Monday, January 31, 2011

Anytime/Web (TX) - Proposed DR's: Final Draft Before Referendum

During this presentation on the proposed amendments to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, the panelists will touch on the process of amending the rules but will focus mainly on four of the proposed new rules - Rules 1.00, 1.13, 1.14. 1.17 - and the proposed amendments to four conflict-of-interest rules - Rules 1.06 through 1.09 - that have sparked considerable debate during the amendment process. This online class is intended to help lawyers understand the proposed rules.

FREE Online Class - Available 24/7!
Proposed DR's: Final Draft Before Referendum 
MCLE Credit: 2 hrs ethics
MCLE No: 901216050
Registration Fee: FREE
Register for free online class    

Panelists include:
·         Linda Eads
Past chairwoman of the State Bar of Texas Committee on the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct
·         Tom WatkinsChairman of the Supreme Court of Texas Task Force on the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct
·         Kennon PetersonSupreme Court's Rules Attorney
Visit for more info or to vote online! Referendum 2011

And thanks for the head's-up from
Marvin I. Morales
P.O. Box 14015
San Antonio, Texas 78214
Phone: (210) 695-0682


Monday, January 24, 2011

Feb 9/Scotsdale, AZ - Inherently Unequal: The Betrayal of Civil Rights 1865-1903

A free one-hour CLE Program with Lawrence Goldstone, the author of "Inherently
Unequal: The Betrayal of Civil Rights 1865-1903".
Product Details
Wednesday, Feb 9, 2011 7 pm
At The Poisoned Pen
4014 N. Goldwater Blvd Suite 101
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
No pre-registration necessary.
Arriving at least 15 minutes in advance to sign in for CLE credit is

MORE about the event:

MORE about the book:
"Comprehensive and remarkably lucid"—Publishers Weekly
"A furious indictment of the Supreme Court as an accessory to the
anti-democratic machinations of Gilded Age elites."—Kirkus Reviews
"One of the saddest episodes in American history has been inadequately explored
and poorly understood—until now. Lawrence Goldstone's brilliantly written book,
Inherently Unequal, traces the post-Reconstruction Supreme Court's slow
strangulation of equal rights for African-Americans. It will be a shock to many
that the judicial branch, viewed in the modern context as the premier defender
of civil rights, was primarily responsible for the nation's descent into a deep,
racist inequality that ruined the lives of millions for a century. As Goldstone
shows us, Lincoln's great legacy was cynically dismantled by the officeholders
best positioned to protect it."—Larry Sabato

Friday, January 21, 2011

Now thru Jan 29/Web (TX) - Ethics CLE: Proposed Disciplinary Rules Referendum

Analysis and discussion of selected issues and problems with the proposed amendments to the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct being voted on by State Bar of Texas members.
Special One Hour Ethics Presentation – Free through January 29, 2011

Proposed Disciplinary Rules Amendments:
Analysis, Selected Issues and Problems
Featuring: Amon Burton, Charles Herring, Jr., and Jim McCormack
Title: UT Law Free Ethics CLE: Proposed Disciplinary Rules Referendum

To enroll go to

TX MCLE Credit Hours: 1.00 hrs/1.00 hrs ethics

This course will be available free through January 29, 2011 and again from February 2, 2011 through February 18, 2011. Between January 30, 2011 and February 1, 2011 the cost will be $35.
And thanks for the head's-up from ...
Marvin I. Morales, Attorney at Law
Law Office of Marvin Morales
P.O. Box 14015
San Antonio, Texas 78214
Phone: (210) 695-0682
Facsimile: (210) 247-9410

Circular 230 by Ronny Buni

This lecture by Ronny Buni is on Circular 230, which is promulgated under Treasury's regulatory authority and governs practice before the IRS. Practice before the IRS includes a wide range of activities, including the rendering of written federal tax advice. Lawyers, their managers, and even law firm partners with no direct connection to the handling of federal tax matters should be familiar with Circular 230 if anyone at their firm gives federal tax advice.
The lecture was delivered on December 17, 2010 and provides an overview of Circular 230, with special focus on subpart B, which governs professional conduct in practice before the IRS. The latter part of the lecture gives special focus to the rules governing covered opinions under section 10.35 of subpart B.
Professional Conduct under Treasury Circular 230
Recorded Webcast

  • Ethics credit in AK, AZ, CA, GA, HI, IL, ND, NJ, NY, WA (WA Activity 297685)
  • Approved for general (not ethics) credit in MO.


Thursday, January 20, 2011

ABA Online, Complementary CLE Programs

This post was written more than a year ago. Since then, the amount of free CLE on the ABA's CLE Now! page seems to have dwindled and you can't use it if you haven't got a paid ABA membership.
If you're looking for free, on-demand CLE you're better off looking at Top 3 Bundles of Free On-Demand MCLE.


The ABA'S CLE Now! page offers several free, web-based CLE programs at You'll have to create a login to access them, but that's free too.


Feb 17/Seattle, WA - Ethical Considerations in Dealing with Administrative Agencies

Kathy Gerla, Seattle City Attorney's Office, Environmental Protection Division, will speak on ethical issues you should consider when dealing with administrative agencies.

When:  Thursday, February 17, 2011
             4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

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


Ethical Considerations in Dealing with Administrative Agencies



Credit: 1.0 ethics credit

ELUL Section members — Free
Non-ELUL Section members — $35 (Note: section registration is $35, so you might as well sign up for the section and get this and possibly later programs free. See )
Law students — $13.25

Click here for further details and online registration:




Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Feb 17/Web + Chicago, IL - Ethical Applications of the New Illinois Rules of Evidence

For the first time, the Illinois Supreme Court has approved and promulgated Illinois Rules of Evidence in codified form effective Jan. 1, 2011.  They are aimed at expediting the trial process and improving the administration of justice in Illinois courts.  Before, the rules of evidence in Illinois were dispersed throughout case law.  The codification contains some changes dealing with opinion testimony and hearsay. 

Clifford Law Offices is sponsoring a two-hour free continuing legal education webinar entitled "Ethical Applications of the New Illinois Rules of Evidence." This program has been approved for 2 hours of professional responsibility credit. Our panelists include, The Honorable Donald C. Hudson, Justice of the Second District Illinois Appellate Court, Chair of the Judicial Inquiry Board and Chair of the Special Supreme Court Committee on Illinois Evidence, Professor Stephan Landsman, Evidence Professor at DePaul University College of Law for more than 25 years, and Lawrence J. Fox, Visiting Lecturer of Law at Yale Law School. They will address the rules of evidence in the context of the Rules of Professional Conduct.  The program will explore when the offering of false evidence triggers the rules of professional conduct such as Rule 3.3, when discussing the case with others puts Rule 4.1 into play, how the lawyer must deal with and preserve confidential, privileged and work product protections when offering evidence, and how the gathering of evidence on an informal basis can violate Rule 4.4.  The speakers will explore these issues through various hypotheticals with interactivity from a live audience as well as from those participating on the web. 

For further information, please call 312-899-9090. 

Click here to register for the February 17, 2011 program:

And thanks to Tan Nguyen for alerting me to this program!

MCLE Information: This program has been approved for 2 hours of professional responsibility credit

Program Title: "Ethical Applications of the New Illinois Rules of Evidence"
Date: Thursday, February 17, 2011
Time: 2:30-4:30pm CST
120 N. LaSalle Street, 31st Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

Feb 15/New York, NY - Ethical Issues in the Practice of Real Estate Law

This class is designed for practitioners of commercial and residential real estate and addresses a number of ethical issues and potential ethical pitfalls the attorney should be aware of in a real estate transaction. Particular attention is focused on potential conflicts in representing multiple parties to a real estate transaction, the requirement of obtaining a signed engagement letter, using non-attorneys such as paralegals and clerks to attend closings, handling escrow accounts, comingling escrow funds, and escrow account bookkeeping requirements.

Ethical Issues in the Practice of Real Estate Law
Bank of America, 335 Madison Avenue (44th Street), 5th Floor
February 15, 2011, 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Marc Israel, Esq., Kensington Vanguard National Land Services
CLE Credit:
3 Ethics and Professionalism Practice Credits
Get More Information/Register:

Monday, January 17, 2011

Jan 31/New York, NY - Legal Ethics Through A Religious Lens: The Practitioner’s Viewpoint

Please join us for an interactive roundtable discussion on: "Legal Ethics Through A Religious Lens: The Practitioner's Viewpoint."
Free CLE Ethics Credit Program Panelists will include:
Shoshana T. Bookson, Esq. The Law Offices of Shoshana T. Bookson The Jewish Lawyers Guild
Gerald J. Russello, Esq. Fellow, Chesterton Institute at Seton Hall University The Guild of Catholic Lawyers
Benish A. Shah, Esq. Sardar Law Firm Muslim Bar Association of New York
Joel Cohen, Esq.
Legal Ethics Through A Religious Lens: The Practitioner's Viewpoint
180 Maiden Lane, 38th Floor New York, NY 10038
January 31, 2011
5:30-6:00 pm Registration
6:00-7:30 pm Program
There is no charge for this event. This is a "Free CLE" event and "Ethics Credit" will be available. Light Refreshments will be served.
To RSVP, visit If you have questions, please contact Yolanda Cintron at 212.806.5741 or

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Feb 8/NYC, NY - A Guide to IRC 1031 Tax Deferred Exchanges

This class provides both newly admitted and more experienced practitioners with a comprehensive review of IRC §1031 Tax Deferred Exchanges and the role that statute plays in real estate transactions that utilize this tax deferral strategy including discussions of the statutory history of §1031 Tax Deferred Exchanges, reasons for employing IRC §1031, in-depth discussion of the definition of "like-kind exchange" and its treatment by the IRS, Tenant-In-Common properties, REITs, treatment of vacation and second homes under IRC §1031, forward exchanges, reverse exchanges, and an in-depth discussion of the mechanics of properly conducting a tax deferred exchange under IRC §1031 including required and recommended documentation and the role of both the attorney and Qualified Intermediary in the transaction.


Date and Time: February 8, 2011, 8:30 am to 12:00 pmLocation: Bank of America 335 Madison Avenue (44th Street), 5th Floor
Cost: Free
: Marc Israel, Esq., Kensington Vanguard National LandCLE Credit: 3 Areas of Professional Practice CreditsSponsor: Bank of AmericaTo Resister


Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Jan 18/Cleveland, OH - Prop 8 and the Future of Same-Sex Marriage

In November 2008, California voters passed Proposition 8, prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying under California law. In August 2010, a court in the Northern District of California held Proposition 8 violates the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the United States Constitution. This program will discuss the constitutionality of Proposition 8 and the future of same-sex  marriage.

The Northeast Ohio Chapter of the American Constitution Society presents:
Prop 8 and the Future of Same-Sex Marriage

  • Susan J. Becker, Charles R. Emrick Jr - Calfee, Halter & Griswold Endowed Professor of Law, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • George W. Dent, Jr., Schott-van den Eynden Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • Timothy J. Downing, Partner, Ulmer & Berne LLP; Board of Directors, Human Rights Campaign
And moderated by:
  • Matthew D. Besser, Of Counsel, The Law Offices of Cathleen Bolek, LLC; ACS Northeast Ohio Chapter Board Member
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Check-In and Reception: 5:30 p.m.
Program: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Moot Court Room
1801 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH
This event is free of charge.

This event has been approved by the Ohio Supreme Court for 1.0 hours of free CLE credit
The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) is one of the nation's leading progressive legal organizations. Founded in 2001, ACS is a rapidly growing network of lawyers, law students, scholars, judges, policymakers and other concerned individuals. Our mission is to promote the vitality of the U.S. Constitution and the fundamental values it expresses: individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, access to justice, democracy and the rule of law.

For more information about the organization, which has established student chapters at more than 175 law schools around the country, including Case Western Reserve University School of Law and Cleveland State University Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and lawyer chapters in over 30 cities, please visit

Arizona - eDiscovery and forensics issues - TERIS free CLE courses

According to Teris's Sophisticated Litigation Support Blog:

 TERIS Phoenix, a full-service litigation support provider, also offers free CLE courses on eDiscovery and forensics issues to Arizona-based law firms and in-house counsel. TERIS has successfully presented courses at 15 firms in 2010, including several large national firms in the Phoenix area.
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
  • Document Review – Best Practices & Tips and Tricks
  • Early Case Assessment
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.
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.
To contact TERIS about its eDiscovery and other litigation support services, or to schedule a free CLE with TERIS Phoenix , call Brandon Colburn at 602.241.9333 or e-mail bcolburn (at)

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 and has offices in Seattle, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, San Diego, Phoenix, Austin, Dallas, Houston and Chicago. To learn more about TERIS, visit or follow the company on Twitter at

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Web/Anytime - Tim Wu and The Master Switch by Intellectual Property Colloquium

Columbia Law Professor Tim Wu has been one of the leading voices in the debate over network neutrality. He is a scholar of both copyright and telecommunications law; and, over the years, he has developed some pretty influential views about how legal rules impact innovation. Tim just wrote a summary of his views in the form of pop-press book entitled, The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires.
On this edition of the IP Colloquium, he joins UCLA Law Professor Doug Lichtman to talk about that book, and the ideas it articulates about innovation and competition.

The show lasts one hour; it can be streamed or downloaded from the page linked below; and, if you are a lawyer, you might be able to earn free CLE credit just for listening. Visit the Intellectual Property Colloquium for more details.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Jan 25/ Chicago, IL - Government Benefits for Persons with Disabilities

The presentation will provide advocates with up to date information on government benefits such as Medicaid, SSI & SSDI, DORS, food stamps, and Section 8. These programs can be used to enhance the collaboration of financing of services. This presentation will discuss three categories of government benefits:

-Government benefits not based on financial need
-Programs based on financial need
-Fee for service programs


Sponsor(s): Center for Disability and Elder Law
Date: 01/25/2011
Time: 02:00PM - 04:00PM
Location: 79 W. Monroe Suite 919, Chicago, IL 60603
Speaker: Theresa M. Varnet, M.S.W., J.D. Spain, Spain & Varnet, P.C., of Counsel



The Center for Disability & Elder Law
Corboy & Demetrio Continuing Legal Education Center
Conference Room – 8th Floor
79 West Monroe, Suite 919
Chicago, Illinois 60603
312.376.1880 (phone)
312.376.1885 (facsimile)

Theresa M. Varnet, M.S.W., J.D.
Spain, Spain & Varnet, P.C., of Counsel


Participants will receive two (2) hours of Continuing Legal Education Credit

Participation is limited to twenty (20) persons


For more information, or to register, please contact the Center for Disability & Elder Law at

* Theresa M. Varnet is a licensed attorney who has been practicing law for twenty-one (21) years; Mrs. Varnet is also a former teacher and school social worker. Her practice has focused predominately in the area of special needs and elder law. Terrie has been an advocate for persons with disabilities for over 40 years. In addition to being a certified teacher, licensed social worker and graduate of the DePaul University College of Law, she is the parent of an adult daughter with a disability. Her experiences include work in the area of in-service training of families, special educators and other professionals. She specializes in probate and estate planning for people with disabilities.


Friday, January 7, 2011

Jan 26/Stillwater, MN - Tips from the New Bench

The Washington County Law Library (  ) presents this program in coordination with the Washington County Bar Association (  ), but membership in the Association is not required for attendance.

Jan. 26, 2011
Judge John C. Hoffman & Judge Ellen L. Maas
Judges of Tenth District Court, State of Minnesota
"Tips from the New Bench"
One standard CLE credit will be applied for

This CLE will be held in Room 5599 of the Washington County Government Center

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

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Jan 12/CLeveland OH - The Memory of Justice: The Unexpected Place of Lviv, Ukraine in International Law - A Personal History

Philippe Sands will discuss the unprecedented contributions of Hersch Lauterpacht, Rafael Lemkin, and Louis Sohn in helping to forge modern international law. Studying and working in eastern Europe in the early 1900s, these three great legal minds together drafted Nuremberg Statute Article 6, the Genocide Convention, and the International Court of Justice Statute.

Klatsky Seminar in Human Rights presented by the Frederick K. Cox International Law Center
"The Memory of Justice: The Unexpected Place of Lviv, Ukraine in International Law - A Personal History"
Jan 12, 2011 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Moot Courtroom (A59)

CLE Credit:
1.0 of CLE credit available, pending approval.

Additional Information:
Open to the public at no cost. One FREE hour of CLE credit will be available, pending approval, to lawyers who attend.

Please note - Recording in any form is prohibited.

There is no law school parking, however, public parking, for a fee, is available in the Cleveland Botanical Garden parking underground garage. Also, meter parking might be available.

The Klatsky Seminar in Human RightsIn 2000, university trustee Bruce J. Klatsky endowed two annual fellowships for Case Western Reserve University law students at Human Rights Watch and an annual lecture, the Klatsky Seminar in Human Rights, which has featured Sir. Christopher Greenwood, International Court of Justice; Harold Koh, U.S. Department of State; Richard Goldstone, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; Kenneth Roth, Human Rights Watch; and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Samantha Power.

Speaker Information:
Philippe Sands joined the Faculty of the University College of London in January 2002. He is Professor of Law and Director of the Centre on International Courts and Tribunals in the Faculty, and a key member of staff in the Centre for Law and the Environment. His teaching areas include public international law, the settlement of international disputes (including arbitration), and environmental and natural resources law.

Prof. Sands is a regular commentator on the BBC and CNN and writes frequently for leading newspapers. He is frequently invited to lecture around the world, and in recent years has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto (2005), the University of Melbourne (2005) and the Universite de Paris I (Sorbonne) (2006, 2007). He has previously held academic positions at the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies, Kings College London and , University of Cambridge and was a Global Professor of Law at New York University from 1995-2003. He was co-founder of FIELD (Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development), and established the programmes on Climate Change and Sustainable Development. He is a member of the Advisory Boards of the European Journal of International Law and Review of European Community and International Environmental Law (Blackwell Press). In 2007 he served as a judge for the Guardian First Book Prize award.

As a practicing barrister he has extensive experience litigating cases before the International Court of Justice, the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes, and the European Court of Justice. He frequently advises governments, international organisations, NGOs and the private sector on aspects of international law. In 2003 he was appointed a Queen's Counsel. He has been appointed to lists of arbitrators maintained by ICSID and the PCA.


Feb 4/Lawrence, KS - 15th annual Tribal Law & Government Conference

We invite you to join us for the 15th annual Tribal Law & Government Conference at the University of Kansas School of Law. The conference devotes significant scholarly attention to the study of organic tribal law, modern tribal governments and the evolution of tribal common law, highlighting how the work of scholars and tribal jurists addressing the emerging and historical problems of indigenous law and governance is critical to strengthening tribal sovereignty.

15th annual Tribal Law & Government Conference
Friday, Feb. 4, 2011
9 am-4:30 pm
Burge Union, University of Kansas
1535 W. 15th Street
Lawrence, KS 66045
Free CLE credit for Kansas and Missouri will be offered.

Speakers include:

  • Tim Coulter, Indian Law Resource Center
  • Carrie Garrow, Syracuse University College of Law
  • Barbara Creel, University of New Mexico School of Law
  • Gavin Clarkson, University of Houston Law Center
  • Colette Routel, William Mitchell College of Law
  • Ezra Rosser, American University Washington College of Law
Questions? Please contact the Tribal Law &Government Center at
The conference is sponsored by the University of Kansas School of Law, the Tribal Law & Government Center and the National American Indian Court Judges Association.