Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sep 8/ Long Beach, CA - PATENTAX TALK

For THE GENERAL PUBLIC, Attorneys, CPA's, & Enrolled Agents
Business Networking Mixer/ Meet the Speaker Prior to the presentation
Speaker Presenters: Nancy Le Blanc & Janet Cole (tentative) of IRS

What: (1) Business Networking Mixer (6:00 pm - 6:55 pm)
What: (2)CLE Presentation (7:00 pm-9:00 pm):
An update of the current state of Affairs in the Appeals Division of IRS will be presented, along with current problems and future changes.
Is CTEC dead? Will the new Return Preparer System create a "Mini-EA"? Will Attorneys and CPA's who do purely representation work have to obtain and pay for a Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN)? The ins and outs of the new Return Preparer system will be covered in detail, and as more information becomes available, clarifications may be presented you have not heard before.

When: September 08, 2010 (2nd Wednesday of the month)
Where : Cardinal Pacific Escrow Education Center
6621 E. Pacific Coast Highway, #105
Long Beach, CA 90803
(Located on the corner of PCH & Second Street /Westminister, at "The MARKETPLACE". Building 6621 is both directly behind building behind building 6615, & is faced by the front of the United Artists Long Beach Marketplace 6 Theaters.)

Cost: Complimentary for all attendees (free); and Free & Ample Parking
CLE/CPE CREDIT: 2.0 hours of CLE credit for Attorneys
2.4 hours of TAX CPE credit for CPA's & EA's
Accreditation: (1) State Bar of California, Tax Specialization Provider #15203
(2) IRS: H&H is an IRS Approved Education Provider - No. 672
Questions? Call Curt Harrington at (562)-594-9784
Check back with the website: http://www.patentax.com/CLE , for updates

Monday, August 30, 2010

Sept 22/Stillwater, MN - "The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in Pakistan"

The Washington County Law Library  (http://www.co.washington.mn.us/info_for_residents/law_library  ) presents this program in coordination with the Washington County Bar Association ( http://wcba-mn.org  ), but membership in the Association is not required for attendance.

Clifford B. Wardlaw, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Former Resident Legal Advisor to the American Embassy-Islamabad (2006-2008) and the American Embassy-Baghdad (2004-2005)."The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in Pakistan" 

One elimination of bias CLE credit will be applied for. 

Unless otherwise noted, all programs are presented in Conference Room 21 (lower level), Washington County Government Center. All programs begin at noon and last for one hour.

One standard CLE credit will be applied for. 

Suggestions for programs are always welcome and should be directed to the County Law Librarian, who may be reached at 651-430-6330. 


Friday, August 27, 2010

Sep 30/WA - WSBA Leadership Institute Seeks 2011 Class of Fellows

This program offers many free CLE. Apply early. It is a competitive application.
WSBA Leadership Institute Seeks 2011 Class of Fellows
Application deadline: September 30, 2010
We are writing to invite you to refer a colleague to consider applying for a 2011 WSBA Leadership Institute (WLI) fellowship. As you may know, the mission of the WLI is to recruit, train, and develop minority and traditionally underrepresented attorneys within our state for future leadership positions in our Bar and community. Our goal is to have a class that reflects the full diversity of our state, which includes race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, and geographic location.  

Approximately 12 attorneys in practice for three to 10 years will be selected for the program's seventh year. Selected fellows will devote at least 70 hours to the program, which extends from January through August and includes eight professional-development seminars (topics such as leadership skills, the nuts and bolts of law practice, the judiciary, public versus private sector employment, and the legislative process), participation in a community-service project, and a mentorship program. A fellow is afforded numerous opportunities to personally interact with Washington state legal, judicial, and political leaders. 

Upon completion of the program, fellows will earn at least 30 CLE credits. The program is provided at no charge to participants. 

Please consider referring a colleague. This is an exceptional opportunity for professional development and for discovering a vehicle to becoming involved with the Bar and legal community. Applications and nominations for the 2011 WSBA Leadership Institute must be received at the WSBA offices no later than September 30, 2010, at 5:00 p.m. to be considered. Application and nomination forms and instructions are available at http://www.wsba.org/lawyers/leadership_institute.htm

On behalf of our Advisory Board, we thank you in advance for your interest and support.

Judge Mary Yu, Co-chair, WLI
Bill Garcia, Co-chair, WLI

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Multiple Dates/AZ - Courses on eDiscovery and Forensics for Law Firms and In-House Counsel

Here's an offer I have not tried out, from http://www.sophisticatedlitigationsupportblog.com/2010/08/articles/teris/teris-phoenix-offers-free-cle-courses-on-ediscovery-and-forensics-to-arizona-law-firms-and-inhouse-counsel/:

TERIS Phoenix Offers Free CLE Courses on eDiscovery and Forensics to Arizona Law Firms and In-House Counsel

Attorneys looking to fulfill Arizona's mandatory continuing legal education (CLE) requirements now have the option to schedule free CLE courses in the comfort of their own firms or corporations.
TERIS Phoenix, a full-service litigation support provider, is offering free CLE courses on eDiscovery and forensics issues to Arizona-based law firms and in-house counsel. TERIS has successfully presented courses at 10 firms in 2010, including several large national firms in the Phoenix area.
"I invited TERIS to Polsinelli Shughart after attending one of their presentations at the MCBA and found them to be timely and well-presented without becoming a sales pitch," said Andrew Turk, partner at Polsinelli Shughart. "I have even provided some of the materials to clients and wished they could all see the program. We have invited TERIS back for another program and would encourage colleagues to contact TERIS based on the extensive knowledge they've demonstrated."
TERIS Phoenix CLE course options include: 
  • An Introduction to eDiscovery
  • Forensic Collection & The Pitfalls of In-House IT Collection
  • Got Sanctions? The 2009 eDiscovery Year in Review
Two additional course topics in development will focus on:
  • Methods to Cull Data and Lower eDiscovery Costs
  • Document Retention Policies
Each presentation lasts approximately one hour, plus time for Q & A. All options are ethics credit eligible and TERIS provides each participant with a certificate of attendance and written presentation materials.
The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. TERIS CLE courses may qualify for up to one hour toward the annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including one hour of professional responsibility.
"The CLE presenters from TERIS are very well-prepared, informative and knowledgeable leaders in the field," said David Funkhouser, an attorney at Quarles & Brady, LLP. "The topics presented in our CLE were extremely timely and relevant to our entire practice group. Since then, I have been extremely mindful of issues regarding electronically stored information, and the pitfalls associated therewith. I would whole-heartedly recommend TERIS CLEs to my colleagues and peers."
To schedule a free CLE with TERIS Phoenix in the comfort of your law firm or company, call Brandon Colburn at 602.241.9333 or e-mail bcolburn(at)teris(dot)com.
Founded in 1996, TERIS provides legal support and sophisticated eDiscovery solutions to corporate legal teams and law firms across the U.S. and internationally. TERIS' national staff of more than 275 was named one of the top 20 eDiscovery service providers by industry researcher Socha-Gelbmann in 2008. The company operates a free job board for the legal profession at www.discoverlegaljobs.com and has offices in Seattle, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, San Diego, Phoenix, Austin, Dallas, Houston and Chicago. To learn more about TERIS, visitwww.TERIS.com or follow the company on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/DiscoverTERIS.
Media Contact:
David Kaufer 
206 262 7302 Office 
425-275-8814 Mobile 


Aug 26/Webinar - Performance Measures for Your Law Practice:

The RocketMatter website announces:

On a scale of 1-5 (5 being the highest) rank your level of agreement with the statement: I regularly scan a couple of core numbers to determine at a glance how healthy my firm is.
FREE CLE Credit for attendees who pay attention!
* Date: Thursday, August 26th, 2010
* Time: 12PM – 1:15PM EST
* In addition, our podcast and YouTube channel are great resources for trends in legal productivity, technology, and managing your practice.
Although lawyers try to stay far away from numbers, tracking numbers in your practice can be one of the most instructive activities you do. This webinar will show you how to track your more profitable activities, chart the growth of your firm, and will help you highlight gaps and leaks in your practice. Running a more efficient practice can help you reduce the chance of committing malpractice and will help you be a more effective manager.
Join us for a fun, highly interactive session that could help put you ahead of your peers.
* Problems lawyers encounter by not tracking performance indicators.
* How to get started tracking performance.
* How you can chart the growth of your firm.
* Which key performance indicators are most important for your practice.
About our speaker, Victor Medina:
Victor Medina is the managing partner of Medina Law Group. For families in crisis and families in need, he provides principled counseling and responsible advocacy. Victor attended the Northeastern University School of Law on full merit scholarship and is a member of the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys and the Personal Family Lawyer program, national organizations of attorneys dedicated to serving the needs of individuals, families & businesses through lifetime-focused strategies.
*CLE Accreditation will be supplied for FL attorneys. A certificate of completion will be provided for folks in other states.


Monday, August 16, 2010

Sept 14/NYC - Green Buildings: The Future is Now

The concept of being "green", and more particularly building green, has swept the country and spawned numerous Federal, State, and local laws which, in turn, have created new legal issues that attorneys need to be aware of and understand. This class provides a comprehensive review and analysis of the impact of buildings on the environment, the legal and public policy reasons for green buildings, an in depth discussion and analysis of the various rating standards and agencies that have been created and are commonly utilized to "rate" green buildings, legal issues related to the burgeoning concepts of "passive buildings" and "zero energy buildings," Federal, State and New York City statutes related to green buildings, and contract, tort and other litigation claims that have arisen out of this new and rapidly developing area of law.


Green Buildings: The Future is Now

Date and Time: September 14 2010, 8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Location: Bank of America, 335 Madison Avenue (44th Street), 5th Floor

Class Details:
Cost: Free

Instructor: Marc Israel, Esq., Kensington Vanguard National Land Services

CLE Credit: 3 Areas of Professional Practice Credits

Sponsor: Bank of America

Register for this class here: http://marcisrael.com/launch/register-now/?event=80

Sunday, August 15, 2010

MCLEZ "Try Before You Buy" offer

MCLEz.com Free CLE Offer
One free credit, in most but not all states
MCLEZ.com offer one free credit of CLE just for registering at their website.

Try any course from the MCLEZ catalog and earn free CLE credit before you spend a dime.  It's easy- simply go to the website, choose a course from the course catalog, and click the Try button. Once your account is set up, you can start the course for CLE credit. When the course is complete, you'll get an MCLE certificate of attendance which you may present to your state CLE regulatory board as proof of completion.

You're free to walk away, and you'll have earned at least an hour of free CLE credit. Naturally, they're hoping you'll like their system and buy more courses. This seems to be an offer with no hitch to it. There's a couple of dozen courses to choose from, so why not give it a try? 

Note: when you go to the site, you must pick both a state and a practice area before hitting "search"; otherwise it won't return any results. You may pick "All Practice Areas", but you have to pick something; it doesn't have a default setting.


Saturday, August 14, 2010

Various Dates/Illinois - How to Look Up Free CLE In Illinois

The Illinois MCLE Board makes it possible to search its database of CLE based on several criteria, including price. Thus, to find free CLE in Illinois, do the following:
  • Go to the MCLE Board of the Supreme Court of Illinois: http://www.mcleboard.org
  • Locate the question "Where can I find free or low cost CLE courses? Answer > ". Currently it's in the right column. Click on the word "Answer".
  • This gets you to a query page, with your question with the helpful response "Many providers offer free or low cost CLE options.  Find these options by searching for your desired price range. Find A Course". Click on "Find A Course"
  • This gets you a form into which you can put options for your search. Put how much you're willing to pay for a CLE in the "Total Cost" box. You may put in zero, or you may be willing to put in a smaller amount. You should probably also fill in the "Participation Date" date range, assuming that your interest is in programs that aren't over yet. Hit the "Search" button.
  • Now you'll get a list of things Illinois has approved for CLE credit that fit your other criteria. While 4freeCLE does this from time to time to locate newly-listed programs, you may wish to check it on your own as needed.

One oddity: some programs list their start and stop dates as spanning years, apparantly because they're repeating programs. This makes the date range less useful, but it's worth including anyway!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Multiple dates/states - PLI Sponsors Gene Quinn on Law Firm Speaking Tour

Posted by Gene Quinn at http://www.ipwatchdog.com/2010/08/08/pli-sponsors-gene-quinn-on-law-firm-speaking-tour/id=11981/
"Straight out of the shameless commerce division, but possibly of interest and hopefully very worthwhile.  The fact that it is FREE for firms is only a bonus!
Over the last month or so it has been made known to PLI that some law firms might be interested in me coming to the firm to give a talk or presentation on some hot patent related issue of the moment.  It has also come to my attention that a number of firms have weekly or bi-weekly sessions already scheduled where one member of the firm is tasked with creating a presentation worthy of CLE credit for a "lunch and learn" presentation.  I am happy to come to your firm to give such a presentation, and at no cost to your firm.  All you have to do is let me speak for 5 minutes about PLI offerings, such as their CLE Seminars, Patent Bar Review Course and Treatises.  I promise these 5 minutes won't eat into any CLE worthy presentation I give, and will meet any requirements as agree upon so as to make sure attorneys attending get appropriate CLE credit.
Given these presentations will be free PLI will not be submitting for CLE credit, but I am happy to cooperate with your firm liaison to prepare written materials so that your firm can submit for CLE credit.
I am happy to talk about practically any topic in the patent arena, and I am willing to take requests.  I am happy to talk as long or as short as desired.  I suspect 1 hour, 90 and 2 hour presentations will be most in demand.  I am also happy to weave in ethics should ethics credits be of interest, which if you are like me you are always looking for ethics credits at the end of the reporting year.
I am located in Northern Virginia, so I am largely available anytime throughout Northern Virginia and Washington, DC.
In terms of travel, I will be in New York City teaching the PLI Patent Bar Review Course from September 29, 2010 to October 3, 2010, so I could be easily available in New York City on September 27 or 28, as well as October 4 or 5.  Likewise, I will be teaching the PLI Patent Bar Review Course in San Francisco from October 19, 2010 to October 23, 2010.  So I could easily be available in the Bay Area on October 18 or 25.  I can also be available in Southern California from October 26, 2010 to October 29, 2010.
PLI is willing to send me out to other cities and locations throughout the country, so if your firm is interested please let me know.  If your timing is flexible we can work to find a date and time that will work for you and fit into a special tour.  We can also discuss video conferencing possibilities as well.
To contact me please fill out this contact form and I will get back to you as soon as possible."
Speaking editorially, I'd be interested in hearing how this worked. Anyone who's tried this program, please comment! MORE:

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Web - How To Handle A Federal Disability Case

From NyDisabilityAttorneyBlog:

Managing Partner Brian Mittman and Associate Attorney Scott Daniels are proud to present a video lecture on How To Handle A Federal Disability Case.  Brian and Scott teamed up with lawline.com to provide an educational lecture on the complexities of the Social Security Disability world. The best part is, attorneys who complete the course will get FREE CLE CREDIT.

Click on the link below to view the course and get valuable CLE CREDIT.

CLE Credit:
Arizona, California, Illinois, North Dakota, Missouri,  New York


I tried these links and they seemed to work. I had to resurrect my old lawline ID but that was free anyway. Since they aren't accredited for my state (Washington) I didn't actually watch the program.  I urge someone who does try the program to reply to this posting with comments: did you like it? did you get the credit? would you recommend it to someone else?

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Aug 25/Stillwater, MN - "Minnesota Citizen's Personal Protection Act: Basics of the Statute"

The Washington County Law Library  (http://www.co.washington.mn.us/info_for_residents/law_library  ) presents this program in coordination with the Washington County Bar Association ( http://wcba-mn.org  ), but membership in the Association is not required for attendance.


Rick Hodsdon, Assistant Washington County Attorney.

Augues 25, 2010


"Minnesota Citizen's Personal Protection Act: Basics of the Statute" 

Unless otherwise noted, all programs are presented in Conference Room 21 (lower level), Washington County Government Center. All programs begin at noon and last for one hour.

Suggestions for programs are always welcome and should be directed to the County Law Librarian, who may be reached at 651-430-6330. 

One standard CLE credit will be applied for. 


Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Aug 18/Web (TX) - Review of the Proposed Amendments to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct

Free Webcast with 2.0 hours of ethics

TexasBarCLE Presents:
Review of the Proposed Amendments to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct 
Wednesday, August 18th
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Complimentary Registration Fee
MCLE#: 901202122
MCLE hours: 2 ethics hours

See Webcast Instructions

On October 20, 2009, in Misc. Docket No. 09-9175, the Supreme Court of Texas proposed amendments to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct as part of the State Bar's continuing self-governance process. The proposed amendments were the product of extensive debate and careful consideration by the Court, Task Force on the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, and State Bar Committee on the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct.

The Court invited public comments regarding the proposed amendments and received numerous comments in response. These comments resulted in revisions to the proposed amendments. The Court made additional revisions in response to feedback that it received from other individuals and entities, including the State Bar Discipline Client Attorney Assistance Program Committee, Chief Disciplinary Counsel Linda Acevedo, and State Bar Committee on the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct.

On April 14, 2010, the Court completed a revised version of the proposed amendments to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct. On April 16, the State Bar Board of Directors received the revised version of the proposed amendments, along with a copy of Misc. Docket No. 09-9175 and a letter from Chief Justice Jefferson to State Bar President Roland Johnson and State Bar President-Elect Terry Tottenham. In his letter, Chief Justice Jefferson requested that the Board of Directors consider the proposed amendments and provide the Court with any recommendations or comments by October 6.

This panel of experts will analyze the substance and practical impact of the proposed amendments to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct that have generated the most debate. The panel will also discuss the process by which the proposed amendments were developed, the reasons amendments are needed, and the ways that lawyers and the public can provide input as the State Bar Board of Directors conducts public hearings and gathers information.

Mr. Roland K. Johnson, Fort Worth
Harris, Finley & Bogle

Ms. Patricia Chamblin, Beaumont
Mehaffy & Weber

Ms. Linda Eads, Plano
Associate Professor of Law, Southern Methodist University

Ms. Kennon L. Peterson, Austin
Rules Attorney, Supreme Court of Texas

Mr. Thomas H. Watkins, Austin
Brown McCarroll, L.L.P.


Webcast registration is only available online and by using a credit card. Go to 
TexasBarCLE.com and select 'Webcasts' from the menu. Registrations by mail, fax, or phone will not be accepted.

We encourage early registrations to give you time to verify that your system is webcast-ready. Our technical support lines are usually extremely busy on the day of a webcast, so be please register and test your system a few days ahead of the webcast date.


When you register for a webcast, instructions for testing and viewing will be sent as part of your e-mail receipt. We also send a registration verification which repeats these instructions thirty minutes prior to the start of the webcast.

The Webcast's MCLE number will be provided to you online at the conclusion of your viewing, along with instructions on how to claim your participatory MCLE credit online.

About a week after the Webcast, the program will be archived at
 TexasBarCLE.com. To access the archived webcast, click on 'Your Purchases' on the homepage. All Webcast registrants will have 9 to 12 months to finish viewing or reviewing this program online. They may also download supplemental course materials, if any, that were added after the original date of the Webcast.

And a thank-you and a tip o' the (ten-gallon) hat to Marvin I. Morales, Attorney at Law, who submitted this helpful information!
Law Office of Marvin Morales
P.O. Box 14015
San Antonio, Texas 78214
Phone: (210) 695-0682
Facsimile: (210) 247-9410

Monday, August 9, 2010

Aug 18/San Francisco - Introduction to Family Law Training

  • This training will be given by VLSP's Supervising Attorneys who will go over the volunteer procedures as well as the forms for completing a simple divorce. The substantive portion of the training must be viewed ahead of time on the Practising Law Institute's Web site. For more information on how to view this webcast and attend our live training, please email Megan Colla at mcolla@sfbar.org or call 415.782.9000 x 8759. Pre-registration is required to attend.

  • Our Family Law Project assists individuals, families with children or families with domestic violence in matters including marital dissolutions, child custody, child support, restraining orders, guardianships, conservatorships, wills, powers of attorney and probate litigation. This is a full-scope project in which the volunteer can take the case from start to finish. Depending on the circumstances of each case, cases can last for weeks, months or even years. Before you volunteer with this project, we ask that you attend this free MCLE training session.

CLE Credit Comments: 1.5 CLE Credits


Introduction to Family Law Training

Wednesday August 18 , 2010