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Practicing Law in Today’s Regulatory Environment: Fee Agreements and Other Hot Ethics Topics (MP3)


Self-study hours are logged by the listener and the one page list is kept in an MCLE compliance folder. The log requires a listing of each program title, the program's approved MCLE provider name, program length, and whether or not that program contains mandatory subfield credit (legal ethics, elimination of bias, or prevention of substance abuse.)

Participatory hours require a proctor (any adult who is not simultaneously using the same program for participatory credit) to complete and sign documents accompanying each participatory program. Those completed and signed documents are subsequently returned to Versatape and individual certificates of compliance are prepared and returned to the listener to be filed in a MCLE compliance folder. Versatape will also keep a copy of the certificates of compliance on file. If audited the State Bar will be looking for a copy of those completed certificates of compliance and a copy of the self -study hours log.

Note: Please note MCLE audio program hours listened to in excess of 25 hours in a 3-year compliance period cannot be carried over into the next 3-year cycle.

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Assemble your own 12 hour, 13 hour. or 25 hour package. Simply copy and paste the SKU number of each program you would like included into the Specific Programs Desired section and we will build your custom package for you. Remember to include the required subfield hours (if you need them): 4 hours of legal ethics, 1 hour of the elimination of bias and 1 hour of the prevention of substance abuse programs to your list (we can select them for you if you desire).

How They Work

MCLE: 2 hours Legal Ethics 

Handling Potentially Privileged Documents and Managing Disqualification Risk after McDermott Will & Emery LLP v. Superior Court

An Overview of State Bar Court Procedure

How to Withdraw From a Superior Court Civil Case

Selected California Rules of Professional Conduct

  • Rule 3-300
  • Rule 3-310
  • Rule 3-320

Cross-Reference Chart of the Current California Rules to the Proposed Rules

Selected California Proposed New Rules of Professional Conduct

  • 1.7
  • 1.8.1
  • 1.8.6
  • 1.8.7
  • 1.9

Sample Written Fee Agreement Forms: Instructions and Comments

State Bar of California Mandatory Fee Arbitration Committee Sample Fee Agreement

Optional Clauses and Disclosure Forms

Los Angeles County Bar Association Formal Opinion No. 527

Program materials included. Speaker: James I. Ham.  Recorded January 12, 2018. MCLE credit: 2 hours Legal Ethics

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