Entertainment Lawyer Update Verification with CLE

Posted on May 12, 2018

Bar a few exceptions, all entertainment attorneys who engage in active legal practice in the state of California are required to complete an ongoing legal practice training. The requirement is commonly referred to as Continuing Legal Education (CLE). Whether you are new to the legal field or a continuing legal practitioner, this piece seeks to provide an in-depth guide to all you need to know about CLE California approved programs.

CLE Explained

Under the MCLE program, an attorney in entertainment (or any field for that matter) is required to complete at least 25 hours of ongoing legal training once every three years. The program usually covers a broad array of legal issues such as the subject of ethics, competency issues, mental health as well as substance abuse. To ensure all attorneys undergo training as scheduled, the California state bar requires these legal representatives to report their training once every three years.

Beyond the minimum CLE requirements, lawyers can also take on CLE courses as a means of broadening their legal expertise as well as keeping up with emerging issues in the legal field. Indeed, a career in law opens the door to endless opportunities that new and continuing practitioners can capitalize on. CLE offers attorneys the chance to take up new skills, keep up to date with current issues or even switch specialties within the legal field.

Questions to ask when hiring an entertainment attorney

Are your credit hours up-to-date?

All attorneys must complete a total of 25 hours of coursework as per the requirements of the state bar of California. Lawyers must earn at least 12.5 of credit hours via activities classified as participatory credit. The remaining credit hours, limited to a maximum of 12.5, can be earned through self-study programs.

For each reporting period, whether self-study or participatory credit, an attorney must complete 4 hours of ethics credit, an hour on competence issues credit and a further 1 hour on the elimination of bias for the profession credit. Credits for each program are calculated by dividing the length of the program in minutes by 60 and then rounding off to the nearest hour.

Are you a part of any compliance groups?

All attorneys are subject to membership to one of three groups each with a different reporting deadline. Placement into any of the groups is guided by the first letter of your last name. Group 1 contains members whose names span A to G, Group 2 (H-M) and group 3 (N-Z). The compliance date begins on 31st January while the deadline for reporting is on the 1st of February.

Attorneys who specialize in music rights and musicians rights are required to be updated on music use compliance with California law are fully responsible for keeping track of their CLE credits as well as reporting compliance with the state bar of California at the close of the reporting period. The music industry has many ups and downs and should be considered a business, and with any business it needs legal backing, whether forming a record label or negotiating contracts. The bar for attorneys conducts audits on a random basis to gauge whether legal representatives in the music industry are complying with the set requirements.

Approved CLE providers to check with

Get your hands on a list of all approved MCLE providers by searching on the California CLE providers’ directory listings. The ABA is another example of a pre-approved provider in California. Approved ABA live programs may include in-person meetings, live webinars, and teleconferences. If you’re an ultra-busy attorney, there’s also the option of taking your MCLE courses online. With online classes, you have the chance of fulfilling California CLE requirements at your pace rather than enduring the inconvenience of attending sit-in sessions and seminars.

Finally, there are many providers in California claiming to be CLE approved. Before you commit to taking lessons from any of them, ensure you confirm their certification as well as their reputation for tutoring continuing attorneys. Also, note that each CLE course provider will charge different hourly rates. Value for money should be top of your agenda when selecting a suitable CLE approved course provider.

Gems Of The 1980s: “The Last Starfighter”

Posted on August 21, 2015

“The Last Starfighter” is arguably one of those highly influential movies that few have heard about. One of the first movies to entertainment-Junkies-last starfighterutilize computer graphics, it combines a pulp feel with a coming of age movie to create a wonderful little universe where larger-than-life action combines with personal drama, with an emphasis on mixing comedy and drama.

The plot is relatively simple: The Ko Dan Empire has invaded the Star League worlds and threatens to destroy their worlds. The recruiter Centurion has seeded the galaxy with testing devices disguised as video games in order to find pilots that have the requisite talent to run the GunStars. Alex plays one such game, and gets the highest score; he is soon carted off to headquarters of the Star League, but is saved from death by refusing to serve. But the starfighters meant to protect the League have all been killed in the attack, forcing Alex to return as the last starfighter.

Storywise, the movie combines a lot of different elements into one cohesive whole. While Alex is stepping into the role of saviour of the galaxy, he is also romancing his girlfriend by proxy: In order to ensure that Alex survives an android was left behind to act as a double, ,and that android provides for not only a lot of the humor of the movie, but also allows the romance to continue. There is also the interplay between Centurion and the alien Grig that adds an ironically human touch to the movie.

As noted, the film also has the first use of computer graphics as more than merely background effects. Although computer graphics had already been used in a number of movies, this was the first movie to use them interactively; the actors had to respond to effects that they could not see and would not exist until well after they were done acting. Although primitive by today’s standards, they are nonetheless the cornerstone of the movie rather than merely just part of the scenery. All told, “The Last Starfighter” is one of those weird movies that everyone should see at some point just because it is such a fun little movie with a lot to offer.

Mark Zuckerberg Is Finally Having A Baby

Posted on August 09, 2015

After trying for several years, Mark Zuckerberg is finally having a baby with his wife Priscilla Chan. This is perhaps the hottest celebrity news this week. Entertainment news websites have featured the story for a couple of days now and everyone seems to be excited for the couple.

The founder and CEO of Facebook made the announcement through his official Facebook account. He expressed his happiness at the prospect of becoming a dad. The reason he made the announcement early in the pregnancy is because they want to share their bundles of joy with everyone. After all, his company has touched the lives of billions of people around the world.

Mark and Priscilla had been trying to have a child for a number of years with no success. Their first three attempts ended in miscarriages. It appears four is their lucky number. Zuckerberg also revealed that they are having a baby girl. Hopefully, things will turn out well for them this time. During their last three attempts, the two lovebirds had already started making plans for the expected child, but the miscarriage shattered their hopes and dreams. According to Zuckerberg, those three experiences made them feel lonely. He explained that people rarely discuss miscarriages for a number of reasons. For one, fears that people will distance themselves from you, or look at you as defective, forces many people to fight their painful emotional battles in silence.

Initially, Zuckerberg thought he was alone in this. Once he started opening up to his friends, he found that it’s a common problem affecting many people, including some of his friends. By sharing his personal experience, the Facebook CEO hopes to inspire other people to start sharing their stories as well. At this stage in her pregnancy, Priscilla has very little chance of having another miscarriage, according to her husband. That is the reason why they are just making the news public now.

Priscilla and Mark got married in 2012. Priscilla is an educator and a doctor. Despite having a net worth of around $40 billion, Zuckerberg earns a salary of $1 annually. Hopefully, he will soon get a raise to ensure he can afford to buy a few diapers.

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