Marino Legal CLE will be holding a weekend of continuing legal education this October in New York, New York. This will be one of their Bridge the Gap weekends. Bridge the Gap weekends are designed to satisfy a full year of New York CLE credits. These classes are open to any attorney, newly admitted or veteran from New York or New Jersey. Hosting these weekends semi-frequently, if one is not able to attend both days for one weekend of sessions, they may come to another session of the same day on a different weekend.

Bridge the Gap weekends feature two days of education, each day consisting of four individual lectures which cover different topics of law. For those would rather attend a live lecture than complete CLE online, this is the perfect opportunity to do so. The next Bright the Gap weekend will be in October.

Here are the details:

What: Bridge the Gap
When: Saturday, October 19th from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Where: New York, New York
Credit Breakdown: 1.50 Ethics | 3.00 Skills | 3.50 Professional Practice
Registration: http://newyork.marinolegalcle.com/pages/newly_admitted

What: Bridge the Gap
When: Sunday, Obtober 20th from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Where: New York, New York
Credit Breakdown: Credit Breakdown: 1.50 Ethics | 3.00 Skills | 3.50 Professional Practice
Registration: http://newyork.marinolegalcle.com/pages/newly_admitted

Meet our Online CLE Staff!

September 4th, 2013 | Posted by marinolegal in Education | Lawyer - (0 Comments)
As muggy as it may be, winter’s approaching quickly, which means a new season of CLE online courses! Our winter curriculum features an impressive roster of law professionals, from Elliott Scheinberg, Esq., to William Horan, Esq.
Elliott Scheinberg is a graduate of Cardozo law school and a co chair of several Bar committees, such as the New York Chapters of the Amicus Curiae Committee, the Legislative Committee, and the Inter Bar Association Legislation Committee. He has written extensively on his areas of legal expertise, publishing a number of books on the subject of matrimonial law and articles in the New York Law Journal.
William Horan is a loyal alum of New York’s own St. John’s University, having earned his undergraduate, MBA, and law degrees from the Brooklyn institution. He has has lectured on real estate and mortgage financing for the Nassau County Bar Association, Suffolk County Bar Association, Rockland County Bar Association.
At Marino Legal, we believe in technology’s ability to bring top quality education and information to the masses at their own convenience. This is why we provide our customers with a comprehensive, well-rounded online CLE staff of the same skill level you would find in any physical CLE class. Enroll today!

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Summer is coming to an end, which some may see as a total bummer, but in reality: it’s exciting. A chance to get back to school and to continue your education. In a week you could be starting your New York continuing legal education! If one thing is vital, it’s that you take this weekend to collect yourself, relax and get anything done you haven’t had a chance to do this summer. Here are a few things that may make this last weekend of the summer your favorite.

1. Go to the beach! if you’re like me, you’ve spend the entire summer saying you’re going to make it to the water, but haven’t had the time. This three day weekend might be exactly what you need! Head out to Long Island, or down to Jersey! Not in for the ride? Go check out some awesome attractions and get a hot dog at Coney Island!

2.Get in touch with old friends! Whether you haven’t seen them in a few weeks, or a few months, making sure your connect with your friends is very important! We live in a busy world, and it’s easy to lose touch with someone even if they live right down the block! Take Sunday or Monday to have a BBQ and rekindle your friendships.

3. Read! Get a new book, sit outside, and read it. Reading can be the most calming experience and, on a weekend like this, a very smart choice.

Now that you are all rested and collected, time to get back to productivity! Check out some online CLE through Marino Legal!

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!