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
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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

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Nov 20 Deadline: AAJ/NLD members apply for free CLE in Maui (w/airfare!)

American Association for Justice (AAJ) New Lawyer Division (NLD) Chair Alexa B. D'Amato announces:
"Does an escape to Maui in the middle of January seem just like you what you need? Would it help if you could also earn CLE credits, network with other trial attorneys and learn new techniques? AAJ wants to help you make it happen!!!!

Five new lawyers will receive FREE registration to the AAJ 2010 Winter Convention to be held in Maui for those who may not be able to afford the full registration or those who have never considered attending a convention and need that extra push to make it happen.

The dates of the meeting are January 30 – February 3, 2010 in Maui, HI and more information on the convention can be found at The opportunity is open to all NLD members in good standing.

If you are interested, please complete the application at explaining your interest and why you feel you should be awarded the complimentary registration. APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY NOVEMBER 20, 2009. Once your application is received, it will be reviewed by AAJ staff and NLD leadership. Recipients will be announced no later than December 1, 2009.

Through a very generous offer, Mitchell Garrett of the Garrett Law Office, P.C. is offering to cover the airfare for those five recipients.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact AAJ convention staff at

Do not miss out on this amazing opportunity to earn CLE credits, network with attorneys from across the nation and learn techniques to help your practice in coming years!!!!! Thank you for your participation."


Monday, November 2, 2009

"Getting Free or Cheap CLEs" by Minnesota Attorney Phil Grove

UPDATE 6/9/2013: This article is four years old, and a little out of date, although its general advice can be quite helpful. For a current list of free Minnesota CLE, see

Minnesota lawyer Phil Grove has posted useful links and advice for getting free CLE for Minnesota lawyers, here: Many of the tips and strategies may apply in other jurisdiction as well.
"... If you are a Minnesota lawyer who does not have an employer willing to pay for your continuing education, you have probably wondered if there are free or low cost ways that you can accumulate some CLE credits. Most of the free CLEs are short, so you are talking about picking up one or two CLEs at a time. Which involves quite a bit of running around. But if you are unemployed or in a low income situation, it's a way to keep your license without making matters worse. Here are some that I have found. If you don't have time to read this whole post, you might skip to where I reveal the Best Tip Of All.

The CLE Board has a web site with a link to an article from Minnesota Lawyer that contains some good suggestions. For example, the article points out that the law schools have CLE programs that are free or low cost to any lawyers, not just for alumni. I recently went to a couple of very good short presentations at Hamline Law School. I have also been to presentations at Mitchell, the U of M, and St. Thomas, all very good. I would suggest checking out the web sites for each law school and see if you can sign up for an email list that will send you notifications of their CLE programs...."