Wednesday, August 5, 2009

MCLE Bargain - 4 Full Days of CALBAR MCLE @ Under $70 per day

California State Bar Offers Low Cost MCLE to Legal Professionals

All California legal professionals - attorneys, paralegals and LDAs alike - can take advantage of low cost MCLE, and combine business with a mini-vacation by attending the 82nd Annual Meeting of the California State Bar in sunny San Diego, California, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. Participants can earn up to 18.5 hours of MCLE credit, hang out in the Exhibitor's Hall, access emails at Internet Kiosks set up throughout the meeting areas, enjoy the Internet Cafe, and participate in family activities all provided by the California State Bar.

The MCLE courses are organized along four educational tracks: technology, solo practice, substantive law and practice skills. In addition, one hour of MCLE credit in prevention and detection of substance abuse can be earned by picking up a complimentary self-study audio CD at the Bar’s Lawyer Assistance Program booth in the exhibit hall.

MCLE credit is the big draw, and the Annual Meeting offers low-cost, one-stop shopping. Some130 different courses will be offered, beginning Thursday morning and continuing until noon Sunday, and several of the offerings are particularly applicable to the self-employed LDA, including:

  • Unbundled Family Law
  • Recent Developments in Trusts, Guardianship, Conservatorships and Probate
  • How Post-Mortem Administration is Like a Probate
  • Top Tech Tips for a Law Practice
  • Law Office Systems and Procedures
  • Martin Dean Speaks: 2009 Tips, Tricks and Techniques in Technology for the Lawyer (or the LDA)
  • Technology for the Small Law Firm - Competing on a Shoestring Budget
  • Legal Issues for Websites and Web-Based Business Models
  • Dealing with Difficult People - Attorneys and Judges Alike

MCLE credit will be offered in all required subfields, and legal specialization credit is available in appellate, bankruptcy, criminal, estate planning, trust and probate, family, immigration, taxation and workers’ compensation law. Offerings cover the full spectrum of legal practice, from transactional law to technology, from DUIs to domestic violence, from taxes to trusts.

For troubling economic times, there are numerous courses addressing various financial problems: financial practice management in a down economy, alternatives to bankruptcy, 10 things to know about insolvency, and “When the Economy Gets Tough, the Tough Become IP Lawyers.” There are courses on privacy, trade secrets, immigration, copyright practice, office and time management, technology, attorney’s fees, mediation and recharging a legal career. Timely topics like cyberspace law, new e-discovery rules, the federal legal landscape under the Obama Administration, global privacy and real property foreclosures will also be available.

For a mere $68.75 per day, this is the highest quality MCLE your money can buy. Early bird registration for non-attorneys is just $275. After August 10, the paralegal/LDA rate is $375. So don't delay! Click here for more information.

Wait there's more!

ALDAP Presents The LDA Roundtable Friday Evening - Meet for Dinner After DAYTIME MCLE

The Alliance of Legal Document Assistant Professionals (ALDAP) is hosting an LDA Roundtable discussion:

Helping Your Clients be the Best Lawyers They Can Be: Tips to Enhance Your LDA Practice and Successfully Carve Out Your Niche as the Go-To Resource for Do-It-Yourselfers

Friday, September 11 at 6:30 p.m. in San Diego.

This LDA Roundtable discussion will help you take your LDA practice to the next level by sharing the tools and techniques necessary to turn your document preparation business into a comprehensive self-help legal service.

Professional integrity or client satisfaction?

Why should you have to choose one over the other? Learn how to put your paralegal skills to work, providing your clients with exceptional informational and educational services in addition to the mere typing of legal documents. Streamline your practice and boost your own personal efficiency. Increase your revenue by raising prices for enhanced self-help legal services. And best of all, avoid those awkward moments when the client asks (or insists) that you provide legal advice.You can do all of this – and more – while simultaneously guaranteeing you remain in compliance with all laws governing non-attorney legal service providers.

In fact, many of these tools will actually insulate you from even the appearance of giving legal advice, and implementing these practices will help to support a defense should anyone ever question whether you are engaged in the unauthorized practice of law (UPL).

Even if you are not attending the daytime MCLE events, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to establish yourself as an experienced professional on the cutting edge of the self-help legal movement. There is no charge to attend the LDA Roundtable, just pay for your own dinner and drinks. The Roundtable will take place at El Torito located at 445 Camino Del Rio South in San Diego’s Mission Valley.

Seating is limited, so be sure to RSVP as soon as possible. For more information or to RSVP, contact Suzanne Ervine at or (619) 567-5176.

ALDAP created the LDA Roundtable as a forum to discuss topics related to the LDA and contract paralegal professions, and to enable self-help legal service professionals to get the answers they need and share their knowledge in a pleasant social environment.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

$68 bucks! Thats a steal. Why didn't I think of this myself? My boss has paid hundreds of dollars for me to get credits through a well known paralegal MCLE provider for years. Since I live in San Diego, this will be a bargain. I wonder if I'll get a bonus when I show him this article. Thank you for the information.