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, $45 per credit nonmembers.

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



Ethics Credits

Top 10 Reasons for Malpractice/Ethics Complaints Against Family Law Attorneys

1 Ethics Credits
67 minutes
Presented By: ACBA
Date Recorded: April 20, 2017

Practice family law? Concerned about complaints that you might face? This CLE will discuss the most common ethics complaints and malpractice claims against family law attorneys. The program will address the personal aspect of family law, fee disputes, settlement perception, retaining experts and communication/technology. Also discussed will be unreasonable expectations, drafting documents, incomplete information and client selection.

Cybersecurity: Identifying and Avoiding Risks to Your Practice

1 Ethics Credits
58 minutes
Presented By: FACBA/USI
Date Recorded: February 7, 2017

How secure are your firm›s computer systems and electronic documents? Hacking and cyberattacks are among the greatest risks law firms and companies of all sizes face today. This program will discuss the trends in cyberattacks and the very real threats they pose to legal practices. The speakers will discuss approaches practices can take to manage the risks and tips on what to look for in cloud providers and vendors.

Depression, Anxiety and Suicide Prevention in the Legal Community

2 Ethics Credits
120 minutes
Presented By: Family Law Section
Date Recorded: November 18, 2016

Studies have shown that 61 percent of lawyers report having anxiety concerns and 45 percent report having depression concerns. The suicide rate among lawyers is the fourth-highest among all professions. Unfortunately, due to shame and stigma, most lawyers do not seek help, and their mental health symptoms and conditions remain untreated. In this seminar, Kristie Knights, a licensed psychotherapist and the founder and CEO of the iRise Leadership Institute, will educate attendees and address the difficult topic of suicide as it arises through secondary post-traumatic stress disorder. She will also discuss the lack of self-care on the part of some attorneys. Those attending will learn to understand the symptoms of PTSD, how it impacts their lives and lives of colleagues. Attorneys who attend can learn to recognize the warning signs of suicide and how to care for themselves mentally. This program is being presented by the ACBA Family Law Section to honor the memory of Kristen Humphrey. The section is subsidizing the cost of the program in honor of Kristen and to encourage all practitioners to attend this very important program.

Planning Ahead Guide

1 Ethics Credits
59 minutes
Presented By: Bench Bar Conference
Date Recorded: June 16, 2016

An attorney’s obligation to his or her clients continues even in death. This CLE will help lawyers understand the options to prepare their practices for events such as their disability, retirement or death. According to the Pennsylvania Rules of Professional Conduct (“RPC) 1.3, a lawyer’s duty of diligence includes arranging to safeguard clients’ interests in the event of lawyer death, disability, impairment or incapacity. More particularly, comment 5 to RPC 1.3 provides that“[t]o prevent neglect of client matters in the event of a sole practitioner’s death or disability,the duty of diligence may require that each sole practitioner prepare a plan, in conformity with applicable rules,that designates another competent lawyer to review client files, notify each client of the lawyer’s death or disability, and determine whether there is a need for immediate protective action.” Panelists will explain the mechanics of these issues with special reference to the ACBA’s new publication, “Planning Ahead:A Guide to Protecting Your Clients in the Event of your Disability or Death” and its companion workbook.

Don't Give Up 5 Minutes Before the Miracle (1 Ethics Credit)

1 Ethics Credit
60 minutes
Presented By: Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers
Date Recorded: June 16, 2016

 Sooner or later nearly everyone struggles with how to help a parent, child, colleague or client who has a problem with alcohol, pain killers, tranquilizers or a mental health disorder. LCL’s Executive Director has been down the path of an addition that cost her freedom and almost her life.She is now dedicated to helping others and willshare her personal compelling story and discuss how you can help someone in distress.


Substantive Credits

Breaking Through Bias:  Communication Techniques To Assure Career Advancement

1 Substantive Credit
63 minutes
Presented By: YLD Education Committee
Date Recorded: April 27, 2017

Preparing for a trial can be intimidating, particularly for a young attorney. This program focuses on the role of young lawyers in preparing cases for trial. Even in complex cases, young lawyers are often responsible for motions in limine, proposed voir dire, witness lists, deposition designations, trial subpoenas and more. With trials becoming more rare, young lawyers often lack the opportunity to develop the experience and skills needed to prepare a case for trial. This panel of experienced trial practitioners will share their insight on young lawyers' role on a trial team and what they can do to effectively prepare for trial. 

  This is the fourth in the YLD's “Five Things I Wish I'd Known as a Young Lawyer” series, which offers young lawyers the opportunity to gain valuable insight from experienced practitioners. 

Conducting Workplace Investigations

1 Substantive Credit
65 minutes
Presented By: Labor & Employment Section
Date Recorded: April 21, 2017

Investigations are often necessary to discover, address and prevent workplace problems.  This CLE will cover key considerations, approaches and best practices for conducting effective workplace investigations and minimizing associated risks. Specific topics include the benefits of conducting an investigation, preparing for and structuring an investigation and tips on conducting an investigation.  Additional specific topics include reporting investigation results and important “lessons learned” from investigations.

Breaking Through Bias:  Communication Techniques To Assure Career Advancement

1.5 Substantive Credit
92 minutes
Presented By: Institute for Gender Equality
Date Recorded: April 18, 2017

Women and men enter the legal profession in equal numbers, but women drop out or cut back in their careers far more than do men. The primary reason for this is gender bias and the discrimination, frustration and disengagement women experience as a result of it. But women lawyers can push back, take control of their careers and avoid or overcome the consequences of gender bias. In this highly interactive program, Andie Kramer and Al Harris - authors of “Breaking Through Bias: Communication Techniques for Women to Succeed at Work” - will present a set of communication techniques women lawyers can use to help assure they are evaluated, compensated and promoted comparable to men. The presenters are dynamic speakers and skilled discussion facilitators. Women - and men - will come away with a new perspective on how to assure women's legal careers are satisfying and successful.

Five Things I Wish I'd Known About Oral Arguments as a Young Lawyer

1.5 Substantive Credit
83 minutes
Presented By: YLD Education Committee
Date Recorded: March 3, 2017

Are you a young lawyer preparing to argue your first hearing? Have you already argued before a judge but want to fine–tune your skills? This CLE offers the opportunity for young lawyers to learn directly from accomplished judges and seasoned litigators, who will share practical oral argument tips. Specific topics include taking the first steps to preparing an argument, effectively presenting an argument to the judge and everything in between.   This is the third in the YLD's “Five Things I Wish I'd Known as a Young Lawyer” series, which offers young lawyers the opportunity to gain valuable insight from experienced practitioners.  

Benefit Companies: Sustainable Business Models

1 Substantive Credit
59 minutes
Presented By: Corporate, Banking and Business Law Section
Date Recorded: February 28, 2017

Benefit Companies are gaining recognition and momentum among business leaders. For any attorney whose practice involves counseling clients on entity choice and formation, this CLE offers a primer and resource guide regarding these new business models.  Certified B Corporations, Benefit Corporations, and the most–recently enacted Pennsylvania Benefit LLC entities require a multi–stakeholder approach to business.  Benefit Companies are not synonymous with Social Enterprises. While there is some overlap, the vast majority of Benefit Companies simply provide products or services without trying to address a particular societal or environmental need (examples include Ben & Jerry’s, Patagonia, Method, Seventh Generation, Plum Organics, Kickstarter, etc). Attendees will learn the differences between Certified B Corporations and Benefit Companies, the key legal components of a Pennsylvania Benefit Company, and get sample resources to set up one of these entities.

The Road to U.S. Citizenship: Navigating the Naturalization Process

2 Substantive Credits
125 minutes
Presented By: Pro Bono Program
Date Recorded: February 17, 2017

This fundamental–level CLE is designed to provide volunteer attorneys with the skills needed to represent clients through the naturalization process in front of Department Homeland Security–USCIS. The first hour will focus on the basics of naturalization law, including who is eligible to file and what possible issues need to be spotted. The second hour will focus on the process itself and how to avoid “going off track.” Specifics include how and when to fill out the application, waivers (health and others), residency issues, criminal issues, taxes and other hurdles to watch out for.  

A Look at Real Estate Receiverships

1 Substantive Credit
59 minutes
Presented By: Real Property Section
Date Recorded: February 9, 2017

Real estate receiverships -  when parties are given custodial responsibility over property, serving as collateral for a loan in default - have become common tools for lenders to protect and preserve their collateral. However, many attorneys are unfamiliar and/or uncomfortable working with receiverships and receivers. This program will outline the purpose and procedures - and the benefits and problems - of receiverships for the various parties involved.  Included in the discussion will be Federal and state court receiverships and the practical aspects of working with receivers, whether on behalf of third parties, the lender or the receiver itself.  

A Look at the New Allegheny County Orphans’ Court Rules: Changes in Rules, Changes in Practice

1 Substantive Credit
60 minutes
Presented By: Probate and Trust Section
Date Recorded: December 7, 2016

Panelists will examine the changes to Allegheny County Orphans' Court local rules. Additionally, the interplay between the new local and state rules will be discussed. New forms and changes in procedures, including those involved with accountings, motions and petitions, will also be covered. The panel is comprised of representatives from the Allegheny County Wills/Orphans' Court Division and seasoned practitioners.  

Expunging and Sealing Criminal Records to Remove Employment and Housing Barriers (1.5 Substantive Credits)

1.5 Substantive Credits
90 minutes
Presented By: Pro Bono Center
Date Recorded: Oct. 28, 2016

Many Pennsylvanians are caught in a vicious cycle of headaches, roadblocks and deferred dreams because of past criminal offenses. Because of their criminal records, individuals face barriers that often prevent them from securing viable employment, safe and secure housing and/or federal student loans. During this program, attorneys can learn about how Pennsylvania's expungement and new sealing laws may serve as tools to help individuals overcome these barriers by assisting them with reentry and restoration, and reducing the chances of recidivism. The course includes training on how to draft the necessary petitions.  

The Art of Leadership: Advancing Your Career and Strenghening Your Voice (1 Substantive Credit)

1 Substantive Credit
60 minutes
Presented By: 4th Annual Women's Legal Summit
Date Recorded: Aug. 17, 2016

Lawyers are called on to be leaders in their firms, in the profession and in their communities. But being an effective and inspirational leader is something different than being a good lawyer and requires the conscious development of leadership skills and practices. What are these skills and practices, which are most needed and important for lawyers in today’s world, and how can they be developed in the context of a busy career?  How can a woman promote herself as a leader in order to obtain the leadership position she desires?  This panel will also discuss the particular leadership capabilities that women bring to the role, as well as the unique leadership challenges they face in a profession where the majority of leaders are still men.  

The Art of Persuasion: Mastering Written and Oral Advocacy (1 Substantive Credit)

1 Substantive Credit
62 minutes
Presented By: 4th Annual Women's Legal Summit
Date Recorded: Aug. 17, 2016

Strong written and communication skills are essential for effective lawyering and advocacy. Whether representing a client in a business transaction or presenting a case before a judge, all lawyers must be able to articulate their ideas clearly and persuasively. Women attorneys, especially, find themselves navigating tricky situations that require strong communication skills such as advocating for clients while feeling societal pressure not to be overly aggressive and overcoming gendered communication habits (i.e. submissive body language and patterns of speech) that undercut authority. This panel of esteemed judges will provide program goers with valuable insight into how they addressed and overcame gender stereotypes while becoming excellent written and oral advocates and the steps that every female attorney should take to do the same.     

The Art of Negotiation: Effective Business Communication and Effective Self Advocacy (1 Substantive Credit)

1 Substantive Credit
64 minutes
Presented By: 4th Annual Women's Legal Summit
Date Recorded: Aug. 17, 2016

The ability to negotiate is a core competency in the legal profession. This skill not only benefits an attorney's clients, but her ability to maximize her own opportunities and satisfaction with the profession. Effective negotiation skills are essential not only in transactions and litigation on behalf of clients, but also in an attorney's own salary, benefits, work assignments, promotion discussions and leadership opportunities. With the use of a question and answer format, this panel will be moderated to explore important topics to help attendees identify specific opportunities for meaningful dialogue, plan for negotiation (everything that happens before you get to the table), self-advocate in ways that are comfortable, and engage in discussion with others with similar issues and experiences to explore specific take-aways you can begin to make now.

Obtaining Compensation for Legal Services in Orphans' Court (1 Substantive Credit)

1 Substantive Credit
60 minutes
Presented By: Probate and Trust Section
Date Recorded: June 7, 2016

Clients are often interested in obtaining compensation for their legal services. This one-hour CLE will examine how to obtain compensation for legal services in Orphans' Court in Western Pennsylvania. Panelists will discuss methods for obtaining payment for services involving guardianships, estates, trusts, minors estates and adoptions. Practical tips for streamlining requests for fees and local cases will also be covered.

Social Security: What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You (2 Substantive Credits)

2 Substantive Credits
123 minutes
Presented By: Family Law Section
Date Recorded: June 2, 2016

Social Security impacts everyone, and divorce impacts Social Security. This CLE will explore the specific ways divorce affects social security benefits and the importance of timing in the process. Additionally, the ethical obligations of family law attorneys in advising clients on these matters will be discussed. Additional topics include the effect of re-marriage on benefits, the effect of spousal death on benefits, maximizing the benefits of divorcing couples and the interplay between various types of Social Security benefits (SS, SSI, and SSP) and alimony, equitable distribution, etc.

An Overflight of Federal and State Drone Laws (2 Substantive Credits)

2 Substantive Credits
124 minutes
Presented By: Legal Technology and E-Discovery Committee
Date Recorded: May 20, 2016

By now, nearly everyone has seen them buzzing through the air. Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), also known as “drones,” have become increasingly popular among both recreational and commercial users. Not surprisingly, along with the increased use of this technology have come increased legal concerns. While the FAA contemplates the release of new rules regarding drones, some state and local governments have pursued their own legislative action.


This two-hour CLE will explore some of these issues:
  • - Overview of UAS technology
  • - Current FAA regulation of UAS
  • - Proposed FAA regulations and Congressional proposals
  • - UAS accident investigations
  • - State regulation of UAS (including Pennsylvania
  • - Unique legal issues arising from the intersection of federal and state UAS regulation

So There's a Pipeline Coming to Your Community (1 Substantive Credit)

1 Substantive Credit
64 minutes
Presented By: Environment and Energy Section
Date Recorded: May 19, 2016

The oil and gas midstream sector - the component of the industry dealing with processing, storing, transporting and marketing of oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids - is a topic with legal aspects touching multiple sections of the law. This CLE will examine current trends in the Pennsylvania midstream industry. Topics will be of interest to attorneys working in numerous areas of the law, including the environmental, energy, real estate, construction and municipal sectors.