Other Self-Study MCLE Courses

CCCBA offers MCLE self-study articles as well as audio and video self-study MCLE programs. CCCBA’s monthly Contra Costa Lawyer magazine often includes a one-hour MCLE self-study article.

These self-study articles are collected here. For audio and video programs, please click here.

You can also browse our self-study MCLE courses by type of credit offered:

General MCLE Credit
Competence Issues Credit
Elimination of Bias Credit
Legal Ethics Credit

 


General MCLE Credit

Competence Issues Credit

Elimination of Bias Credit

Legal Ethics Credit


Articles & Tests

Study the material presented in each download below. At the end of each article, you will find a test.

Complete the test and send your answers along with the course fee indicated to:

Elizabeth Galliett
Contra Costa County Bar Association
2300 Clayton Road, Suite 520
Concord CA 94520

You will receive an MCLE certificate within one week.


Audio & Video

To receive MCLE attendance certificates for any of the self-study MCLE videos below, please fill out this form. For CCCBA members, the cost is $20/credit hour; for non-members, $30/credit hour. For any questions or to gain access to the Elder Law Training sessions, please contact Elizabeth Galliett at (925) 370-2540 or lgalliett@cccba.org.


  • Trials 101: Civil and Criminal Case Management Essentials, Part 5: Trial Part 2 - Testimony, Openings and Closings, Appeals/Writs (1.5 hrs General Credit)
    Presentation Materials A | Presentation Materials B
    Discussion on testimony, openings, closings, speaking with jurors and appeals/writs.
    Speakers: Natasha S. Chee, Esq., Law Offices of Natasha S. Chee | Dorian Peters, Esq., Law Office of Dorian Peters | Jeffrey T. Thayer, Esq., DeHay and Elliston, LLP

  • LPMS 2014 Part 5: Lawyer's Antidote to Self-Destructive Habits: Avoiding Substance and Other Abuses (1.5 hrs Competence Issues Credit)
    Presentation Materials
    This program will provide an overview and understanding of the causes and treatment of depression, as well as addiction to alcohol and drugs in a non-threatening way.
    Speakers: Jeena Cho, JC Law Group PC | Mark Perlmutter

  • Trials 101: Civil and Criminal Case Management Essentials, Part 4: Trial Part 1 - What to Prepare and What Happens During the Trial (0.5 hrs Elimination of Bias Credit, 1 hr General Credit)
    Presentation Materials
    Discussion on motions in limine, voir dire, page line designations, exhibits, openings, witness list, jury instructions, direct/cross examination witnesses and Batson/Wheeler.
    Speakers: Natasha S. Chee, Esq., Law Offices of Natasha S. Chee | Dorian Peters, Esq., Law Office of Dorian Peters | Jeffrey T. Thayer, Esq., DeHay and Elliston, LLP

  • Trials 101: Civil and Criminal Case Management Essentials, Part 3: Experts, Investigations and the Next Step (1.5 hrs. General Credit)
    Presentation Materials A | Presentation Materials B | Presentation Materials C | Presentation Materials D
    Discussion on expert discovery, dispositive motions, pretrial investigation, marshaling the evidence and subpoenas.
    Speakers: Natasha S. Chee, Esq., Law Offices of Natasha S. Chee | Dorian Peters, Esq., Law Office of Dorian Peters | Jeffrey T. Thayer, Esq., DeHay and Elliston, LLP

  • LPMS 2014 Part 4: Financial Client Relationships (0.75 hrs General Credit, 0.75 hrs Legal Ethics Credit)
    Presentation Materials
    Best practices on Billing Methods, Engagement Agreements, and File Storage, Transfer and Destruction.
    Speakers: Harry DeCourcy, Littler Mendelson | Renee Livingston, Livingston Law Firm

  • LPMS 2014 Part 3: Four Steps to Ethical and Empathic Client Relationships and Communications (0.5 hrs General Credit, 1 hr Legal Ethics Credit)
    Presentation Materials A | Presentation Materials B
    Learn to overcome existing obstacles to clear communication, cut through to the real issues at stake, and increase your clients' and even opposing counsel's willingness to cooperate with you.
    Speakers: Kamala Itzel Berrio and Marina Smerling, Wiseheart Lawyering

  • Trials 101: Civil and Criminal Case Management Essentials, Part 1: Complaint! Now What? (1 hr General Credit)
    Presentation Materials A | Presentation Materials B
    Discussion on how to file a complaint and what to do if your client has been served a complaint or has been charged with criminal proceedings.
    Speakers: Natasha S. Chee, Esq., Law Offices of Natasha S. Chee | Dorian Peters, Esq., Law Office of Dorian Peters | Jeffrey T. Thayer, Esq., DeHay and Elliston, LLP

  • LPMS 2014 Part 2: The Virtual Law Office and Technology in Today's Modern Law Firm (1.5 hrs General Credit)
    Presentation Materials A | Presentation Materials B
    Topics discussed include e-discovery, case and document management, data protection and security/breach issues.
    Speakers: Wrally Dutkiewicz, Fast Pepper Solutions, David Pearson, Law Offices of David Pearson and David Rosenbaum, McDowall Cotter

  • 2014 Environmental Law Trends and Tips (1 hr General Credit)
    Presentation Materials
    Sponsored by the Real Estate Section
    Speaker: James Arnold

  • LPMS 2014 Part 1: Ethics of Social Media and Attorney Rating Websites and Marketing Strategies (1 hr Legal Ethics Credit)
    Presentation Materials
    Social media use has become pervasive in the practice of law. Part 1 will explore the intersection between social media use and attorney ethics. In Part 2, you will learn the three critical marketing secrets that every successful law practice knows.
    Speakers: Alison Buchanan, Shareholder, Hoge Fenton Jones & Appel, and Carolyn Higgins, President, Fortune Marketing Company

  • Understanding Title Insurance Policies and Endorsements (1 hr General Credit)
    Presentation Materials A | Presentation Materials B
    Laura Lowe, Underwriting Counsel, Old Republic Title Company

  • Addressing Substance Abuse in the Legal Profession (1 hr Detection/ Prevention of Substance Abuse Credit)
    Presentation Materials | Resources: www.otherbar.org/resources
    David Mann, Consultant, The Other Bar

  • Leading Decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court (0.75 hrs General Credit)
    Professor Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, UC Irvine School of Law

  • Staying Out of Hot Water (1 hr Legal Ethics Credit)
    Presentation Materials
    Jayne Kim, Chief Trial Counsel, State Bar of California

  • Student Loans and Bankruptcy: Options In and Out of Bankruptcy (1 hr General Credit)
    Presentation Materials
    An analysis of the bankruptcy discharge exception for student loans including current caselaw and trends for the undue hardship standard. Also a discussion of the alternatives to dealing with student loans if bankruptcy is not the answer. Speakers: Darya Druch, Esq., and Miriam Hiser, Law Offices of Miriam Hiser



  • LPMS 2013 Part 6: The New Healthcare Legislation (1.5 hrs General Credit)
    Presentation Materials
    Learn about preparing for health care reforms that take effect in 2014. How will this impact the small employer (under 50 employees)? What do you need to know for your practice, as an employer, and what can you tell clients? Speakers: Colleen Callahan and Maggie Grover



  • LPMS 2013 Part 5: Bring Your Own Device (0.5 hrs General Credit, 1 hr Legal Ethics Credit)
    Presentation Materials
    Learn about ethical and professional responsibilities law firms face as lawyers access client and confidential information with mobile devices. Speakers: Sarah Banola and James Y. Wu



  • LPMS 2013 Part 4: Transitioning Attorneys and Their Practice (1.5 hrs General Credit)
    Presentation Materials
    Learn how to work smarter, less and become more profitable, by working on your legal business rather than in it. Speaker: Janice Brown, Esq., Beyond Law



  • LPMS 2013 Part 3: Creating a Modern Law Practice (1.5 hrs General Credit)
    Presentation Materials
    Learn techniques to create a cutting edge, high quality law firm, utilizing technology and online presence to dramatically increase revenue. Speaker: Katharine Hooker, Family Law Group, LLP



  • LPMS 2013 Part 2: Social Media and Legal Ethics (1 hr General Credit, 0.5 hr Legal Ethics Credit)
    Presentation Materials A | Presentation Materials B
    Practical advice on how to engage in social networking with prospects and clients within the ethical parameters required by the California Rules of Professional Responsibility. Speaker: Randy Wilson, Esq.



  • LPMS 2013 Part 1: Developing a Business Plan - Why It's Important (1 hr General Credit)
    Presentation Materials
    Learn how smart, thoughtful business planning can dramatically improve your chances of success and how to prepare a basic business plan for your business. Speaker: Steve Gizzi, Esq.



  • Setting Up a Virtual/ Mobile Office (1.5 hrs MCLE Credit)
    Presentation Materials
    The discussion includes using computers, the internet and up-to-date technology to work with clients and other attorneys to help reduce overhead and provide you with more time to enjoy life. Speakers: David Pearson, Attorney; Kirk Harding, President of Bay Computing Group, Inc.



  • Contract Attorneys (1.5 hrs MCLE Credit, incl. 0.5 hr Legal Ethics Credit)
    Presentation Materials
    All you need to know about contract attorneys: Freelance attorneys and the firms that hire them. Speakers: Eliza Rodriques, Sedgwick LLP; Marina Modlin, Modlin Legal Services, Inc.



  • Unbundling your real estate or consumer law practice (3 hrs MCLE Credit, incl. 1 hr Legal Ethics Credit)
    - A hands-on workshop with Sue Talia, a nationally known advocate and proponent of "unbundled services." Among the questions this workshop will address are: What is unbundling and how can I make it work for me? How can I do it safely? What are the insurance carriers doing about it? How is the State Bar promoting it (and yes, it is)? What is the Judicial Council doing about it? What are the ethical issues? What is the standard of care? What are the common pitfalls and how do I avoid them? How can I set up office procedures to make it work smoothly & profitably?
    Here is a preview:

    Watch the full program to earn 3 hours of MCLE credit, including legal ethics credit. The cost for access to the full video program is $75 for CCCBA members and $100 for Non-Members. Please contact Elizabeth Galliett at (925) 370-2540 or lgalliett@cccba.org for more information.

  • Children Addressing the Court (3.5 hrs MCLE Credit)
    - The program features a presentation by Matthew Sullivan, Ph.D. who specializes in Forensic Child and Family Psychology; a presentation by Deputy District Attorney Dana Filkowski; as well as a roundtable discussion. The event, which took place on February 24, 2012 at the Contra Costa Country Club, is now available as a Self-Study MCLE Program.
    Here is a preview:

    Watch the full program to earn 3.5 hours of MCLE credit. The cost for access to the full video program is $70 for CCCBA members and $105 for Non-Members. Please contact Elizabeth Galliett at (925) 370-2540 or lgalliett@cccba.org for more information.

  • Diversity & Democracy: The Future of the Rule of Law (0.5 hr Elimination of Bias Credit)
    - Frank Wu, Chancellor and Dean, UC Hastings College of the Law.


  • Dynamics of a High-Profile Case (0.75 hrs General Credit)
    - Judge Vaughn Walker (ret.)

  • Elder Law Training Series
    The Elder Law Training Series consists of 7 sessions, each providing 2 hours of MCLE credit. Each class is taught by highly respected Bay Area attorneys and judges specializing in this field. You can purchase individual sessions or the entire series - to facilitate your study, you will receive audio files and handouts for the sessions you purchased. Each Elder Law Training Session costs $40 for Members or $60 for Non-Members. Receive one session free, when you buy the entire series! You will receive 14 hours of MCLE credit, including 1 hr. of Legal Ethics, for only $240 ( $360 for Non-Members) when you complete the entire Elder Law Training Series. Contact Elizabeth Galliett at (925) 370-2540 or lgalliett@cccba.org.
    • Session 1: Intake (1 hr General Credit, 1 hr Legal Ethics Credit)
      Topics include sensitivity training, effective communication with elders, general issue-spotting, and family dynamics, including'who' is the client. Speakers include Barbara Proctor, Ron Mullin, and Tina Cheplick.
    • Session 2: Capacity and Competency (2 hrs. General Credit)
      Speakers include Commissioner Don Green, Vivian Clayton, Ph.D., and Susan M. Anderson, M.H.S.
    • Session 3: Representation (2 hrs. General Credit)
      Topics include Guardian Ad Litem, Conservatorships, Powers of Attorney (general and healthcare), Private Fiduciaries, Personal Representatives, including Trustees, and other selected issues. Speakers include Virginia M. George and Oliver W. Bray.
    • Session 4: Benefits and Resources (2 hrs. General Credit)
      Topics include Medicare, IHSS, HMOs, Veterans' benefits, medical eligibility for long-term care, public benefits such as SSI, other service providers and in-home care. Speakers include Linda Fodrini-Johnson, MA, MFT, CMC; Forrest M. Hoffschneider; F. Michael Hanson and Prescott Cole.
    • Session 5: Elder Abuse (2 hrs. General Credit)
      Topics include financial and physical abuse; different aspects of abuse and what to look for. Speakers include Eloise Sotelho, Steven Reiss, and Daniel D. Murphy.
    • Session 6: Substantive 'other' law (2 hrs. General Credit)
      Topics include housing and consumer issues, medical malpractice, unlawful detainers, etc.. Speakers include Jason Peck, Shannon Mahoney, Verna Haas, Tina Olton, and Robert Ross.
    • Session 7: Preparing your case (2 hrs. General Credit)
      Topics include preparing your case in mediation and/ or court. Speakers include Barbara Proctor, Ron Mullin, and Judge Joyce Cram.

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