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 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, $45 per credit nonmembers.

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

Ethics Credits

Sex With Clients

1 Ethics Credit
60 minutes
Presented By: ACBA CLE
Date Recorded: March 27, 2018

Sex with clients? It's a bad idea. Sexual relationships with clients, their spouses and/or opposing lawyers create conflicts of interest that can negatively impact an attorney's ability to provide fair legal representation. This holds true even when the relationships don't quite reach the level of sex. Renowned Duquesne University professor Mark Yochum will explore this issue, one that can ruin an attorney's career.  The evolution of the modern rule restricting this behavior is instructive as a matter of professionalism and as a lesson in lawyers' attitudes toward conflicts of interests generally.

Avoiding Law Practice Danger Zones

1 Ethics Credit
53 minutes
Presented By: ACBA CLE
Date Recorded: January 31, 2018

Nearly every attorney has professional liability and malpractice concerns. This program will focus on some common mistakes that can lead to liability issues and ways to avoid them. Specifically, the program will discuss electronic access errors; data blunders; emerging malpractice claim trends; tips for communication with clients; and ethical pitfalls in social media use.

Transgender Rights, Issues and Clients

1.5 Ethics Credits
85 minutes
Presented By: Civil Litigations and LGBT Rights Committee / USI
Date Recorded: November 2, 2017

News headlines in recent months frequently involve transgender legal issues.  Topics range from transgender individuals in the military, schools and the workplace to bathroom debates and general discrimination. During this CLE, the panel will discuss emerging transgender legal topics, the basic ethical components of representing transgender clients and addressing transgender individuals both in and out of the courtroom. The program will also touch on legislation involving transgender issues and related local and state programs.

Growing Trend: Lawyers’ Professional Liability Claims in Estate Planning

1 Ethics Credits
60 minutes
Presented By: ACBA / USI
Date Recorded: August 14, 2017

Lawyers' Professional Liability claims against attorneys who practice in estate planning is sharply on the rise, nationwide. The claims are increasing in both frequency and severity. Contributing factors include the erosion of the privity requirement to bring malpractice claims, ever-changing laws and tax codes, as well as families becoming increasingly inclined to sue in estate matters. This program will focus on identifying some of the most significant underlying causes of recent claims, and it will provide some practical tips to avoid claims against your practice.

ADR in the Year 2030 – No Longer Alternative, and Transforming the Practice of Law

1 Ethics Credits
59 minutes
Presented By: Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
Date Recorded: June 16, 2017

Our panel of experts will share their predictions on how the continued evolution and expansion of ADR will continue to transform the practice of law, and help facilitate the shift away from its historic litigation-centric focus to a renewed emphasis on problem prevention and information resolution.

Intervention Strategies For Legal Professionals

1 Ethics Credits
62 minutes
Presented By: Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers
Date Recorded: June 15, 2017

Lawyers have some of the highest rates of depression and problem drinking among all professionals. We will discuss why attorneys are so at-risk and describe the resources available for assisting colleagues and/or family members in distress within the framework of the motivational interviewing style.

Substantive Credits

The Evolving Role of Municipal Governments in Oil and Gas Drilling

1 Substantive Credit
56 minutes
Presented By: Real Property Section
Date Recorded: April 12, 2018

Oil and natural gas drilling remains a prominent industry in Western Pennsylvania. However, the role and power that municipalities have in deciding the locations where oil and gas companies can drill is undergoing substantial changes.
Numerous recent court cases - as well as others currently on the docket in Pennsylvania's courts - have impacted zoning regulations and municipal government authority regarding permitting and drilling locations.  Attorney John Smith, who has tried several such cases and successfully returned powers to municipal governments, will offer an overview of recent decisions.
Specific cases to be discussed include Robinson Township vs. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation vs. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, among others.

The Golden Rolodex System: How to Create Endless Referrals for Your Practice

1 Substantive Credit
53 minutes
Presented By: ACBA CLE
Date Recorded: April 4, 2018

This fast-paced CLE has been described as "down and dirty," "highly effective," and "immediately actionable."  What you learn about creating endless referrals at noon, you'll implement that afternoon.

Exchange just one hour of your time for this CLE and walk away with a map to building your endless referral system.

You will learn how to:

  • Become the center of influence in your community
  • Identify overlooked referral sources
  • Provide value in ways currently unrecognized
  • Create revenue streams in less time
  • Overcome networking fears and missteps

Man's Best Friend: Fitting Fido into Public Places

1 Substantive Credit
53 minutes
Presented By: ACBA CLE
Date Recorded: April 3, 2018

Animals play a larger role in the lives of people today than ever before. This program will cover the various legal issues affecting animals, including animal welfare and companion animals. A substantial portion of time will be spent discussing the rights of service and therapy animal owners in areas such as housing, employment and public accommodations. The program will be beneficial to attorneys practicing animal law, disability law and employment law, as well as for any attorney who has a companion animal and/or is interested in legal issues affecting companion animals. This program is part of the Young Lawyers Division's 2017-18 BLI Class Project focusing on the intersection of animals and the law.

New Public Access Policy Governing Filings With Appellate/Trial Courts

2 Substantive Credits
113 minutes
Presented By: ACBA CLE
Date Recorded: February 20, 2018

It was one of the ACBA's most popular CLEs of 2017, and now it's back for an encore presentation. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has adopted a new public access policy for the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania: Case Records of Appellate and Trial Courts. The policy will impact how attorneys file legal documents in the trial and appellate courts, beginning January 6, 2018.  During the presentation, participants will receive an overview of the new policy and practical tips to prepare for the policy's implementation.
The new policy:

Specifies the types of information to be safeguarded from public view Requires lawyers to redact confidential and sensitive information in court-filed documents Creates uniform standards specifying how trial and appellate courts respond to requests from the public for case records Applies to the trial and appellate courts throughout Pennsylvania

Additional details to be discussed at the seminar. Additionally, the panel will discuss how the local courts and Department of Court Records intend to implement the policy and how this will affect attorneys' ability to access the dockets.

Artificial Intelligence and Legal Practice

2 Substantive Credit
2 hours 6 minutes
Presented By: ACBA CLE
Date Recorded: February 15, 2018

Artificial Intelligence is revolutionizing the legal profession. This program is designed for anyone interested in learning about Artificial Intelligence, how it is transforming the legal profession, and in what way implementation of an AI strategy and adoption of AI tools can lead to greater efficiencies, productivity and profitability in the practice of law.

Panelists will discuss its application to legal reasoning and legal practice. The program focuses on new developments in legal text analytics as applied to e-discovery and predictive coding; automated contract review and due diligence analysis; and litigation support. These developments will be illustrated with new commercial and research tools. The program will also address practical considerations, including law firm strategy regarding AI, sourcing strategies and considerations in choosing AI tools.

An Examination of Federal Tax Reform

1 Substantive Credit
68 minutes
Presented By: taxation Section
Date Recorded: February 1, 2018

The much talked-about tax reform is now law, and sweeping changes will impact companies and individuals beginning in the current fiscal year. Among the provisions: a lower corporate tax rate, immediate expensing of certain capital expenditures, an immediate charge for earnings and profits held overseas, increased limitations on interest deductibility, and a host of complex international tax rules and other tax reforms.  How will this impact your firms and clients? This program will discuss and provide answers.

Crisis Management for Attorneys and Their Clients

1 Substantive Credit
61 minutes
Presented By: ACBA CLE
Date Recorded: December 5, 2017

Legal controversies today are often tried in the Court of Public Opinion as much as they are in any Court of Law. Therefore, lawyers, law firms and clients have much to gain (or lose) by the way a legal controversy is positioned in both to the public and key stakeholders via both traditional media social media. It's in these arenas where reputations built up over years of good work can be shattered in an instant.  Especially in today's world of “gotcha” journalism, managing a crisis situation, long before trial, is today a necessary skill set for attorneys.  This seminar will focus on a highly-strategic approach to crisis management and crisis communications for a wide variety of situations, enabling attorneys to help their firms and clients move messages forward or mount a defense against an outraged public, unhappy customers or a sudden press onslaught.

Allegheny County Discovery and Complex Court - 2017 Update

1 Substantive Credit
60 minutes
Presented By: Civil Litigation
Date Recorded: December 4, 2017

Staying up on discovery trends and best practices - particularly those from within the local court - can make all the difference in a civil case. This program will feature a discussion with two Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas judges who will discuss the latest discovery trends, practices and dynamics in Allegheny County. The judges will also offer an update on case assignment and management in the Allegheny County Commerce and Complex Litigation Center. The ACBA Civil Litigation Section holiday party will immediately follow the CLE.

Advising Clients on Buy/Sell Agreements

1 Substantive Credit
51 minutes
Presented By: Taxation
Date Recorded: December 1, 2017

Often, ownership exits from a business can be accompanied by misinformation, high emotions and litigation. A properly-crafted buy-sell agreement can mitigate potential negative consequences by documenting the protocol and processes to be followed after a “triggering event” occurs. This program will provide an overview of the primary issues that should be considered when drafting or reviewing a buy-sell agreement to preserve the individual investments of each equity owner, as well as to ensure the success of the business into the future. The program will also highlight the important role played by the business advisor in this process.

Medicare: An Overview for Attorneys

1 Substantive Credit
59 minutes
Presented By: ACBA/USI
Date Recorded: September 14, 2017

Medicare is a complicated, ever-evolving world. This program will offer attorneys an overview of current Medicare-related procedures, practices and trends. The various Medicare enrollment periods and eligibility requirements will be discussed. The program also will cover when and how to enroll in Medicare and Medicare Supplemental plans, the cost of the various components of Medicare, and how Medicare interacts with employer group coverage and other types of non-Medicare coverage. Also discussed will be the various components of Medicare plans (including Part A, Part B, Part C and Part D) and the availability of special-needs plans and low-income subsidies for Medicare enrollees. In addition, the discussion will provide an overview of traditional MediGap plans as well as Medicare Advantage Plans, and Prescription Drug Plans (PDP). The program is sponsored by USI Affinity.

Child Protective Services Law - Know Your Obligations

1 Substantive Credit
54 minutes
Presented By: AMSS Section
Date Recorded: August 17, 2017

Unfortunately, stories of inappropriate relationships between teachers and students, physical abuse by parents and other forms of child abuse are all too common. The Pa. Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) is designed to protect children from abuse, and the law underwent major amendments in recent years. No matter the practice area, lawyers are likely to encounter CPSL questions. This one substantive credit program - designed for attorneys in all practice areas, parents and those simply interested in school safety - will focus on the latest developments with this crucial law. Among the specific topics to be discussed are:

  • What types of suspected abuse must be reported
  • What the law requires of teachers and volunteers
  • Pennsylvania background checks and abuse clearances
  • What to do when a volunteer or applicant has a criminal record
  • How the law applies to contractors working in a school
  • Recent cases involving Child Protective Services Law allegations and violations