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The practical skills required for running and growing your practice are covered in titles California Basic Practice Handbook, California Client Communications Manual, and Fee Agreement Forms Manual, among other valuable resources. These publications are also available in OnLAW, which gives you the added advantages of the web: speed, search capabilities, portability, and links to cited cases and codes. We have many CLE webinars and On Demand programs that address Law Practice Skills as well.

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Using CEB Essential Forms (Free Program)

Find out more about the powerful features of Essential Forms and how to put them to use in your practice! Miles Bohas, Essential Forms Technical Support, demonstrates the key features of this robust Judicial Council Forms software, including eFiling capabilities and county-specific packages.


This tutorial is available anytime as a recorded On Demand program or in a monthly live Zoom session with Miles that allows for questions and answers. Next live webinar: September 11 at 1pm Pacific Time.


1 Hour MCLE Credit

(the live Zoom webinar does not include MCLE credit)

What All California Attorneys Should Know About the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Free Program)

This program covers the provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that will impact taxation of you and your clients. From tax considerations in choosing an entity for your firm to changes to business deductions and exemptions, the most important changes will be explained. In addition, we will cover changes impacting multinational businesses that could have an effect on you or your clients.


1.5 Hours MCLE Credit

Specialization in Taxation: .5 (A); .5 (B); .5 (C)

Advocacy in the Face of Bias

Peter M. Walzer and Steven K. Yoda discuss how various forms of bias continue to affect legal outcomes and what you can do about it. The panelists share pointers that you can immediately implement to overcome the bias that you or your client may encounter.


1 hour MCLE Credit in Elimination of Bias



Attorney Fee Agreements

3 hours MCLE Credit in Legal Ethics


Fee disputes can result in costly proceedings and malpractice claims, not to mention the damage they can cause to client relationships and your overall practice. In this program, you will learn how to recognize the signs of a potential fee dispute before it happens and how to resolve disputes without legal proceedings or malpractice claims. The panelists also discuss the status of enforcement of attorney liens against a client's eventual recovery.


This program offers effective techniques for avoiding fee disputes including the use of the State Bar fee agreement forms, the drafting of fee agreements, and managing the client relationship. The panel of experts also discuss the pros and cons of arbitration, mediation, and litigation.

Building a Successful Mentoring Relationship

0 hours MCLE Credit 


Mentoring can build valuable, long-lasting relationships for both parties. Whether you think you could use a mentor, or are considering becoming a mentor, a successful mentoring relationship results from having a plan and setting realistic expectations. Get tips on how to find a mentor or mentee and make the most of this valuable relationship from frequent mentor and the Alameda County Bar Association’s 2011 “Mentor of the Year” Gail Mitchell.

Building and Maintaining Strong Client Relationships

1.5 hours MCLE Credit including 1 hour in Legal Ethics


Law is a service profession and a business. Many attorneys obtain their best business through referrals from past clients, and increasingly online. Often clients seek out a lawyer because they are stressed and in crisis. Many potential clients have unrealistic expectations of what their lawyer can and should do for them. As a lawyer, your job is to professionally guide your client through a complicated (and uncertain) legal labyrinth while equipping them with knowledge and securing their informed consent at each stage. All the while you must be prepared to present negative results in a manner that maintains client satisfaction enough to lead to positive reviews and possible referrals.

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