COVID-19 MCLE Updates

In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, many states are relaxing regulations and offering extension to MCLE deadlines. Read the latest updates.

Requirements by State: What you Need to Know

As Coronavirus continues to spread thought the world, we are all affected by this virus in one way or another.  Our hearts go out to all of our community members in these trying times.

Many aspects of our daily lives have changed, and we are looking at a new normal for the time being.  As conferences continue to cancel well into the summer, many State Bar Associations are rethinking their live CLE requirements.  Below, we have listed each state and the changes you can expect.  This list will be updated daily.

Latest Update: 4/23/2020 @ 8:17 AM CDT

 

  • Alabama: 

 

  • Alaska: 

 

  • Arizona: The Supreme Court of the State of Arizona issued an order extending the 2019-2020 CLE and reporting deadlines to December 30, 2020 (previously June 30 and September 15 respectively).  For more information, please see the official FAQ here.

 

  • Arkansas: 

 

  • California: 

 

  • Colorado: 

 

  • Connecticut: 

 

  • Delaware: The Supreme Court of the State of Delaware issued an order temporarily waiving the 12-hour Live credit requirement for attorneys for the reporting cycles ending on December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2021. All 24 CLE credits for those two-year reporting cycles may be satisfied by approved courses in any format including On Demand. Previously, the Delaware Supreme Court issued a similar order waving the Live requirement for those who have not completed their 2019 requirement.

 

  • Florida: The Florida Bar issued an order extending CLE reporting deadlines for February, March, April and May 2020 to August 31, 2020. All other annual compliance deadlines remain the same.

 

  • Georgia: The Supreme court of Georgia will waive the 6-hour in-person CLE requirement.  Attorneys may take All 12 courses through on-demand and Self-Study Courses.

 

  • Hawaii: 

 

  • Idaho: 

 

  • Illinois:

 

  • Indiana: The Indiana Supreme Court has issued an order temporarily waiving the credit limitation for distance education as follows: Attorneys with a CLE deadline on December 31, 2020 may complete all of their credits via online courses. Attorneys with a deadline on or before December 31, 2022 may complete up to 24 credits via online courses.

 

  • Iowa: The Iowa Supreme Court has issued an order temporarily waiving the credit limitation for unmoderated courses. Iowa attorneys may complete any portion of their requirement as On-Demand courses until further notice from the Iowa Supreme Court.

 

  • Iowa:  The Supreme court of Iowa is waiving the live in-person and online-moderated CLE requirement until further notice.  Iowa attorneys may complete all MCLE requirements via On-demand courses.
  • Kansas: The Supreme Court of the State of Kansas has issued an order granting an automatic extension for the 2019-2020 CLE and Reporting Deadlines to September 30, 2020 for attorneys unable to complete their requirement by June 30, 2020. They have also removed the credit limitation on pre-recorded CLE for this same period. Kansas attorneys can complete their entire 2019-2020 requirement via On Demand CLE courses.

 

  • Louisiana: 

 

  • Maine: The Maine Supreme Judicial Court has issued an order temporarily waiving the in-person CLE requirement. Maine attorneys may complete their entire CLE requirement via On-Demand courses until further notice. Also, the board of overseers of the bar is extending the 2018/2019 reporting until may 2020.  There will also be no late fees for this period.

 

  • Minnesota: Minnesota is waiving the credit limits for On-demand courses.  Attorneys in category 3 (deadline of 08/31/20) may complete all 45 courses On-demand.

 

  • Missouri: The Supreme court of Missouri has extended the 2020 deadline to September 30, 2020 and waiving late fees.

 

  • Mississippi: 

 

  • Montana:  The Supreme Court of Montana Commission of Continuing Legal Education will not assess any late fees as long as the required credits are completed and reported by May 15, 2020 (the usual deadline for completion is March 31). Montana attorneys can complete all of their credits online via a combination of live webcasts and on-demand programs.

 

  • Nebraska: The supreme court of Nebraska is removing the limit of distance education credits that can be earned. Attorneys may complete 10 courses On-Demand before their due date of 1/20/2021.

 

  • Nevada: 

 

  • New Hampshire: The Supreme Court of New Hampshire has postponed all MCLE requirements until April 6th while the MCLE offices are closed.  Additional postponements are expected thereafter.  We will continue to update this post as information becomes available.

 

  • New Jersey: The Supreme court of New Jersey is waiving the 12-hour in-person CLE requirement until further notice.  NJ attorneys may satisfy all 24 MCLE course requirements On-demand.

 

  • New Mexico: The Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico issued an order extending the MCLE late reporting deadlines by 30 days. The new deadlines are as follows:

April 30, 2020: 2019 credits can be reported with a $100 late fee

May 31, 2020: 2019 credits can be reported with a $350 late fee

June 1, 2020: The list of non-compliant attorney names will be sent to the Supreme Court

 

  • New York: The New York CLE board is waiving the live skills- training requirement for Newly Admitted Attorneys. Live skills training credits can be completed online through 6/30/2020.

 

  • North Carolina: The supreme court of North Carolina had previously issued an amendment (on 1/20/2020) to remove all live in-person CLE requirements.  NC attorneys may complete all MCLE requirements On-demand from 1/20/2020 further.

 

  • North Dakota: Attorneys with 2020 reporting may now complete all or a portion of their 45 credits via self-study.

 

  • Ohio: The Ohio Commission on CLE has extended the 2018/2019 Late Compliance deadline until 6/29/2020, AND waived the cap on Self-Study credits for the same period.

 

  • Oklahoma: 

 

  • Oregon: 

 

  • Pennsylvania: The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has issued two orders for attorneys. First: Attorneys within the 4/30/2020 deadline postponing this MCLE deadline to 8/31/2020. The second order waives the distance learning cap for all 2020 deadlines. Pennsylvania Attorneys may now complete their entire 2020 requirement online via On-Demand, Webcast, or MP3 courses.

 

  • South Carolina: The Supreme Court of South Carolina is waiving all in-person MCLE requirements for the 2019-2020 reporting period ending 4/15/2020.  South Carolina Attorneys may satisfy all 14 MCLE credits On-demand. View our South Carolina course library here.

 

  • Tennessee: The Supreme court of Tennessee is waiving the 8-hour distance learning limit for credits within the 2019 reporting period ending 3/31/2020.  TN attorneys may complete all MCLE courses online. View our Tennessee course library here.

 

  • Texas: The Supreme court of Texas has extended the deadline by 60 days for attorneys with compliance deadlines in March, April and May.  Attorneys with missed deadlines in January and February may also take advantage of this 60 day extension.  Attorneys subject to suspension for failing to meet their November or December deadlines are granted a 30 day extension.

 

  • Utah: The Supreme court of Utah is waiving all in person MCLE requirements until 6/30/2020.  Utah attorneys with 6/30/2020 deadlines may complete all MCLE courses On-demand.

 

  • Vermont: The Vermont Supreme Court has issued an order temporarily waiving the 10-hour limitation on self-study CLE for the 2018-2020 reporting period. Vermont attorneys with an upcoming deadline on June 30, 2020, can complete their entire requirement through approved self-study courses.

 

  • Virginia: The Supreme Court of Virginia has issued an order extending the 2020 MCLE deadline to midnight EST December 31, 2020 (usually October 31). The required CLE hours must be reported no later than 4:45 p.m. EST February 15, 2021.

 

  • West Virginia: The West Virginia Commission on MCLE is waiving the live CLE requirement through 6/30/2020.  WV attorneys may take all 24 courses On-demand.  View our West Virginia course library here.

 

  • Wisconsin: The Supreme Court of Wisconsin has temporarily increased the number of MCLE credits that attorneys can complete On-demand through 12/31/2020.  This includes attorneys working to complete late filings from their 2019 deadline.  WI attorneys may take all 30 MCLE required courses online.  Ethics requirements must be completed via Live-Stream format.  View our Wisconsin course library here.

 

  • Wyoming: 

 

 

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The Pain Validity Test- A powerful tool for Attorneys in Personal Injury Litigation

A team of physicians, primarily from Johns Hopkins Hospital and other institutions, have developed a questionnaire, focusing on the validity of the complaint of pain in patients with complaints of chronic pain.

The correct pain diagnosis leads to increased recovery of 670%
 
 

A simple online questionnaire to validate chronic pain?

A team of physicians, primarily from Johns Hopkins Hospital and other institutions, have developed a questionnaire, focusing on the validity of the complaint of pain in patients with complaints of chronic pain. Patients are using pain as the reason to sue for PIP compensation. Therefore, a test which can determine if there is a valid, organic basis for the subjective complaint of pain would reduce any subjective errors and add a medical dimension to the evaluation.

Pain is like a flat tire

There are many causes for it. You can’t fix a problem until you know what causes it. The correct diagnosis leads to the correct treatment.

After your accident, does your client suffer from whiplash, low back, neck, leg, arm, shoulder, or knee pain? These are the injuries most often seen after an auto accident. Do you know that 40%-80% of the time whiplash, neck sprain and strain, and low back strain and strain are really something else according to research articles from former Johns Hopkins Hospital staff members?

Pain Facts:

  • Sprains and strains last only 7 days. After that, there is something else wrong.
  • MRIs miss damaged discs 78% of the time
  • X-rays miss damage to ligaments and tendons 98% of the time
  • CTs miss bone damage 56% of the time
  • Asking questions about the location of pain, and what makes it better or worse will give you a diagnosis which is more accurate than an MRI, X-ray or CT

The Pain Diagnostic Test

The Pain Diagnostic Test was originally designed to determine if a patient had a normal response to pain for pre-operative patient selection for the Department of Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. It divides patients into objective pain patient and subjective or exaggerating pain patient categories. It was retrospectively derived by reviewing the answers to medical questions in patients who had documented organic pathology, proven by objective medical testing. There was a consistent pattern to the answers to the medical questions in patients with documented organic pathology, and likewise, there was a consistent pattern to the answers in patients in whom no organic pathology could be found. The questions were then asked in a group of patients prior to any medical testing, to see if the answers could predict the presence or absence of organic pathology on medical testing. In a series of multi-authored articles on 794 patients, using predictive analytics techniques, the Pain Validity Test could predict which patient would have medical test abnormalities with 94%-95% accuracy, and could predict which patients would not have any abnormalities with 85%-100% accuracy.

Take the Pain Diagnostic Test at DiagnoseThePains.com. It will take only 20 to 30 minutes to complete the questionnaire. Then 5 minutes later, you get a diagnosis which is the same as Johns Hopkins Hospital doctors 96% of the time.

Stop hurting. Feel better. Take the Pain Diagnostic Test at:

www.DiagnoseThePains.com

Book Review: Why 40%-80% of Chronic Pain Patients Are Misdiagnosed and How to Correct That

  What’s Inside: This book is authored by a former faculty member of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the past president of the American Academy of Pain Management, and the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Association of America. He previously has authored three books, 34 medical textbook chapters, and 68 articles. The book addresses conceptual methods of problem . . .

 

Nelson H. Hendler, M.D.,  M.S.
Former Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, US

What’s Inside:

This book is authored by a former faculty member of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the past president of the American Academy of Pain Management, and the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Association of America. He previously has authored three books, 34 medical textbook chapters, and 68 articles. The book addresses conceptual methods of problem solving as they are applied to medicine. This book is designed to be the “freakanomics” for medicine. Many research reports document that 40%-80% (or more, for certain disorders) of chronic pain patients are misdiagnosed. The leading cause of this failure is inadequate history taking and the use of the wrong medical tests. Part of this problem is the failure to recognize the specificity and sensitivity, as well as the false negative and false positive rates, of medical tests in use today. As an example, there are many articles in the literature which document that the MRI, an anatomical test, missed the detection of a damaged vertebral disc up to 78% of the time. The book explores the use of physiological tests, such as facet blocks, root blocks, peripheral nerve blocks, and provocative discograms to supplement anatomical testing. Compiled into a step-wise fashion, this book addresses the issues and provides methods to correct these problems. The techniques of history taking and the application of the correct medical tests have been proven effective, based on dramatic improvement in patients documented by outcome studies, which are validated by third parties, (not just self-reported). This book offers information based on evidence based medicine, not opinion. It provides information on how to think, not what to think.

Reviews:

Nelson Hendler’s newest book does an excellent job at explaining why so many people today remain confused about why they still have chronic pain after visiting so many doctors. Hendler, a Johns Hopkins Hospital-trained psychiatrist, has been writing about chronic pain since 1974, about the same time I began my work in peripheral nerve surgery. It has been my honor to help many of the patients for whom Dr. Hendler did make the correct diagnosis by listening to his patients complaints. In his new book, Hendler uses clear exposition and explanatory diagrams to explain the causes of pain, the diagnosis of pain, and the appropriate approach to pain treatment. This book will help the person in chronic pain as well as any physician trying to help understand that patient.

A. Lee Dellon, MD, PhD

Professor of Plastic Surgery and Professor of Neurosurgery

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Lee Dellon, MD,PhD,  professor of plastic surgery and neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He has authored 6 books, 104 medical text book chapters, and published 498 articles in peer reviewed medical journals. He has served as a visiting professor at 75 medical school around the world, including almost every state in the United States, and Denmark, Austria, China, Rumania, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Italy, Japan, Brazil, Finland, Korea, and Canada.


 

 

 

I came to know Dr. Hendler as a student in the 1970’s, when accurate diagnosis and specific treatment for chronic pain were emphasized, and I thought his approach was enlightened and consistent with the goals of my new profession.  As health care delivery has since evolved, however, physician survival in practice has depended increasingly on regulatory compliance, coding (to be distinguished from accurate diagnosis) and business concerns, rather than critical scientific and clinical judgment.   However, the traditional professional values are not only in the best interests of patients and the public health, but also cost-effective.  This new book reminds us that these ideas can and should be maintained, refined and pursued anew.

 

Richard B. North, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine (retired), Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

At Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. North directed the Neurosurgery Spine Service for 16 years and co-directed the Division of Functional Neurosurgery. He was Professor of Neurosurgery, Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins for 10 years, and a member of the full-time faculty for 25. He also received his medical degree and post-doctoral biomedical engineering and neurosurgery training at Johns Hopkins. Dr. North holds a number of patents in the field of implanted electrical stimulation devices. The American Academy of Pain Medicine has recognized Dr. North’s research achievements and clinical expertise with the Academy’s prestigious Founder’s Award, and the North American Neuromodulation Society with its Lifetime Achievement Award.  He is now president of The Neuromodulation Foundation, Inc. in Baltimore, MD. Contact Dr. North by email at: drrnorth@hotmail.com,


 

 

 

 

I first learned of Dr. Hendler when I read the Spanish translation of his book “Diagnosis and Non-Surgical Management of Chronic Pain.” His simple and useful concepts about how to evaluate chronic pain patients were a resource that I used during all ​my clinical practice. After recognizing his experience in the field of pain, I visited him at Mensana Clinic and had the opportunity to learn from his clinical skills. Both of these events impressed me enough to invite him to be a keynote speaker, at the 9th Argentinean Congress on Pain in Rosario, Argentina, where Ron Melzack, PhD, from McGill,  was the other keynote speaker. Dr. Hendler’s new book addresses the most critical concepts in pain diagnosis and management. He offers a rationale for the use of medication based on the type of tissue damage, which is a novel approach to the pharmacology of pain. It is the most logical system I have encountered.  His explanation of the specificity and sensitivity of medical tests will help any physician diagnose patients more accurately.  I highly recommend this book for all physicians, nurses, medical students, and anyone else in health care involved with chronic pain.

Roberto Wenk, MD, anesthesiologist, San Nicolas, Argentina

 

 

Roberto Wenk, MD is an anesthesiologist. He was Argentina´s WHO Focal Point, Cancer Pain Control Program,  Member of the Board of Directors, World-Wide Palliative Care Alliance (WPCA), and President, Board of Directors, International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHP).  


 

 

 

 

Pain is one of the most important manifestations of illness and is the main symptom what tends to undermine the quality of life. Its mismanagement creates very important physical, psychological and social consequences. Moreover, if we calculate the working days lost, has a relevant economic impact. If these considerations are added to the fact that the most disabling form of pain – chronic – affects about 25-30% of the population and is now considered a problem of high social impact, it is understood how the assistance of this clinical aspect is a real priority. Finding the most functional management model to ensure  a cure is not easy and often the process is made more difficult by the high percentage of misdiagnosing. The need to make the notions of diagnosis and treatment of chronic pain easier, clear and easy to apply, finds in this book its perfect expression. In this book Nelson Hendler carries out a careful and scrupulous examination of all clinical-therapeutic aspects of chronic pain, making the notions easy and accessible to both the specialist and the basic physician. It was an honor for me to collaborate with him in an international study on chronic vertebral pain and this allowed me to appreciate its expertise and professionalism, which make him one of the world’s leading experts in this field.

 

Alessandro Landi, MD, PhD

 

Professor of neurosurgery, University of Rome, Sapienza, Italy

Dr. Alessandro Landi is a neurosurgeon, who also has a PhD in Neuroscience and Maxillo-Facial Surgery. He has edited a book on neurosurgical treatment of back pain, and published 30 articles in the world literature. He has lectured or presented in Switezerland, France, Austria, Germany, Canada, and the United states. He is the editor of three journal of neurosurgery and spinal surgery, and is on the editorial board of six other journals. He is a Consultant neurosurgeon for General Command of the Carabinieri Army.

Dr. Alessandro can be reached by email at: dott.alessandro.landi@gmail.com, dott.alessandro.landi@gmail.com


 

 

 

 

If you are a plaintiff trial lawyer this book should be bought in bulk.  Give it to every treating, referring, examining medical expert you know or want to know, because this book’s practical approach to how physicians should best prepare for court or deposition testimony is absolutely priceless. If you simply copy or condense Chapter 11 (“The Doctor In Court”) for your experts, you will earn their instant respect. Your clients will have a much better armed medical-legal team, and your settlements and verdicts will improve exponentially.

If you find, as I have, in more than thirty years of my professional personal injury practice, that some treating physicians tend to “overlook” and/or under-evaluate some persistent, permanent, “chronic” pain injuries, then you owe it to yourself, your clients and your experts to read and then utilize Dr. Hendler’s trial-tested and proven method of understanding “Why 40-80% of Chronic Pain Patients are MISDIAGNOSED AND HOW TO CORRECT THAT.”

If you only read one chapter of one book this year – read Chapter 13 “Why Chronic Pain Patients are Misdiagnosed.”  That one chapter will instantly improve your clients’ cases, their ultimate monetary recoveries, and your bottom line.

 

Tom Vesper, Esq

 

Tom Vesper, Esq. is a trial lawyer in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He is the author of 30 books or chapters and more than 200 published articles on damages, and trial practice.   Mr. Vesper is past president of the New Jersey Association of Trial Lawyers (now NJAJ). He has served an editor of the magazine Trial, and has lectured before all 50 state trial lawyer associations in the United States, as well as the National College of Trial Advocacy at Harvard and Duke University law schools, and the New Jersey Judicial Conference of Judges.  He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and his firm has recovered over $250,000,000 in damages. He has served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve for 23 years.


 

 

 

Dr. Nelson Hendler and I have work together for many years and he has a comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment. I have found over the years that poor and/or missed Diagnosis is the rule not the Exception. Currently, the most common way of handling patients is time related and dealing with the major symptom. Therefore, the current mode is to diagnosis and treat as if all individuals with similar symptoms are the same. Dr. Hendler understands that this is not the case. Each individual is unique and must be Diagnosed and treated as an individual. History and examinations must take in all symptoms. All of Dr. Hendler’s books reflect this point of view and are intended to get to the bottom of the causes and find the proper treatment.

 

Dennis E. Spurgin, DC

 

Former Dean of Chiropractic Education and Clinical Training, Los Angeles College of Chiropractic (a division of Southern California University of Health Sciences)

Choosing a Law School: Four facts that matter, besides the U.S. News Rankings

The rankings deserve to be only a piece of the puzzle in your law school decision.

Choosing a Law School: Four facts that matter, besides the U.S. News Rankings

By: Jen Randolph Reise

With the 2020 U.S. News rankings of law schools finally out, there’s a lot of discussion about the winners and losers this year.

But as an individual applying to law school, rankings don’t tell the whole story. Here are four factors to consider in order to identify what the best law school is – not in general, but specifically for you.

Location

You’ll make important connections in law school, and most will be in the surrounding legal market. You’ll clerk at a local firm, network with local attorneys, and learn about the business and legal landscape of that community. In addition, your law school classmates will become important professional contacts, including as clients and referral sources. So if you know where you want to practice, it is smart to go to law school there. At a minimum, though, you can move to a different state after graduation and take its bar exam in order to practice there. There is limited reciprocity between states. You don’t want to take the bar twice if you can avoid it. Important caveat: This regional pattern is not as true at the top law schools. However, students at the east coast T14 tend to be recruited to and find jobs on the east coast, and the same on the west coast.

Cost

The sticker price of law school is shocking: average public school tuition of $26,000 per year, or average private school tuition of $47,000. However, law schools, especially private schools, give merit scholarships to students who are above their median scores, which pulls up their LSAT average (and therefore their U.S. News rankings). So a student who got an LSAT score sufficient to get into a top-50 school may be able to leverage it into a full ride scholarship at a less prestigious school, instead. Understand that most lawyers don’t make the enormous BigLaw salaries, even at top schools. Taking out less or no loans for school will give you more freedom to choose a career path that is less lucrative than BigLaw, like being a prosecutor or public interest. In other words, you should weigh how much a given school will cost in light of any merit scholarships you receive, and also how much you may earn out of law school compared to your loans. How much you will earn will depend on what kind of legal career you choose, as well as the prestige of your school and your grades.

Specilization

Law schools don’t tend to have different academic strengths as much as colleges and universities do. Pretty much all law students take the same curriculum 1L year, and even after that there is limited opportunity for students or schools to do anything quite different. However, if you know you want to be an intellectual property lawyer or go into healthcare law, for example, look for schools that offer a “concentration” or “specialty” in that area. Usually this involves taking specified classes during your 2L and 3L year and sometimes a related clinic or practicum experience as well. You do not need to have a specialty in law school, but if you have a passion then it can help you make connections in that area and launch you into the field. Clinics are a way that law students get practical experience helping clients during law school, for credit, under the supervision of an attorney. They generally focus on a specific area, and you’ll find that law schools offer clinics focused on different areas of law, from advising small businesses to immigration clinics to the Innocence Project.

Culture and Fit

Pre-Law Magazine recently crunched the statistics and published articles about the most diverse law schools and the most religious law schools in its Winter 2019 issue. Fit for you could also include the percentage of first-generation or second-career law students; campus life; and the competitiveness of the culture. Again, there’s no “right” answer here, but none of those things are reflected in the U.S. News rankings. The rankings, important as they are, deserve to be only a piece of the puzzle in your law school decision. Need the big picture? Make an informed choice about law as a career, before you spend money and time on LSAT prep, applications, and tuition. I’ve developed an online course to deliver the key information you need on J.D. careers as well as what law school is really like and what it takes to succeed, delivered in a convenient package. If you’re headed on to law school, after watching the course, you’ll: • Ask better questions of law schools and in interviews • Get a jump on the competition • Go into the law school decision with your eyes wide open • Get valuable resource links that will save you tons of time researching law schools Find out more at JD Navigator