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 Director of CLE Christina Daub at 412-402-6610 or cdaub@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.


On-Site Live Video Replay

Can’t come to us, then we’ll come to you! If you have a group of 10 or more, the ACBA will bring the Live Video Replays of CLEs to your office. This one-of-a-kind service provides convenient delivery to firms or companies throughout the region. You provide the space, we provide the credit! Because these are live, in-person video replays – rather than online sessions – the credits count toward your live CLE credit requirement.

 

CLE Learning

Interested in this service?

Look at the listing of CLE offerings below, and pick the course that interests your group. Then contact ACBA CLE coordinator Howard Booth at 412-402-6614 or hbooth@acba.org and schedule a time that works for your group.

Requests should be made a minimum of 5 business days in advance and sessions must be scheduled between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on ACBA business days. The cost for “on site” replays to a group is $30 per credit hour for members, $50 per credit nonmembers.




Substantive Courses

Alcoholic Beverages and Nonprofit Organizations

1.5 Substantive Credits
Presented by: ACBA
Time Duration: 89 mins
Date Recorded: 2/18/2019

Course Description
Nonprofit organizations often make use of alcohol during fundraising and other events, but nonprofit leaders are not always sure what is and is not permitted under Pennsylvania law. In this program, attendees will learn the fundamentals involved in serving alcohol at events, selling alcohol, giving alcohol away for free and raffling off alcohol, among other matters. This presentation will be very useful to anyone who counsels nonprofits, works at a nonprofit, sits on a nonprofit board, or volunteers for nonprofits.

An Introduction to Telemedicine and the Future of Patient Care

1 Substantive Credits
Presented by: ACBA Workers' Compensation Section
Time Duration: 60 mins.
Date Recorded: 2/28/2020

Course Description
Imagine “visiting” your doctor via FaceTime, getting a diagnosis and subsequent prescription all without leaving your home? That’s telemedicine, and it’s the wave of the future.

This presentation will focus on telemedicine with particular emphasis on occupational injuries and workers’ compensation.

The program will define what telemedicine is in workers’ compensation. Specifics to be covered include injuries, patient experiences, patient privacy, state regulations (including paneling/direction of care, types of provider and billing). Additionally, the program will cover what the future of telemedicine holds.

Attorney Office Space - Options and Considerations - 9-20-19

1 Substantive Credit
Presented by: ACBA
Time Duration: 61 mins.
Date Recorded: 9/10/2019

Course Description
An expert panel will discuss strategies and options to consider when deciding where to locate your practice and finding suitable space for your particular needs. The factors to consider in deciding among those many options will be covered.

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

1 Substantive Credit
Presented by: LGBT Rights Committee
Time Duration: 62 mins
Date Recorded: 6/15/2018

Course Description
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.

This year marks the launch of a new Local Rule in Allegheny County, creating a special track within the Civil Division of the Court of Common Pleas for name changes involving vulnerable populations. This was created largely in response to the experiences of transgender people in the name change process. Administrative Judge Christine Ward will discuss why the new Rule was created, how the procedure for name changes will work and how it can also protect clients who are victims of abuse, harassment, or other crimes, whether transgender or cisgender.

An Overview of Trusts

2 Substantive Credits
Presented by: ACBA
Time Duration: 123 mins.
Date Recorded: 3/20/2019

Course Description
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.

Are you Lawyering or Laboring?

1 Substantive Credit
Presented by: ACBA
Time Duration: 55 mins.
Date Recorded: 9/10/2019

Course Description
This program will provide you with the seven steps to reduce interruptions and chores for a highly productive law firm. You'll learn how to identify distractions and reduce them, understand communications systems that help you manage the business side of running a law firm or solo practice, how to start using those systems and how to maximize their impact.

Asylum Law for Non-Immigration Lawyers

2 Substantive Credits
Presented by: Immigration Law Committee
Time Duration: 114 mins
Date Recorded: 2/6/2019

Course Description
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.

Constitutional Rights in the Digital Age: Is There an App for That?

2 Substantive Credits
Presented by: ACBA YLD Education Committee
Time Duration: 106 mins.
Date Recorded: 8/29/2019

Course Description
We all live in a world of constant technological advancement, and the law is forced to advance and adapt with this rapid growth. However, the law often struggles to keep pace with the ever-changing, technological world. This seminar will afford attendees the knowledge necessary to effectively handle criminal cases involving modern technology including warrantless cell phone tower ping searches, facial recognition software and recreational drone use.

Criminal Law for the Non-Criminal Attorney

1 Substantive Credit
Presented by: ACBA YLD Education Committee
Time Duration: 64 mins.
Date Recorded: 12/10/2018

Course Description
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.

Crisis Communication: A Guide for Safeguarding Brand Equity, Reputation & Bottom Line

2 Substantive Credits
Presented by: ACBA
Time Duration: 118 mins.
Date Recorded: 5/31/2018

Course Description
Crises can take many forms for companies and individuals, and these crises can have quite an impact in the public eye. But, whether they are accidental, financial, legal, or otherwise, there is one thing that all affected businesses and people have in common: a critical need for a crisis response that includes effective communication with key stakeholders.

By attending this CLE class, attorneys will develop a deeper understanding of core crisis communication concepts and tools, gain valuable insight into harnessing the power of traditional and social media in times of crisis, and learn how crisis communication and legal strategies complement one another.

COVID in Schools from the Perspective of Pennsylvania Teachers

1 Substantive Credit, 1 Ethics Credits
Presented by: ACBA CLE
Time Duration: 114 mins.
Date Recorded: 7/16/2020

Course Description
There are countless legal angles regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, but this program will take a look at the issue from the point of view of Pennsylvania teachers and educators. A panel featuring a retired public school teacher-turned-attorney, an attorney representing members of the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers (PFT) and an ethics trainer with the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association will cover an array of related topics. This CLE is ideal not only for solicitors representing schools and educational institutions, but also attorneys who are parents of school aged children.

Covid-19 Tax Update

1 Substantive Credit
Presented by: ACBA Taxation Section
Time Duration: 58 mins.
Date Recorded: 7/28/2020

Course Description
This program will offer a tax-focused update on recent legislation passed in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The seminar will cover paycheck protection program loans, tax credits available to employers under the CARES Act, payroll tax deferral and changes made to the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Crisis Communication - A Guide for Safeguarding Brand Equity Amid COVID-19

1.5 Substantive Credits
Presented by: ACBA CLE
Time Duration: 91 mins.
Date Recorded: 6/8/2020

Course Description
Crises can take many forms for companies and individuals, and these crises can have quite an impact in the public eye. This is evident now, more than ever, as the globe deals with a pandemic. But, whether they are accidental, financial, legal or something else entirely, there is one thing that all affected businesses and people have in common: a critical need for a crisis response.

In the 21st century, crisis communication is driven by today’s fast-paced, digital environment. Crisis communication requires specialized strategic and tactical knowledge, skills and experience. The challenges posed by a 24/7 news cycle, the internet, and increased pressure from internal and external stakeholders demand a holistic crisis response that transcends the legal framework.

By attending this CLE class, attorneys will develop a deeper understanding of core crisis communication concepts and tools, gain valuable insight into harnessing the power of traditional and social media in times of crisis, and learn how crisis communication and legal strategies complement one another.

Divorce Law 101

1 Substantive Credit
Presented by: ACBA Family Law Section
Time Duration: 59 mins.
Date Recorded: 9/27/2019

Course Description
Interested in family law but want a refresher on the basics? Want to help those in need with simple divorces?

This program will cover the basic procedural steps and other considerations needed to obtain a divorce. Those attending this program will be able to volunteer for the ACBF Divorce Law Project and assist low-income clients obtain divorces.

The program will review how the ACBF Divorce Law Project works, the procedures for filing for divorce and the special rules for serving defendants in family law cases. Sample forms and correspondence for representing clients through the ACBF Divorce Law Project and the factors to consider whether a simple divorce is appropriate also will be covered.

Does Your Brand Have Bandwidth

1 Substantive Credit
Presented by: ACBA
Time Duration: 58 mins.
Date Recorded: 9/10/2019

Course Description
In 2019, an attorney's "brand" is, in many ways, as important as his or her legal knowledge. This program will take a holistic view on how clients find - and engage - with your brand in today's day-and age. Specific topics to be covered include brands and brandwidth, offline brand vs. online brand, and crucial metrics that illustrate the importance of an attorney's brand. Additionally, the seven trends attorneys need to recognize for the future will be covered.

Education in the Era of COVID-19

1 Substantive Credit
Presented by: ACBA School and Municipal Law Section
Time Duration: 59 mins.
Date Recorded:5/20/2020

Course Description
The Coronavirus crisis is impacting multiple areas of society, including education.

During this program, experienced attorneys will address the changing legal landscape of education as a result of pandemic-driven school closures. This CLE will provide relevant and timely information for attorneys with school clients and attorneys who are experiencing these changes on a more personal level as parents.

Specific topics to be addressed include distance learning, special education compliance, school policies and uncertainties facing schools as the 2020-2021 school year approaches, with a focus on the economic forecast and budgeting.

E-filing in Allegheny County Orphans’ Court

1 Substantive Credit
Presented by: Probate and Trust Law Section
Time Duration: 69 mins.
Date Recorded: 5/23/2019

Course Description
In this highly informative CLE, attendees will be offered a step-by-step demonstration on how to e-file documents in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Orphans’ Court Division and Department of Court Records of Allegheny County. Each step from creating a login and password to uploading and submitting filings will be discussed and displayed by the Chief Technology Officer for the County of Allegheny. Those in attendance will learn the many advantages to e-filing and who to contact for assistance.

Electronic Evidence: Collecting, Preserving and Reviewing Critical Information

1 Substantive Credits
Presented by: ACBA
Time Duration: 67 mins.
Date Recorded: 2/6/2020

Course Description
In today’s day-and-age, electronic evidence is a critical aspect of many types of cases.

The type and location of electronic evidence and data that may be relevant in an employee investigation or trade secret lawsuit is ever growing and changing. Employers and employees routinely use business and personal computers and email, mobile devices containing call logs, texts, photos, HR and accounting databases, ShareFile, as well as Microsoft Teams, Slack, Instagram, cloud storage, Google Docs, WhatsApp, and other applications. And that’s just some of them.

Potentially relevant evidence may be exclusively in the control of the employer, while other relevant data may reside solely with an employee or third party. During this presentation, electronic evidence experts from bit-x-bit will discuss how they forensically collect, preserve and review data on a variety of devices, platforms and systems.

Equitable Distribution of Oil, Gas and Mineral Rights in Family Law

1.5 Substantive Credits
Presented by: Committee on Family Law
Time Duration: 88 mins
Date Recorded: 7/24/2018

Course Description
In Western Pennsylvania, many people include oil and gas rights among their assets.

Equitable distribution of oil and gas rights presents unique and complicated issues. This program will examine and discuss practical solutions to these challenges, including the severance of oil/gas rights, the carving out of executive rights and the need for accurate and reliable valuation reports.

Examining Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace

1 Substantive Credit
Presented by: ACBA
Time Duration: 63 mins.
Date Recorded: 3/27/2019

Course Description
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.

Financial Planning Strategies for Attorneys Nearing Retirement

1 Substantive Credit
Presented by: ACBA Senior Attorneys Committee
Time Duration: 56 mins.
Date Recorded: 10/29/2019

Course Description
Do you have enough saved? When should you start drawing on your saved funds? How do government benefits impact your plan? This program will focus on financial planning strategies, particularly for those attorneys nearing retirement.

Specific points to be covered include:

How much is enough Defining the time horizon Defining risk shouldn’t be terrifying Locking it in or riding it out Insurance Life Cycle Social Security The "Retirement Red Zone"

Helping Your Law Practice Thrive During the Pandemic

1 Substantive Credits
Presented by: ACBA CLE
Time Duration: 56 mins.
Date Recorded: 6/26/2020

Course Description
The COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted the practice of law, from working remotely to virtual client meetings to promoting your online office. This program will offer strategies designed to help your practice thrive amid the pandemic. Digital marketing and legal research professionals will discuss ways your law firm can adapt – and even thrive – amid the new working environment. The panel will discuss topics such as making sure your firm and your brand are visible, using social media and conducting meetings through online platforms and virtual resources to help firms be more flexible and thrive during these times.

How 'Our Family Wizard' Can Benefit the Parties and the Court in Custody Litigation

1 Substantive Credit
Presented by: ACBA Family Law Section
Time Duration: 60 mins.
Date Recorded: 6/14/2019

Course Description
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 program will focus on communications between litigants in custody disputes. It will demonstrate how "Our Family Wizard" can assist those litigants in managing those communications and reduce the typical "he said, she said" in custody disputes. In addition to showing how the parties can better manage their relationship, the program also will go into detail on how judges and attorneys use these electronic communications when the parties cannot amicably resolve their disputes. In particular, the panel will address relevant evidentiary and credibility issues with these communications and the use of these items in Motions and Petitions.

In the Squared Circle: 30 Years of Representing WWE

2 Substantive Credits
Presented by: ACBA
Time Duration: 122 mins.
Date Recorded: 5/1/2019

Course Description
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.

Jury Selection and Management: An Engineered Group Dynamics Approach

2 Substantive Credits
Presented by: ACBA Federal Court Section and Criminal Litigation Section
Time Duration: 104 mins.
Date Recorded: 10/25/2019

Course Description
Jury selection and management are among the most critical aspects of a trial. This program will examine the strategy and process of jury selection from an engineered group dynamics approach. Specific topics to be covered include:

An Engineered Group Dynamics Approach

Introduction - Before You Start
  • Know the strengths and weaknesses of the case
  • Know the first draft of your story
  • Know what you have to “sell”
  • Know who would “buy” and who would “resell”

General Principles of Group Dynamics
  • Social combinations
  • Leadership
  • Roles within groups

Juries as Task-Oriented Groups
  • Organizational dynamics in task-oriented groups
  • Stages in group development
  • Anticipating group dynamics during deliberations
  • Impact of decision rules on group dynamics

Effective Voir Dire
  • What to ask and why to ask it
  • Deselection and Rehabilitation

A Case Study – Plan into Action.

This program has been approved for 2 hours of Substantive CLE credits.


Landlord-Tenant Mediation and Pro-Bono Training

4 Substantive Credits
Presented by: Pro Bono Center
Time Duration: 250 mins
Date Recorded: 10/2/2019

Course Description
This program is designed for those lawyers interested in becoming certified Landlord-Tenant Arbitrators, Mediators and/or volunteer lawyers who will participate with the Allegheny County Housing Court Pilot Program.

Participants will learn from experienced landlord-tenant practitioners who will cover landlord-tenant law, the procedural rules relating to filings, establishing supersedes, appeals from magisterial district courts and evictions.

Additionally, the program will include mediation training where the key traits and best practices of a successful mediation will be explained. During the mediation training session, The Hon. Alan Hertzberg will outline factors that can be used to encourage resolution in landlord-tenant disputes.

Law Firm Metrics for Strategic Decision-Making Success

1 Substantive Credits
Presented by: ACBA
Time Duration: 57 mins.
Date Recorded: 2/5/2020

Course Description
Essentially all attorneys want to grow their practices. But getting there is not always a tangible process. This program will focus on the specific numbers and metrics attorneys need to make their practices grow.

Specific topics to be covered include:

• Creating your individualized money map to get the life you want. • Dashboarding the 28 key performance indicators you need to make strategic decisions for practice/firm. (Stop guessing and only dealing with what’s on fire). • Seeing how patterns provide clues to peak performance. • Getting free excel dashboards to get you from where you are to where you want to be.

The Life of a Labor Contract: Negotiating the Contract


Presented by: ACBA Labor and Employment Law Section
Time Duration: 122 mins.
Date Recorded: 3/13/2020

Course Description
The actual negotiating of a collective bargaining agreement is the bread-and-butter of an attorney’s role in labor contracts. These negotiations are the reason many attorneys go into this practice area.

The process of free collective bargaining is a high-stakes, demanding and intricate process with its fair share of gamesmanship and ethical challenges. Forces from outside the bargaining table, intransigent personalities within the ranks, or internal political drama are just some of the challenges that test the patience and reputation of the negotiator.

This program will explore – through the prism of a panel of local labor attorneys – what they were never taught in law school about the process of free collective bargaining.

Specifics to be covered include:

Preparing for negotiations
Formulation of Proposals
Legal considerations concerning conduct at the negotiating table
Key issues in contemporary bargaining
Contract costing concepts
Unwritten rules of bargaining etiquette and/or engagement

Making Government Benefits Work for You: Understanding Social Security and Medicare

1.5 Substantive Credit
Presented by: ACB
Time Duration: 81 mins.
Date Recorded: 10/17/2019

Course Description
Everyone knows that Social Security and Medicare are important resources available to them in retirement, but few people – even highly educated individuals – really understand the details and nuances. This session will provide a detailed look at how government benefits can work for you and your spouse. Specifics to be covered include when and how to start receiving Social Security benefits, opportunities to increase your benefits throughout retirement and understanding your options and when to enroll in Medicare. This program is ideal not only for attorneys approaching retirement age, but also for attorneys of any age who want to begin to understand how these benefits can impact long-term retirement planning.

Mediation in the Time of COVID-19

1 Substantive Credit
Presented by: ACBA Federal Court Section
Time Duration: 55 mins
Date Recorded: 5/4/20

Course Description
Things have changed in most areas of life, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and that includes mediation and ADR.

This interactive session will be hosted by three experienced mediators: Sally Cimini, Carole Katz and Selina Shultz. They will discuss remote mediations and compare and contrast them to in-person mediations.

Specifics will include:

Description of how remote mediations by Zoom work
What’s the same and what’s different about in-person vs. remote mediations
Pre-work
Confidentiality and security
Joint sessions
Private separate sessions (including a demonstration of the “breakout room” Zoom function)
The flow of the typical day
Other interactions during the course of the mediation
Papering the deal

Meet You in [Corporate] Hell!

1 Substantive Credit
Presented by: ACBA
Time Duration: 56 mins.
Date Recorded: 1/17/2020

Course Description
Ron Schuler, the author of “The Steel Bar,” presents a one-hour substantive CLE on corporate issues arising out of the tempestuous business relationship between Andrew Carnegie and Henry Clay Frick. The program will cover issues arising from the Johnstown Flood and the Homestead Strike through the “World’s Greatest Lawsuit” and the founding of U.S. Steel. The program will examine issues such as the limits of corporate authority and powers, limited liability, buyout agreements and M&A through the lens of 19th century Pennsylvania corporation law.

Navigating Remote Depositions

1 Substantive Credit
Presented by: ACBA
Time Duration: 53 mins.
Date Recorded:4/28/2020

Course Description
The Coronavirus crisis has changed the way the world does business, including attorneys. For instance, in Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the temporary suspension of physical presence of stenographers to swear in witnesses, among other changes.

As a result, remote depositions are permissible for the first time, on a temporary basis. But how does that happen, exactly?

During this program, professionals from Network Deposition Services will explore best practices for conducting a deposition remotely. Specifics to be covered include:

• Options for cloud-based conference and the ‘ins and outs” of the most widely used web deposition software: Zoom
• The most effective methods for presenting exhibits
• Ways to include participants with minimal access to technology
• How to adapt your deposition style to accommodate remote methods

Oil and Gas Insurance Basics

1 Substantive Credit
Presented by: ACBA Environment and Energy Law Section
Time Duration: 55 mins.
Date Recorded: 6/6/2019

Course Description
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 Credit
Presented by: ACBA Environment and Energy Law Section
Time Duration: 61 mins.
Date Recorded: 4/26/2019

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

Optimizing COVID-19 Readiness and Organizational Response

1.5 Substantive Credits
Presented by: ACBA CLE
Time Duration: 85 mins.
Date Recorded:4/24/2020

Course Description
COVID-19 has already changed how companies of all sizes do business around the globe, and those changes will continue long after the virus has passed. This webinar will focus on COVID-19 and discuss what management teams across industries and geographical regions should do in order to optimize their companies’ COVID-19 readiness and responses.

Specifics to be covered include: organizational readiness, information collection and analysis, impact assessment and scenario planning, effective leadership in times of crisis and internal and external stakeholder communication. Other important tasks and success factors also will specifically be addressed. In addition, the webinar will provide lessons learned and an interactive question-and-answer session.

Police Misconduct Update: SCOTUS, Third Circuit and Western District

2 Substantive Credits
Presented by: ACBA Civil Rights Committee
Time Duration: 121 mins.
Date Recorded: 4/16/2019

Course Description
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.

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

1 Substantive Credit
Presented by: ACBA
Time Duration: 56 mins.
Date Recorded: 2/22/2019

Course Description
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.

Selecting Construction Arbitrators - Issues and Considerations

1 Substantive Credit
Presented by: ACBA
Time Duration: 58 mins.
Date Recorded: 4/10/2019

Course Description
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.

Remote Work and Mobile Devices: Is Your Data Safe?

1 Substantive Credit
Presented by: ACBA CLE
Time Duration: 55 mins.
Date Recorded: 5/27/2020

Course Description
With the recent shift to increased remote work, the frequency of business conducted via mobile devices undoubtedly has increased as well, exposing users to critical risks, including data loss, cyber-attacks and exfiltration of corporate assets.

This webinar, led by a certified forensic analyst and senior attorney, will detail best practices for mitigating the risks of mobile device usage, as well as recovery of deleted information and remote collection of mobile data. In addition, the webinar will review important new guidance on ethical considerations facing lawyers managing client matters remotely.

Supreme Court Update: Cases of Interest to Labor and Employment Practitioners - 9-23-19

1 Substantive Credit
Presented by: ACBA Labor and Employment Section
Time Duration: 55 mins.
Date Recorded: 9/1/2019

Course Description
In this popular annual program, attorney Terry Murphy will provide his Annual Update of U.S. Supreme Court Cases of Interest to Labor Employment Practitioners from the 2018-19 term. The Update will discuss recent decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition, it will examine Supreme Court trends, and what they could mean for future cases.

Technology in Your Practice

1 Substantive Credit
Presented by: ACBA
Time Duration: 65 mins
Date Recorded: 9/10/2019

Course Description
An expert speaker will discuss the different technology tools and options that lawyers use in practicing law and in managing their practices, some of the differences between managing smaller and larger firms, the costs - and pros and cons - of different technology tools and options.

The ABCs of CBAs in Pro Sports

1 Substantive Credit
Presented by: ACBA
Time Duration: 61 mins
Date Recorded: 3/15/2019

Course Description
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.

The Continued Evolution of Title IX: Highlights of the New Regulations

1 Substantive Credit
Presented by: ACBA CLE
Time Duration: 60 mins.
Date Recorded: 6/1/2020

Course Description
United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ new Title IX regulations – published May 6, 2020 and effective August 14, 2020 – will substantially change the requirements for the handling of sexual misconduct claims in all institutions that provide educational programs or activities and accept federal funds. Institutional policies, processes and practices surrounding sexual misconduct will all be impacted. As a result, litigation may increase, and litigation strategies will evolve.

In this session, lawyers representing higher education institutions, K-12 schools and teaching hospitals, as well as those representing individuals, will learn from those in the field about the key regulatory changes, balancing the important legal obligations and rights, and other practical tips.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Family Law Master’s Practice - 04-30-19

2 Substantive Credits
Presented by: ACBA Family Law Section
Time Duration: 118 mins.
Date Recorded: 4/25/2019

Course Description
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.

The Numbers You Need to Know to Double Your Revenue

1 Substantive Credit
Presented by: ACBA
Time Duration: 49 mins.
Date Recorded: 9/10/2019

Course Description
Wendy Witt, an ACBA member and nationally recognized attorney coach, helps attorneys build million dollar practices.  In this hands-on, interactive workshop, you will learn the numbers and tangible metrics you need to know to duble your revenue.  Attendees will walk away from this program with a personalized money map to double revenue, the No. 1 formula for law firm success and indivudualized law firm business strategy tips.  Talking about growing revenue is common, but this program will give the specific numbers and metrics needed to make it happen.

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

1 Substantive Credit
Presented by: ACBA HSBD
Time Duration: 62 mins.
Date Recorded: 6/14/2019

Course Description
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 Credits and .5 Ethics Credit
Presented by: ACBA
Time Duration: 108 mins
Date Recorded: 5/3/2019

Course Description
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.

Understanding Allegheny County Environmental Law with the ACHD

1 Substantive Credit
Presented by: ACBA Environment and Energy Law Section
Time Duration: 62 mins.
Date Recorded: 8/20/2019

Course Description
Formed in 1957, the mission of the Allegheny County Health Department is to protect, promote and preserve the health and well-being of the 1.2 million residents of Allegheny County, particularly the most vulnerable. This program will focus on the ACHD’s Air Quality Program. Topics will include the Air Quality Program’s permitting process, enforcement procedures and regulatory process. The program also will include information on the ACHD’s other environmental programs which include Plumbing, Housing and Community Environment; Water Pollution Control and Waste Management; and Food Safety. The program will walk through the process of taking an appeal before the Administrative Hearing Officer. It also will provide tips on filing an appeal and litigating a case before the Hearing Officer.

Wake Up with the Judges Program - Business of the Courts

1 Substantive Credit
Presented by: ACBA Bench-Bar Conference Committee
Time Duration: 62 mins.
Date Recorded: 6/14/2019

Course Description
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.

What You Need to Know About Allegheny Co. Property Tax Assessment Appeals

1 Substantive Credits
Presented by: ACBA School and Municipal Law Section
Time Duration: 57 mins.
Date Recorded: 2/27/2020

Course Description
t’s always a hot-button issue in Western Pennsylvania: property tax assessments. This program is designed not only for those attorneys who practice as solicitors, taxation attorneys and real estate practitioners, but also for anyone who owns property in Allegheny County or any lawyer who represents these property owners.

The panel will feature an attorney representing property owners, a school district solicitor and the Solicitor for the Allegheny County Board of Property Assessments and Appeals Review (BPAAR).

Specific topics to be covered include:

• Local Rules for BPAAR
• Residential vs. commercial appeals
• The best evidence to present during appeals
• Managing client expectations
• Recent cases and legal developments
• Assessment and appeals practice tips

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

1 Substantive Credits
Presented by: ACBA Appellate Practice Committee
Time Duration: 56 mins.
Date Recorded: 6/14/2019

Course Description
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.


Ethics Courses

A Look at the Ethics of Physical Evidence at a Crime Scene

1 Ethics Credits
Presented by: ACBA Criminal Litigation Section
Time Duration: 69 mins.
Date Recorded: 7/22/2020

Course Description
This CLE will be a review and discussion of the legal and ethical problems when physical evidence of a crime is given or otherwise known to defense counsel. This course is essential for anyone that handles criminal defense work. A serious criminal defense practitioner needs to fully understand what their responsibilities are when they or their investigator comes across physical evidence or evidence from a witness.

Ethical Considerations in Drafting Contracts

1 Ethics Credit
Presented by: LawPay
Time Duration: 57 mins.
Date Recorded: 5/20/2019

Course Description
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. 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.

Impairment in the Legal Profession and What YOU Can Do About It

1 Ethics Credit
Presented by: ACBA Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers
Time Duration: 65 mins.
Date Recorded: 10/3/2019

Course Description
Recent studies have shown that there has been a dramatic increase in impairment due to alcoholism, addiction and mental health disorders among members of the legal profession. The statistics are compelling and clearly indicate that one out of three attorneys will likely need treatment for substance use or mental health services at some point in their careers.

In addition to a breakdown of the results of the recent ABA/Hazelden Krill report, the program will cover:
  • The early warning signs of impairment, with special emphasis on depression, stress and burnout.
  • The free services that Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers provides to lawyers, judges, their family members and law students.
  • A close look at what barriers exist that prevent lawyers and judges from seeking the help they need will be provided.
  • The role that education plays in breaking the stigma and fear associated with addiction and mental illness in the legal profession.
  • Special emphasis will be placed on what callers to the
  • LCL Confidential Helpline can expect, regardless of whether it is a self-referral or a request for intervention assistance.
  • How best to approach the impaired individual.

Life and Disability Insurance - Protecting Lawyers Families from Debt

1 Ethics Credit
Presented by: ACBA and USI Affinity
Time Duration: 56 mins.
Date Recorded: 8/13/2019

Course Description
Life and disability insurance are crucial for any attorney, yet many practitioners do not have this coverage … or not an adequate amount of it.

Do you know what you need to consider when renewing or purchasing life insurance? Have you thought about what would happen to you if you become disabled? What is the right kind of life and disability insurance coverage for you, your family and your firm?

The seminar – conducted specifically with lawyers in mind – will address life and disability insurance benefits, what coverage to look for and the options to obtain from the provider.

Hear from an industry expert from USI Affinity, and get the right questions to ask before you renew or purchase coverage.

Planning an Exit Strategy for Lawyers of All Ages

3 Ethics Credits
Presented by: ACBA Law Practice Management
Time Duration: 182 mins.
Date Recorded: 12/19/2019

Course Description
Have you thought of the day when you no longer want to practice law? It’s only natural for all lawyers to think about this. But stopping your practice will involve a well-thought-out “exit strategy.” Have you given this any thought?

When you completed your most recent Pennsylvania attorney registration form, you were asked whether you had a Succession Plan. In order to protect your clients’ interests, as well as to protect your family and your own interests, you should prepare a Succession Plan for the time when you leave the practice of law.

Whether you’re close to that point of your career or not, it’s important to start thinking about and understand the dynamics that go into an exit strategy.

This seminar will help attendees understand the whys and hows of leaving the practice, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, the steps that are required to take, and other steps attorneys should consider taking. By the end of this seminar, attendees will have already begun to plan an exit strategy and have an understanding of what happens if you do not plan. Attendees also will have an understanding of the resources available to help with this process. This seminar will address issues that apply to lawyers of all ages, no matter the size of the firm or years of experience, and whether to considering retiring or simply changing careers.

POWER Act: Pro Bono Representation for Survivors of Domestic Violence

1 Ethics Credits
Presented by: ACBA Federal Court Section
Time Duration: 61 mins.
Date Recorded:6/18/2020

Course Description
The POWER Act, passed by U.S. Congress in 2019, requires the chief judge for each judicial district to conduct public events to promote pro bono legal services for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. The Act also requires the judge to organize public events aimed specifically at survivors belonging to trial organizations, if any live within their jurisdiction. A chief judge must, in conducting public events, seek to maximize the local impact and the provision of high-quality pro bono legal services to survivors, according to the Act.

This program will bring awareness to domestic violence situations in the community and provide opportunities for members of the bar to offer pro bono legal services to survivors.

Shifting Landscapes: Adapting Your Firm to Emerging Liability Threats - 29-26-19

1 Ethics Credit
Presented by: ACBA
Time Duration: 58 mins.
Date Recorded: 9/12/2019

Course Description
This program will examine ways to minimize the threat of professional liability claims, with focus on attorneys in small and mid-sized firms.

An expert panel will cover topics such as managing firm finances in today’s legal market, ethically limiting the scope of your legal representations and strategically documenting files to enhance defenses against professional liability claims.

Attorneys have access to highly sensitive information and large sums of money, and although they are experts in many areas, many are not on the cutting edge of new technology. Recognizing this, hackers have set their sights on the legal profession in recent years. As a result, the cyber threat to law firms has never been higher.

Specifics to be covered include:
  • Recommended actions to manage firm finances
  • A review of limiting scope in engagement letters
  • Proper documentation benefits
  • The evolving legal and ethical duties of attorneys to protect against cyber incidents
  • An examination of several phishing tactics adapted from real cyber claims

The Impaired Lawyer

1 Ethics Credit
Presented by: Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers
Time Duration: 59 mins.
Date Recorded: 11/2/2018

Course Description
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.

The Road Ahead: Our Autonomous Future

1.5 Substantive Credits and .5 Ethics Credit
Presented by: ACBA
Time Duration: 108 mins
Date Recorded: 5/3/2019

Course Description
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.

Tips and Tools to Tackle Vicarious Trauma

1.5 Ethics Credits
Presented by: ACBA HSBD
Time Duration: 86 mins.
Date Recorded: 4/29/2019

Course Description
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.

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

1 Ethics Credit
Presented by: ACBA and USI
Time Duration: 61 mins.
Date Recorded: 2/28/2019

Course Description
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.”

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

1 Ethics Credit
Presented by: ACBA WLD
Time Duration: 63 mins.
Date Recorded: 6/13/2019

Course Description
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.

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 Credits
Presented by: ACBA Institute for Gender Equality
Time Duration: 80 mins.
Date Recorded: 7/24/2018

Course Description
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.

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.