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-study activity will qualify for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of one hour.

No. 267: 2016 Ethics Roundup - (Legal Ethics credit) April 2017 - Last year attorneys in the state found relief from malpractice claims under statutes regarding one-year tolling limitations anti anti-SLAPP provisions.

No. 266: Perils of Third-Party Funding - March 2017
 - If counsel discloses work product to a third-party financier who has no interest in maintaining confidentiality, work-product protection may be waived.

No. 265: Ready Capital - February 2017
- Opening up unprecedented investment opportunities, the JOBS Act's lack of registration also engenders potential risks.

No. 264: Out of the Courts - January 2017 - Finding ways to deal with the prohibition on dual-tracking is a key part of avoiding foreclosure litigation.

No. 263: Finding the Path - December 2016 - New partnership audit rules to be enacted in 2018 provide important changes to existing regulations that need to be considered in drafting current partnership agreements.

No. 262: Lemon Law - November 2016 - Many UCC defenses once available in California have been abrogated or minimized as causes of action under prevailing warranty law.

No. 261: Surviving the Appraiser Shortage -  October 2016 - Attorneys who need to meet minimum appraisal and appraiser requirements in their practices have various options.

No. 260: A Right to a View -  September 2016 - Covenants that run with the land and equitable servitudes are both fundamental to land use restrictions that protect views

No. 259: Fashion Sense  -  July/August 2016 - Preserving a clothing brand requires a carefully analyzed application of the four main instruments of protection

No. 258: Trouble at Home  -  June 2016 In California, an employer cannot sue an in-house attorney employee for malpractice negligence arising from acts that are within the scope of employment 

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: Homes 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. 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.

No. 238: The End of the Hour (Legal Ethics credit) - September 2014 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 If Noerr-Pennington 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