Watch Live Video Replays of ACBA CLEs On Your Schedule

CLE Video

Life is busy, especially for attorneys. Sometimes you just can’t make it to a CLE course because of a prior commitment or unexpected schedule change. Not to worry, the ACBA now offers Live Video Replays of CLEs based around your schedule.


Here’s how it works: Look at the listing of CLE offerings below, and pick the course that interests you. Then contact ACBA CLE coordinator Howard Booth at 412-402-6614 or hbooth@acba.org and schedule a time that works for you to come to the Koppers Building and watch a video replay of the course. Because these are live, in-person video replays – rather than online sessions – the credits count toward your live CLE credit requirement.


Additional Details:

·Requests can usually be accommodated within 48 hours.

·Sessions must be scheduled between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on ACBA business days.

·The cost is $35 per credit hour for members, $55 per credit nonmembers.

·Discounts are available for groups and for individuals watching multiple courses in the same session.



Ethics Credits

But What Can I Do? I'm Just a [insert job title here]….Promoting Professionalism in the Legal community

1 Ethics Credit
62 minutes
Presented By: Women in the Law Division
Date Recorded: June 15, 2018

From ousted CEOs to nixed political campaigns due to bad behavior, some days it seems like professionalism and fairness were never the concerns of any industry – especially dealings between men and women in the workforce. You’ve seen the headlines, you’ve heard the commentators, but maybe you aren’t sure what to do – especially when every word or gesture now feels like a potential minefield of risk.

The truth is you CAN make a difference in the working world, no matter your role or rank, on issues of inappropriate behavior and harassment. You will leave this program with a toolkit of concrete actions, resources, and strategies, big and small, for fostering professionalism in the legal community proactively, and for responding appropriately when it appears to be lacking. Using the recent experiences of fellow members of the ACBA, the panelists will demonstrate what works – and what doesn’t – when addressing inappropriate conduct in the office, courtroom, or bar association events. The program will explain not only how to comply with the ethical requirements for professionalism, but why doing so is simply good business, improving retention rates, productivity, and even your bottom line.

Ethical Considerations in Drafting Contracts

1 Ethics Credit
57 minutes
Presented By: LawPay
Date Recorded: May 20, 2019

Drafting contracts is one of the core job functions for many attorneys. But how often do you stop to consider the ethical implications that attorneys should follow when drafting these documents? This program examines these ethical dynamics.

Specifically, this course will present a study of inadvertent unilateral and joint drafting errors; intentional modification of “standard” forms; incorrect recitations of law; and omissions by error of an agreed-upon term, and the ethical duties of the drafting and receiving lawyers in each situation. Additionally, practice strategies to guard against such situations will be discussed. Specifics to be covered include:

    Competence – knowing what you’re doing.
    Conflicts of Interest.
    Doing business with client.
    Dealing with unrepresented persons.
    Conduct involving dishonesty fraud deceit and misrepresentation.
This course includes citation to numerous applicable model rules and state rules.

The discussion will be led by Claude Ducloux, who has four decades of experience as a civil litigator and is now a nationally recognized legal educator.

Solicitors and Their Relationship with Boards and Administration

1 Ethics Credit
62 minutes
Presented By: School and Municipal Law Section
Date Recorded: July 19, 2018

The second in a two-part series on school and municipal law, this program will focus on ethical dilemmas lawyers face representing public sector clients and strategies to address those concerns.

Specifically, the program will discuss statutory powers of solicitors and how the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct affect the delivery of legal advice and services to public sector clients. Advising clients against the backdrop of the Sunshine Law, Ethics Act and Right to Know Law will also be addressed. Practical strategies for managing difficult ethical dilemmas both at and outside the meeting setting will be discussed.

The Impaired Lawyer

1 Ethics Credit
59 minutes
Presented By: Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers
Date Recorded: December 10, 2018

Recent studies show that there has been a dramatic increase in impairment due to alcoholism, addiction and mental health disorders among members of the legal profession. The Education and Outreach Coordinator from Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers will discuss the early warning signs of impairment and how best to approach impaired individuals. The LCL services that are available to lawyers, judges, their family members and law students will also be detailed. A practicing lawyer with over 40 years of experience will share his story of addiction and impairment and the role that LCL played in saving his life and restoring his place in the legal profession.

This program will educate the bar with scientifically based information about a disease that, if left untreated, can be fatal but with proper treatment have a good prognosis for recovery.

Transitioning Your Practice: The Mind, the Money and the Rules

1 Ethics Credit
61 minutes
Presented By: ACBA CLE and USI Affinity
Date Recorded: Feb. 28, 2019

This program features an in-depth discussion regarding the necessity of careful practice and insurance planning for firms and solo practitioners when the structure of a practice changes. Situations such as a firm merging, a firm bringing in lateral hires, a group of attorneys within a firm “spinning off” or even when lawyers decide to retire all have specific nuances and liability implications. The discussion will include the ethical issues that lawyers face when their practice changes, as well as risk management issues to keep in mind. Presenters also will discuss what to look for in a “claims made and reported policy” and with “tail coverage.”

The Impaired Lawyer

1 Ethics Credit
59 minutes
Presented By: YLD Education Committee
Date Recorded: December 10, 2018

This CLE is intended to provide attorneys who do not practice criminal law the basics on what happens to individuals who enter the Criminal Justice System. Many attorneys will at some point in their career get questions from friends, current clients, or potential clients about that indivudial's criminal case. This program will provide attorneys with the information necessary to keep their client safe until they can speak with an attorney who specializes in criminal defense.

The Road Ahead: Our Autonomous Future

1.5 Substantive and .5 Ethics Credits
108 minutes
Presented By: ACBA CLE
Date Recorded: May 3, 2019

The global mobility market is worth more than $6 trillion and will be transformed by technology, much of which is being pioneered right here in the Pittsburgh region. In one of the hubs for self-driving cars, Pittsburgh residents not only regularly hear stories about how these vehicles will change our lives, but local residents actually share the road with them.

Much of the news from this industry concerns the engineering, economic and/or public-reaction aspects of these vehicles. But what are the legal issues affecting their development and adoption? This program aims to cover basic legal topics, including terminology and related problems; regulators and their powers; insurance; collisions and litigation; and ethical and moral questions. The presentation should boost attendees’ understanding of this revolutionary and inevitable part of the future and shed light on how much remains to be accomplished.

What to do When You're Not in the Room Where it Happened

1 Ethics Credits
63 minutes
Presented By: Women in the Law Division
Date Recorded: June 13, 2019

From judicial hearings, fake news and fumbled investigations, sometimes you just don’t know what to believe. BUT, when it comes to your firm, you NEED to know if harassment or hostility is driving people away and how to address it. Doing so is simply good business; improving retention rates, productivity, and even your bottom line. Turnover is expensive.

With a supportive environment, proper policies and a plan for investigating and dealing with complaints, you can create a culture where you are “in the know.” This program will provide another toolkit of concrete actions, policies and strategies to create an environment where people are comfortable coming forward with complaints and ways to properly investigate and address issues. This will also increase your ability to create a positive, professional workplace that cultivates and retains the best talent and protect your assets.

The program will explain how to comply with the ethical requirements for professionalism and the judicial ethical requirements for the treatment and management of staff and lawyers.

Where There is a WILL, There is a Way: Be a Steward for Inclusion

1.5 Ethics Credit
80 minutes
Presented By: Institute of Gender Equality
Date Recorded: July 24, 2018

Law firms and corporate legal departments benefit when attorneys of all backgrounds gain the skills and opportunities necessary to ascend the ranks and develop into high-performing leaders within their organizations. Ensuring that all attorneys have those opportunities requires more than just mentoring. When senior attorneys advocate on other attorneys' behalf, seek opportunities for them, and/or take an active role in their development as attorneys and leaders, the attorneys are much more likely to become high-performing leaders and to remain in their organizations.

Studies routinely show, however, that women in the workplace are not receiving the mentorship or sponsorship that their male colleagues receive. In the wake of widespread media reports of sexual harassment, this problem is getting worse. Research indicates that almost half of male managers are uncomfortable participating in common work activities with women, such as mentoring, working alone or socializing together. This is an enormous setback.

The ACBA Women's Institute for Leadership in Law (WILL) was specifically designed to help support our participants in WILL with access to a “steward.” Each steward serves a vital role in helping address the critical need for mentorship, sponsorship and stewardship of our women leaders.

As a steward to a WILL participant, we seek your help in addressing these obstacles. You can provide WILL participants insight into themselves and their organizations, enabling them to more effectively chart a course to leadership. Please consider joining the ACBA for a session where panelists will explore why mentorship, sponsorship and stewardship matter. This program will be offered for CLE credit. You will gather research-backed advice on how to be an effective steward and how to avoid some of the most common pitfalls.


Substantive Credits

Asylum Law for Non-Immigration Lawyers

2 Substantive Credits
114 minutes
Presented By: Immigration Law Committee
Date Recorded: February 6, 2019

Immigration law is getting more attention now than at any time in recent memory. Attorneys in all practice areas get questions from clients on this topic; this program will teach the basics of immigration and asylum law, specifically designed for attorneys in other practice areas who do not routinely handle these cases. Participants will be encouraged to take on pro bono asylum cases with the assistance of experienced immigration practitioners.

The ABCs of CBAs in Pro Sports

1 Substantive Credits
61 minutes
Presented By:ACBA CLE
Date Recorded: March 15, 2019

In today’s day and age, professional sports are just as much about contracts and agents as they are about, well, sports. This program will cover the basics of the Collective Bargaining Agreements for both the National Football Association and Major League Baseball.

An Overview of Trusts

2 Substantive Credits
123 minutes
Presented By: ACBA CLE
Date Recorded: March 20, 2019

Trusts play a major role in the legal world. Attorneys in a variety of practice areas – from family law to estate planning to taxation and more – have a practice that touches on trusts in some way.

This program will offer a fresh perspective on trust administration and document preparation; examples of conflicting provisions and/or unintended consequences will be discussed. The program is ideal for young attorneys looking to learn about trusts, attorneys with experience in other areas of the law who are looking to expand into trusts, and for those seeking a general refresher on trust issues.

‘In’ Side House: What In House Counsel and the Outside Attorneys Who Work With Them Should Know

1 Substantive Credit
64 minutes
Presented By: ACBA CLE
Date Recorded: June 15, 2018

This program will feature a dynamic panel of prominent in house attorneys. They will discuss, “from the inside” what they didn’t know about working as in house counsel before they began their careers in this area of the law. The panel will also discuss tips about what outside counsel should know when working with in house attorneys.

A Name is an Identity: The Name Change Process and Vulnerable Communities in Allegheny County

1 Substantive Credit
62 minutes
Presented By: LGBT Rights Committee
Date Recorded: June 15, 2018

The Name Change Project of the Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund came to Pittsburgh in 2013 and has helped more than 100 transgender people navigate the legal path to a name that matches their gender identity. Name Change Project attorneys Stefan Dann and Gregory Vose of Reed Smith will discuss how to navigate the name change process, including special concerns for transgender clients, and how volunteer attorneys can get involved.

Criminal Law for the Non-Criminal Attorney

1 Substantive Credit
64 minutes
Presented By: YLD Education Committee
Date Recorded: Dec. 10, 2018

This CLE is intended to provide attorneys who do not practice criminal law the basics on what happens to individuals who enter the Criminal Justice System. Many attorneys will at some point in their career get questions from friends, current clients, or potential clients about that individual’s criminal case. This program will provide attorneys with the information necessary to keep their client safe until they can speak with an attorney who specializes in criminal defense.

Current Practice Issues

1 Substantive Credit
59 minutes
Presented By: Probate and Trust Law Section
Date Recorded: June 15, 2018

The Probate and Trust Law Section’s program will discuss and review an array of current issues including the following broader topics: The implementation of the Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania for filings with the Orphans’ Court and any ongoing issues experienced by practitioners The status and significant changes of the proposed Pennsylvania Orphans’ Court Rules for Guardianships. The impact the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 has on the income taxation of estates and trusts, in particular the elimination of miscellaneous itemized deductions.

  • The implementation of the Public Access Policy of the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania for filings with the Orphans’ Court and any ongoing issues experienced by practitioners.
  • The status and significant changes of the proposed Pennsylvania Orphans’ Court Rules for Guardianships.
  • The impact the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 has on the income taxation of estates and trusts, in particular the elimination of miscellaneous itemized deductions.

 

Examining Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace

1 Substantive Credit
63 minutes
Presented By: Committee on Law and Disability
Date Recorded: March 26, 2019

The ADA Amendments Act and its state law equivalents (such as the PHRA) require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to employees – including those with disabilities – to perform the essential functions of their jobs.

This CLE will address the specifics of the interactive process and when certain accommodations are “reasonable” or should be denied. Panelists will discuss a wide range of typical requests made by employees for equipment (standing desks, special screens, special key boards, etc.), leaves of absence, elimination of certain parts of their jobs, modified work schedules, work-from-home arrangements, and special travel requests (i.e. first class or ability to Uber to client sites instead of drive).

The discussion also will review the information that employers should obtain from employees when evaluating the reasonableness of the requests.

In the Squared Circle: 30 Years of Representing WWE

2 Substantive Credit
122 minutes
Presented By: ACBA CLE
Date Recorded: May 1, 2019

Attorney Jerry McDevitt has been lead outside counsel – and the personal attorney of Vince McMahon – for over 30 years. During this two-substantive credits CLE, McDevitt will cover how the relationship with WWE began and the nature of his role with the organization that has evolved from a regional wrestling company to a global entertainment giant.

He will discuss specific legal issues – many of which have been high-profile, media-sensitive matters – including criminal trials, wrongful death claims, libel suits, congressional investigations, sexual harassment claims, CTE lawsuit and now the rebirth of the XFL, a spring football league.

Oil and Gas Insurance Basics

1 Substantive Credits
55 minutes
Presented By: Environment and Energy Law Section
Date Recorded: June 6, 2019

This program will cover the basics of what it takes to properly manage oil and gas risks on pad sites, as well as compliance for service contractors who service the site. The program will walk through why proper MSA terms are important and how risk management and transfer have evolved. Mitigating risk is a huge benefit to members of the legal community who practice in this field, and this program will cater to them. It will be a blend of how the legal works with the insurance community to protect both the oil and gas businesses and their employees.

Oil and Gas Well Plugging Liability in Pennsylvania

1 Substantive Credits
61 minutes
Presented By: Environment and Energy Law Section
Date Recorded: April 26, 2019

This panel discussion will feature speakers with experience in a variety of important areas relating to well plugging in Pennsylvania:

Jeff Walentosky is professional geologist, President and CEO of Moody and Associates, a geologic and environmental consulting firm that assists in well plugging operations and gas migration issues. Mr. Walentosky will give a technical and visual overview of the well plugging process.

Rick Watling is an Assistant Counsel in the Office of Chief Counsel for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Mr. Watling will speak about a recent consent order regarding plugging obligations and liability for more than 1,400 abandoned wells.

Robert Burns is a Shareholder at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. Mr. Burns will speak about his past experience litigating well plugging issues, the interplay between well plugging and coal operations, and updated statutory and regulatory developments regarding such interplay.

Brian Pulito is a Member at Steptoe & Johnson. Mr. Pulito will speak about recent legal developments regarding personal liability related to the failure to comply with well plugging obligations.

The discussion will be moderated by Howard Wein, Of Counsel at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney.

Police Misconduct Update: SCOTUS, Third Circuit and Western District

2 Substantive Credits
121 minutes
Presented By: Civil Rights Litigation Committee
Date Recorded: April 16, 2019

This CLE program will provide a substantive update on police misconduct cases from the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and the U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania. The program will cover cases from Jan. 1, 2018 to the present. Included topics will be qualified immunity, excessive force, first amendment retaliatory arrest, malicious prosecution and officer-involved shootings.

Your Honor, You Erred Because…Navigating Rule 1925(b)

1 Substantive Credit
56 minutes
Presented By: Appellate Practice Committee
Date Recorded: June 14, 2019

The Statement of Errors Complained of on Appeal can be both an effective tool and a trap for the unwary. An effective statement should both inform the trial judge of the precise issues to address in the trial court opinion and preserve those issues for appeal.

Join a panel of appellate jurists and practitioners for an informative discussion of how to utilize the Rule 1925(b) statement to your client’s best advantage. Topics covered will include choosing which issues to raise, limitations on the number of issues to present, effective setting forth of the errors asserted, preservation of subsidiary issues, citing errors in seemingly vague trial decisions and waiver of issues. Examples of effective Statements of Errors will be discussed.

The Past, Present And Future Of 'Amateurism' In Division 1 College Athletics

1 Substantive Credit
62 minutes
Presented By: Homer S. Brown Division
Date Recorded: June 14, 2018

In this hour, we will examine past and current prominent cases that have impacted/continue to impact the concept of “amateurism” in the NCAA. We will also dive into recent by-laws affecting representation by certified agents (Men’s basketball) as well as the overall “need” for agents in the future.

The Road Ahead: Our Autonomous Future

1.5 Substantive and .5 Ethics Credits
108 minutes
Presented By: ACBA CLE
Date Recorded: May 3, 2019

The global mobility market is worth more than $6 trillion and will be transformed by technology, much of which is being pioneered right here in the Pittsburgh region. In one of the hubs for self-driving cars, Pittsburgh residents not only regularly hear stories about how these vehicles will change our lives, but local residents actually share the road with them.

Much of the news from this industry concerns the engineering, economic and/or public-reaction aspects of these vehicles. But what are the legal issues affecting their development and adoption? This program aims to cover basic legal topics, including terminology and related problems; regulators and their powers; insurance; collisions and litigation; and ethical and moral questions. The presentation should boost attendees’ understanding of this revolutionary and inevitable part of the future and shed light on how much remains to be accomplished.

Selecting Construction Arbitrators - Issues and Considerations

1 Substantive Credit
58 minutes
Presented By: ACBA CLE
Date Recorded: April 10, 2019

Selecting the arbitrator(s) is one of the most important decisions for all parties involved in construction arbitration proceedings. During this program, the panel, led by Michael Marra and Louis Martinez, from AAA will discuss key considerations in making this decision from the point of view of both the AAA, as well as from that of arbitrators and counsel. Specific topics to be covered include:

  • Arbitrator experience
  • Case management skills
  • Approach to discovery
  • Dynamics within a tribunal

The Do’s and Don’ts of Family Law Master’s Practice

2 Substantive Credits
118 minutes
Presented By: Family Law Section
Date Recorded: April 25, 2019

Attendees will meet the new masters sitting on Allegheny County family court and learn the “do's and don'ts” of practicing in front of them. During the program, each master will run through what to do - and what not to do - when practicing in front of them. Major topics will include an overview of master's practice and procedure; drafting pre-trial statements; preparing for conciliations prior to trial; and parsing out relevant evidence and testimony at trial. Additionally, how best to prepare a case for presentation to the master for complex support, equitable distribution and enforcement issues will be covered.

Tips and Tools to Tackle Vicarious Trauma

1.5 Ethics Credits
86 minutes
Presented By: Homer S. Brown Division
Date Recorded: April 29, 2019

Vicarious trauma – the internal transformation experienced by attorneys who come into contact with a traumatic situation, information or materials – is a real problem in the legal profession. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about vicarious trauma and the impact it can have on them as practitioners. Attendees will hear from attorneys who are committed to pro bono and “low bono” work, and how through engaging in that work, they experienced vicarious trauma. Panelists will engage with attendees in an interactive manner to share tools and tips that can be helpful in combating vicarious trauma. Additionally, attendees will learn how to look for warning signs that they may be experiencing vicarious trauma.

Keynote Remix 2018 - The Highs And Lows Of Medical Marijuana—Ethical Perspectives

1 Substantive Credit
61 minutes
Bench Bar Conference Program Committee
Date Recorded: June 15, 2018

Attendees are invited to a discussion of timely issues in the ever-changing field of medical marijuana law. Four dynamic speakers will discuss navigating the legal and ethical issues of medical marijuana, including employment issues, banking concerns and criminal ramifications. The speakers will also offer a brief legislative primer on where issues currently state, and the overall medical marijuana climate.

Wake up with the Judges - Business of the Courts

1 Substantive Credit
62 minutes
Presented By: Bench-Bar Conference Committee
Date Recorded: June 14, 2019

Local courts often employ different policies for the administration of cases. Judicial leadership from federal and state courts will discuss what procedures work best for each court and division and what modifications and new protocol might be considered to make Western Pennsylvania a better place to practice. Topics will include master versus individual calendars, motions court practices and to what extent the decision-maker should be involved in efforts to settle a case.

Presenting With Impact: How to Hit Your Points While Keeping Them Awake

1 Substantive Credit
56 minutes
ACBA CLE
Date Recorded: February 22, 2019

This CLE will offer advice, tips and strategies for giving a presentation … not just any presentation, but one that is impactful, memorable and, well, interesting.

Specific topics to be covered include:

    • Ways of removing stress from presenting.
    • Ideas for keeping your audience engaged.
    • Goals for how much to present and how to present it.
    • The beginning, the middle and the end: how to build your presentation with purpose.
    • Building an effective PowerPoint.
    • Knowing the topic and selling your points.
    • Understanding and gauging your audience.