As most California attorneys are aware, every three years California Bar members must complete 25 hours of minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) credits. Half of the credits must be participatory and half can be self-study. Additionally, there are three specialty credit areas required:
- Legal Ethics: at least 4 hours
- Competence Issues: at least 1 hour
- Recognition & Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession & Society: at least 1 hour
And, this year Compliance Group B (Attorneys with last names beginning with H to M) must complete their credits by February 1, 2021.
To make life easier, the San Diego Law Library is here to help you reach your compliance goals with 13 MCLE courses in January, including hard to find Legal Ethics and Elimination of Bias credits.
- Tuesday, January 5: The Law of Voir Dire: In this presentation attendees will get an overview of the law of voir dire and how to conduct jury selection. This class is taught by prosecutors from the San Diego City Attorney’s Office. Provides one hour general participatory credit.
- Wednesday, January 6th: Speedwriting: From Brain to Brief in a Hurry: This class uses techniques developed by nonlawyer professional writers to enable lawyers to take complex, multi-issue matters and organize them quickly, logically, and systematically. It is taught by a legal educator and crowd favorite, AV-rated civil litigation attorney Randall Christison, Esq. Provides one hour general participatory credit.
- Thursday, January 7th: The Law of Victim Restitution & Procedure: This presentation will discuss California’s victim restitution laws and explain the procedure for obtaining Victim Restitution Orders. Presenter Sheila Ferguson, Esq., handles all restitution matters for the San Diego City Attorney’s Office Criminal Division’s General Trial Unit. Provides one hour general participatory credit.
- Friday, January 8th: Dealing with the Media: What Lawyers Can and Can’t Say: If you have ever been involved in a case that has media interest or if talking to the press is your nightmare, Attorney and SDSU Professor Of Journalism Martin Kruming, Esq., will discuss the ethical issues and options for attorneys dealing with the media. Provides one hour participatory Legal Ethics credit.
- Monday, January 11th: What You Need to Know About the ADA and Public Accommodations: Attorney Jan Garrett, Esq., Program Manager for the Pacific ADA Center will discuss ADA and places of public accommodation, including which public accommodations are subject to barrier removal requirement, what the “readily achievable” barrier concept means, and how they differ. Provides one hour general participatory credit.
- Tuesday, January 12th: Survey of the Name, Image, and Likeness Landscape in College Sports: In the past year more sporting events are being streamed than ever before. This means more digital space for advertising and an increased opportunity for athletes to enter into deals to use their name and likeness in advertising. Founder & Managing Attorney at California Sports Lawyer® Jeremy M. Evans, Esq. will discuss trends in sports licensing, including California’s “Fair Pay to Play” Act. Provides one hour general participatory credit.
- Wednesday, January 13th: Legal Research Using Free Legal Websites: There are a LOT of free legal resources out there….. if you know where to find them! In this webinar, San Diego Law Librarians Havilah Steinman Bakken, Kelly Keach, and Valerie Gragg will educate you on where you can do to get the information you need FOR FREE! Provides one hour general participatory credit.
- Thursday, January 14th: Nipping Bias in the Bud: Handling Microaggressions Before They Go Macro: Cognitive bias is a faulty way of thinking this is hardwired into our brain. We all have biases, and they can potentially impact our careers and the lives of others. But, what can we do to identify, understand, and interrupt our own biases and be better? Take this webinar with attorney and educator Angelica Sciencio, Esq., and learn how to handle your biases before they handle you! Provides on hour participatory Elimination of Bias credit.
- Tuesday, January 19th: Digital Lending and Copyright Law: COVID-19 related closures have pushed more schools, libraries, and bookstores to utilize e-books and the controlled lending of digital materials. But, how does this square with current copyright laws? University of Arkansas Associate Professor of Law Aaron Schwabach will discuss the implications of the expanded use of digital lending using the case study of the Internet Archive’s National Emergency Library and the litigation they faced. Provides one hour general participatory credit.
- Wednesday, January 20th: Persuading Trial Court Judges: Do you worry that your written arguments aren’t as effective as you want them to be? Much lauded presenter Randall Christison, Esq., will make sure you are maximizing every work in your written argument, including the headings! Provides one hour general participatory credit.
- Friday, January. 22nd: Class Action Primer: Presenter Meghan Ashley Wharton, Esq., will focus her presentation on the elements necessary to qualify as a class action under California & federal laws, but will also discuss other issues germane to class action lawsuits. Wharton is the Senior Deputy City Attorney for the City of San Diego practicing in the Civil Litigation Division. Provides one hour general participatory credit.
- Wednesday, January 27th: Legal Landscape: Cannabis in 2021 and Beyond: In California, cannabis is big business. And, with each election, more and more states are jumping on the legal marijuana bandwagon. In this MCLE, Kimberly R. Simms, Esq., will discuss the laws, regulations, and challenges inherent in the cannabis marketplace in California, and discuss how COVID-19 has impacted the industry. Simms is a nationally recognized expert in cannabis law and has devoted her practice to representing the cannabis industry. Provides one hour general participatory credit.
- Thursday, January 28th: 2021 New Laws: Changes in Misdemeanor Diversion and Sentencing: On Jan. 1st, 2021, new laws will go into effect that will change the maximum probationary sentence and increase the pre-plea diversion options for most misdemeanor charges. In this webinar Angela Law, Esq., the Chief Deputy of the Neighborhood Justice and Collaborative Courts Unit (NJU) at the San Diego City Attorney’s Office, will discuss the effects of the new laws. Provides one hour general participatory credit.
These webinars are part of our series of continuing legal education (CLE) classes. Since the physical locations of the library closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have transitioned our CLE programs online as webinars. These courses have been in high demand and spaces fill up quickly so, please, sign up now to reserve your spot. You will receive an email with your login information after registering for the event.
And, if you are an MCLE Class Package holder, you can use your promo code when registering for the class to take advantage of your free MCLE webinars! MCLE Class Package holders pay a flat rate of $75 and can attend unlimited classes between the date they sign up and January 1, 2022. If you have any questions about our webinars or our Borrowing or MCLE Class Packages, please contact us by email, telephone, or Virtual Front Desk (weekdays between 2 pm and 4 pm). Or, you can sign up for a telephone appointment with a reference librarian to get your questions answered in real-time.
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