Thursday, October 29, 2009

Nov 10/McLean, VA : "eDiscovery - the future of search" says:

"We invite you to our First Annual Seminar on E-Discovery: The Future of Search on November 10, 2009 at Capital One's corporate headquarters in McLean, VA. This is a free seminar that provides CLE credits*."

A Unique Opportunity to Hear from Two Highly Influential Judges on E-Discovery Issues

Hon. Paul W. Grimm
U.S. Dist. Ct., D. Md.
Hon. Andrew J. Peck
U.S. Dist. Ct., S.D.N.Y.

Seminar Co-Chairs

Jason R. Baron
Editor-in-Chief of The Sedona Conference Best Practices Commentary on the Use of Search and Information Retrieval Methods in E-Discovery.
Ralph Losey
Shareholder, AkermanSenterfitt; Author, Introduction to E-Discovery: New Cases, Ideas and Techniques.

At This Seminar, You Will:

  • Learn more about what influential judges and key regulators expect when searching electronically stored information ("ESI")
  • Learn more about the limitations of searching ESI, with a particular focus on the economics and ethics of searching ESI
  • Watch a federal judge preside over a mock argument regarding search issues
* CLE credits offered for the Virginia bar. As of October 1, 2009, we are awaiting a response from the Virginia Bar regarding the number and type of qualifying CLE credits. Other states may or may not recognize these CLE credits. To determine whether other jurisdictions will provide similar CLE credits, we recommend sending a description of the seminar, together with the materials provided, to your respective state bar organizations..."

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Dec 3/Seattle: Resolving Ethical Dilemmas in Environmental and Land Use Law

WSBA Environmental and Land Use Section Presents "Resolving Ethical Dilemmas in Environmental and Land Use Law"

David Boerner, associate professor of law, Seattle University, will provide an overview of ethical duties of lawyers and discuss ethical issues that environmental and land use lawyers face in everyday practice.  Receive 2 ethics credits dealing with environmental and land use issues.  Please join us for a reception immediately following the CLE.

When:  Thursday, December 3, 2009
             3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where: Women's University Club
             1105 6th Ave., Seattle

Credits: Approved for 2 CLE ethics credits

ELUL Section members - Free
Non-ELUL Section members - $25
Law students - Join the ELUL Section for $12 and attend for free

Please click on the following link to register for this timely seminar:



Nov 3/ Indianapolis: "My Place is in the Voting Booth: Hoosier Suffragette Helen M. Gougar"

Helen M. Gougar
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My Place is in the Voting Booth: Hoosier Suffragette Helen M. Goug
The Indiana Supreme Court will hold a free CLE event, "My Place is in the Voting Booth: Hoosier Suffragette Helen M. Gougar," on Tuesday, November 3, 2009 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm.

This is a free CLE event sponsored by the Indiana Supreme Court Legal History Lecture Series with support from the Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education. It has been assigned course number 125330 for 1.5 hours. Registration will be completed at the door.

About the Event
This lecture will highlight the work of Helen M. (Jackson) Gougar of Lafayette, Indiana. In 1897, Gougar became one of the first women to argue in front of the Indiana Supreme Court. The case, Gougar v. Timberlake, focused on the failure of the Tippecanoe County election board to allow Gougar to vote in an 1894 local election. In January 1895, Gougar was admitted to the bar in Tippecanoe County (the first woman to do so) and represented herself that same afternoon.


For More Information, Contact:

The Indiana Supreme Court
Phone: 317-232-2550
Seating is limited to the first 150 reservations.  CLE credit is free and registration with attorney number is at the door.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Oct 29/Telecon: Death Penalty CLE

Now available as a teleconference with pre-registration!

Learn about the history and current litigation and legislative efforts challenging the death penalty in Washington and around the nation.

Presented by ACLU-WA legislative director Shankar Narayan and Jeff Ellis, president of the Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.
"Death Penalty Law & Policy" at the ACLU of Washington Office           
Free Continuing Legal Education presentation for attorneys:

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2009
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Available by teleconference with preregistration and also at:
705 2nd Ave, 3rd Floor Seattle, WA 98104


CLE Credit: Approved for 1.25 Credits in Washington State

This event has been re-posted due to the addition of the teleconferencing option!

Web: Squatters, Tweets, Spies & Critics - Strategies for Battling Current and Emerging Cyber-Threats to Your IP

The explosion of online commerce and social networks has dramatically expanded business and marketing opportunities, but with these new opportunities come new threats. This installment of our Internet Generation Web conference series focused on handling threats to your company and its brands, maximizing protection, and minimizing risks and costs.
Foley attorneys Andrew B. Serwin, John F. Zabriskie, and Nicole E. Gage were joined by special guest speaker Chris Kelly, currently on temporary leave from his position as Chief Privacy Officer, Facebook, Inc., for a discussion of the following:
  • Maintaining trade secrets and privacy concerns in the age of online social networks
  • Evolving best practices for protecting your company's Web presence and how best to work with host sites to resolve issues quickly and efficiently
  • Critical online commentary: drawing the line between free speech and defamation, unmasking anonymous attackers, and other emerging tactics
  • Keeping competitors from harvesting information from your site
Squatters, Tweets, Spies & Critics - Strategies for Battling Current and Emerging Cyber-Threats to Your IP

To run the video, link on the link on the right side of the page

1 hour in California, according to
You may be able to apply for credit in other jurisdictions

Monday, October 26, 2009

Web/CA: Introduction to Veterans Benefits

This web-based audio/visual introduction to federal veterans benefits practice comes from Legal Aid Association of California:

Approved for 1 credit in CA but the content is basically nationwide. It's quite possible you can apply for credit in your jurisdiction.

Nov 5/Holbrook, NY - PR and Marketing for Lawyers

On November 5, The Public Relations and Marketing Group(PRMG) will hold its "PR and Marketing for Lawyers" lecture at Trio Restaurant, located at 700 Patchogue-Holbrook Road in Holbrook (apparently, New York - ed). The lecture is from 12:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. and is free of charge for attorneys. 

Attorneys will receive one (1) Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit for ethics and professionalism for this three-hour program. The course is appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys.

The CLE lecture will be presented by PRMG's Founder and President, John Zaher, an attorney. It will cover marketing; advertising; press conferences and press releases; public relations; practice development techniques; relationships with existing clients; Web site design, marketing and optimization; professionalism requirements, including an update on New York's advertising rules; and the impact of Web 2.0 concepts — such as blogs and social networking — on lawyer marketing.

This program will provide attorneys with strategies to grow their practice while conforming to ethical requirements. In addition, those in attendance will gain practical tips for choosing marketing methods that are suited to their practice, personality and their means.

Registration and lunch will begin at noon. Please note that this lecture is open to attorneys only. Seating is limited to the first 35 persons.

To register, call (631) 207-1057, or e-mail:


Friday, October 23, 2009

Web/Mass: Compliance with Massachusetts Data Privacy Act

The Massachusetts Bar AssociationLaw Office Management Assistance Program and Catuogno Court Reporting have made available a free set of videos covering compliance with the Massachusetts Data Privacy Act, which will become effective on January 1, 2010.

The videos, available here ( )  feature LOMAP Director Rodney Dowell's review of the regulations andHyTech Management President and CTO Mark  Kupsc on compliance with the new requirements.  The tandem presentation provides a look at overview and implementation through the unique perspectives of a practice management expert and of an IT professional.

The program was originally recorded on March 20, 2009, as the "Compliance with the New Privacy Regulations" session of the MBA's Legal Technology Expo.

Thanks goes to Catuogno Court Reporting, an MBA member benefit, for the recording, editing and hosting of these videos, which have been made available for free as a service to Massachusetts attorneys.


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Oct 30/Utica, NY: Representing the Pro Bono Debtor Under BAPCPA

Lunch and CLE credits are free of charge to attorneys admitted to practice in New York State and who pledge to take a minimum of two pro bono bankruptcy cases annually.

"Representing the Pro Bono Debtor Under BAPCPA" is underwritten by The Community Foundation of Herkimer and Oneida Counties, Inc. and the Upstate Institute of Colgate University

Friday, October 30, 2009
Registration at 11:45 a.m.
Buffet lunch at 12:00 p.m.
Presentation from 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Where: Radisson Hotel-Utica Centre, 200 Genesee Street, Utica, NY 13502
CLE Credit: 3 Hours Skills and 1 Hour of Ethics

Appropriate for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys
by emailing
For questions, call Dawn Simmons Norris at (315) 295-1683.


Monday, October 19, 2009

Oct 30/Seattle: "Pro Bono Workshops: Hope and Help in Hard Times"

An ABA "Celebrate Pro Bono Week" Event!

Calling all lawyers, paralegals, and law students interested in making a difference in your community!

Join us October 30 for a day of pro bono workshops on:
  •  Information on how to get involved in local pro bono activities.
  • The basics of setting up a pro bono practice and working with pro bono clients.
  • Pro bono incentives and ethics
  • CLE Credits: 6 for the full day, including 1.75 Ethics.
ATTENTION 4freeCLE fans: this event is not free. However, it includes many CLE credits (surely 6, possibly 8) and if you quality for the hardship rate, then it's only $25. Throw in the free lunch and the super networking opportunity, and this is better than free.  Just be sure to look your best, and please, don't abuse the hardship waiver (but don't be shy if you, like so many of us, are underemployed or unemployed. The event organizers want you there!)


(Don't forget to mention you saw it on 4freeCLE)

The reception will honor Bill Gates, Sr., winner of the prestigious ABA Medal, and include featured speakers Washington State Bar President Salvador "Sal" Mungia and Perkins Coie partner Harry Schneider, Jr.

Friday, October 30, 2009

8:00 AM–8:45 AM
WORKSHOPS: 8:45 AM–5:00 PM
RECEPTION: 5:00 PM–7:00 PM
Seattle University School of Law, Sullivan Hall

Lawyers, Paralegals, and Law Students
Register Now:

William H. Gates, Sr., co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Winner of the ABA Medal, for exceptional and distinguished service to the legal profession and the justice system. Mr. Gates was founding Chair of the LAW Fund Advisory Council, served as Co-Chair of the WSBA Long-Range Planning Committee whose report led to the establishment of our state's Access to Justice Board (the nation's first), and served as President of the WSBA and Seattle-King County Bar Association.

President Mungia, partner at Gordon Thomas Honeywell Malanca Peterson & Dalheim, is a leader in the equal justice community, having served in leadership
positions for the ACLU, Law Fund and others. President Mungia will reflect upon the importance and role of the bar in ensuring equal justice for all.

Mr. Schneider was pro bono co-counsel on the Guantanamo habeas corpus case Hamdan v. Rumsfeld. As a result, Mr. Hamdan was the first detainee to receive a trial, laying the groundwork for others challenging the indefinite imprisonments at Guantanamo. Mr. Schneider will share his experiences and impressions from this
historic case.

Register Now:

For questions, contact Roxanne Mennes, Director of CLE Programs, at

Sponsored by Washington's Celebrate Pro Bono Coordinating Committee.

Oct 2/Seattle: The Hague Convention: Laws of International Child Abduction

The Hague Convention has attempted to address the issues pertaining to international child custody. Despite the comprehensive scope of the convention few U.S. Attorneys realize and understand the authority it yields in U.S Courts and abroad. Join Ramina Dehkhoda-Steele as she helps U.S. practitioners navigate the Hague Convention.

Attendees at this interesting CLE will gain an understanding of:

    * A basic overview of the Hague Convention
    * Signatories to the Convention
    * Enforceability of the Hague Convention within the United States
    * Practical tips when dealing with the Hague Convention

When: Thursday, October 22, 2009
            Noon to 1:30 p.m.

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

Credits: Approved for 1.5 general CLE credits

International Practice Section members - Free
Non-International Practice Section members - $35
Law students - Free

Sorry, the WSBA-CLE Passport may not be used to register for this program.


Special Accommodations:  Please contact Shahzah Qadri at

JOIN SECTION (then attend this and future events for free):


Nov 4/Seattle: Indian Civil Rights and the Civil Rights Movement, Past and Present

Sponsor: WSBA Civil Rights Section

Title: A Civil Rights Review: Indian Civil Rights and the Civil Rights Movement, Past and Present

Join us for our year-end Civil Rights CLE.  The mini-CLE will include a section on Indian civil rights by Patricia Paul, Section treasurer, tribal court advocate and consultant/mediator, and a section on "The Civil Rights Movement, Past and Present," by Tracy Flood, Section chair and U.S. Department of Labor.

When:  Wednesday, November 4, 2009
             3:00 � 4:30 p.m.

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

Credits: 1.5 general CLE credits

Civil Rights Section members - Free
Non-Civil Rights Section members - $25
Law students - Free


Special Accommodations:  Please contact Sharon Payant at

JOIN THE SECTION (then get this event free):


Friday, October 16, 2009

Nov 20/Seattle; Nov 21/Spokane: Ethics for Prosecutors and Defense Counsel: The Annual Fall Dave and John Show

Professors John Strait and David Boerner will correct each others' erroneous views of the ethics issues relevant to prosecutors and defense counsel.  They will also answer any ethics issues or questions that you have. They will review recent developments in ethics rules, disciplinary decisions, and new issues arising from their consulting practices.

Sponsor: WSBA Criminal Law Section

When:  November 20, 2009      
             1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Where:  Seattle University School of Law
              901 12th Ave., Seattle


When:   Saturday, November 21, 2009   
              9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where:  Gonzaga University School of Law
              721 North Cincinnati St., Spokane

Both Programs
Approved for 3.0 ethics credits
Criminal Law Section members – Free
Non-Criminal Law Section members – $25
Law students – Free
Special Accommodations:  Please contact John Strait at


Thursday, October 15, 2009

Oct 29/Seattle: Death Penalty Law & Policy

Learn about the history and current litigation and legislative efforts challenging the death penalty in Washington and around the nation.

Presented by ACLU-WA legislative director Shankar Narayan and Jeff Ellis, president of the Washington Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty.
"Death Penalty Law & Policy"
at the ACLU of Washington Office           
Free Continuing Legal Education presentation for attorneys:

Date: Thursday, October 29, 2009
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
705 2nd Ave
3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98104


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Web/Oct 20 - Patent Illustration CLE Webinar

How can IP professionals help get their drawings done in one draft instead of three? Precise graphic examples show you how.  An overview of best practices to follow, and a few pitfalls to avoid in your illustrations.  
Presenter: Hal Pieroway, Legal Advantage, LLC

Tue, Oct 20, 2009 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT  

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Dec 22/Web: Ethical Issues in Pro Bono Representation 2009 (Live Webcast)

Live Webcast on December 22, 2009, 9:00 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. (E.S.T.)

Ethical Issues in Pro Bono Representation 2009 (Live Webcast)

Dec. 22, 2009


As part of PLI's commitment to public service and the pro bono activities of the legal community, there is no fee to attend this program.
This program is dedicated to the memory of Steven H. Leleiko, Vice President, Practising Law Institute, who passed away in December 2008 after serving PLI for more than 25 years.  In addition to his on-going responsibilities, Steve was deeply committed, and devoted much of his time, to pro bono and ethics training.

This is a webcast of the live New York session.

Why You Should Attend
Using a  lively, interactive format,  "Ethical Issues in Pro Bono Representation" will examine the every day  issues of ethics and  professional responsibility  through the  prism  of pro bono/public interest law practice.

What You Will Learn
  • The significance of the new Rules of Professional Conduct for pro bono representation
  • How to anticipate and avoid ethics problems in pro bono matters
  • Practical ways for pro bono counsel to deal with ethics problems when they cannot be avoided
Who Should Attend
Attorneys working in nonprofit organizations and legal service organizations as well as those involved in pro bono practice in law firms and corporate legal departments.

Special Bonus to all Registrants
All attendees receive a complimentary copy of PLI's comprehensive Course Handbook. This softcover, bound volume was written to augment this program and to stand alone as a permanent reference. PLI's Course Handbooks represent the definitive thinking of the nation's finest legal minds, and are often the standard reference in the field.
Please Note: Webcast attendees will receive a downloadable version of the Handbook one business day prior to the program.

PLI Can Arrange Group Viewing to Your Firm
Contact the Groupcasts Department via email at for more details.


All times are E.S.T.
December 22, 2009, 9:00 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. (E.S.T.)
Within the context of pro bono representation, this program will review issues concerning:
  • The attorney-client relationship; beginning and ending the relationship and determining the scope of representation
  • Who is the client?
  • Client misconduct
  • Confidentiality, conflicts of interest and privilege
  • Dealing with pro se adversaries and other third parties
  • Representing clients with diminished capacity


Bruce A. Green, Louis Stein Professor and Director, Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics, Fordham University School of Law
Jessi Tamayo, Associate Director, Louis Stein Center for Law and Ethics, Fordham Law School
Martin Guggenheim, Fiorello LaGuardia Professor of Clinical Law, New York University School of Law
Janet Sabel, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer, The Legal Aid Society
Madeleine Schachter, Special Counsel, Pro Bono, Baker & McKenzie LLP
Michael Scherz, Co-Director, Public Policy & Special Litigation, Lawyers for Children
Program Attorney(s)
Janet L. SiegelPractising Law Institute

CLE Credit

PLI makes every effort to accredit its Live Webcasts.  Please check the CLE Calculator for CLE information specific to your state.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Web/AV: Free CLE from the Texas Bar

TexasBarCLE offers free CLE periodically at

Currently, the webpage says there will be a new half-hour of programming every other month.

Thanks, and a tip o'the hat to Dallas Attorney Info Blog:

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Oct 14/Web (IL): What the New Rules of Professional Conduct Will Mean for Your Practice

Illinois Attys can earn 2 CLE credits with an Oct Webinar; full information is at

Thanks for the head's up from Solo In Chicago


"This program is accredited for 2.0 hours of MCLE/PCLE credit in Illinois 

by the MCLE Board and the Illinois Commission on Professionalism. 

What the New Rules of Professional Conduct Will Mean for Your Practice

Presented by the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission 


Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Broadcast Live from Thorne Auditorium at Northwestern University School of Law

Chicago, Illinois

3:00-5:15 p.m. Program


3:00-3:05 p.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Jerome LarkinARDC Administrator


3:05-3:10 p.m.

Introduction of Chief Justice Thomas R. Fitzgerald
Benedict Schwarz, II (Chair, ARDC Commissioners) 
Law Office of Benedict Schwarz, West Dundee


3:10-3:25 p.m.

The New Rules from the Supreme Court's Perspective
Hon. Thomas R. Fitzgerald
Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court – First District


3:25-4:15 p.m.

An Overview of the Significant Changes to the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct 
James J. Grogan, ARDC Deputy Administrator & Chief Counsel


4:15-5:15 p.m.

Panel Discussion Highlighting Selected New Rules

George B. Collins (Respondent's Counsel), Collins, Bargione & Vuckovich, Chicago

Donna L. Moore (ARDC Hearing Board), Quarles & Brady, Chicago

Adrienne Mebane (ARDC Hearing Board), First Assistant, Cook County State's Attorney Office

James J. Grogan, ARDC Deputy Administrator & Chief Counsel


Moderator: Wendy J. Muchman, ARDC Litigation Group Manager 
& Director of Outreach, Chicago


The panel will discuss common hypothetical situations
highlighting the new Rules of Professional Conduct that will take effect on January 1, 2010.


5:15 p.m.  Adjournment


Certificate of Attendance for MCLE Credit

Upon completion of  the seminar, you will receive an e-mail instructing you to complete a seminar survey.  Once the survey has been e-mailed back and the ARDC has verified your participation, a Certificate of Attendance for MCLE credit in Illinois (2.0 hours) will be e-mailed to you for your records.  Under the MCLE rules, you must keep the Certificate for three years after the end of your two-year reporting period.  Do not submit it to the MCLE Board unless you are audited by the MCLE Board. "

Shepard Fairey v. Associated Press: On-Demand MCLE

Every year, at least one major copyright case brings to the fore the complexity, importance, and unpredictability of fair use analysis. That case in 2009 was Shepard Fairey v. The Associated Press.
Shepard Fairey v. The Associated Press
  • Mark Lemley, who represented the artist
  • Dale Cendali, who represented the AP
  • Ken Richieri, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at the New York Times
  • Host: Doug Lichtman, UCLA law professor.
Intellectual Property Colloquium
The sponsor does not appear to be reporting credit; you will have to do that yourself (which is only fair because, you know: free!). 

  • Washington State - 1 AV General, MCLE ID 235621
  • California, New York, Pennsylvania: 1 AV Credit 
  • Other States - please consult your credit-granting authority.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Oct 19/Richmond, VA: Appellate CLE

Found at Free Appellate CLE October 19th in Richmond

"On October 19th from 3:00-5:30 p.m., the VSB's Appellate Practice Committee will present a free appellate CLE at LeClair Ryan's Riverfront Plaza office in Richmond. The Committee's last CLE, or "symposium," was by all accounts a big hit. Justice (let's hope soon to be Judge) Keenan participated, and shared some sound observations and advice.
I expect the October 19 CLE to be every bit as good. My colleague, Monica Monday, is again running things. Monica is a wonderfully talented oral advocate, and she also puts on a good show. [DISCLAIMER: NOT ATTORNEY ADVERTISING. PAST RESULTS ARE NO INDICATION FUTURE PERFORMANCE.]
The CLE will include a mock writ argument, which should be instructive for all. And its timing is no accident. Not only is the VSB's mandatory CLE deadline creeping up on us, but the Supreme Court will be hearing writ arguments the following day. If you're scheduled to argue on the 20th anyway, the CLE will not only provide some timely tips--it will give you a good excuse to get to town early and meet some fellow members of the bar.
Finally, although the CLE is free, we do ask that you shoot Monica an email if you are planning to attend. That way, she can keep a head count and make sure that the Committee accommodates all comers."
See full post by Jay O'Keeffe at

Webinars/Multiple dates/ New & Deferred Lawyers

"The Public Interest Clearinghouse (PIC) and the Legal Aid Association of California (LAAC) are conducting a free training series for deferred associates in public interest placements.

The 2009 Intro to Legal Services Trainings for Deferred Associates course is designed as a 9-part series of webinars to introduce deferred associates to legal services work (including the structure of the community in CA and the history of legal services), some issue-spotting on core poverty law issues (housing, immigration, public benefits, etc) and an introduction to skills (client interviewing, cultural competency, etc.)

All deferred associates, as well as other new attorneys and other advocates, are welcome to join us for this training series."

More information:

This training appears to be open to all new attorneys and other advocates. Use your best judgment as to what that means.

I see nothing in this announcement concerning CLE credit; however, in some jurisdictions you may be able to apply for credit on your own, especially considering the subject matter of some of the webinars. Figuring out how to do this is the price of getting free CLE --- REW

Oct 13/Spokane: Protecting LGBT Rights: Lessons from California

Join the ACLU of Washington for a discussion on the lessons of California's hard-fought Prop. 8 campaign for our state's campaign to Approve Ref.71 and protect domestic partnership rights.

Speaker Elizabeth Gill, a National ACLU LGBT Project staff attorney, was part of the Prop. 8 litigation team.

"Protecting LGBT Rights: Lessons from California."
October 13, 2009  -  6-7pm
Westminster Congregational United Church of Christ
411 S. Washington St., Spokane (map)

This event is free and open to the public.
1.0 General CLE Credit, WSBA Seminar #240632

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