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‘Tis the Season to Get Your December CLE Credit

happy holidaysIf you’re an attorney in one of the states with a December CLE reporting date, then you have an extra “to do” this holiday season besides getting Uncle Elroy those funky jingle bell socks. It’s time to count up your credit hours and make sure you’ve met all ethics, professionalism and/or special continuing legal education requirements.

If you already crossed CLE off of your list back in October, give yourself a pat on the back and refill your mug of hot cocoa (you deserve it). But if you need some last-minute CLE, National Business Institute is holding hundreds of in-person and online CLE courses throughout December to get you the credits you need. Here are some helpful links to get you started on your search:

Are you looking for a specific topic or credit type and don’t have time to search for it? That’s what the NBI customer support team is for! They are very helpful. Just call 1-800-930-6182, and they will find the course you need. How’s that for a holiday present? Cheers!

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Benefits and Limitations of Google Scholar

Eric VoigtIf you have not tried Google Scholar for your legal research needs, you should. Google Scholar has seven primary benefits.

  1. It is free. We all like free research, right?
  2. Google Scholar has an extensive database of reported cases from state and federal courts. Its database covers cases from the United States Supreme Court (since 1791), the United States Courts of Appeals and United States District Courts (since 1923), and supreme court and intermediate appellate courts from all states (since 1950). It also has some federal and state cases that have been designated “not for publication.”
  3. You can find federal and state cases with Google Scholar’s powerful search algorithm (similar to WestlawNext and Lexis Advance), and it will likely return relevant results even if you do not use the proper search terms. Its algorithm works best for issues that are commonly litigated.
  4. You can limit your search results by keyword, date, and court (e.g., just the Seventh Circuit or just the Ohio Supreme Court).
  5. It has a citator to find subsequent judicial opinions that have cited your case. And the results can be organized based on the depth of discussion in that the first listed results have discussed your case in more detail than later results. Thus, you will immediately know which opinions did more than merely cite your case.
  6. You can create citation alerts and have them delivered to your email.
  7. Although Google Scholar has no database for legal articles, you can keyword search to find articles, and it will provide links to articles hosted on other websites (e.g., the Social Science Research Network).

If Google Scholar is so wonderful, why is it free? Google Scholar has five main limitations; as a result, it will not put Westlaw or LexisNexis out of business any time soon. [Read more…]

Seven Ways to Get the Most out of an NBI CLE Live Seminar

evan-guthrieI recently took advantage of NBI’s Unlimited CLE offer this past year. I have attended a multitude of seminars taking full advantage of the pass and have learned many takeaways to get the most out them.

1. Ask The Presenters Questions: The program is designed to be attendee friendly and help answer all of the questions that you may have. The presenters are leaders in their field and are there to help you. A break or after the event may also be a good time to ask a more in depth or personal question.

2. Sit Up Front: The best seat in the house is up front as far as being able to hear and see the presentation. Many times the seats up front are the last to be filled, but they offer the best attendee experience. [Read more…]

June 2013 CLE Survival Kit

NBI CLE week June 2013The end of another CLE reporting year is just around the corner.

Do you have all your credits?

Find our what your state’s MCLE requirements are, and then head on over to our website.  Whether you prefer local live events or online learning, we’ve got you covered.

Or, if you need a lot of CLE at once, you can earn over 20 CLE credits from your office in just one week with National Business Institute CLE Week.  Experienced attorneys will present live, and you’ll have an opportunity to get your questions answered. [Read more…]

Free CLE in Honor of Law Day 2013

Law day 2013 HDThe year 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation, as well as the 50th anniversary of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech.  This year’s Law Day theme, “Realizing the Dream: Equality for All,” recognizes the inextricable link between freedom and equality, the importance of living up to the promise of equality under the law enshrined in our nation’s founding documents, and the challenges that remain in realizing that ideal.

We at NBI are excited to to do our small part in ensuring equal legal representation for all by offering a free CLE course on fighting bias and discrimination! [Read more…]

MS Word Tips for Attorneys: Using AutoText and Building Blocks

This is the first introductory glimpse at the materials for our upcoming “Unleashing the Power of Microsoft Office and Adobe for Attorneys” CLE webcast to be held tomorrow (April 24th).

Written by Ann GorrAnn Gorr

In every law office there are many repetitive words and phrases that are either used on a frequent basis or are difficult to type correctly into you documents. WORD has two features that assist you with creating “re-usable” phrases/characters and streamline repetitive tasks through the day. These phrases can be inserted quickly and easily into any document as needed. [Read more…]

Attorney Liens Update: Significant Changes in New Jersey

Attorney Antranig GaribianThe Abolition of Retaining Liens in New Jersey

Written by Antranig Garibian, Stradley Ronon Stevens and Young, LLP

The following is a follow up to the May 10, 2012 NBI article entitled “Attorney Charging Liens in Delaware” and the October 17, 2012 NBI presentation “Attorney Charging Liens

Effective April 1, 2013, pursuant to an order by the Supreme Court of New Jersey, no New Jersey lawyer shall assert a common law retaining lien. The new rule arises out of the amendment to Rules of Professional Conduct 1.16(d) of the Supreme Court of New Jersey. In 2012, the New Jersey Supreme Court requested the Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics (“Advisory Committee”) to consider and report on the continued viability of the common law retaining lien as it relates to RPC 1.16(d) and requested that the New Jersey State Bar Association also be invited to participate in the matter. It is crucial for attorneys to understand the implications of this ruling, as well as the limitations. [Read more…]

NBI Subscriptions: Unlimited CLE

unlimited cleIf you had the choice between attending two seminars a year or getting unlimited CLE for the same price, which would you choose?

The choice is real with NBI Subscriptions.

Where you’ll get unlimited access to our continuing legal education courses…

For 12 months…

With a personal account manager to assist you when needed…

All for one low price!

NBI offers three different subscription packages so you can choose the one that’s right for you. [Read more…]

7 Great Articles on Animal Law

attorney Michael KaiserAnimal Law is a topic that has grown in popularity among our customers over the past couple years.

Below are seven animal law articles written by attorney Michael Kaiser that you may find helpful and interesting.

Mr. Kaiser’s involvement in animal legal and other related issues is extensive. He recently contributed his personal services to what is expected to be globally ground-breaking animal-law litigation, as suits will be filed in several state courts seeking legal personhood for animals. [Read more…]