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NEW! #5: Advocate Emptor— Ethical Practice in the 21st Century (1 hour Legal Ethics) - Access MCLE
Call Number: MCLE A 2016
Publication Date: 2016
Attorneys who fall short of competence, communication, and diligence standards risk not only malpractice, but also injury to their licenses and civil sanctions. Key points include how to recognize the practices and activities that yield ethics violations, establishing work habits and protocols that will obviate ethics problems, and gaining awareness of the relationship between our clients and our licenses. (2016)

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NEW! #10A: Attorneys' Duties Towards Clients when Using Technology (1 hour Legal Ethics) - Access MCLE
Call Number: MCLE A 2016
Publication Date: 2016
Following an overview of virtual private networks, firewalls, encryption, and general security considerations, this program delves into the mandatory steps to evaluate technology, ethical duties when using technology to transmit or store confidential client information, duties when the technology is susceptible to unauthorized access by third parties, relevant authorities, and how attorneys can protect themselves against liability. (2016)

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#10B: Avoiding Malpractice Claims (1 hour Legal Ethics) - Versatape
Call Number: KFC76.5.A2 C66 2013cd
Publication Date: 2013
So you think you’ve never had a malpractice complaint. You owe it to yourself to listen to what a pro has to say about avoiding such claims. Attorney Jonathan Cole has been defending attorneys for years and has great suggestions and insight for all. Hear effective ways to avoid legal malpractice claims and manage potential malpractice.

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#17: Client Confidentiality (1 hour Legal Ethics) - Versatape
Call Number: KFC76.5.A2 H64 2014cd
Publication Date: 2014
This program covers how to keep your client information and records confidential in today’s world of technology, including relevant Rules of Professional Conduct, attorneys’ duties, attorneys’ liens, using technology, and the virtual law office.

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NEW! #18: Concerns for the Solo and Small Firm Practitioner (1 hour Legal Ethics) - Access MCLE
Call Number: MCLE C 2016
Publication Date: 2016
Unlike attorneys in large law firms, solo and small firm practitioners have to rely on themselves to observe and abide by ethics rules. Questions such as whether an attorney can collect a referral fee and what relationship is required for another attorney to be “of counsel” to your firm can be difficult to answer. Furthermore, solo and small firm practitioners normally serve as their own marketing, administration, billing, and collections departments, all of which raise ethical concerns that may not be applicable to other attorneys. This presentation will teach you how to operate your practice in accordance with the ethics rules. (2016)

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NEW! #20: Considerations in Representing Victims in Aviation Accidents (1 hour Legal Ethics) - Access MCLE
Call Number: MCLE C 2015
Publication Date: 2015
Aviation accident cases raise unique ethical concerns. This program discusses solicitation restrictions, conflicts in small aircraft crashes between occupants, the interplay of case development with the National Transportation Safety Board, cost considerations, and other issues which confront attorneys handling aviation cases. (2015)

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#22A: Danger Zone: Escaping Bar Discipline I & II (2 hours Legal Ethics) - Versatape
Call Number: KFC76.5.A2 D36 2013cd
Publication Date: 2013
Everything you need to know to avoid discipline by the State Bar. (2013)

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#34: Ethics in Mediation (1 hour Legal Ethics) - Versatape
Call Number: KFC1093 .E84 2014cd
Publication Date: 2014
This program discusses the historical context of mediation today; the rules, regulations, and standards of Mediation; and the ethical quandaries that a mediator faces. (2013)

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#34A: Ethics of Partnership Agreements (1 hour Legal Ethics) - Versatape
Call Number: MCLE E 2015
Publication Date: 2015
An examination of entity set-up choices of sole proprietorships, professional corporations, limited liability partnerships, and malpractice insurance. Also learn about partnership agreements, partner capital and remuneration, partner withdrawal, and how businesses avoid legal pitfalls. (2015)

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#35 Ethics Regarding Collection of Fees (1 hour Legal Ethics) - Versatape
Call Number: KFC77.5.F43 E84 2013cd
Publication Date: 2013
Gain tips on how to reduce client fee disputes, prepare nonvoidable fee agreements, and maximize the results in the Mandatory Fee Arbitration process. This program covers what you must do when a fee dispute arises, the warning signs of difficult clients, interviewing new clients, fee agreements, limitations on fees, and the client trust account. (2013)

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#40B: Getting Your Attorneys’ Fees Paid (1 hour Legal Ethics) - Access MCLE
Call Number: MCLE G 2015
Publication Date: 2015
This course examines the major issues relating to lawyer/client attorney fee disputes. It also includes an overview of the principal issues concerning judicially awarded attorneys' fees. Learn how to get paid what you're worth, avoid getting stiffed, avoid conflicts with clients over your fees, and refine your fee agreement. (2015)

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NEW! #41C: IOLTA Accounts and Doing Business with a Trust Department (1 hour Legal Ethics) - Versatape
Call Number: MCLE I 2015
Publication Date: 2015
Learn about the rules that govern attorney-client trust accounts, where things go wrong, damages, contractual limitations on a bank’s obligation to reimburse, how to work with a corporate trustee, and more. (2015)

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#42: Is This Considered Malpractice? (1 hour Legal Ethics) - Access MCLE
Call Number: KFC76.5.A2 I8 2014cd
Publication Date: 2014
This program focuses on how litigation against law firms can be prevented, and also covers starting, operating, and exiting the practice of law. (2014)

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#47B: Lawyers and Law Firms Using Cloud Technology (1 hour Legal Ethics) - Access MCLE
Call Number: MCLE L 2013
Publication Date: 2013
Lawyers’ use of cloud computing is growing, but there are lingering ethical questions surrounding its use. Discover how data should be protected in its transmission and storage; ethical obligations in using cloud technology platforms; best practices for avoiding malpractice; how to ethically communicate with your clients via cloud technology; and how to properly vet a cloud vendor before deciding to engage them. (2013)

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NEW! #48: Legal Ethics and State Marijuana Laws (1 hour Legal Ethics) - Access MCLE
Call Number: MCLE L 2016
Publication Date: 2016
Given the conflict between federal and state marijuana laws, questions remain about whether lawyers may ethically advise clients on how to comply with their state’s marijuana laws. This course surveys the conclusions reached by the various state bars that have considered this evolving issue, and explores lawyers’ personal exposure under far-reaching federal civil and criminal laws such as conspiracy, asset seizure and forfeiture, and money laundering. (2016)

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#48A Legal Ethics and the Allure of Social Media: How Does This Impact Your Clients (1 hour Legal Ethics) - Versatape
Call Number: KFC76.5.A2 L43 2014cd
Publication Date: 2014
A comprehensive investigation of the positive and negative aspects of social media and law practice, including social media postings, blogs, document retention, the Stored Communication Act, cloud computing, heirs’ access to digital assets of deceased loved ones, the virtual law office, confidentiality, and examples of blogging lawyers. (2014)

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#60A: Professional Responsibility When Using Social Media (1 hour Legal Ethics) - Access MCLE
Call Number: MCLE P 2015
Publication Date: 2015
Discover how attorneys’ practices on social media impact their ethical obligations, how to avoid common pitfalls in using social media, how to comply with ethical obligations, and best practices for practicing law with social media. (2015)

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#66: Representation from Start to Finish (1 hour Legal Ethics) - Access MCLE
Call Number: MCLE R 2015
Publication Date: 2015
This course is a basic overview of common ethical issues that arise during the course of an attorney-client relationship, including issues that arise before the attorney signs a client, fees and retainers, communication between the attorney and client during the representation, and settlement and post-settlement issues. The course is focused on litigation matters, but is also relevant to non-litigation matters. (2015)

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#66B: Rules of Professional Conduct (1 hour Legal Ethics) - Versatape
Call Number: MCLE R 2015
Publication Date: 2015
Ethical issues in the law arise in both transactional and litigation contexts. Judge James Steele draws upon his experience as a former in-house general counsel, business litigator, and retired Los Angeles Superior Court judge to simplify commonly encountered issues from the myriad of applicable rules. Topics include professional integrity; advertising and solicitation; improper party, witness or juror contact; discrimination in the practice of law as a basis for discipline; client confidentiality; and litigation issues such as suppression of evidence, threatening parties or counsel, and witness contact. (2015)

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#68B: Social Media & Online Presence - Risks and Opportunities (1 Hour Legal Ethics) - Access MCLE
Call Number: MCLE S 2013
Publication Date: 2013
Do you wonder how to network and market in the age of Facebook? Are you concerned that using social media will result in violation of ethics rules? Do you worry about harm to your reputation? Worry no more as national speaker, attorney, and law firm consultant Jennifer Ellis explains what you need to know to utilize social media and your online presence to ethically and responsibly market your firm. Learn how to identify blog post topics that will bring attention to your website, the ethical rules relating to social media, and how to avoid getting into trouble. (2013)

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#82: Why Clients Turn on Their Lawyers (1 hour Legal Ethics) - Access MCLE
Call Number: MCLE W 2015
Publication Date: 2015
Claims of malpractice are client-driven and can be traced back to something the lawyer did that might have been done differently. This course explores the kinds of lawyer behaviors that lead to a greater likelihood of malpractice claims. Discover how to improve client relations, and what changes to make to your law practice to reduce stress. (2015)

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