Start the New Year Off Right. Attend A CLE and Expand Your Practice!

12/19/2018 -The first half of the CLE reporting year crept up on us just like the holidays. Don’t wait until the last minute to finish your CLE requirements. The best part? You don’t even need to leave your office! Below are some of the programs offered in January and February. Programs are always being added to the CLE Calendar, so be sure to check it often!

Top Ethics Complaints: How to Avoid Them
Thursday, January 17, 2019

12:45 – 1:45 p.m., 1.0 ethics
Also available as a live webcast!

Speaker: David D. Curtin, Esq.
               Chief Disciplinary Counsel
               Office of Disciplinary Counsel

This program will review the top ethical complaints received by the disciplinary counsel, a brief overview of the grievance process, what attorneys should do when a complaint is filed against them, and common mistakes attorneys make when responding to a complaint.

Don't miss out on your chance to learn some best practice tips for the new year which can help you better communicate with your clients and avoid getting a letter or phone call from the Disciplinary Counsel.

Employment Law Refresher
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

12:00 – 2:00 p.m., 2.0 credits
Also available as a live webcast!

Speaker: Jeffrey W. Kasle, Esq.
               Olenn & Penza, LLP

Today’s employment world and the laws that govern it are very different from what it was only a few years ago. Employers in RI have to worry about work-related injuries and disabilities that raise concerns under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Federal Family and Medical Leave ACT (FMLA) as well as understand workers’ compensation statutes. There’s also the new sick leave law, avoiding retaliation claims from disgruntled employees, correctly applying the FLSA, and what to include in an employee handbook.

Employment law can be a minefield that needs to be carefully navigated. If you represent Rhode Island employers or have employees in your office, join us for lunch and ensure you are compliant with the law. Sign up today.

Fair Housing Issues in Rhode Island
Thursday, January 31, 2019

12:45 – 1:45 p.m., 1.0 credit
Also available as a live webcast!

Speaker:  Marissa Janton, Esq.
                 Rhode Island Commission for Human Rights

Is it illegal to refuse to rent to those who have service animals or those who use medical marijuana? What if there is a no smoking or a no pet clause in the rental agreement? What happens when a complaint is filed alleging unfair housing practices?

This program will review recent updates in the law including current protected classes, liability, covered properties, harassment and retaliation, sexual harassment, and reasonable accommodations. There will be a review of regulations and procedures at the Commission and best practices at the agency.

Expungement & Sealing: A Comprehensive Approach to Effective Alleviation of Collateral Consequences
Thursday, February 14, 2019

12:45 – 1:45 p.m., 1.0 credit
Also available as a live webcast!

Speakers:  Michael A. DiLauro, Esq.
                   Assistant Public Defender
                   Director of Training & Legislative Liaison
                   Office of the Public Defender

                   Emmett K. Hardiman, Esq.
                   Assistant Public Defender
                   Office of the Public Defender

After attending this program, you will be able to quickly and effectively address a client’s collateral consequences by making full and creative use of current Rhode Island law regarding expungement and sealing.

You will also learn to recognize who may qualify for expungement and sealing (i.e., first offenders, multiple misdemeanant, deferred sentence, and de-criminalized offense), and the discretionary criteria to do so. Whether you practice in criminal law or have an interest in expunging and sealing records, this program will provide you with a complete cheat sheet you can use on your next records inquiry.