CLE Sale

A Stocking Full of Credits: Live Video Replay CLE Sale

Santa is coming early this year – Dec. 20 to be exact – and he’s leaving you a stocking full of CLE credits at the ACBA offices. Grab a few more credits before the Dec. 31 compliance period deadline or get a jump on next year…all at a reduced price.

This Live Video Replay CLE sale event will feature screenings of 12 of the ACBA’s most popular CLEs from the ACBA’s library of Previously Recorded CLEs. A total of six Substantive and six Ethics credits will be available at the reduced price of $25 per credit for members or $35 per credit for non-members.

Each video will be shown in an ACBA conference room following the schedule listed below. Please be mindful of start times as videos will start promptly then. Credit cannot be awarded if you miss more than 10 minutes of any given session.

You can choose the number of programs that you wish to view and since these are Live Video Replays, they “count” as live credits, not distance learning credits.

Click here to register.

Substantive Programs
Koppers Building Conference Center – Mellon Room

9 – 10 a.m. 
Digital Forensics for Lawyers

Many attorneys are often unaware of the types of artifacts that can be forensically recovered from a custodian’s digital footprint. Join this session to learn about what types of digital evidence often lies beneath the surface, how to defensibly (and efficiently) collect that evidence and what forensic analysis of that evidence can tell you about your case.

10:05 – 11:05 a.m.  
Retirement Planning for Lawyers: From the Courthouse to the Beach House

Preparing for retirement can be a daunting task. Attorneys who are just out of law school and those planning to retire in the next few years will want to view this seminar and discuss some of the most salient tips for getting ready for that momentous date. Specific topics include the appropriate investment vehicles, Social Security and Medicare, tips for saving toward retirement and more.

11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Understanding Drafting and Enforcing Indemnity Provisions

Join an experienced attorney for an in-depth look at indemnity provisions in contracts. Specifics to be covered include defining indemnity and shifting of loss, alternatives and limitations to indemnity agreements, procedural components and more

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Toxic or Lucky? Investigating the Britney Spears Conservatorship

The Britney Spears conservatorship case turned the media spotlight to a lesser-known area of the law. If you’re a Britney fan, an Orphans’ Court fan – or both – this program is for you. Attorneys of all experience levels are invited to explore whether Britney’s fame really drove her “crazy” or whether she’s surrounded by too many people who want a “piece of her.”

1:20 – 2:20 p.m.
From Surviving to Thriving: Modern Tools for Law Firms

In this session, five experts from leading legal technology, casework and marketing solutions providers will provide a rundown of the highest-impact changes attorneys can make in their firms right now to not just survive – but thrive post-pandemic. After all, resilience may be sufficient to sustain firms in the short run, but in the long run, substantial business growth – best achieved through incremental, intentional changes – is what’s truly desired.

2:25 – 3:25 p.m.
Medication Misadventures

Adverse drug reactions occur nearly every day and despite their dangers, they are not always obvious or reported. During this program, toxicology expert Allison Muller will discuss some scenarios to be aware of that should send up a red flag that harm may have been done to a patient due to a medication. This program will cover types of medication errors and three “red flags” indicating that there may have been an adverse drug reaction.

Ethics Programs
Koppers Building Conference Center – Mellon Room

9 – 10 a.m.
Intro to Pro Bono: How to Start Volunteering Today

Pro bono attorneys are needed now more than ever. This CLE is for anyone who is interested in volunteering their services but isn’t quite sure where to begin. The program will offer several bite-size presentations about active pro bono projects that are currently in need of volunteers. Attendees will hear directly from program coordinators about the type of work they do, the time commitment a volunteer can expect and how each project has changed in recent years.

10:05 – 11:05 a.m.
Seven Ways to Improve Your Contract Drafting

Get pro tips on contract drafting. Specifics to cover include ethical considerations such as duties of compliance, conflicts of interest, doing business with clients and “duty of truth” statements.

11:10 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
The Burned-Out Lawyer

If there is one word heard more during our journey through the pandemic – and one that continues to be heard more than any other term as we navigate into the post-COVID “new normal” world – it is “burnout.” But what is burnout? What does it look like and feel like? More importantly, what can be done to prevent the normal stress and “lawyer anxiety” so common in the profession from developing into this physically and emotionally draining state?

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Resilience Training: Performance Skills

For too many attorneys, the stress of practicing law has led to depression and problematic behaviors. But why can some lawyers handle the stress while others can’t? Using the practices and strategies in the U.S. Army’s Master Resilience training program, this course will pass on techniques and illustrations of behaviors which can increase optimism, self-regulation and strengths as a lawyer. The program will discuss attitude, mental balance, emotional intelligence and strategies to help you when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Using these skills may lead to a better work-life balance.

1:20 – 2:20 p.m.
A Look at Capital Crime

This course offers a comprehensive review and edification of the law, practice and rules concerning capital cases. The course is designed for attorneys who practice in the Court of Common Pleas Criminal Division, as well as those with an interest in criminal law. Presenters will discuss how the jury can be forced to find a mitigating factor and the law concerning mitigating factors. Further, the program will cover how those mitigating factors can be argued to the jury.

2:25 – 3:25 p.m.
A History of the Advancement of Women and African Americans in the Pittsburgh Bar

Ron Schuler, author of “The Steel Bar: Pittsburgh Lawyers and the Making of America,” joins Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas President Judge Kim Berkeley Clark to discuss the different yet difficult journeys of women and African Americans into the Pittsburgh Legal Community and ultimately into leadership positions. The program also will cover the limitations that have been imposed on women and African Americans within the profession, how some of them have been surmounted, and the challenges that lie ahead.