MCLE Test Index
All the tests in this list are aproved for one hour of MCLE credit.
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Go to Back Issues Online -- Ethics Opinions
No. 224: Songs in Contention - 5/13 Politicians who use copyrighted songs for campaigns should consider securing not only the rights but also the permission of the artists
No. 223: 2012 Ethics Roundup (Legal Ethics credit) - 4/13 MCLE requirements, conflict-of-interest litigation, malpractice, and disbarment were among the ethics issues affecting California attorneys last year
No. 222: Class Control - 2/13 The Ninth Circuit has included consideration of business interests as part of California's choice-of-law test
No. 221: Rights in Foreclosure - 1/13 The NMS and HBOR provide significant enforcement mechanisms to deter careless foreclosure practices
No. 220: Expert Judgment - 12/12 Rather than adopt the federal Daubert standard, California courts have developed a statutory approach to evaluating the admissibility of expert medical and scientific testimony
No. 219: Families at War - 11/12 When a service member is involved in a divorce, family law attorneys must consider the interplay between state and federal laws
No. 218: Of Sound Mind - 10/12 The law imposes very clear duties on attorneys who represent or oppose incapacitated clients in divorce proceedings
No. 217: Your Witness (Legal Ethics credit) - 9/12 Fact witnesses may be reimbursed for their expenses and time but not for the substance of their testimony
No. 216: Collateral Evidence - 7-8/12 Under the collateral source rule, plaintiffs may seek recovery of their full medical expenses, but the California Supreme Court has ruled that recovery is limited to the contracted rate
No. 215: Faster and Fairer - 6/12 Except for punitive damages, the remedies available to federal employees in EEOC cases are almost identical to those in federal court
No. 214: Rules of Endorsement - 5/12 Although the FTC's updated Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising threaten harsh penalities for misleading celebrity endorsements, enforcement has been minimal
No. 213: Special Instructions - 4/12 Attorneys should consider proposing a neutral, nonargumentative set of jury instructions that pinpoint the specifics of the case
No. 212: 2011 Ethics Roundup (Legal Ethics credit) - 3/12 Disqualification motions as a weapon in litigation and the limits of an attorney's duty to a client featured prominently among the legal ethics issues of 2011
No. 211: Into the Breach - 2/12 Proving injury-in-fact has been the main obstacle for plaintiffs in cases involving breaches of personal data
No. 210: The Pain of Rejection - 1/12 When a tenant rejects a lease in bankruptcy, Section 502(b)(6) does not provide a formula for calculating damages but does impose a cap
No. 209: What Happens in Mediation... - 12/11 Although designed to enhance the mediation process, confidentiality carries the risk of shielding attorney misconduct and incompetence
No. 208: Full Disclosures - 11/11 Courts are increasingly willing to hold parties in an arbitration to a duty to investigate potential arbitrators' bias before their selection
No. 207: Bench Rules (Legal Ethics credit) - 10/11 Practicing attorneys can avoid mistakes in their dealings with judges by becoming aware of the full reach of the Code of Judicial Ethics
No. 206: Troubled Indemnity - 9/11 While the Civil Code provides for attorney's fees for an indemnitee that successfully defends against a claim, the statute of limitations may bar the award
No. 205: Just Taking - 7-8/11 The enforcement of the criminal "freeze-and-seize" statute requires close attention to rules based on civil procedure
No. 204: SLAPP Happy - 6/11 In 2010 the court of appeal helped clarify the availability of attorney's fees to the prevailing party in anti-SLAPP matters
No. 203: More or Less - 5/11 In copyright infringement analyses only an original work's protectible elements should be included
No. 202: Sharing the Blame - 4/11 In apportioning noneconomic damages in tort actions, practitioners need to understand the difference between immunity and blamelessness
No. 201: 2010 Ethics Roundup (Legal Ethics credit) - 3/11 Last year's developments in legal ethics saw important changes in the areas of conflicts of interest and client relations
No. 200: Loss Horizon - 2/11 Intentionality and foreseeability can affect the seemingly clear application of the economic loss doctrine
No. 199: Brokers' Fate - 1/11 Real estate broker discipline may result from determinations made not only by the DRE but also by other agencies and the courts
No. 198: Totally Exhausted - 12/10 In light of the strong presumption in favor of enforcing statutory exhaustion requirements, exceptions have become increasingly rare
No. 197: Location Location Location - 11/10 California law, in contrast to federal rules, leaves little time at the initiation of a lawsuit for enforcing a forum-selection clause
No. 196: Fraud Busters - 10/10 The fraud provisions in the healthcare reform act focus on the Stark law, enhanced disclosure, and greater program transparency
No. 195: Mix and Mash - 9/10 Technological advances allowing the creation of new musical works from samples of copyrighted material are challenging the assumptions of copyright law
No. 194: Alt-Delete - 7-8/10 Courts have demonstrated a willingness to sanction attorneys and clients for negligence, gross negligence, and willfulness in the spoliation of electronically stored information
No. 193: Screen Grabbing - 6/10 Although proving infringement of a Web site's look and feel is difficult, claims under trade dress law may prove more fruitful than those under copyright law
No. 192: Boxing Match - 5/10 The litigation over Redbox's distribution of DVDs demonstrates that, even when intellectual property rights are involved, a concerted refusal to deal can draw antitrust scrutiny
No. 191: Before the Bar - 4/10 Unfamiliarity with the State Bar disciplinary system can result in self-defeating conduct during the litigation of a disciplinary matter
No. 190: 2009 Ethics Roundup (Legal Ethics credit) - 3/10 The actions of both prosecutors and private-sector attorneys came under renewed scrutiny in 2009
No. 189: Weapon of Choice - 2/10 Under the ruling in K. C. Multimedia, plaintiffs must choose between common law and statutory remedies when pursuing trade secret claims
No. 188: Fixer-Uppers - 1/10 When lenders foreclose on a broken condominium project, they expose themselves to liability on many fronts
No. 187: Holding On - 12/09 Asset protection planning often overlooks the basics of converting nonexempt assets into exempt ones
No. 186: Operating Room - 11/09 In lawsuits involving medical negligence, the standard of care should be based on objective, verifiable facts
No. 185: Take It to the Bank - 10/09 Practitioners should be aware of the significant differences between an FDIC bank receivership and other corporate insolvencies
No. 184: Pickoff Moves - 9/09 Despite the ruling in Chindarah v. Pick Up Stix, class counsel may still be able to thwart efforts by employers to solicit waivers from potential class members in wage and hour disputes
No. 183: Zone Defense - 7-8/09 Recent supreme court decisions lay out more exacting requirements for approving zoning variances to ensure that they remain the exception rather than the rule
No. 182: Predators' Net - 6/09 States face a difficult choice in deciding whether to incur the cost of creating an online sex offender registry or forgoing federal funds
No. 181: Distributive Principles - 5/09 Current litigation over file-sharing networks has spawned judicial scrutiny of the Copyright Act's distribution right
No. 180: The Price Is Right - 4/09 While some experts have issued dire warnings, the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision on resale price agreements may have little effect on retailing
No. 179: 2008 Ethics Roundup (Legal Ethics credit) - 3/09 In the current economic downturn, lawyers need to be more mindful than ever of the potential for conflicts of interest
No. 178: The Private Lives of Jurors (Legal Ethics credit) - 2/09 When investigating potential jurors, private investigators are agents of the attorneys who employ them and must observe the Rules of Professional Conductand the Private Investigator Act
No. 177: Gimme Shelter - 1/09 Local governments are struggling to implement a new law requiring them to grant developers density bonuses in exchange for affordable housing units
No. 176: American Made - 12/08 The certification of class actions challenging the designation of consumer goods as "Made in USA" is extremely difficult to obtain
No. 175: Disclose or Dismiss - 11/08 A debtor who conceals a pending civil action from a bankruptcy court may face dismissal of the claim
No. 174: Inside the Box - 10/08 Attorneys exercising peremptory challenges should maintain a written record sufficient to withstand appellate review
No. 173: Life after 64 - 9/08 To achieve standing in a post-Prop. 64 unfair competition claim, plaintiffs must prove they have suffered both actual injury and significant loss
No. 172: Confirmation Class - 7-8/08 In confirming class action settlements, judicial officers must take into account the interests of absent class members and those who may opt out
No. 171: Wage Scales - 6/08 Employers need to be ever more vigilant to ensure they are in compliance with the state's wage and hour laws
No. 170: The Very Idea - 5/08 Although the inquiry in idea submission cases is fact specific, case law provides ample guidance on what constitutes substantial similarity
No. 169: Office Watch - 4/08 To avoid liability for workplace surveillance, employers should adopt clear policies on the use of e-mail programs and the Internet
No. 168: 2007 Ethics Roundup (Legal Ethics credit) - 3/08 In 2007, issues of conflict of interest, disqualification, client payment, and client files continued to be subjects of concern in legal ethics
No. 167: Lis Pendulum - 2/08 The California Legislature's continuing effort to prevent abuse of lis pendens has placed the risk of slander of title on unwary attorneys
No. 166: The Green Zone - 1/08 At the state and local level, governments are adopting increasingly aggressive environmental land use mandates
No. 165: Muddy Waters - 12/07 Recent court decisions on water contamination have chipped away at health-based standards in favor of property rights and product liability theories
No. 164: Calling the Bluff - 11/07 While the Civil Code offers litigators in California broad protection for bluffing, no similar immunity applies in a nonlitigation context
No. 163: Care Package - 10/07 New state and federal rules are tightening the eligibility requirements for Medi-Cal aid to pay for nursing home costs
No. 162: Cheaters Beware - 9/07 IRS actions under the retooled informant program are, for the first time, subject to U.S. Tax Court review
No. 161: Sentence Structure - 7-8/07 California is still scrambling to adapt to the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Cunningham striking down the state's Determinate Sentencing Law
No. 160: Advice and Consents - 6/07 The enforceability of advance consents depends in large measure on their specificity and the sophistication of the client
No. 159: Joking Aside - 5/07 The problematic demarcation between satire and parody has called into question the entire concept of fair use in copyright litigation
No. 158: Supplemental Appropriations - 4/07 Supplemental payment provisions may cover contractual attorney's fees even when the insurance policy contains exclusions for contractual damages
No. 157: 2006 Ethics Roundup (Legal Ethics credit) - 3/07 After a year of scandals emanating from the practice of law in California, revisions of the Rules of Professional Conduct are on the horizon
No. 156: Bound in Bankruptcy - 2/07 The Third Circuit has rejected the distinction between core and noncore matters in determining whether to enforce arbitration agreements in bankruptcy court
No. 155: Wake-Up Call - 1/07 The control exception to the construction defect statutes of repose can have a dramatic effect on litigation involving contractors and developers
No. 154: Walk the Line - (Legal Ethics credit) - 12/06 Even in civil litigation, attorneys must steer carefully between zealous advocacy and obstruction of justice
No. 153: Dangerous Liaisons - (Legal Ethics credit) - 11/06 Relationships between associated firms may be scrutinized under the same standards that apply to of counsel
No. 152: Clause and Effect - 10/06 Parties agreeing to standard arbitration clauses may unwittingly alter their rights
No. 151: Criminal Prosecutions and Classified Information - 9/06 The use of classified information in court proceedings imposes unique burdens on the defense
No. 150: Whistle Stop - 7-8/06 Standard arbitration clauses frequently transfer the power to decide arbitrability from the courts to the arbitrator
No. 149: On the Receiving End - (Legal Ethics credit) - 6/06 Ethics rulings on an attorney's duties upon receiving inadvertently produced documents have shifted back and forth during the last 15 years
No. 148: Days of Our Lives - 5/06 Although the Labor Code provides limited exemptions under collective bargaining agreements, most wage and hour regulations apply equally to union and nonunion production companies
No. 147: 2005 Ethics Roundup - (Legal Ethics credit) - 4/06 The past year proves again that there is no shortage of new ethical issues confronting the legal profession
No. 146: Logging Rights - 3/06 Both federal and state courts recognize that a traditional privilege log may not protect parties from undue disclosures and have authorized suitable alternatives
No. 145: Pest Control - 2/06 The Vexatious Litigant statute can be applied to entities and attorneys as well as pro pers
No. 144: Fool with a Pen - 1/06 Guarantors of real estate financing are less able than ever to depend on principles of equity to relieve them of their burdens
No. 143: Rights for Wrongs - 12/05 The availability of statutory damages under California's civil rights laws have made certain class actions more viable
No. 142: Challenging Barriers - 11/05 California's more expansive definition of disability provides protection for more people than federal law
No. 141: Restoration Drama - 10/05 The heavy burden of producing documents in electronic discovery has caused courts to reconsider the traditional allocation of costs
No. 140: Advice and Counsel - (Legal Ethics credit) - 9/05 Lawyers providing nonlegal business advice to their clients face the risks of defending claims under standards of ordinary negligence
No. 139: Catalyst for Change - 7-8/05 The California Supreme Court has clarified the definition of "successful party" entitled to private attorney general fees under the catalyst theory
No. 138: 2004 Ethics Roundup - (Legal Ethics credit) - 6/05 High-profile controversies set the tone for developments in legal ethics in 2004
No. 137: Access Hollywood - 5/05 In determining whether arrangements of otherwise unprotectable elements are subject to copyright, the Ninth Circuit seems to give great weight to access
No. 136: Tales of Two Courts - 4/05 Legal changes in marital status can have a dramatic impact on existing estate plans
No. 135: Expert Declarations - 3/05 Attorneys must balance the necessity of giving an adequate narrative statement on an expert witness declaration with the preservation of the work product privilege
No. 134: Screened Out - (Legal Ethics credit) - 2/05 Courts have distinguished between private and public sector attorneys when ruling on the acceptability of ethical screens to avoid conflicts of interest
No. 133: Delay of Game - 1/05 One of the thorniest issues in delay and disruption litigation is the quantification of actual damages
No. 132: Private Eyes - (Legal Ethics credit) - 12/04 Attorneys need to work closely with private investigators to ensure compliance with the Private Investigator Act and the Rules of Professional Conduct
No. 131: Bad Compromises - 11/04 Ambiguity over the right to correct drafting errors and what constitutes a reasonable offer has undermined the effectiveness of Section 998
No. 130: Fair Hearing - 10/04 Agencies have discretion and flexibility in determining what procedural safeguards are necessary for an administrative adjudication
No. 129: Behavior Modification - (Legal Ethics credit) - 9/04 Existing rules and laws proscribe offensive conduct directed toward opposing counsel as well as the court
No. 128: Licensed to Bill - 7-8/04 The courts have carved out exceptions to the rule that contractors who are not licensed at all times during a project can be denied compensation
No. 127: Second Acts - 6/04 Section 1101(b) permits allegations of criminal and civil wrongdoing to be supported by prior or subsequent acts otherwise excluded by the Evidence Code.
No. 126: Code Breaking - 5/04 The anticircumvention provisions of the DMCA have withstood all constitutional challenges to the sanctions against code breakers.
No. 125: Multiple Choice - 4/04 Successfully navigating California's choice of law tests requires as much art as science.
No. 124: 2003 Ethics Roundup - (Legal Ethics credit) - 3/04 The new rules promulgated in response to recent financial scandals threaten the traditional relationship between attorneys and clients.
No. 123: Undesignated Hitters - 2/04 When employees are used as witnesses, practitioners need to carefully consider whether the employees will be offering expert testimony or undesignated lay opinions.
No. 122: In a Class of Their Own - 1/04 Recent interpretations of civil rights laws have provided federal courts with potential jurisdiction over virtually any local land use decision.
No. 121: Unsuitable - 12/03 An antisuit injunction is a viable alternative to the unpredictability of motions to dismiss for forum non conveniens.
No. 120: Searching Far and Wide - 11/03 Counsel can challenge a questionable extraterritorial search, although they face an uphill battle.
No. 119: Uncivil Forfeitures - 10/03 Does the recent reform of federal civil forfeiture laws adequately address the potential for injustice?
No. 118: Back SLAPP - 9/03 Recent court decisions have expanded the reach of the anti-SLAPP statute in unexpected directions.
No. 117: Death of a Litigant - 7-8/03 Civil claims surviving a litigant's death may send counsel into the unfamiliar territory of probate court.
No. 116: Unwelcome Opinions - (Legal Ethics credit) - 6/03 Are opinions on the application of law being improperly admitted in attorney breach of fiduciary duty cases?
No. 115: Preemptive Strike - 5/03 Does the Central District's interpretation of federal copyright preemption standards endanger state claims for misappropriation of ideas?
No. 114: 2002 Ethics Roundup - (Legal Ethics credit) - 4/03 Recent corporate scandals are playing a major role in shaping the future of legal ethics.
No. 113: Waiting for the Dust to Settle - 2/03 Creditors that agree to a settlement of a debt may find that the payment constitutes a preference in a subsequent bankruptcy proceeding.
No. 112: Defective Solutions - 1/03 Legislation intended to encourage the resolution of condominium defect disputes may inhibit effective association management.
No. 111: For Your Eyes Only - (Legal Ethics credit) - 12/02 California can clarify the confusion surrounding the law of confidentiality with a new rule of professional conduct.
No. 110: High Accountability - 11/02 The Sarbanes-Oxley Act increases executive liability for SEC filings by eliminating the need to establish actual knowledge of wrongdoing.
No. 109: Uncertain Appeal - 10/02 Neither federal nor state courts have rendered a final ruling on the enforceability of expanded judicial review provisions in arbitration agreements.
No. 108: No Assurances - 9/02 Insurance coverage for the events of September 11 will hinge upon the interpretation of often ambiguous policy language.
No. 107: Harassment Measures - 7-8/02 Recent court decisions have more sharply defined the contours of sexual harassment and provided a means of minimizing employer liability.
No. 106: Ethics Roundup 2002 - 6/02 Old issues and new forms of practice defined developments in legal ethics in 2001.
No. 105: Five Cases That Shook Hollywood - 5/02 What court cases make Hollywood's A-list?
No. 104: Rickety Shelters - 4/02 Taxpayers have a unique opportunity to limit their exposure to the consequences of controversial tax-sheltered transactions.
No. 103: Tied to the Stake - 2/02 Trends in federal securities fraud legislation and case law may not fully protect attorneys from the reach of common law negligence claims.
No. 102: In the Land of Aas - 1/02 The California Supreme Court has ruled that damages from construction defects must be manifest in order to bring a tort cause of action.
No. 101: The Costly Client - 12/01 Lawyers representing themselves risk losing the opportunity to recover attorney's fees..
No. 100: Expert Grilling - 11/01 To prevent experts in legal malpractice cases from wielding undue influence, counsel must crack their facade of impartiality and reliability.
No. 99: Personnel Impact - 10/01 Technology companies facing layoffs must navigate through a complex set of state and federal laws protecting employees.
No. 98: By Any Other Name - 9/01 No matter what workers are called, their status and treatment as employees are subject to a variety of fact-based tests.
No. 97: Partners in Law - (Elimination of Bias credit) - 7-8/01 California's new Domestic Partnership Registration Act may aid same-sex partners in providing a legal basis for their life relationships.
NO. 96: 2000 Ethics Roundup - (Legal Ethics credit) - 6/01 Last year's court decisions affecting legal ethics clarified the duties of lawyers to clients and nonclients alike.
NO. 95: Magnificent Exceptions - 05/01 Despite its seemingly absolute language, the Statute of Frauds is riddled with exceptions.
NO. 94: Minding Your O's and P's - 4/01 U.S. immigration law provides special visa categories to facilitate the entry of foreign entertainers into the country.
NO. 93: Time Bandits - (Legal Ethics credit) - 3/01 Attempts by lawyers to pad hours can often be uncovered by a careful examination of billing statements.
NO. 89: Will Power - 11/00 With good communication and effective education most will contests can be resolved short of a trial.
NO. 88: Stock in Trade - 10/00 To achieve maximum advantages for the company and recipients, an equity compensation plan must comply with a host of securities and tax laws.
NO. 87: Bonus Points - (Legal Ethics credit) - 9/00 Bonus provisions agreed to by attorneys and their clients will likely be enforceable if the agreement clearly delineates an "extraordinarily favorable result".
NO. 86: Choice Locations - 7-8/00 While public policy favors the enforcement of contractual choice of law provisions, practitioners need to be mindful of the general exceptions.
NO. 85: Who's the Client? - (Legal Ethics credit) - 6/00 Last year's court decisions on lawyer conflicts of interest have handed attorneys an array of sometimes conflicting rules.
NO. 84: 1999 Ethics Roundup - (Legal Ethics credit) - 5/00 Court decisions in 1999 make is clear that a risk management strategy is a lawyer's best method of preventing ethical liabilities.
NO. 83: Children of Fortune - 4/00 High-earning entertainers may be able to avoid the use of the statutory guidelines when calculating child support payments.
NO. 82: About Face - 3/00 Does the 1992 amendment to Code of Civil Procedure Section 1008 violate the doctrine of separation of powers?
NO. 80: Staying Clean - 1/00 To avoid problems with the IRS, tax advisers need to consider the imprecise distinctions between environmental remediation costs that can be expensed and those that must be capitalized.
NO. 79: Stopping the Merry-Go-Round - 12/99 The choice between California and federal preclusion law can determine the outcome of a second action.
NO. 78: Put Up or Shut Up - 11/99 An understanding of the shifting burdens of production is central to arguing summary judgment motions.
NO. 77: The Untouchables - 10/99 The Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act has failed to provide practitioners with a blueprint for resolving conflicts involving foreign nations and their instrumentalities.
NO. 76: On to a Higher Court - 9/99 The outcome of an appeal will often depend on important strategic decisions that must be made soon after the notice of appeal.
NO. 75: Firing at Will - 7-8/99 Has the Green decision opened the floodgates for the use of wrongful termination litigation to achieve public policy goals?
NO. 63: Ruling on the Rules - (Legal Ethics credit) - 6/98 While 1997 was a busy year for the development of legal ethics, no dramatic departures from precedent emerged.
NO. 60: An Indiscriminate Measure - (Elimination of Bias credit) - 3/98 Now that Proposition 209 has survived judicial scrutiny, considerable litigation to determine its scope and reach can be expected.
NO. 57: Wise Deductions - (Law Practice Management credit) - 12/97 The deductibility of a lawyer's educational expenses may be more questionable than you think.
NO. 46: For What It's Worth - 12/96 Recent California rules that allow the buying and selling of law practices have opened up opportunities for small firms and solo practitioners.
NO. 42: Golden Rules - (Legal Ethics credit) - 7-8/96 A series of decisions and opinions issued in 1995 provides lawyers with clear guidance through ethical minefields.
NO. 24: A Firm Grip (unwinding law firm partnerships) - 12/94 Not available online. For a free copy, please call Los Angeles Lawyer at (213) 896-6503.
NO. 6: Turning Over Client Files - (Legal Ethics Credit) - 2/93 Not available online. For a free copy, please call Los Angeles Lawyer at (213) 896-6503.
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