Administrative Law
  ADR / Arbitration / Mediation / Negotiation
  Animal Law
  Banking Law
  Bankruptcy
  Bridge-the-Gap
  Commercial
  Consumer Protection
  Corporate & Securities
  Criminal Law
  Elder Law
  Employment Law
  Entertainment Law
  Estate Planning
  Ethics
  Family Law
  Government
  Health Care
  Immigration
  Insurance
  Intellectual Property / Internet
  International
  Labor & Employment
  Law Firm Practice Management
  Legal Writing
  Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender
  Litigation
  Medical Malpractice
  Non-Profit Organizations
  Real Estate
  Regulatory
  Securities Law
  Tax & Accounting
  Telecommunications


Federal Sentencing: Update 2010 (9.16.10)
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Booker in January 2005 fundamentally changed the practice of sentencing in federal criminal cases. In that landmark decision, the Supreme Court found that mandatory application of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines was unconstitutional, while preserving their place in the sentencing process. Since Booker, the Supreme Court has offered additional guidance on the proper role of the sentencing guidelines in individual sentencing through cases such as Rita v. United States, Kimbrough v. United States, Gall v. United States and Nelson v. United States. More recently, the United States Sentencing Commission has made efforts to collect and use sentencing data and the views of sentencing judges to make necessary reforms to the Guidelines. This year’s program on federal sentencing highlights the major developments of the last year with an eye toward anticipating future areas of change. The program will provide an overview of the current legal landscape as it relates to sentencing in federal criminal cases, with an emphasis on recent decisions and Guidelines amendments and the panelists will offer specific practical advice for attorneys representing defendants at each stage of the sentencing process

http://www.legalspan.com/nycbar/onlinecle.asp?UGUID=&CategoryID



Representing Clients in Federal & State Criminal Tax Investigations: Defense Strategies & Prosecution Initiatives Every Attorney Needs to Know (3.11.10)
This program will focus on strategies that attorneys can use to best represent taxpayers under criminal investigation. Topics to be covered include elements of commonly prosecuted federal and state tax crimes, current IRS and DOJ tax prosecution initiatives (including foreign bank account investigations), amnesty programs, voluntary disclosures to federal and state authorities, reacting to the commencement of a criminal investigation, administrative vs. grand jury investigations, methods of proof (particularly in the context of foreign bank account reporting), common defenses, attorney-client and joint defense issues, hiring accountants to assist defense counsel, whether to file (or amend) returns while under investigation, parallel civil IRS issues (including, offers-in-compromise and civil fraud penalties), and sentencing advocacy issues under the United States Sentencing Guidelines.

http://www.legalspan.com/nycbar/catalog.asp?UGUID=&CategoryID=&



You Don't Practice Criminal Law & You Get That Midnight Phone Call...New York Criminal Practice 101 (4.19.10)
If you haven’t thought about criminal law since you were required to take it in law school, what can you expect to encounter when a client calls you in the middle of the night about a criminal matter? What questions do you ask? How do you counsel your client? What should you do — or not do? This program is a must for any attorney unfamiliar with the practice of criminal law. Find out everything you need to do to preserve the rights of your client (whether dealing with a minor problem or a serious matter) from the first minute your telephone rings.

http://www.legalspan.com/nycbar/catalog.asp?UGUID=&CategoryID=&



You Don’t Practice Criminal Law & You Get That Midnight Phone Call…New York Criminal Practice 101 (3.23.11)
If you haven’t thought about criminal law since you were required to take it in law school, what can you expect to encounter when a client calls you in the middle of the night about a criminal matter? What questions do you ask? How do you counsel your client? What should not you do — or when to listen? What’s next? What rights should I preserve? Knowing where the ethical boundary lines are.


http://www.legalspan.com/nycbar/catalog.asp?UGUID=&CategoryID=2



Federal Sentencing in the Age of Booker (Original Live Program Date: 10/22/09)
fundamentally changed the practice of federal sentencing in criminal cases. In that landmark decision, the Supreme Court found that mandatory application of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines was unconstitutional, yet preserved their place in the sentencing process. Judges must now consult the Guidelines, although the Guidelines are only "advisory" rather than mandatory, raising a host of legal, strategic and ethical issues for all practitioners. This panel will discuss federal sentencing in the post-Booker era, from the new fundamentals to the cutting edge strategies counsel can now employ given the greater flexibility under the law. The panel includes leaders from the federal bench, prosecution and defense. The panel will address the evolving legal standards governing the appeal of federal sentences. Panelists will also discuss the power of district courts to consider sentencing policies, such as the disparity between crack and powder cocaine mandated by Congress, and the interplay of loss calculation and restitution in white-collar cases.

http://clecenter.com/programs/description.aspx?id=2081&redirect


Paved with Good Intentions: When a Slip of the Tongue Becomes an Ethical Problem in a Criminal Trial (Original Live Program Date: 2/25/08)
Your client tells you a new version of what happened, just as he is about to go on the stand; an impassioned summation from a prosecutor is coming close to becoming improper; diligent witness preparation jeopardizes both a case and a career with just a few ill-chosen words. Nightmares of the criminal trial lawyer, these hazards can damage a career and a case despite the best intentions of the practitioner. Join this panel of expert criminal trial and ethics practitioners as they explore these three pitfalls waiting to trap criminal practitioners: client testimony, closing arguments, and the most essential part of trial preparation, interviewing and preparing witnesses. Minefields waiting to trap criminal practitioners, these areas are doubly hazardous in that trouble can occur even when the practitioner is acting with the best of intentions and in complete good faith. As these problems can arise with little or no notice, it is essential that the trial practitioner be aware of these issues. This panel will explore how to avoid these problems and how disciplinary committees handle them when they happen.

http://clecenter.com/programs/description.aspx?id=2080&redirect


Representing Clients Before State and City Agencies Tips and Techniques for Effective Criminal Advocacy (Original Live Program Date: 11/19/08)
From the investigation of the State Executive Branch to the scrutiny of contractors involved in projects located within New York City, recent current events have demonstrated the importance of advocacy skills before State and City Agencies such as the State Inspector General's Office, the City Department of Investigation, the City Department of Buildings and the City Conflicts of Interest Board. Focusing on the investigative and/or regulatory authority granted to these and other State and City agencies, and examining the due process employed by those agencies, this program will provide practitioners with an understanding of the rules and manner under which these agencies operate, the ramifications for clients who are the subject of an agency inquiry and insights on how best to practice before these agencies.

http://clecenter.com/programs/description.aspx?id=2086&redirect


Taking & Defending Depositions: From How to...to Expert Tips (Original Live Program Date: 5/20/09)
Depositions provide a valuable opportunity to take discovery necessary for your case, to test potential theories of your case and to gain valuable testimony to use for summary judgment and potentially at trial. They also offer the other side the very same opportunity. This program, by bringing together leading practitioners, will examine all aspects of taking and defending depositions through the use of lecture, demonstrations, roundtable discussion and open questioning. We will discuss why we take them, what we can get out of depositions, and the logistics of a deposition so that you are at comfort when you enter the room. We will discuss how to marshal your facts and formulate a strategy to craft a helpful outline to take a deposition. We will examine how to formulate questions to maximize the information you receive at a deposition and get the testimony you seek. We will also discuss how to prepare a witness to be deposed and how to defend a witness at a deposition. Finally, we will have a round table discussion of unique issues that arise at depositions, expert tips for taking and defending depositions and a chance for you to pose your questions to the panelists.

http://clecenter.com/programs/description.aspx?id=2044&redirect


The Intersection of Criminal and Immigration Law: What You Don't Know May Hurt Your Client (Original Live Program Date: 2/18/09)
The intersection of criminal and immigration law is becoming more and more critical to attorneys practicing in both fields. This program will present a discussion of the immigration consequences of criminal offenses and convictions, and how criminal and immigration lawyers can work together in a criminal case to protect a client from the effects of a criminal conviction. The speakers will discuss strategies for protecting the client at every stage of the criminal process: investigation, consultation, plea, and sentence.

http://clecenter.com/programs/description.aspx?id=2089&redirect


You Don’t Practice Criminal Law? So, What Do You Do If A Client Calls You in The Middle of the Night About a Criminal Matter?
If you haven’t thought about criminal law since you were required to take it in law school, what can you expect to encounter when a client calls you in the middle of the night about a criminal matter? What questions do you ask? How do you counsel your client? What should you do — or not do? This program is a must for any attorney unfamiliar with the practice of criminal law. Find out everything you need to do to preserve the rights of your client (whether dealing with a minor problem or a serious matter) from the first minute your telephone rings.

http://clecenter.com/programs/description.aspx?id=1809


Representing Clients in Federal & State Criminal Tax Investigations
This program will focus on how attorneys can best represent taxpayers under criminal investigation. Some of the topics to be covered include: elements of commonly prosecuted federal and state tax crimes, current IRS, DOJ Tax, and New York State prosecution initiatives, reacting to the commencement of the investigation, administrative versus grand jury investigations, methods of proof, common defenses, attorney-client and joint defense issues, hiring of accountants to assist defense counsel, whether to file (or amend) returns while under investigation, parallel civil IRS issues (including offers-in-compromise and civil fraud penalties), voluntary disclosures to state and federal authorities, expert testimony at trial, and sentencing issues under the United States Sentencing Guidelines.

http://westlegaledcenter.com/program_guide/course_detail.jsp?pa


Tax Controversies: Negotiating & Resolving Disputes with the IRS
This program is designed to provide lawyers, accountants, tax practitioners & taxpayers with a better understanding of the IRS examination process & useful strategies for resolving disputes with the IRS at the administrative stage. Some of the topics include current IRS priorities & initiatives relating to audits, how & why issues or taxpayers get selected for audit, responding to IRS requests for information, handling sensitive issues during an audit, the difference between civil & criminal tax issues & IRS mediation & arbitration programs.

http://westlegaledcenter.com/program_guide/course_detail.jsp?pa