • Contact:
    Lila Bradley
    AVLF--One Child, One Lawyer


  • Website:
  • Source: Georgia > Georgia Online Justice Community

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Nov 12/Web: Avoiding Inequitable Conduct Claims

CLE on Avoiding Inequitable Conduct Claims

Managing Intellectual Property Managing IP and Lexis Nexis will be offering a free web seminar entitled: "Avoid Patent Unenforceability Claims Due to Inequitable Conduct" on November 12, 2009 from 12:00-1:30 PM (EST).  J. Timothy Meigs of BD Technologies, Lawrence Sung of Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP, and Jeffrey Lindeman of Nixon Peabody LLP will provide tips for conducting the business and legal affairs associated with research and development to minimize the risks that an inequitable conduct defense will be lodged in litigation.  The panelists will also address the following topics:

• The present standards for the findings of materiality and intent to deceive;

• The required specificity in pleading; and

• Judicial and proposed legislative and administrative agency responses.

Those interested in registering for the web seminar, can do so here:

Friday, November 6, 2009

Web/CA: Social Networks: Friends or Foes?

Social Networks: Friends or Foes?

Provider Name:
UC Berkeley
Program Type:
Self-Study (mp3's on a web page plus a little text)
California: 3.50 hr. General, 2.00 hr. Legal Ethics
Other jurisdictions: check your credit-granting agency

Welcome to the Conference and Introductions  mp3
  • Jason Schultz, Co-Director of the Samuelson Clinic for Law Technology and Public Policy
  • Erin Murphy, Conference Chair and Assistant Professor of Law at UC Berkeley
9:15 - 9:40 
Problems Unique to Social Networking and the Law
A number of case studies will set the themes for the day. These case studies, collected from panelists and the news, will be shared at the beginning of the conference to provide a common groundwork of facts and circumstances that illustrate key legal and policy questions related to the use of social networking websites. They will focus on real stories, real conflicts, and the unique problems that social networks create for our legal system, both from the perspective of administering the law and the ethics of legal professionalism.
  • David Lee – Clinic Student, UC Berkeley Law
  • Shane Witnov – Clinic Student, UC Berkeley Law
9:40 - 10:40
Does Overt Access to Social Networking Data Constitute Spying or Searching?  mp3
Social networking websites are massive repositories of voluntarily disclosed information and frequent recipients of subpoenas, warrants, and requests for user information in criminal and civil investigations. Laws like the Electronic Communications Privacy Act limit what can be disclosed to different parties in different circumstances. Do these laws strike the right balance between privacy and justice? Is there fair access to this data between defense, prosecution and civil litigants?
  • James Aquilina – Executive Managing Director and Deputy General Counsel, Stroz Friedberg
  • Mark Howitson – Deputy General Counsel, Facebook
  • Jennifer Granick – Civil Liberties Director, Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Deirdre Mulligan (moderator) – Assistant Professor, UC Berkeley iSchool; Director, BCLT
10:40 - 11:10
11:10 - 12:10
Are You Really My Friend? The Law and Ethics of Covert or Deceptive Data-Gathering

The quandary of whether or not to add someone to your social network perplexes many people, but most people do not realize that the "friend" could be an F.B.I. agent, a defense investigator, or an opposing attorney covertly seeking information. Where is the line between an honest investigation and an unethical deception? What are the consequences for crossing it? Are the rules the same, or should they be for different participants in the legal process such as law enforcement, defense investigators, and civil investigators?
  • Paul Ohm – Associate Professor of Law, University of Colorado Law School
  • Lauren Gelman – Former Executive Director, Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society
  • Douglas Hunt - Special Agent, F.B.I., Oakland Office
  • Shane Witnov (moderator) – Clinic Student, UC Berkeley Law
12:10 - 1:40
Lunch and Keynote Address

  • Introduction & Remarks
    Erin Murphy, Conference Chair and Assistant Professor of Law at UC Berkeley
  • Keynote
    Safety and Social Networks: the Challenge of Community Policing in a Virtual Neighborhood
    John Carlin, Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel to the Director of the F.B.I.
1:40 - 2:40
MyFace in Court: Admissibility and the Probative Value of Social Networking Evidence
Searches and attempts to obtain evidence from Social Networking Websites have increased, but is the evidence admissible and valuable? How do you authenticate the evidence? What do juries find convincing? Practitioners and judges discuss best practices.
  • Wes Hsu – Assistant U.S. Attorney, Chief Cyber and Intellectual Property Crimes Section,
    U.S. Attorney's L.A. Office
  • Kurt Kumli – California Superior Court Judge, Santa Clara County
  • Bill Gallagher – Partner, Arenstein & Gallagher
  • Chuck Weisselberg (moderator) – Professor of Law, UC Berkeley Law
2:45 - 3:45
Regulating Crime in the Cloud: Policing Unlawful Behavior on Social Networks

Social networks are the new frontier for criminal activity. The networks are used to coordinate crimes such as sex trafficking, drug deals, and gang activity. Other crimes like cyberbullying take place on the social network itself. The panel will discuss how to regulate these new spaces. Are current computer laws adequate safeguards? What policies should companies develop in response?
  • Robert Morgester – Deputy Attorney General, Special Crimes Unit, Office of the California Attorney General
  • Orin Kerr – Professor of Law, George Washington University
  • Jim Dempsey – Vice President for Public Policy, Center for Democracy & Technology
  • John Carlin (moderator) – Chief of Staff and Senior Counselor to the Director of the F.B.I.
3:45 - 4:15

4:15 - 5:15
Can Lawyers "Tweet" About Their Work? Confidentiality & Legal Professionalism in the Age of Social Media
Lawyers' uses of social media tools and networks raise distinct challenges to the legal profession and the duty to maintain confidentiality. How will lawyers operate in an age of unprecedented transparency and permanent online records of everyday transactions? Where is the line between appropriately guarded comments and breaching attorney-client privilege? Can use of social media or networking ever be in a client's best interest?
  • John Steele – Attorney at Law; Adjunct Professor, Indiana University (Maurer School of Law).
  • David Lat – Managing Editor,
  • Ben Sheffner – Production Counsel, NBC Universal Television Group; Editor, Copyrights & Campaigns blog
  • Jason Schultz (moderator) – Director, Samuelson Law, Technology & Public Policy Clinic; Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, UC Berkeley
  • Click Here for Session Materials