List of Tests
MCLE Test Index
All the tests in this list are approved for one hour of MCLE credit.
The Los Angeles County Bar Association has been approved as a continuing legal education provider of Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California. This self-assessment activity will qualify for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of one hour.
No. 257: Fairly Simple - May 2016 A three-question test may be used to gauge fair use in nonfiction
No. 256: 2015 Ethics Roundup (Legal Ethics credit) - April 2016 In a year marked by political upheaval at the State Bar, attorneys faced ethical challenges in the areas of disqualification, attorney-client privilege, technology, statutes of limitation, and malpractice
No. 255: Work Made For Hiring - March 2016 In California, a person who enters into a written agreement to produce works made for hire is an employee
No. 254: Judgment Way - February 2016 Examinations, liens, turnover orders, levies, and investigative techniques are among the tools available to compel judgment debtors to meet their obligations
No. 253: Home away from Home - January 2016 Foreign buyers of California residential real estate must consider how best to address concerns of privacy, liability exposure, and taxation.
No. 252: Trouble at School - December 2015 For-profit career colleges have faced suits and investigations for misleading advertising, predatory lending, and inflated job placement numbers.
No. 251: The Measure of Misconduct - November 2015 California and federal law differ on the admissibility of juror bias and the consideration of matters outside the record.
No. 250: Maroney's Minefield - October 2015 California offers a very narrow procedural gateway but broad substantive grounds for a new trial.
No. 249: Evidently Objectionable - September 2015 A recent Judicial Council report recommends amending Section 437c of the Code of Civil Procedure to provide greater clarity for rulings on objections to evidence.
No. 248: Malpractice Expertise - July/August 2015 In legal malpractice cases, the proper use of expert testimony is dependent upon the standard of care of the relevant area of law.
No. 238: The End of the Hour (Legal Ethics credit) - September 2014
No. 247: Defense Dilemma - June 2015 Issues of conflict of interest, confidentiality, and client rights make bright-line rules in predecessor/successor legal malpractice cases unlikely.
No. 246: Transmutation of Law - May 2015 Family Code Section 852's requirement of an express, unequivocal declaration of transmutation bars enforcement of a technically insufficient writing.
No. 245: 2014 Ethics Roundup (Legal Ethics credit) - April 2015 Last year brought ethical challenges for dissolving law firms and a surprise for the State Bar's Commission for the Revision of the Rules of Professional Conduct.
No. 244: Patent Innovation - March 2015 First-to-file, modified preissuance proceedings, and new post-grant procedures are among the reforms to patent law under the AIA.
No. 243: Liable Labels - February 2015 Despite the rise in filings, plaintiffs in food labeling litigation still face challenges of plausibility, preemption, and certification.
No. 242: Boilerplate Breakdown - January 2015 Frequent use of boilerplate in commercial real estate contracts does not preclude judicial review in light of statutory law and public policy.
No. 241: Re-Searching - December 2014 Although it may seem counterintuitive, a good place to begin legal research is often a secondary print source.
No. 240: Cover Me - November 2014 Priority-of-coverage litigation can implicate such complex issues as the vertical or horizontal exhaustion doctrine and circuity of litigation.
No. 239: Still Standing - October 2014 Plaintiff shareholders in derivative actions who meet the criteria for representation can survive qualification challenges.
Alternative billing arrangements are likely to receive close ethical scrutiny if a dispute later arises with a client.
No. 237: Employees Only - July/August 2014
To avoid exposure to discrimination claims, employers should not misclassify volunteers as employees.
No. 236: The Nuremberg Defense (Legal Ethics credit) - June 2014
While the ABA Model Rules offer a mitigation defense, associates in California are responsible for unethical conduct taken at the behest of a partner.
No. 235: Copyright Capabilities - May 2014
Two recent copyright cases involve the safe harbor defense and the right of public performance.
No. 234: 2013 Ethics Roundup (Legal Ethics credit) - April 2014
Legal ethics issues involving conflicts of interest, disqualification, malpractice, and loss of fees continue to affect attorneys in California.
No. 233: The Art of Appropriation - March 2014
Infringement lawsuits against appropriation art have involved analysis of the transformativeness of the use of the copyrighted material.
No. 232: Big Doctrine - February 2014
is based on the First Amendment right to petition, logically it should not be limited to antitrust.
No. 231: The New LLC - January 2014
RULLCA's default provisions must be considered when drafting operating agreements for real estate LLCs.
No. 230: The Fitness of Recharacterization - December 2013
The Ninth Circuit has held that bankruptcy courts have statutory power to recharacterize debt to equity.
No. 229: The Properties of Preemption - November 2013
The Probate Code's mechanism for notice to creditors may provide protection against federal preemption.
No. 228: Domains in the Balance - October 2013
Noncommercial use of a domain name that includes someone else's trademark does not necessarily violate the Lanham Act.