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Programs are available online to all firms wishing to assist their attorneys in obtaining their CLE credits. Please email customer.care@celesq.com to obtain a coupon code for your firm. Once an attorney has completed a program, your firm will be billed $30 each for the cost of each certificate which will be issued as a download once the attorney has completed the affirmation for the particular program. CDs will be available for all programs upon request. Please email customer.care@celesq.com to purchase CDs for any course. Cost will be $95.00 per CD, plus shipping and handling.

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NYC Human Rights Law: The 'Gold Standard' of Anti-Discrimination Laws (02/16/2021)

Program Number: 3104 Presenter: Mark S. Goldstein, Esq., Alexandra Manfredi, Esq.

As many businesses have come to learn in recent years, New York City is home to one of the nation’s most expansive anti-discrimination laws: the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL). The NYCHRL is unique on a multiple fronts, including its broad protections and definitions, burdensome obligations for employers, and expanded remedies. This program will explore the history of the NYCHRL, what differentiates it from other anti-discrimination statutes, and provide practical recommendations for employers grappling with its multifaceted requirements.

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Second Circuit Endorses New Criminal Theory for Insider Trading Prosecution (02/18/2020)

Program Number: 3060 Presenter: John Carney, Esq., Jonathan Forman, Esq., Jonathan New, Esq.

This program will discuss the recent groundbreaking decision United States v. Blaszczak in which the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed – for the first time ever – an insider trading conviction without proof of a personal benefit to the insider or tipper. Attendees will learn how this decision builds on recent insider trading decisions to further expand insider trading liability in significant ways and how they should respond to it to bolster their companies’ compliance programs.

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Handling Death Cases in New York (12/04/2020)

Program Number: 30290 Presenter: Andrea Alonso, Esq.

There are two separate and distinct causes of action in death cases: survivorship cause of action and wrongful death. ● Survivorship cause of action belongs to the estate for decedent’s pain and suffering prior to death. ● Wrongful death cause of action belongs to distributees who have suffered pecuniary loss by reason of death. In any death case, there will be a unified trial. The Burden of proof is still the plaintiff’s, but not as high a burden as in death cases. For wrongful death damages, decedent’s estate is entitled to collect interest at the rate of 9% from date of death to date of judgment, governed by Section 5-4.2 of the Estates, Powers and Trusts Law (hereinafter the EPTL). Join Andrea Alonso as she helps attorneys to familiarize themselves with the two distinct causes of action and what is and is not recoverable under each.

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Helping Diverse Attorneys Thrive: Tips from In-House Counsel and Outside Counsel (12/01/2020)

Program Number: 30279 Presenter: Dr. Sharon Meit Abrahams, Wesley D. Bizzell, Esq., Malachi B. Jones, Jr. Esq., Bonnie Lau, Esq.

Most law firms and corporate legal departments have had diversity-related initiatives for years, but these efforts have failed to develop and retain significant numbers of diverse attorneys. The pandemic and economic downturn threaten to derail the modest successes that have been achieved, but now is the time for law firms and legal departments to double-down on diversity and inclusion. Join the conversation with in-house and outside counsel as they discuss initiatives and share the experiences that have helped diverse attorneys thrive and have made a positive impact with their firms and organizations.

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How to Ethically Protect and Secure Communication in Online Dispute Resolution (11/17/2020)

Program Number: 30271 Presenter: Leslie Berkoff, Esq., Brent O. E. Clinkscale, Esq., Michael Kreitman, Esq., Michael Powell, Esq.

This webinar will review key ethical concerns related to virtual and online mediations and provide practice tips as to how attorneys can collaborate with client representatives, communicate with the other parties and the mediator in an effective and confidential fashion. The panel will review the ethical concerns raised by the foregoing and discuss Rules 1.1 and 1.6 of the Model Rules of Professional Responsibility.

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Obtaining Depositions of Absent Class Members (01/15/2020)

Program Number: 3027 Presenter: Kelly Handschumacher, Esq., Jonathan Slowik, Esq.

Depositions of absent class members can be a critical tool for defending class actions on the merits, challenging class certification, or moving for decertification. However, defendants may face significant legal challenges in obtaining such discovery. This presentation will explain the legal framework for obtaining absent class member depositions, factors courts consider in deciding whether and how many class member depositions to permit, and suggestions for obtaining class member depositions.

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Evidence in a Nutshell: Rules You Need to Know (11/10/2020)

Program Number: 30244 Presenter: Philip Freidin, Esq., Reuben A. Guttman, Esq., J.C. Lore, III, Esq.

The days of thinking about the rules of evidence only when it is time for trial are gone. From pleadings to summary judgement, motions in limine and Daubert hearings, it is essential to know the rules of evidence. This one-hour CLE Program will focus on need to know evidentiary rules and cause you think differently about rules governing relevance, witness questioning, hearsay, and summaries of evidence. JC Lore is a Professor at Rutgers Law School, heads the Law School’s Advocacy Center and is the co-author of Modern Trial Advocacy (with Steven Lubet) and a soon to be published book, Pretrial Litigation, (with Reuben Guttman) Phil Freidin of Freidin & Brown and Miami has tried more than 300 cases including more than 200 jury trials and is one of the nation’s leading trial lawyers Reuben Guttman of Guttman, Buschner & Brooks, PLLC is — according to the International Business Times — one of the world’

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Communication Techniques to Overcome Gender Bias in the Legal Profession (12/01/2020)

Program Number: 30242 Presenter: Alton (Al) B. Harris, Esq., Andrea S. Kramer, Esq.

Andie Kramer and Alton B. Harris, authors of Breaking Through Bias (Second Edition) and It’s Not You, It’s the Workplace, discuss the nature and extent of the achievement disparity between female and male lawyers, and why and how gender stereotypes and the biases that flow from them cause this disparity by preventing women from advancing in their legal careers as far and as fast as men. Andie and Al provide lawyers with specific insights and communication techniques they can use to avoid or overcome these often subtle and unconscious gender biases in their legal practices. The program includes a discussion of the relevance of ABA’s Model Rule 8.4(g), ABA Resolutions 10A, 108D, 300, 302, and ABA’s Mission Statement. I. Understand the pervasive nature of gender stereotypes with respect to women, men, families, work, and leadership II. Recognize how these gender stereotypes result in discriminatory biases that operate to

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Mandatory Arbitration for Employment Claims And The Looming Showdown Between Federal And State Policy (02/03/2020)

Program Number: 3023 Presenter: Christopher G. Ward, Esq.

For many years, some employers have used mandatory arbitration agreements as a tool to protect against uncertainties of civil litigation, access a more efficient mechanism to resolve employment claims, and preserve the confidentiality of matters underlying such claims. However, as arbitration agreements have emerged as a useful mechanism to insulate against class action litigation and employer use has become more widespread, criticisms about such agreements have also become amplified in the wake of the #metoo social phenomenon. With multiple states having recently prohibited the use of mandatory arbitration with respect to some types of employment law claims, a legal showdown looms as to whether such laws should survive constitutional scrutiny and a federal policy that generally protects the use of arbitration. Join Foley & Lardner LLP partner Christopher Ward for a lively discussion about how things have gotten to this point, the pros and cons of arbitration agreements and criticisms of

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Environmental Justice and Infrastructure Siting in the Black Lives Matter Era (10/07/2020)

Program Number: 30228 Presenter: Simone Jones, Esq., Emily P. Mallen, Esq., Nicole E. Noelliste, Esq.

The year 2020 has ushered in change and great uncertainty and also seen the mainstream emergence of the Black Lives Matter (“BLM”) movement. Although the current landscape is fluid and still evolving, it seems certain that the BLM movement and the attention paid to systemic racism endured by people of color will have tangible effects on environmental justice – long believed to be an aspirational goal, rather than a concrete compliance point. Sidley Austin LLP attorneys Emily Mallen, Simone Jones, and Nicole Noelliste will analyze the potential implications of the BLM movement on pipeline infrastructure planning and major facility siting. After providing a background on environmental justice, they specifically will discuss relevant cases proceeding in courts, matters before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and federal and state legislation. The attorneys also will provide meaningful ways that companies should consider engaging with communities of color and strengthening their partnerships with the communities they

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