The Cuyahoga County Clerk of Court is hosting free e-filing CLE programs later this year in September, 2014. The program description provides that:
"This program will assist attorneys in navigating the Clerk’s new e-filing system and will present step-by-step instructions by video, followed by a live demonstration, on how to electronically file cases and documents in the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, General Division, and the Eighth District Court of Appeals."
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The Cleveland Law Library is honoring Law Day this year with free WestlawNext CLE programs for members next week. We are offering two 1-hour sessions of Intermediate Research on WestlawNext from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6th at the Law Library on the 4th floor of the Cuyahoga County Courthouse. Members can sign up for one of the sessions by calling the Law Library at 216-861-5070 or sending an email to email@example.com. Each attendee will receive 1 hour of free Ohio general CLE credit.
Many changes are coming to CLE requirements for Ohio attorneys, including easier ways to obtain credit for self-study courses and pro bono service. In addition, the Ohio Supreme Court is “unbundling” our “professional conduct” requirement. Instead of obtaining 1 hour of ethics, 1 hour of professionalism, and a half hour of substance abuse, attorneys will be allowed to choose 2.5 hours from the following categories:
• Legal ethics • Professionalism • Alcoholism, substance abuse, or mental health issues • Access to justice and fairness in the courts • Interacting with self-represented litigants • Encouraging pro bono representation • Accommodating language interpretation • Assuring fairness in matters of race, ethnicity, foreign origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, socio-economic status
The new topics will create new opportunities for programs, and the flexibility in subjects will help attorneys fulfill their biennial CLE requirements.
The Ohio Supreme Court has just announced big changes for Ohio lawyer CLE in January 2014. Under the coming changes, attorneys will be able to double the number of self-study credits they can earn each biennial period from 6 to 12. Another big change will allow attorneys to early 1 hour of credit for every 6 hours of approved pro bono service, with a maximum of 6 hours each biennium. In addition, required final reporting transcripts will be eliminated, and Ohio attorneys will be allowed to earn credit during consumption of a meal. Click here for a link to view the text of the changes.
The Cleveland Law Library is hosting a November 29th CLE program on Acquiring, Building & Leasing Commercial Real Estate. This seminar will focus on the three (3) major phases related to commercial real estate. First, Elliott M. Kaufman from Buckley King will provide a detailed road map explaining how to purchase commercial real estate from the meeting with the client through all post-closing issues. Michael S. McMahon from McMahon DeGulis will then discuss building on commercial real estate, with a topical focus on "green" building and the risks associated with unanticipated problems. Finally, Richard D. Tomsick from Forest City Enterprises will discuss the best and worst practices in the preparation of commercial leases. Registration begins at 1:00 p.m., and the program will run from 1:30 p.m. through 4:15 p.m. Registration is $70 for members and $85 for non-members. Click here for the registration form, or call (216-861-5070) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) the Law Library to sign up.
If you are interested, look for more information later on three (3) other programs we have on tap for December.