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Podcasting can be a great way for law firms to establish their brand, reach new clients, and become thought leaders in their field. Before you decide to launch a podcast, however, you want to have a clear vision of how this project fits into your overall business plan and long term goals. You also want to make sure your production quality is strong enough to keep the listeners you attract. How do you gain the…
Colorado attorneys with CLE compliance periods beginning January 1, 2021 and ending December 31, 2023 and on must now complete at least 45 credits, including 7 Professional Responsibility, of which 5 are in Ethics or Professionalism, and 2 are in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity (EDI). Previously, the requirement was 45 credits including 7 Ethics. Attorneys whose reporting cycle ends in 2021 or 2022 do not need to complete the new EDI requirement until…
Many lawyers and law firms find themselves in remote work / work-from-home situations for the first time in the wake of Covid-19. This situation is trying for everyone, not just lawyers. Juggling family & work responsibilities in the same setting is difficult at best. But lawyers face additional challenges that many other professionals do not. At the forefront of these challenges is ensuring attorney-client privilege. Attorney-client privilege is a cornerstone of the American legal system,…
Get your summer started off right with can’t-miss CLE programming designed to provide you with the tools you need to achieve success for your clients. Catch up on the latest Supreme Court decisions, learn how to draft inclusive policies for your firm, and stay tuned for everything you need to know about negotiating privacy and data security provisions in contracts. Here are just a few of the upcoming highlights this month at Lawline: Fundamentals
Although LGBTQ+ rights have come a long way in the U.S., it was not long ago that being gay was criminalized in many states, and being a LGBTQ+ attorney was akin to career suicide. Even in a post-Bowers and post-Obergefell world, openly LGBTQ+ attorneys account for less than 3% of the profession. And while marriage equality is the law of the land, lawmakers in 2021 have already passed over 100 pieces of legislation preventing trans…
Being a lawyer can be stressful and taxing, even in the best of times, and the result can have severe and detrimental impacts on attorney wellbeing. There are many efforts to address this growing concern, including Lawyer Assistance Programs and initiatives such as the creation of Attorney Well-Being Week. Some states require attorneys to enroll in wellness-related continuing legal education courses in categories such as  substance abuse and mental health. Most other states will…
Amazon’s Alexa and Apple’s Siri are among some of the seemingly countless AI technological advances that have made our lives easier and more streamlined – but our devices are also collecting data that could one day be used as digital evidence against us in court.  In the CLE program Search and Seizure in the Digital Realm, digital forensic expert Brian Chase explains the key Supreme Court cases involving Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights that…
Effective July 1, 2020, live webcasts count for live credit in West Virginia and there is no credit cap on live courses. Previously, webcasts and on-demand courses were both capped at 12 credits and attorneys needed to take Live In-Person courses to complete their full requirement.  West Virginia attorneys can complete their entire CLE requirement through Lawline’s catalog of over 800 West Virginia accredited courses.  Note: There is a temporary rule change due to…
Effective May 1, 2021, Utah is moving to a one year reporting cycle and has changed its CLE requirement to be 12 credits per year including at least 1 Ethics and 1 Professionalism. Previously, Utah attorneys had a two year reporting cycle that consisted of 24 credits including 2 Ethics and 1 Professionalism.  Utah attorneys with a compliance reporting period of July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2021 will start the one-year compliance cycle…
Effective August 28, 2020, Iowa has removed the cap on unmoderated courses. Iowa attorneys can now complete their entire requirement via any format including On Demand and MP3.  Effective January 1, 2021, Iowa changed their requirement to be 15 credits per year, including at least 1 credit in Ethics, and 1 credit in Diversity & Inclusion or Attorney Wellness. Excess Ethics, Diversity & Inclusion, and Attorney Wellness credits can be carried into the…