Thursday, June 30, 2011

July 13/Indianapolis+Web - The Northwest Ordinance, Slavery, and Indiana, Wednesday, July 13, 2011 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm.

The program will examine the presence of the institution of slavery in Indiana despite its prohibition by both the Northwest Ordinance and the Indiana Constitution.  The speakers are Professor Paul Finkelman of Albany Law School and Dani Pfaff of the Indiana Historical Bureau.  They will discuss the topic of slavery in Indiana with a special emphasis on new details about the case of State v. Lasselle. 
The Northwest Ordinance, Slavery, and Indiana
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 from 3:00 - 4:30 pm.
The Indiana Supreme Court
This is a free CLE event sponsored by the Indiana Supreme Court Legal History Series with support from the Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education.
In addition, special sponsors for this CLE include Division of Historic Preservation, DNR; Indiana Historical Bureau; Indiana Women's History Association through a matching grant from the Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities; Pendleton Community Library South Madison Underground Railroad Committee; Friends of the Indiana State Archives.
It has been assigned course number 142229 for 1.5 hours.  Registration will be completed at the door.
For More Information or to Reserve a Seat Contact:
The Indiana Supreme Court
Phone: 317-232-2550

CLE credit is free and registration with attorney number is at the door.

Web Access:
Per, programs presented as a part of the Indiana Supreme Court's Legal History Lecture Series are webcast LIVE free of charge online. If you are not from the Indianapolis area, but are still interested in obtaining CLE credit for watching the webcasts of Legal History Lecture Series programs, you can obtain credit by following these steps:
  1. Contact the Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education for application materials.*
    *This must be done at least 30 days prior to the webcast.
  2. Organize a group and location to watch the webcast of the Indiana Supreme Court Legal History Series program.
  3. Find a person to be responsible for taking attendance.
  4. Make copies of handouts from the Court’s webpage for the event.
  5. Arrange for a discussion leader immediately following the webcast.
  6. Mail attendance sheet back to Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education.

More Information (including course supporting materials):

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The Bilski Oral Argument: On-Demand CLE

The Bilski case has understandably generated an enormous wealth of commentary, including eight-plus amicus briefs, dozens of thoughtful articles, and hundreds of blog posts, CLE seminars, and the like.
Here at IP Colloquium, we therefore thought that the best way for us to add value would be to do something admittedly unconventional. Specifically, the Supreme Court has released a transcript of the Bilski oral argument but has not yet released actual audio of the event. Our thought was that one of the best ways to learn about the case would be to listen to the arguments the parties actually made and to hear the questions that Chef Justice Roberts and his colleagues actually posed. So, this month, we stage a reading of the transcript, with a dozen UCLA law students lending their voices for each relevant attorney or justice.
UCLA law professor Doug Lichtman hosts."
The Bilski Oral Argument

Intellectual Property Colloquium:

1 Credit CA NH NY PA WA
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

July 21-23/Providence, RI - Electronic #Courtroom Presentation Workshop

The Office of Defender Services (ODS) of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts provides substantial to Federal Defender Organization (FDO) staff and CJA panel attorneys,  appointed counsel, and other professionals who assist appointed counsel, in federal criminal cases. Registration for each of these programs is free. See

Draft Agenda
Financial Assistance Application
The Law and Technology Electronic Courtroom Presentation Workshop focuses on the use of modern technology to improve the persuasiveness of courtroom presentations. This workshop is an intensive program where participants will learn to use TrialDirector and PowerPoint products to sharpen their courtroom skills. Attendees will enhance their direct-examination, cross-examination, and opening/closing argument abilities with detailed application and use of these litigation tools. Today, many federal courtrooms are "wired" to accommodate the latest computer programs, and this technology has proven to be an effective and persuasive addition to lawyers' arsenals. Participation in the Law and Technology Workshop is particularly valuable for federal criminal defense attorneys.

General presentations and demonstrations are supplemented by concentrated small group workshops. In the smaller breakout groups, attendees receive hands-on guidance to apply the information presented in the plenary sessions using facts from a mock case file. Each participant will practice direct and cross-examination, and opening/closing arguments, using Trial Director and PowerPoint software.

In order to take full advantage of the hands-on learning opportunities provided at this program, we strongly recommend that you bring a Windows laptop (not a Macintosh)NOTE: If you solely use a Macintosh, you must have a "virtual Windows" program installed and ready for use (virtual Windows programs can run a copy of MS Windows on a Macintosh).

Monday, June 27, 2011

Anytime/Web: #Catastrophic Loss Cases - How They Are Different

Chuck Clay
Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins
Gunn & Dial
(Atlanta, GA)

Even heavily experienced litigation managers pay particular attention to catastrophic losses. Cases that can draw attention to the company and to in-house counsel, and affect stock price, and company sales and reputation, always merit extra focus. Early detection and valuation are critical, and a team approach is often required. Recognizing who is on that team, and what their interests are will go a long way to achieving a successful result.  
Catastrophic Loss Cases - How They Are Different

Friday, June 24, 2011

July 15 Deadline: applications for scholarships to Nat'l Defender Training Sep 9-10 in Las Vegas

2011 National Defender Training Program in Las Vegas Sep 9-10 has a JULY 15, 2011 DEADLINE for scholarship applications. Qualifying attorneys may not only get this CLE for free but may get a scholarship, but only if you follow the application directions and otherwise qualify. This is for defense attorneys and their supervisors who intend to put their learnings to use and to share them as detailed below. If you qualify, this appears to be a very substantial opportunity for those who practice in the relevant field of law.
Scholarship Deadline: July 15, 2011
Application Deadline: August 11, 2011
No registration fee
Scholarships available
2 Tracks for Supervisors and Trial Attorneys
CLE available
Apply early - only 100 spots per training
    Participants will be asked to share what they have learned and to continue the trainings.Supervisors: Within 8 months, we hope that participants will conduct a training program similar to this training curriculum for their office or submit a plan describing the training they or others will conduct in your office. After the program we hope that they will report to us on the training.Trial Attorneys (Staff Attorneys): Within 8 months, we hope that participants will a) conduct a training similar to this training curriculum; b) work with other attorneys at their office to present such a training, or c) share the training curriculum and video links with colleagues.Assigned Counsel: Within 8 months, we hope that participants will a) conduct a training based on this training curriculum for other assigned counsel in their jurisdiction; b) work with their program supervisors to present a training, or c) share the training curriculum and video links with other assigned counsel in their jurisdiction.

More Information:

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Multiple Dates/New York: #inMotion Training reports:
"InMotion offers free, CLE-accredited, live trainings throughout the year in matrimonial, family and immigration law. Training sessions include a special focus on the impact of domestic violence on the lives of survivors and the challenges faced by immigrants.
Upon completing a training seminar, corporate law firm attorneys commit to taking a pro bono matter, either individually or as part of a team of two or more attorneys. Detailed practice manuals and sample documents are provided.
An inMotion attorney will be assigned to mentor you on your matter. Our experienced staff attorneys are available to consult with you, to answer questions and to review documents throughout your inMotion matter. Training videos are available for individuals who are unable to attend one of our scheduled training sessions. CLE credit is available for viewing our training videos.
Corporate law firm attorneys not yet admitted to the New York bar can work on a matter under the supervision of an admitted corporate law firm attorney pursuant to inMotion’s Student Practice Order. Contact inMotion for more information at
Your commitment
Trainings are offered to corporate law firm attorneys who are willing to take an inMotion pro bono matter following the completion of the training course.
Pre-registration is required for all trainings."

July 19/Boston - Advanced Training on Rogers #Guardianships

VLP/Senior Partners is delighted to offer an advanced training on Rogers issues in guardianships of adults and minors.
Joanne Moses, former Assistant General Counsel for the Department of Mental Health, will provide a nuts and bolts training on the issues that arise when a guardian requires legal authority to administer antipsychotic drugs to a minor ward or adult respondent. A substituted judgment analysis by the court requires the submission of a treatment plan, affidavit from the treating physician laying out all the factors the judge must consider in making a substituted judgment as well as a proposed order. This training is an excellent opportunity for practitioners who have handled guardianship matters and are interested in learning about the procedure and substantive law involved in obtaining Rogers authority. Attorney Moses will provide basic information for new practitioners as well as tips and suggestions for attorneys familiar with Rogers authority but wanting to hone their skills.

VLP trainings are offered free of charge to active volunteers. Please see the VLP Training Policy.
Advanced Training on Rogers Guardianships
Tuesday July 19, 2011 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Volunteer Lawyers Project
99 Chauncy Street, Suite 400
Boston, MA
Contact: For questions, contact Isabel Burney.
Sign up online at the Volunteerhub website
Registration is limited so signing up now is advised.
More Information (including registration):

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

July 13/NYC - #Zoning: A to Z

Purchasers of commercial property purchase the property with the intent of using it for a specific purpose or even changing the use. Therefore, it is important for the practitioner who is representing such a purchaser to understand the local zoning regulations that are applicable to the transaction in order to verify that the purchaser can legally do what they want to with the property. In order for the attorney to provide his or her client with meaningful land use and zoning advice and counsel, it is useful to have an understanding of what zoning regulations are, how they came about, and how they operate. This class provides a comprehensive review and analysis of the history, structure, use and impact of zoning regulations in New York City and the metropolitan area. Emphasis will be placed on practical and legal issues that practitioners need to understand.
Date and Time: July 13, 2011, 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Location: Bank of America, 114 West 47th Street, 12th Floor (US Trust Bldg)
Cost: Free
Instructor: Howard Goldman, Esq.. GoldmanHarris LLC
CLE Credit: 3 Areas of Professional Practice Credits
Sponsor: Bank of America
To Resister:

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

July 12/Web - Unraveling the Complexities of the #GPL

With over 60% of the more than 500,000 open source projects available on the Internet using GPL licenses, they are the most widely used open source licenses in the world. The way that software development organizations integrate code licensed under the GPL, LGPL and AGPL into their applications and services, and depending on how that code is deployed, can have legal implications that need to be understood and properly managed to reduce risk and exposure.

Despite widespread adoption of GPL-based code, developers and end-users continue to wrestle with a number of issues regarding GPL license use and obligations including:
- What constitutes a derivative work?
- What constitutes a separate and independent work?
- What constitutes distribution?

To gain insight into these issues and to learn practical approaches for addressing them, please join Black Duck Software with Karen Copenhaver (Choate, Hall and Stewart) and Mark Radcliffe (DLA Piper), two of the software industry’s most prominent IP lawyers and domain experts with the GPL.
Unraveling the Complexities of the GPL
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM EDT
MCLE credit is offered for this Webinar. Read more about it here:
Note: if your jurisdiction is not listed there, it may be possible for you to apply for credit by consulting your jurisdiction's credit-granting body.

Anytime/Web: Guilt By Association: You Didn't Design, Make or Sell It, But You Could Be Liable Anyway

Wynn Shuford
Lightfoot Franklin & White
(Birmingham, AL)

Civil conspiracy claims are on the rise in mass tort product liability litigation involving asbestos, breast implants, tobacco, automotive tires and other products, as well as in toxic tort cases. Trade association membership is fueling claims of enterprise liability, conspiracy, concert of action, collusion, fraud, deceptive trade practices and false advertising. Late-joining "conspirators", lack of intentional acts, observers vs. participants, intra-corporate civil conspiracy and the plurality requirement factor into defense strategies.
Defense weapons include demands for bills of particulars, motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, motions in limine, interrogatories, causal nexus, and a company story separate from the industry story.
.25 CLE Credit Hours Available for AK AZ CA CO FL GA HI IL KY LA MO ND NJ NY TX UT WA (WA ID 294679)

Monday, June 20, 2011

June 22/San Francisco - Introduction to Family Law training

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.
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 VLSP . Pre-registration is required to attend.
Introduction to Family Law training

June 22, 2011: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
MCLE Credits - 1 H
BASF Conference Center 
301 Battery Street 
3rd Floor 
San Francisco, CA 94111 
Event Code: VF110622

June 22/Stillwater, MN - #Community Circles in Washington County: A Panel of Perspectives

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.
"Community Circles in Washington County: A Panel of Perspectives"
June 22, 2011 noon-1pm
This CLE will be held in Conference Room 21 (lower level) of the Washington County Government Center
14949 62nd Street North
Stillwater, Minnesota 55082-0006
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

June 22/Web - Due Diligence in #M&A: The Corporate Buyer & Outside #Counsel Viewpoint

An event organized by Black Duck Software:
Gartner reports that free and open source software (FOSS) is “ubiquitous” with 85% of organizations using it in development. It’s not difficult to understand why as FOSS allows software development teams to accelerate innovation and do so at a reduced cost. However, the use of FOSS is often uncontrolled and invisible, potentially introducing business and legal risks including intellectual property (IP) and security issues into a company’s software assets. Depending on how FOSS is used can cause inadvertent legal obligations and impact an organization’s IP, as well as potentially affect the value of software assets, delay the acquisition process, or even cause the loss of a deal.

During the merger and acquisition process (M&A), buyers have become more aware and sophisticated in their due diligence practices to uncover issues before M&A transactions are complete. Likewise more and more companies looking to sell are ensuring their software assets are in order before a potential deal reaches the due diligence stage.

This webinar focuses on the issues related to improper use of FOSS and how it can impact M&A and other business opportunities. Michael Marchant, Senior Legal Counsel at Accenture will give insight into corporate buyer’s strategies when preparing for, and undertaking a merger or acquisition.

Michael Marchant will be joined by Anthony Waller, Partner at Olswang LLP who will cover the practicalities and guiding principles on how to manage open source during M&A from the outside counsel perspective including the typical challenges faced and risks for non-compliance.
Title:Best Practices & Principles for Technical Due Diligence in M&A: The Corporate Buyer & Outside Counsel Viewpoint
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM BST
Check with your jurisdiction. The announcement does not list that it has been registered for CLE credit, but the description appears appropriate for CLE credit, depending upon the rules in your jurisdiction.

#Wisconsin State Law Lib offers free CLE presentations for legal organization

According to the Wisconsin State Law Library:
"Connie Von Der Heide, Director of Reference and Outreach Services, recently spoke to members of the Racine County Bar Association about the State Law Library's services for attorneys. Her CLE-accredited presentation provided information about the library's reference, document delivery and circulation services, and a demonstration of legal research databases and other sources of information available on and through the library's website,

Other local bar associations and legal organizations who are interested in hosting this free presentation are encouraged to contact Connie at 800-322-9755, 608-266-1600, or".

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Can Content Survive Online? - an On-Demand CLE

The music, publishing and motion picture industries are each today struggling to identify new business models that might replace existing mechanisms for funding professional content. This edition of the Intellectual Property Colloquium considers the legal and strategic roadblocks that might stand in the way.
 Can Content Survive Online?
  • Brad Smith, General Counsel, Microsoft
  • Scott Martin, Executive Vice President, Intellectual property, Paramount Pictures
  • Dan Cooper, Vice President, Legal & Business Affairs, MySpace
  • Host: UCLA law professor Doug Lichtman.
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 241076
  • Other States - please consult your credit-granting authority.


Saturday, June 18, 2011

July 14/NYC - Receivers and #Receiverships (#legal education)

This class is particularly timely and relevant given the disruptions in the commercial real estate market that have led to numerous foreclosures and related appointment of receivers for those properties. The class will address receiverships, considerations in accepting or rejecting a receivership, who may,and who may not, serve as a receiver, functions, duties and responsibilities of a receiver, receiver compensation, obtaining payment and terminating a receivership, and many other issues related to receiverships.
Date and Time: July 14, 2011, 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Location: TBD
Class Details: 
Cost: Free
CLE Credit: 3 Areas of Professional Practice Credits
Sponsor: TBD
To Resister:

Friday, June 17, 2011

June 28/Web - Best Practices for Using Microsoft #Outlook with your Practice Management System

One of the most important components of any practice management system is its ability to integrate with Microsoft Outlook. Email is an accepted form of correspondence between you, your clients and colleagues and critical information is often included in email by attaching documents and files that need to be part of a matter’s record of activity. Many practice management systems claim to integrate with Microsoft Outlook, so it’s important to understand what a good integration between a practice management system and Microsoft Outlook should include. A solid integration should allow you to save email and attachments and know what information is being shared between Microsoft Outlook and the practice management solution, as well as how often it is updated.

About the Presenter: Robert Gray is a Certified Independent Consultant and provides legal technology consulting services to firms all over the US. Robert is a founding member of Lawtopia, LLC, a partnership of nine of the most successful legal technology service providers in the US.
CLE Credit:
In the process of approval.
LexisNexis is approved for telephonic/Webinar training on this topic in the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New York†, North Dakota, Rhode Island, and Utah (self-study only).

†Only experienced (having completed their first 32 hours of CLE) NY attorneys may take telephonic training for CLE. New York regulation requires that all CLE sessions must be conducted by a JD or an attorney in good standing.
CLE credit may be offered. Some state restrictions may apply. Contact the LexisNexis® CLE Group for eligibility requirements

July 20/Web - #Dodd-Frank Exposed – What it Really Means to U.S. Business & Consumers

The Dodd-Frank law is a sprawling federal statute seeking to promote financial stability through increased accountability and transparency in the financial system. Supporters believe the law will end the “too big too fail” mentality, will insulate taxpayers from costly bailouts and can provide further consumer protection from abusive financial services practices. Is your legal team prepared for the enhanced disclosure requirements?
Does your legal team comprehend the ramifications of this law for non-financial companies? If not, join us for this complimentary webinar on July 20, 2:00 to 3:30 PM, ET.
Dodd-Frank Exposed – What it Really Means to U.S. Business & Consumers


Thursday, June 16, 2011

July 12/Boston - VLP - Family #Law 102

A more in-depth training in Domestic Relations Law.
This training will cover Temporary Orders, Pre-Trial Conferences, and how to finalize a divorce or other family law matter. VLP trainings are offered free of charge to active volunteers. Please see the VLP Training Policy.
VLP - Family Law 102
Tuesday July 12 , 2011 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Volunteer Lawyers Project
99 Chauncy Street, Suite 400
Boston, MA
Contact: For questions, contact Isabel Burney.
Sign up online at the Volunteerhub website

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Derivative Work - On-Demand MCLE

Recently, RDR books endeavored to publish  an unauthorized encyclopedia of all things Harry Potter. Warner Brothers filed suit, and the resulting litigation turned out to be a fascinating fight over the precise contours of copyright law's "derivative work" right.
In this audio we look back at that now-settled case, using it as a launching point from which to consider not only the scope of the derivative work right, but also some practical questions about when and whether a copyright holder ought to enforce such a right as against fan-produced materials.
Derivative Work
  • Warner Brothers' Senior Vice President Jeremy Williams
  • Opposing counself from the RDR case, Anthony Falzone of the Standford Fair Use Project
  • UCLA law professor Doug Lichtman (hosts)
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 - This was recorded in 2009. Recordings must be heard within 5 years of the date of recording. If you have not heard this recording by now, you can't claim credit. Othersise: 1 AV General, MCLE ID 237373
  • Other States - please consult your credit-granting authority.


Monday, June 13, 2011

In-House Counsel On The Hot Seat: On-Demand CLE

Kelly Corr
Corr Cronin Michelson
Baumgardner & Preece
(Seattle, WA)

A potpourri of sticky situations facing in-house counsel and what to do about them. Lessons learned from the options backdating debacles, to former in-house counsel turned whistleblower and discovery sanctions.
Kelly Corr-- Corr Cronin Michelson Baumgardner & Preece (Seattle, WA)
With Discussion By:
  • Gregory Thiess - Robert Bosch (Broadview, IL)
  • Steve Imbriglia - Gibbons (Philadelphia, PA)
  • Overton Thompson - Bass Berry & Sims (Nashville, TN)
.50 CLE Credit Hours Available for AK AZ CA CO FL GA HI IL KY LA MO ND NJ NY TX UT

Saturday, June 11, 2011

June 29/NYC - #Trusts, Estates and #RealEstate: Representing Clients in the Purchase, Sale and Planning of Real Property

This class is designed for practitioners of residential real estate and addresses a number of issues that the attorney should be aware of in connection with (i) estate planning techniques focused on real estate holdings as well as the administration of real estate holdings of a decedent and tax matters; and (ii) representing a buyer or seller in an estate transaction.
Date and Time: June 29, 2011, 8:30 am to 12:00 pm
Location: Bank of America, 114 West 47th Street, 2nd Floor (US Trust Bldg)
Cost: Free
CLE Credit: 3 Areas of Professional Practice Credits
Sponsor: Bank of America
To Register:

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Telecon/June 14 - Outspoken Opinionated Attorneys Needed for #Ethics seminar!

Attention Minnesota, Wisconsin and New York Attorneys: Richard Clem has a free CLE opportunity for you - if you're opinionated!
He writes:

"I'm going to be doing an "Elimination of Bias" CLE on Tuesday, June 14. Two credits of "Elimination of Bias" are required in Minnesota, but such programs are rarely offered outside the state, and can be difficult to find for Minnesota licensed attorneys living in other states. I have a couple of people in that position, and I'll be doing a telephone conference call on Tuesday, June 14 at 1:00 PM Central Time.
I've exhausted everything I know about the subject in the first hour of the program, so the second hour is an open discussion by the participants. Unfortunately, two people doesn't make for a very lively discussion.
Therefore, I'm using the lure of free CLE credit to get a couple more people to participate. The more opinionated you are, the better. If you have personal experience with bias in the legal profession or court system and would like to share, that would be greatly appreciated. But unfortunately, this won't be the typical CLE where you can sit in the back of the room and read the newspaper.
If you are interested, please let me know at I'll send you the course materials from the first half of the program to read, along with the proposed discussion questions, and instructions for calling in.
I have applied for 1.0 Minnesota Elimination of Bias credit. In addition, I will be applying for 1.0 Wisconsin standard CLE credit. Wisconsin credit was granted for the first half of the program, but I'm not sure how they will treat the discussion format. But Wisconsin has reciprocity with New York, so if it's approved, it will also provide New York credit. Many other states will get you credit on the strength of the Minnesota credit.
Full program description can be found at:
--Richard Clem"
My Comment:
This looks like a lot of fun, and also very useful. Attorney Clem doesn't say so, but I suspect it'll be "first come first served" so if you want to take the deal, I'd suggest contacting him right away!

Anytime/Web - Patent Reform: Damages

One of the most contentious issues in the debate over patent reform is the question of how, if at all, Congress should change the way courts calculate patent damages.
To understand that fight, this audio examines a series of editted excerpts from testimony recently given before the Senate and, separately, the Federal Trade Commission, all on the question of damages reform. The goal here is not to advoace for a particular legislative outcome, but instead to understand why damages calculations are so hard, and to explore the spectrum of possible responses.
Patent Reform: Damages
Doug Lichtma, UCLA Law School
Intellectual Property Colloquium

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

NYC/June 16 (register now!) Representing Homeowners at Mandatory #Foreclosure Settlement Conferences

Mandatory foreclosure settlement conferences can be a great opportunity to advocate on behalf of homeowners. This training will provide an overview of the foreclosure process, discuss practical and effective strategies to enforce loan modifications at mandatory settlement conferences, and explore the ethical concerns of providing limited representation to homeowners.

Presented by CUNY School of Law's Community Legal Resource Network (CLRN) & CUNY School of Professional Studies
Representing Homeowners at Mandatory Foreclosure Settlement Conferences

Speakers: Jay Kim, Esq. and Karen Gargamelli, Esq.
2 CLE credits (1.5 Professional Practice, .5 Ethics, Traditional Format/Transitional)
Please RSVP by: June 9, 2011 to: Angela Perez at .
June 16, 2011
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
CUNY School of Law
CUNY Graduate Center

Room 3207
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

June 28/Seattle - The Ehren #Watada Case: Standing On Principle

The World Peace Through Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association’s meeting on Tuesday, April 26, noon – 1 p.m. features Kenneth S. Kagan, of the Seattle firm Carney Badley Spellman, discussing his experiences in successfully defending Lt. Ehren Watada from court-martial proceedings for his refusal to deploy during the Iraq War.  
Lt. Watada’s refusal to deploy garnered national attention and was based upon his claim that the Iraq War itself was illegal, violating international law.  Mr. Kagan will discuss both the substantive legal issues involved and his practice experiences with this notable case.
First Lieutenant Ehren K. Watada was the first commissioned officer in the US armed forces to refuse to deploy to Iraq, in June, 2006, saying he believed the war to be illegal and that, under the doctrine of command responsibility, it would make him party to war crimes. He was brought before a court-martial in 2007 which ended in a mistrial, and was discharged in 2009.
Mr. Kagan has extensive trial and appellate practice experience in both the public and private sectors and in state and federal trial and appellate courts, as well as before state administrative agencies. He has been responsible for a number of published appellate court decisions, including the decision of the Washington State Supreme Court, Seattle v. Mesiani, wherein the Court ruled that DUI roadblocks are unconstitutional. In 1994 and 1995, he served as Disciplinary Counsel to the Washington State Bar Association. Since then, Mr. Kagan has developed expertise in additional practice areas, including legal ethics, professional licensing and discipline (representing, among others, doctors, lawyers, psychologists, therapists and counselors), and complex civil litigation, including medical malpractice and wrongful death.

Where: Foster Pepper, PLLC, 1111 Third Ave., Third Floor Conference Room, Seattle, WA
CLE Credit: Approved for 1 general CLE credit.
Cost: Free for Section members and law students; $25 for others.
Thanks to the Foster Pepper firm and WPTL member Kelly Angell for the generous offer of this space.
Register now: or contact the WSBA at 800-945-WSBA or 206-443-WSBA. We hope to see you there!
“Any person subject to this chapter who ... willfully disobeys a lawful command of his superior commissioned officer shall be punished, if the offense is committed in time of war, by death or such other punishment as a court-martial may direct” 
---10 USC 47 s890 – Uniform Code of Military Justice Article 90 - Willfully Disobeying Superior Commissioned Officer.

“All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state”
-Article 2, United Nations Charter, ratified 1945.


June 20/Albany, NY - Update on E-Discovery & #Ethics of Online Activity

From NYSBA's General Practice Section blog:
The Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association cordially invites all attorneys to attend a CLE program in Albany on Monday, June 20, 2011.  The Program will be immediately followed by a  Welcome Reception for District Court Judge Mae D'Agostino, co-sponsored by the NDNY-FCBA and Capital District Women's Bar Association (CDWBA).


Monday, June 20, 2011, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
(Registration at 1:30 p.m.)
James T. Foley - U.S. Courthouse, Albany, New York

Part 1: 2:00 - 2:50 p.m.
"Zubulake Revisited":  The Decision in Pension Committee of the University of Montreal Pension Plan v. Banc of America Securities, LLC

Part 2: 3:00 - 3:50 p.m.
Attorney-Client & Work Product Privilege in the Digital Age

Part 3: 4:00 - 4:50 p.m.
Legal Ethics of Social Networking and Online Activity

Panel Members:
Robert Heverly, Esq., Professor of Law, Albany Law School
Margaret J. Gillis, Esq., Whiteman Osterman & Hanna, LLP
Joann Sternheimer, Esq., Deily, Mooney & Glastetter, LLP

The CLE is free of charge to current NDNY-FCBA members.  Non-FCBA-Members:  $75.00.  See below for membership details.

RSVP for CLE by June 13, 2011

The Northern District of New York Federal Court Bar Association has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of continuing legal education in the State of New York (February 16, 2010 through February 15, 2013).

This CLE has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for 2.0 credits toward the Professional Practice requirement and 1.0 credit toward the Ethics and Professionalism requirement.*

* This course or program is appropriate for newly admitted and experienced attorneys.

(Co-Sponsored by NDNY-FCBA and CDWBA)
Monday, June 20, 2011, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
James T. Foley - U.S. Courthouse, Albany, New York
Grand Foyer, First Floor

All NDNY-FCBA members are invited and encouraged to attend and welcome our newest District Court Judge to the Northern District of New York.

Light refreshments, hors d'oeuvres and cash bar.

We look forward to seeing you at these great events!


CLE Committee
NDNY Federal Court Bar Association, Inc.
Where: U.S. Courthouse, 445 Broadway, Albany, NY 12207
When:  Monday, June 20, 2011, 2:00 - 7:00 p.m.

NDNY-FCBA Membership Information: Non-members may join online at Annual dues for membership in the NDNY-FCBA are waived for attorneys in their first year of practice, and $75 for all other members. Membership includes, among other things, free CLE Programs, advance invitations to lectures and events, and access to members-only information on the NDNY-FCBA web site (including Practitioner's Tips, Decision of Interest, CLE Materials, and Links & Resources).

June 16/Web - eDiscovery: Work Smarter, Not Harder (#legal education)

eDiscovery plays a critical role in the legal environment today. However, the high costs and time consumption around this practice can spin out of control in the blink of an eye. Regardless of your firm size or environment, you are consistently expected to keep costs in check, while also managing your case load. This session will explore various practices for keeping costs centered on eDiscovery. Industry experts will also discuss tips and tricks to increase user productivity, to help legal professionals work smarter, not harder when using ED tactics.
You'll have to register on the website for the Virtual Legal
eDiscovery: Work Smarter, Not Harder 
Sponsored by:
Jeffrey Segarra Jeffrey Segarra,
Director Product Management, Nuance
Thomas F. Goldman Thomas F. Goldman,
Author of Technology in the Law Office, S
There's Much More To This Program: 

Monday, June 6, 2011

Protecting Your Brand from Social Network Abuse --- On-Demand CLE

Miguel Pozo
Lowenstein Sandler
(Roseland, NJ)

Social networks and other technical changes pose challenges and opportunities for in-house counsel to protect their company's brands and public image.
Trial lawyer Miguel Pozo will discuss trends and best practices to protect your company in the new highly connected wired and wireless world.
CLE Credit:
.25 CLE Credit Hours Available for AK AZ CA CO FL GA HI IL KY LA MO ND NJ NY TX UT

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June 29/Columbia, MD - Civil Pre-Trial #Practice

The Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) and Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland (PBRC) are offering free and discounted slots for a selection of MSBA Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Courses.  Free/discounted slots are available for the following CLE Training Courses: 

Wednesday June 29, 2011 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
Civil Pre-Trial Practice 
3 Pro Bono Slots Available for this Course 
Ecker Business Training Center
6751 Columbia Gateway Drive
Columbia, MD 21046 
"Volunteer attorneys are eligible for one of three (3) free slots in exchange for accepting a pro bono case referral from a recognized pro bono legal services program.  Staff legal services attorneys (e.g., public defenders, prosecutors, Legal Aid Bureau, Public Justice Center, House of Ruth, etc.) may also register for one of three (3) discounted slots offered at 50% off the regular course cost.  Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.
To receive a free or discounted slot, volunteers and staff lawyers should register through the Pro Bono Resource Center by calling 410-837-9379; 800-396-1274; emailing Kiah Elmore; or downloading the below registration forms.
Volunteer attorneys who want a free slot should complete the MSBA Order Form and the Pro Bono Attorney Training Registration Form.  Please submit the MSBA Order Form to the MSBA in accordance with the instructions on the form.  You should mark in the “Fee” column “volunteer rate.”  Please also submit a copy of the MSBA Order Form to PBRC.  You will not be considered registered until you submit the Pro Bono Attorney Training Registration Form and a copy of the MSBA Order Form to PBRC.
Staff legal services attorneys who want a discounted slot should complete the MSBA Order Form. Please submit the MSBA Order Form to the MSBA in accordance with the instructions on the form.  You should mark in the “Fee” column “discounted rate.”  Please also submit a copy of the MSBA Order Form to PBRC.  You will not be considered registered until you submit a copy of the MSBA Order Form to PBRC.

Forms should be returned to Pro Bono Resource Center by email, fax or regular mail.
Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
520 W. Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
fax: 410-385-2616

June 24/Madison, WI - Western District of Wisconsin’s Court Intervention Program

Rob Ruth at writes:
"Western District of Wisconsin Chief Judge Conley, Chief Probation Officer Kent Hanson and Assistant Deputy Chief Probation Officer Paul Reed will present a free CLE at Noon on Friday, June 24, 2011 on the court’s new Court Intervention Program. The presentation will occur in the conference room on the first floor of the same building as the Federal Defender offices, 222 West Washington Avenue, Madison. The Court Intervention Program is similar to what some jurisdictions are referring to as a “Reentry Court” or “Drug Court” for people on federal supervision.  
RSVP by June 20 to the Federal Defender’s office."

Sunday, June 5, 2011

June 24/Web - The #Ethics of #Cloud Computing for Lawyers

Businesses are increasingly relying on Internet-based or “cloud” technologies to run their organizations. Law firms are just beginning to catch up.
This CLE-approved webinar explores the legal ethics of relying on cloud technologies for interfacing with clients and managing a law practice. The class also offers practical advice for attorneys and firms on how to evaluate Internet-based products and services.
Title: The Ethics of Cloud Computing for Lawyers
When: June 24, 2011, 10:30AM-11:30AM Pacific; 1:30PM-2:30PM Eastern
CLE approved in California and New York (through reciprocity) for 1 hour of
Ethics CLE. Other states: please check your local CLE rules regarding reciprocity.
About the presenterYaacov Silberman is the Founder, Managing Attorney and Director of Operations at Rimon Law Group, a recognized innovator in the deployment of cloud technologies for collaboration and the delivery of legal services. In the early days of the Internet, Yaacov was the Director of Web Content at He has been quoted and featured in numerous publications relating to his firm’s innovative use of technology, including AmLaw, the SF Business Times, the Wall Street Journal Blog, the National Post, and the California Daily Journal. Prior to Rimon Law Group, Yaacov was an attorney with the private equity and debt finance practice group of Ropes & Gray, LLP. Yaacov also clerked for judge A. Jay Cristol of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida.
Thanks to Mark Matousek on the Law And More blog for the head's up!

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Jun 22/Cleveland - State #Tax Debt Collection Alternatives

This complimentary CLE seminar will provide training for attorneys to volunteer to assist low income individuals with state tax issues.  Once an attorney completes the CLE, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland may refer cases to the attorney through the Volunteer Lawyers Program. Participation in the Volunteer Lawyers Program provides a great opportunity to gain valuable legal experience.  Legal Aid provides mentoring and malpractice insurance for cases referred through its programs.  Legal Aid’s service area includes Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula, Lorain, and Cuyahoga Counties.
“State Tax Debt Collection Alternatives”
June 22, 2011
10:00 am – 1:00 pm (9:45 am registration)
RSVP by June 17at The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland’s Conference Center
1223 West Sixth Street, Cleveland 44113
2.5 CLE credits
For more information regarding the training, agenda details or to register, click here.
Questions?  Contact –
Mary Beth McConville
Staff Attorney
The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland