The deadline to earn ethics continuing legal education credits within
the ethics biennium is rapidly approaching. The Iowa Supreme Court’s Commission on Continuing Legal Education
requires lawyers and judges who are in active status to complete a minimum of
15 hours of legal education each year, including three hours of
ethics CLE credits some time during the period Jan. 1, 2014, through Dec.
31. Lawyers admitted during 2015 are exempt from the requirement.
The ISBA’s CLE department has compiled
a list of upcoming telephone- and webinar-based CLE seminars that provide
ethics hours for those who need ethics credit by Dec. 31. To view a complete
list of ethics CLE options, click here.
"Taxation Legal Ethics,” approved for
1.5 hours of ethics credit (Iowa) will take place on Dec. 17, from 12 p.m. –
1:40 p.m. via live webinar. The CLE will address some of
the most common ethical issues that arise in the representation of clients
during the estate and/or business planning process. Included in the discussion
will be the defenses to malpractice claims, common areas of liability, the
special issues that arise concerning the representation of older or infirm
clients and the marketing of estate planning services. For more information or
to register for this live webinar, click
Additional ethics CLE options include: "Competence in a Client-Lawyer Relationship. Are You
Meeting the Ethical Standard?”
(Dec. 14), "The Ethics Complaint Process – and Tips to Help You
Avoid It Altogether” (Dec. 15), "Unauthorized Practice of Law”
(Dec. 16), "Implicit Bias: Know it When You See it, and Learn How to Avoid it” (Dec. 28), "Don’ts: A Review of the Aspirational Rules of Professional Conduct”
(Dec. 31). To sign up for any of the CLE
opportunities above, click on the CLE titles.
Active attorneys and judges may check their CLE status at the
professional regulation website: http://www.iacourtcommissions.org.
Individuals who have forgotten their lawyer account passwords may click on
"Forgot Password”, then "Get Lost Password”, use the pull-down screen to select
"Supreme Court Commissions”, then click "Next” and follow the prompts.
Individuals with additional questions may contact the staff of the Office of
Professional Regulation at telephone (515) 725-8029 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.