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The Dangers of Ignoring CLE Requirements

August 14th, 2013 | Posted by cilliano in Education | Law | Lawyer | Marino Legal - (0 Comments)

NY continuing legal education is sometimes considered something to be taken with a pinch of salt by legal professionals, but the reality is, if you don’t keep up with the times, then you get left behind in ways you probably never imagined.

Consider the recent case of former congressman Alan B. Mollohan, who served in West Virginia’s 1st Congressional District for nearly 20 years. On July 26 of this year, the Supreme Court ordered the suspension of 42 attorneys, Mollohan being among them.

The 42 attorneys failed to provide proof by July 31, 2012, that they had taken the necessary 24 hours of continuing legal education between July 1, 2010, and July 30, 2012. As a result, they are suspended from practicing, with the suspension remaining in effect until the attorneys take the necessary CLE hours and pay the state Bar a late fee.

Not adhering to New York CLE requirements (or other state’s CLE requirements for that matter) not only lands you with a hefty fine, but also irreparably tars your reputation. Entrusting a lawyer with a case requires immense trust on the part of the client, and failing to fulfill obligations is far from a good start for legal professionals looking to raise the standard of success.

Ensure your clients rest assured by signing up for online CLE today!

A Guide to Relaxing on Vacation

August 7th, 2013 | Posted by cilliano in Law | Lawyer - (0 Comments)

NY continuing legal educationAfter a year of depositions, contracts, and client calls, August is an ideal time for a getaway to de-stress. The catch is, many of us don’t quite know how to relax when finally granted a rare respite from our hectic schedules.

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a how-to for those in need of some quality relaxation.

Unplug and switch off. You may consider your cell-phone an additional limb you can’t do without normally, but quality down-time is difficult to achieve without cutting yourself off a little. Certainly, utilize modern technology for navigating around your vacation resort and use your currency exchange app to see if you’d be scoring a deal on that decades old bottle of brandy but, by and large, you want to limit time spent tapping on your touchscreen.

Call a halt to military planning. It’s understandable you want to make the most of your free time but drafting to-the-hour itineraries is ultimately going to breed stress rather than serenity. Make vague plans and stay flexible – you aren’t attending NY continuing legal education courses now.

Catch some ZzzZz’s. The last thing you want from a vacation is to return home more exhausted than when you departed. Don’t hesitate to hit snooze on your morning alarm clock!

Bon voyage from all at the leading New York continuing legal education providers!

Need-to-know: Upcoming Changes to Ohio CLE

July 31st, 2013 | Posted by cilliano in Education | Law | Lawyer | Marino Legal - (0 Comments)

new york cleDid you know that in under six months significant Ohio continuing legal education changes will be introduced which will affect attorneys, judges, magistrates, and new lawyers?

The first to be impacted will be attorneys and judges whose last names begin with the letters M through Z and whose biennial compliance period ends December 31, 2014. Attorneys and judges with last names beginning with letters A through L will be required to comply with the current CLE rules and requirements for the biennial compliance period that ends December 31, 2013. This group will not be affected by changes until the 2014/2015 biennial compliance period.

In November, 2012, the Ohio Supreme Court adopted several changes including the doubling of the number of online CLE credit hours attorneys could earn, permitting attorneys to earn a portion of their CLE hours through pro bono activities*, and the elimination of the requirement to file final reporting transcripts.

These changes will need to be noted by providers of online CLE, so that the structure of courses can be appropriately re-configured.

If you’re keen to stay up to date on CLE changes, or are simply interested in improving your legal trivia, bookmark this blog today.

*Attorneys could earn 1 hour of CLE credit for every 6 hours of pro bono service up to a maximum of 6 credit hours for service performed during a biennial compliance period.

4 Unusual International Laws

July 24th, 2013 | Posted by cilliano in Education | Law | Lawyer | Marino Legal - (0 Comments)

new york cleProvided your working schedule isn’t prohibitively restrictive, you may well be planning an international getaway this summer. While stocking up on swimwear, sandals, sunblock, and guide-books are the preparatory steps you’re probably already taking care of, there are a few legal issues you should consider as well.

Read on below for some international laws you probably never came across during your online CLE:

Be careful where you choose to lunch in Florence. Those who are Italy-bound will want to ensure they refrain from eating or drinking on church steps or within a church courtyard – it could land you in court.

Stop short of saying grace in the Maldives. Public observance of any religion other than Islam is expressly illegal in the Maldives, and the import of bibles is prohibited as well.

Don’t get snap-happy in Kazakhstan. You might want to capture a few candid shots at the airport before boarding a flight but photography in and around airports is illegal in this country. You’ll also want to avoid taking pictures of military and official buildings.

Rolling a J is illegal in Jamaica, too. Though popular culture may have you thinking otherwise, possession or use of marijuana can see you get into trouble with the law in Jamaica.

Check out some unconventional domestic laws here, and bookmark this blog for more interesting trivia you won’t necessarily acquire at NY continuing legal education courses!

The Worst States for Law Grads

July 17th, 2013 | Posted by cilliano in Education | Law | Lawyer | Legal Assistance | Marino Legal - (0 Comments)

online CLEThough the current job market for law grads is far from promising nationwide, there are certain states which offer particularly few opportunities for those seeking to get their foot in the door of a legal practice. Newly admitted attorneys, take note – here are the ratios of graduates from ABA approved law schools to the average annual number of job openings between 2010 and 2020.

In Mississippi, there are a whopping 10.53 grads per job opening, while in Michigan 6.43 grads compete for each available position. Delaware follows close behind with 4.20 grads competing for each job opening.

The remaining seven of the top ten worst states are ranked below:

Nebraska at 4.04, Vermont at 3.50, Massachusetts at 3.27, Indiana at 3.03, Oregon at 2.98, Louisiana at 2.95, New York at 2.92.

While the current prospects are far from ideal, a competitive job market forces applicants to better themselves in order to secure employment. This means brushing up on orating skills, never failing to keep up to date with new legal developments, as well as bettering client management skills. And, of course, CLE is of essential importance.

Ensure you optimize your potential by fulfilling your New York CLE requirements, either through online CLE or live lecture weekends. Learn more at MarinoLegalCLE.com and read more about the ratio of graduates to jobs here.

3 Tips for Improved Client Relations

July 11th, 2013 | Posted by cilliano in Education | Law | Lawyer | Marino Legal - (0 Comments)

online cleThough fulfilling your New York CLE requirements is certainly a step in the right direction, upping your legal game is going to take considerably more than gaining your NY continuing legal education credits. If you’re eager to make it to the top, we’ve got the advice to aid you on your way.

Check out the below tips on client relations:

Don’t promise your clients the world and all that’s in it. It’s essential you manage client expectations from the outset. All that’s required is that you pledge your honest effort, not that you assure the client they’ll win their case.

Cultivate an air of exclusivity. Never appear too available to a potential client, even if you really want the case. Remember that your initial discussion is a mutual consultation. The client is assessing whether they trust you’re the best person for the job, and you’re deciding whether or not the client is someone you’d like to represent.

Keep your client in the know. Furnish your client with a file of basic information that explains the legal matter at hand in language that’s accessible rather than esoteric. Additionally, keep in regular contact with your client. If you can’t return a call, ensure that your secretary does.

11 Unusual New York Laws

July 3rd, 2013 | Posted by cilliano in Education | Law | Lawyer | Marino Legal - (0 Comments)

ny continuing legal educationWe all know of the major laws which forbid acts such as murder, theft, sexual or physical assault, but did you know there is a plethora of other lesser-known laws which are a little more bizarre in nature?

Here are some of the New York state laws you may not be familiar with, nor taught about in most New York CLE or online CLE courses:

  • Women are permitted to be topless in public, provided it is not in the name of business.
  • Donkeys are not permitted to sleep in bathtubs.
  • All businesses must have spittoons, which must be cleaned every 24 hours.
  • NY citizens may not greet one another by “putting one’s thumb to the nose and wiggling the fingers.”
  • The penalty for jumping off a building is death.
  • A $25 fine can be levied for the crime of flirting. Specifically, this unusual law targets men who, on a city street, look “at a woman in that way,” whatever ‘that way’ is.
  • Slippers may not be worn after 10pm.
  • It’s a crime to dye or, in any way, color a baby chick.
  • A license must be purchased before hanging clothes on a clothesline.
  • One may not walk around on Sundays with an ice-cream cone in his/her pocket.
  • Also ice-cream related – ice-cream made with wine must bear a warning.

The Vital Importance of the Voir Dire

June 26th, 2013 | Posted by cilliano in Education | Law | Lawyer | Marino Legal - (0 Comments)

online cleAs a qualified attorney, you’re likely familiar with the integral importance of voir dire.

What originally referred to an oath taken by jurors to tell the truth and nothing but the truth, voir dire (which stems from the Anglo-Norman language) has since become the term used to refer to the process by which prospective jurors are questioned about their backgrounds and potential biases before being selected to sit on a jury.

Learn more about the significance of the voir dire, and how best to proceed for success, by enrolling for our online CLE course, ‘An Interactive Voir Dire: The Battle Before the Battle’.

Good lawyers know that cases can be worn or lost during jury selection, and this live action demonstration shows how established litigators go about selecting a jury to optimize the chances of success. A must for litigators, this course is also an engaging and informative lecture for all attorneys, irrespective of their primary area of practice.

This course fulfills 1.50 General credits and 0.50 Ethics credits, giving a total of 2 credits towards completing NY continuing legal education requirements.

And don’t forget, we’re still offering our Summer Special – satisfy your entire CLE requirement for just $150, with this 24 credit course!

Top Intellectual Property Disputes Part 3

June 19th, 2013 | Posted by cilliano in Education | Law | Lawyer | Marino Legal - (0 Comments)

online cleIntroducing the final installment of our series spotlighting some of the most notorious intellectual property disputes – the six-year-long trademark dispute between Adidas and Payless ShoeSource.

Back in 2001, mammoth sportswear brand Adidas alleged that Payless was offering a style of shoe which featured its Three Stripes trademark. Adidas claimed Payless’ intention was to deceive, confuse and mislead prospective buyers and buyers into believing that their shoes were in some way associated with Adidas and its trademark.

Following investigation, the jury found a total of 267 different styles and colors of Payless shoes could be likened to Adidas’ trademarks. Additionally, it was ruled that Adidas’ trademark was both very well known and non-functional, meaning its appropriation by another company caused irreparable damage to the brand’s reputation as a quality manufacturer.

In 2008, Adidas AG’s U.S. subsidiary was awarded $30.6 million in actual damages, $137 million in punitive damages, and $137 million in Payless profits, amounting to a total of $304.6 million dollars.

For more on some of the most important intellectual property cases of recent years, check out disputes previously featured in this series (including Dan Brown vs. Michael Baigent and Richard Leigh, and Bratz vs. Barbie) and sign up for one of our IP law NY continuing legal education courses.

ny continuing legal educationFollowing on from last week’s Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code vs. Baigent and Leigh and Holy Blood, Holy Grail, here’s the next installment in our top IP disputes featuring a serious alpha female face-off:

Most of you reading this will likely be familiar with the blonde bombshell Barbara Millicent Roberts, maybe not by her full title, but surely with her world renowned moniker, Barbie. The Barbie doll was a product created by Mattel Inc., a company for which designer Carter Bryant once worked while he was also engaging in consultancy work for MGA Entertainment Inc.

The result of Bryant’s work for MGA was the now highly popular Bratz doll. A few years after MGA began selling Bratz dolls, Mattel sued both designer Bryant and MGA claiming Bryant’s work with MGA while still an employee at Mattel was an instance of copyright infringement.

Not surprisingly, since Bryant was an employee of Mattel, and listed on their payroll at the time of consulting with MGA and designing the Bratz doll, the courts sided with Mattel, justifying the claim that the Bratz name and design were Mattel trade secrets. MGA was ordered to pay $100 million in damages.

Learn more about these kinds of cases by enrolling in one of our New York CLE courses dedicated specifically to the intricacies of intellectual property, and designed to easily allow you to accrue New York continuing legal education credits.