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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!

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 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.

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!

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.

new york cleUnpaid internships have been a hot topic of discussion over the past few years. Often seen as a good way to gain experience with large and well-established companies, organizations and firms, unpaid internships have become a debated topic. While unpaid internships do provide possibilities of attaining future employment or college credit, the unpaid or unrewarded internship model is not always seen as fair or legal.

In the legal world, law students have taken unpaid internships to work on pro bono cases. This provides a larger labor pool for firms and organizations that work with pro bono cases and offers students a chance to work with these types of cases in a real-life setting.

According to this article, the American Bar Association President Laurel Bellows recently urged the US Department of Labor to clear up uncertainties around unpaid internships and pro bono case work under the minimum wage provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Like NY continuing legal education courses and online CLE, these internships provide valuable learning experiences that could help develop law students and lawyers. At the same time, these internship opportunities may not be allowed under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

new york cleWhen it comes to grades, especially those earned in law school, your opinion of yourself, your work ethic, and your mental performance can be greatly influenced by whether you receive an A, a B, or a C.

Indeed, one law school professor believes a student’s receiving a C could lead to a student being injured psychologically since many students perceive C’s as signs of outright failure. Professor Joshua Silverstein of the University of Arkansas argues that not only are C’s potentially harmful, C’s are also awarded inconsistently from institution to institution.

This particular opinion piece from Above the Law claims such an argument is simply dignifying complaints from students that legal education institutions are grading harshly or somehow unfairly, where there is, supposedly, little backbone to such claims.

What’s your opinion on this topic? Does handing out C’s put students at a risk of suffering from low self-esteem or negative self-criticism? Or, on the other hand, should law schools continue to grade students’ papers, using C’s where appropriate, in order to teach students a lesson or two about the many harsh realities of the highly competitive world of legal professionals?

If you can’t make up your mind maybe some refresher NY continuing legal education courses, or even online CLE courses, could help in sharpening your judgment skills!

 

New York CLEAs lawyers, we represent one of the integral pillars of society. Playing such an important role in the upholding of our social fabric means always appearing and being professional. Here are some best practice tips for lawyers intent on being the best that they can be:

Set your cell phone to vibrate: If you have a cell phone on you during client meetings, then always remember to set it to vibrate so that your ringtone doesn’t blare throughout the room, interrupting the discussion, and having you appear rude to your clients or co-workers. Apologize profusely if this does happen.

Always cover lunch or coffee: If you invite a current or prospective client out for lunch or coffee, you should never fail to pick up the tab. If your guest insists they pay their share, then graciously let them do so.

Carry business cards: While it may seem old-fashioned in this day and age, business cards still rule when marketing your services in person. Keep these in a business card holder, and distribute them only to those who request them.

Hone your conversation skills: Be mindful of what you say in public; stick to neutral topics of conversation, and always have a couple of current conversation topics to bring up if the conversation lulls.

Fulfill your CLE requirements: Whether you do it through online CLE or weekend-long lecture courses, ensure you satisfy your NY continuing legal education requirements.