Continuing Legal Education

Each year the CLE Committee strives to provide seminars of the highest quality, utilizing local talent while keeping registration costs at a minimum. Marla Hoskins is Chair of the 2016-2017 CLE Committee and Mark Wardrop is the Spokane County Bar Association contact for all Continuing Legal Education related issues.

We are always searching for CLE topics that interest our members and quality speakers who are willing to volunteer their time to share their expertise with colleagues. If you have a CLE topic to suggest or wish to volunteer your services to the CLE Committee, feel free to contact Mark Wardrop.


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    • December 16, 2016

      9:00 a.m - 4:45 p.m.


    How to Avoid Common Pitfalls

    County Commissioner’s Hearing Room
    1026 West Broadway Avenue, Lower Level
    Spokane, Washington


    Curious about changes to how you can ethical market your practice, updates on legal directory issues, or how you might be unknowingly violating data security requirements for lawyers? Join us for an amazing day of engaging and educational CLE sessions with Jabez LeBret from GNGF and Dan Lear from Avvo. This all day event will cover topics ranging from ethics to understanding the generational divide.


    Complimentary Book ($49.95 value) – All attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the best-selling legal technology and marketing book Online Law Practice Strategies.


    Focus Areas Include:


    The Ethics of Your Online Presence 

    By now almost all law firms have a web presence. This goes beyond just a law firm website. Over the last five years we've seen a large amount of opinions on what a lawyer can and cannot do ethically online. From websites to beyond this sessions covers the latest updates you need to know about establishing an effective and ethical web presence.


    The Ethics of Reviews

    Clients are reviewing lawyers and law firms on a regular basis. It's also been proven that having positive reviews both protects your referral business and increases the number of prospects you receive from the Internet. But what are the ethical issues surrounding reviews? This session covers where you can and should be getting reviews, how to avoid ethics mistakes in requesting reviews, and properly responding to a negative review.


    Tech Tips and Tools for Lawyers (General)

    Running a practice takes a lot of work. There are many tools ranging from free to paid, that can dramatically increase your ability to do what you do best – practice law. This panel presentation will walk through the latest options for document management, scanning documents, practice management solutions, time and billing, mobile options, and more.


    Your Clients on Social Media and Data Security - Ethics During Trail, Providing Advice, Discovery, and Data Security 

    Are you able to advise your clients on how an Instgram post can impact a pending litigation? From estate planning to personal injury, social media is having an impact on your clients. We are not talking about how a lawyer can use social media to attract leads, we are talking about your client's social media use. This session helps you understand how to advise clients on his or her social media use regardless of the legal situation they are in. We will also cover your ethical responsibilities with regards to data security. Could you be accidently causing a liability for your client because you are missing a few simple security steps? Come and find out.


    The Ethics of Social Media Use (the lawyer using social) 

    With the ubiquitous nature of social media in our daily lives it only makes sense that a savvy law firm will jump at the opportunity to reach new prospects and current clients through social media. With a rapidly changing landscape it be difficult keeping up with both the individual social media networks along with the governing ethics guidelines for engaging on each platform. This session will be an update to the currents rules and guidelines for using social media in your practice.


    The Generational Divide - Jury Selection, Younger Associates, and Understanding Millennials

    This panel discussion will cover understanding of generational differences and how to navigate these differences within the practice of law. Presenters explore scenarios and situations in the practice of law where generational differences arise: in the workplace, in the courtroom, in client meetings and introduce some tools that could be applied in those scenarios to help develop credibility, trust and respect across generations.



    Dan Lear - Bio


    Dan Lear is a lawyer, blogger and legal industry gadfly. As a technology-focused business lawyer, Dan advised companies from startups to the Fortune 100, helping to develop agreements and terms for early cloud services offerings well before "the cloud” was an everyday norm. In 2014, Dan joined Avvo, an online legal marketplace, where he is the Director of Industry Relations and frequently speaks to lawyers and bar associations. Dan has been mentioned, featured, or published in The ABA Journal, Law Practice Today, Law Technology News, NWLawyer, Above the Law and other legal industry press. In 2015 he was named to the FastCase 50 – a group of entrepreneurs, innovators, and trailblazers in the legal profession – and in 2014 Dan was honored with the Washington State Bar Association President's Award for his participation in and and advocacy of legal technology projects locally and nationally.  Find him on Twitter at @rightbrainlaw. 


    Jabez LeBret

    Jabez LeBret is co-author of the best-selling legal technology book Online Law Practice Strategies. He is an international technology expert who has delivered CLE presentations at the Alaska, Ohio, Florida, Wyoming, New Mexico, Colorado, Washington State, Maryland, and Indiana State Bar Associations, the ABA and LMA, plus over 50 other bar associations. Jabez writes a regular business and technology column for Forbes and is also a contributor to the ABA Journal and NBC Chicago. He is also co-founder of the legal marketing agency GNGF, winner of the 2014 Best Places to Work by the Cincinnati Business Courier and runner-up for Business of the Year by the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce. He loves coffee and is a craft beer enthusiast.


    Cost to attend is only $135 for SCBA members, $150 for non-SCBA members, $100 for government, legal aid and SCBA YLD Attorneys, $35 for staff.

    SCBA members can register using a credit card by faxing a completed registration form and calling Shannon Smith at (509) 477-2665.


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    • December 22, 2016

      8:50 a.m - 4:30 p.m.



    A tradition with the Spokane County Bar Association, the Annual Year-end Potpourri CLE will cover six varied topics so that you can pick and chose those sessions which interest you most. We will be offering two ethics sessions to help you meet your ethics CLE requirement.



    Gonzaga Law School, Barbieri Courtroom
    721 North Cincinnati Street
    Spokane, Washington

    8:30 - 8:50 a.m.

    Check-in & Coffee Service



    8:50 – 9:50 a.m.

    Ethics and the Estate Planner
    Gair B. Petrie & Kit Querna of Randall| Danskin


    9:55 – 10:55 a.m.

    Employment Law Update
    Michael J. McMahon & Ronald A. Van Wert of Etter, McMahon, Lamberson, Van Wert & Oreskovich, P.C.


    11:00 – 12:00 p.m.

    Killer Cross-Examination
    Jeffry K. Finer of Finer-Bering, P.S.


    12:00 – 1:20 p.m.

    LUNCH (On Your Own)


    1:20 – 2:20 p.m.

    The Spoklane County Auditor's Office
    Spokane County Auditor Vicky M. Dalton and Melanie Muzatko, Licensing & Recording Manager


    2:25 – 3:25 p.m.

    Insights Into Washington Lawyer Discipline:  How to Avoid Attention from the Office of Disciplinary Counsel
    Ted Stiles of Lukins & Annis, P.S.


    3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

    Modes of Drug Testing & the Benefits, plus Testing Children for Environmental Exposure
    Doug Thayer, President of ARCpoint Labs of Spokane

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