Wednesday, July 27, 2016

July 28: Webcast - Patent Litigation from an Expert’s Point of View

On July 28, 2016, The TASA Group, in conjunction with engineer design expert Dr. Harry Direen, will present a free, one-hour interactive webinar presentation, Patent Litigation from an Expert's Point of View, for all legal professionals.
During this presentation, Dr. Direen will discuss:
  • Patents
  • Product analysis and reverse engineering
  • Plaintiff and defense side notes
  • Defense side notes
  • Non-testifying consultants
  • Depositions
  • Court testimony.
Patent Litigation from an Expert’s Point of View
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Dr. Harry Direen has more than 30 years of experience as an engineer designing and developing products in the electronics and software industry. He has worked in the areas of control systems; embedded systems design and development; control of UAVs/Drones; product reverse engineering, and as a testifying expert in patent infringement cases.By:
The TASA Group, Inc.
Typically, TASA does not apply for credit, but the presenters and content appear to satisfy CLE requirements in a number of jurisdictions in which participants may self-apply for credit.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

September 7: Web - Ethical Issues in California Pro Bono Representation 2016 (Free)

While the ethical obligations of pro bono legal practice are no different than a commercial law practice, there are practical considerations regarding eligibility of clients, challenging clients, conflicts (similar in theory, different in practice settings), expectations on both sides, case management responsibility, and different delivery models, such as limited scope representation, that cause many professionals to hesitate to offer pro bono legal services. This program is designed to answer questions regarding the ethical obligations of pro bono legal service, encourage attorneys to engage in this professionally rewarding aspect of law practice, and remove ambiguities that are barriers to engaging in pro bono legal services.
Attorneys knowledgeable about professional responsibility and pro bono service, who work in legal services, law firms, private bar programs and in-house corporate law departments will discuss the application of the California Rules of Professional Conduct, the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, and, where relevant, the Proposed California Rules of Professional Conduct to pro bono legal service in different settings. The faculty will begin with the basics of pro bono, including the definition of “Pro Bono” for lawyers, why it is considered an important part of the profession, and ethical concerns unique to pro bono, as opposed to the commercial practice of law.
The faculty will also address emerging ethical issues in developing areas, such as pro bono clinics, incubators, pro bono in Federal courts, and the impact of technology in pro bono legal services.
Finally, the faculty will discuss hypothetical fact patterns to illustrate the application of the rules.
Ethical Issues in California Pro Bono Representation 2016
September 7, 2016
9:00 AM Pacific
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  • Chair: Tiela Chalmers ~ Chief Executive Officer, Alameda County Bar Association
  • Renee Glover Chantler ~ Pro Bono Counsel, DLA Piper US LLP
  • Toby J. Rothschild ~ Of Counsel, OneJustice
  • Christopher M. Tirrell ~ Pro Bono Co-Chair and Supply Chain Counsel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company
  • Jonathan McNeil Wong ~ Partner, Donahue Fitzgerald LLP
  • Phong S. Wong ~ Pro Bono Director, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
  • Program Attorney: Christina Thompson ~ Program Attorney, Practising Law Institute
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July 16: Webcast - Foundations of Civility [Washington State]

Greater civility in our legal system benefits clients, practitioners, and the pursuit of justice. Furthermore, the costs of incivility extend beyond economics and time. Incivility impacts the mental and physical health of all who are involved in the system, and it impairs the administration of justice. We will explore the characteristics of civility, the costs of incivility, the benefits of civility, as well as identify foundations to foster greater civility in the profession and promote justice.

Foundations of Civility
WSBA Legal Lunchbox Series
July 26, 2016
11:30 a.m. Webcast Check in Opens
(It is a good idea to check in early, in case of technical issues)
12:00 p.m. Webcast Begins
1:30 p.m. Adjourn

  • Paula Lustbader, J.D. - Professor Emerita, Seattle University School of Law; President/Executive Director, Alfie’s Fund; President/Executive Director, Robert’s Fund
  • Timothy Jaasko-Fisher - Senior Director of Curriculum and Program Development, Robert’s Fund

General: 1.50
Free to all WSBA members.
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This webcast is part of the WSBA’s free Legal Lunchbox Series CLEs that are offered at noon on the last Tuesday of each month as a benefit to WSBA members.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

July 12: Web - Serving on a Nonprofit Board – Practical Considerations for Attorneys

Joining a nonprofit board can be one of the most personally and professionally rewarding experiences of an attorney’s career. Whether you’re an experienced attorney or just beginning to practice, serving on a nonprofit board can bring opportunities to deepen your skills, make valuable connections, and help a cause that is personally meaningful to you.
This free one-hour briefing will offer some practical tips and ethical considerations for attorneys currently serving on nonprofit boards or thinking about joining a nonprofit board. Please join Courtney A. Darts, Director of Education, Pro Bono Partnership and Nancy Eberhardt, Director, New Jersey Program, Pro Bono Partnership as they discuss:
  • Tips for identifying and joining a nonprofit board that interests you;
  • Doing your due diligence – the questions to ask and documents to request before you join a nonprofit board;
  • Bringing maximum value to your role – thinking how you can best assist your fellow board members with business decisions, risk management, and legal decisions;
  • Understanding liability, insurance, and indemnification; and
  • Ethical considerations for the attorney who is being asked to give legal advice to the board on which he/she sits.
Serving on a Nonprofit Board – Practical Considerations for Attorneys
July 12, 2016
1:00 PM  Eastern
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1 credit in most jurisdictions
  • Courtney A. Darts, Director of Education, Pro Bono Partnership
  • Nancy Eberhardt, Director, New Jersey Program, Pro Bono Partnership 
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Monday, July 11, 2016

August 17: Web - Residential Mortgage Servicing Update: What You Need to Know as We Approach the End of HAMP

The rules of the road for residential mortgage servicing have changed significantly over the past several years, and they are about to shift again as we approach the expiration of the government’s Making Home Affordable loan modification programs. Attend this training for an in-depth look at the program rules, laws and regulations that govern the relationship between borrowers and loan servicers, including an update on the latest program and regulatory changes relating to loss mitigation for defaulted loans. Practitioners and experts will review significant developments and use case studies to help you identify and address your clients’ loan servicing problems.
What You Will Learn
  • The latest developments in loan modification and other loss mitigation programs available to borrowers, including Streamlined HAMP, post-HAMP loan modification options and Keep Your Home California programs;
  • Current regulations governing the loss mitigation process, including California’s Homeowner Bill of Rights and federal TILA and RESPA regulations;
  • Case developments under federal and state loss mitigation regulations;
  • How to identify, analyze and address loss mitigation errors and violations.
Practitioners who represent consumers and loan servicers will benefit from this program, as will general practitioners interested in learning more about residential mortgage servicing.
Residential Mortgage Servicing Update: What You Need to Know as We Approach the End of HAMP 
August 17, 2016
9:00 AM Pacific
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1 credit in most jurisdictions
  • Chair: Lisa Sitkin ~ Managing Attorney, Housing and Economic Rights Advocates
  • Kent Qian ~ Staff Attorney, National Housing Law Project
  • Tara Twomey ~ Of Counsel, National Consumer Law Center
  • Program Attorney: Christina Thompson ~ Program Attorney, Practising Law Institute
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Recording: Drone Law Overview (Recording)

Free Until Wednesday July 13:
Eric Hansom
Commercial and recreational drone usage has increased sharply in the past few years. Today, it is estimated that the number of drones in the U.S. exceeds 1 million. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this rapidly developing industry has spawned many new legal challenges involving privacy, safety, intellectual property, and more.

In this program, intellectual property attorney Eric Hanscom has assembled several drone law experts to discus the various legal issues involved in owning, selling, and flying drones. Topics:

  • Background on drones
  • Current FAA rules
  • State law/federal law issues related to regulating drones and privacy issues
  • What a drone company needs to know about litigation
  • Intellectual property as it relates to drone inventions
  • What a drone startup needs to know about business entities and approaching investors
  • Estate planning considerations

Drone Law Overview
Web-based Recording: See It Now!
Eric Hanscom
Free until Wednesday July 13, 2016
1.5 in CA; credit in other states may be possible through reciprocity or self-application
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Sunday, July 10, 2016

July 14: Webcast - Someone Online Hates You: Ethical Responses to Negative Online Feedback #MCLE

Discuss ways to help lawyers and law firms get comfortable with the rapid proliferation of online feedback and the most effective – and ethical – ways to respond.
Lawyers who attend this webinar will learn about:
  • The spread of online feedback via social media and review sites, and the importance of this trend to professional services and reputation
  • Why suing for defamation is the technique of last resort
  • Avoid violating the ethics rules around misleading advertising and attorney-client confidences when responding to online feedback
Someone Online Hates You: Ethical Responses to Negative Online Feedback
July 14, 2016
10AM (PT) / 1PM (ET)
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Josh King, Avvo's General Counsel and VP of Business Development
1 hour Ethics CLE in CA, FL, IL, OH, NV, PA, TX, and WA
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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

July 7: Telecon - Religious Freedom Restoration Act #MCLE

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, passed by Congress in the wake of Employment Division v. Smith has had a profound impact on the landscape of religious liberty over the last quarter century. It touches on all types of government laws and regulations generating frequent high profile cases in areas as diverse as environmental policy and healthcare. This course examines the history of RFRA, the fights over its constitutionality and its relevance to high profile cases such as Little Sisters of the Poor v. Burwell.
Religious Freedom Restoration Act
July 7, 2016
7:00 PM Central Standard Time
Free Conference Call CLE
Avraham Cutler.
One Minnesota, Wisconsin, or Iowa CLE credit.
Richard Clem Continuing Legal Education
High quality, reasonably priced CLE opportunities 
There is absolutely no cost to attend this programs, and no payment is expected. If, however, you wish to make a small voluntary payment, you may do so after the program. For full information, read why this program is free. You will receive full CLE credit whether or not you decide to pay. If you need additional credits, I have additional low-cost conference call programs available. There is, however, no obligation, and you're welcome to take the free program, even if you don't intend to take any additional programs.

CLE Credit has been applied for as follows:

  • Alaska: Alaska Bar members may claim credit for attendance at CLE programs offered in or from other states if the program has been accredited by another MCLE jurisdiction
  • Arizona: The State Bar of Arizona does not accredit programs for the MCLE requirement. The Rules and Regulations are predicated on the assumption that attorneys can evaluate CLE activities offered based on the guidelines and report their activities by affidavit.
  • Arkansas: Upon receipt of a completed certificate of attendance form confirming attendance at an out-of-state continuing legal education program approved by the situs state, the attorney shall be entitled to CLE credits in Arkansas.
  • California: Program is eligible for California CLE credit only if the attorney is calling in from outside of California. The program cannot be taken for California credit if you call in from California.
  • Colorado: Colorado attorneys should submit a Colorado Affidavit form along with a statement certifying that the CLE program is accredited in another mandatory CLE state.
  • Florida: Courses approved by other state bars are generally acceptable for use toward satisfying CLE requirement but attorneys must first submit a CLE Application for Course Attendance Credit.
  • Hawaii: Program is eligible for Hawaii CLE credit only if the attorney is calling in from outside of Hawaii. The program cannot be taken for Hawaii credit if you call in from Hawaii.
  • Iowa: 1.0 CLE credit applied for.
  • Maine: Credit hours for activities approved by another MCLE state will be accepted for identical credit by the Board of Overseers of the Bar in Maine upon the Board's receipt of evidence of such certification as issued by that state
  • Minnesota: 1.0 CLE credit applied for.
  • Montana: Montana will honor the approval given by other CLE jurisdictions. Simply attach documentation of the other state's approval to your affidavit at the end of the reporting year.
  • New Jersey: New Jersey attorneys who are taking courses approved for CLE by another state will receive 1:1 credit for courses approved in that jurisdiction through reciprocity.
  • New York: Attorneys may claim New York CLE hours for programs accredited Wisconsin.
  • Wisconsin: 1.0 CLE credit applied for.
  • Other States: CLE credit is available in many other states if the participating attorney applies for credit. For further information on reciprocity, see the Baran CLE Reciprocity Guide.
  • Rabbi Avraham Z. Cutler, Esq: Director of the Las Vegas Jewish Experience and heads the Community Kollel of Greater Las Vegas's continuing legal education program. In that capacity he teaches lawyers and law students a wide variety of topics relevant to both Jewish and American law. Rabbi Cutler is also Of Practice Group Leader, Tax and Estate Planning, with the firm of Ballon Stoll Bader & Nadler, P.C., a midsize full practice law firm headquartered in New York City with affiliate offices in various cities throughout the United States and around the world.
  • Program moderator: Richard P. Clem, an attorney and continuing legal education (CLE) provider in Minnesota. He has been in private practice in the Twin Cities for 25 years. He has a J.D., cum laude, from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul and a B.A. in History from the University of Minnesota. His reported cases include: Asociacion Nacional de Pescadores a Pequena Escala o Artesanales de Colombia v. Dow Quimica de Colombia, 988 F.2d 559, rehearing denied, 5 F.3d 530 (5th Cir. 1993), cert. denied, 510 U.S. 1041 (1994); LaMott v. Apple Valley Health Care Center, 465 N.W.2d 585 (Minn. Ct. App. 1991); Abo el Ela v. State, 468 N.W.2d 580 (Minn. Ct. App. 1991).

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Monday, July 4, 2016

July 18: Webcast+NYC: New York Public Assistance and Food Stamp Eligibility #MCLE

This training is designed to equip attorneys with a sharper understanding of the substantive law, strategies, procedures, and best practices relevant to their representation of low-income clients who seek public assistance, emergency assistance, and benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). These necessary benefits can be difficult to access for many eligible applicants due to the complex rules governing public benefits. Attend this program to learn about eligibility criteria, the application process, benefits, how to request a fair hearing, the fair hearing process, and recent developments.
What You Will Learn
  • Emergency assistance: eligibility criteria, application process, and benefits
  • Public assistance: benefit categories, financial and non-financial eligibility criteria, and application process
  • SNAP: application and eligibility rules and recent technological developments
  • Fair hearings: process, rights, post-hearing process, Administrative Law Judge perspective, and recent developments
All attorneys interested in helping low-income clients will benefit from attending this program.
Representing the Pro Bono Client: New York Public Assistance and Food Stamp Eligibility 2016
July 18, 2016
9:00 AM Eastern
6:00 AM Pacific
Webcast - Register Now!
Also Presented In-Person In New York, NY
3 or more credits in most jurisdictions
  • Co-Chairs
    • Don Friedman ~ Managing Attorney, Long Island office, Empire Justice Center
    • Tanya E. M. Wong ~ Director of Government Benefits, Legal Support Unit, Legal Services NYC
  • Speaker(s)
  • Lauren Aaronson ~ Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Office of Business Process Innovation, Human Resources Administration
  • Denise Acron ~ Staff Attorney, Public Benefits Unit, Manhattan Legal Services
  • Saima Akhtar ~ Senior Staff Attorney, Empire Justice Center
  • Sienna M. Fontaine ~ Deputy Legal Director, Make the Road New York
  • Lester Helfman ~ Senior Staff Attorney, Civil Practice, Legal Aid Society
  • Marc Isaacs ~ Principal Hearing Officer, Office of Administrative Hearings, New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA)
  • Peter A. Kempner ~ Senior Staff Attorney, South Brooklyn Legal Services
  • Rebecca R. Kirchheimer ~ Director, Business Process Innovation Projects, Human Resources Administration
  • Nigel A. Marks ~ Assistant Director, Office of Administrative Hearings, New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA)
  • Samuel L. Spitzberg ~ Director, Office of Administrative Hearings, New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA)
  • Program Attorney: Ilizabeth Hempstead ~ Practising Law Institute
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July 22: Webcast+San Francisco - Consumer Law Basics 2016

Volunteer lawyers are needed to help the many low income clients facing a wide assortment of consumer law matters who are unrepresented. Attend this program to learn the basics of consumer law so that you can competently represent a client in need and learn new advocacy skills.
What You Will Learn
  • Overview of State and Federal Restraints on Debt Collection
  • Introduction to Fair Credit Reporting Act
  • A Primer on Automobile Fraud
  • Representing the Unsecured Debtor
  • Mortgage Servicer Litigation
  • Assisting Student Loan Borrowers
  • Developing a Working Relationship with Legal Services Organizations
Attorneys who want to volunteer to help low income clients with consumer related issues and legal services advocates who want to enhance their skills in consumer litigation matters would benefit from attending this program.
Representing the Pro Bono Client: Consumer Law Basics 2016
July 22, 2016
9:00 AM Pacific
Webcast - Register Now!
Also Presented In-Person In San Francisco, CA
7 or more credits in most jurisdictions
  • Chair: Robert W. Murphy ~ Murphy Law Firm
  • Ronald L. Burdge ~ Burdge Law Office
  • Joshua Cohen ~ Cohen Consumer Law
  • Lynn Drysdale ~ Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc.
  • Jennifer T. Harley ~ Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Inc.
  • Catherine J. Jones ~ LegalNinja, LLC
  • Ian B. Lyngklip ~ Lyngklip & Associates Consumer Law Center, PLC
  • Dale W. Pittman ~ The Law Office of Dale W. Pittman, P.C.
  • Program Attorney: Christina Thompson ~ Practising Law Institute
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