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New Online CLE’s Available to Virginia Lawyers from ALPS

Mark Bassingthwaighte, ALPS Risk Manager

ALPS, the endorsed professional liability carrier for the Virginia State Bar, is offering two new Ethics CLE programs produced by ALPS Educational Services. These online and on-demand programs are for the 2012 VSB CLE year which runs from November 1, 2011 to October 31, 2012.

The two courses provide invaluable information for the practicing lawyer and are reasonably priced. Preview and register here.

Course Descriptions

2012 Top Ten Technology Traps and How to Avoid Them

The latest in computer technology, be it hardware or software, isn't the final answer when it comes to reducing exposure to a malpractice claim or avoiding ethical problems. In fact, the use of technological tools can increase one's risk. While computers can't commit malpractice or make an ethical misstep, those of us who use the tools certainly can. This 1-hour Ethics program will not only discuss common concerns that come with the use of technology in the law office setting, but present solutions to
those concerns as well. $35 for ALPS insureds; $65 for non-ALPS insureds.

2012 Top Ten Malpractice Traps and How to Avoid Them

This 2-hour Ethics program will identify the top ten most common malpractice concerns, discuss how problems can arise, and provide helpful practice tips and advice that can help the attorney stay out of trouble with each area of concern. You'll learn what some clients know about legal fees that you don't,
what keeps malpractice carrier claims and risk attorneys awake at night, and why the clients who actually sue you aren't the ones you're concerned about. $45 for ALPS insureds; $75 for non-ALPS insureds.

Another Online Learning Opportunity

* Managing One's Self

*This program was previously offered in Virginia live and on-demand in October and November of 2011.It has been renewed for 2012.If you have previously viewed it no additional CLE credit can be earned for repeating it.

This 3-hour Ethics program offers an interactive presentation that includes video vignettes interspersed with insightful discussions from a knowledgeable panel of attorneys. Topics discussed during the program include: Firing a client; balancing personal and professional life; leaving a practice; Of counsel relationships; the hidden dangers of social media; and dealing with purloined documents. $60 for ALPS insureds; $90 for non-ALPS insureds.

Note: These courses were last substantively revised January 16, 2012. Registration fees collected by ALPS are used to support the risk management initiatives of the Virginia State Bar through the Lawyer Malpractice Insurance Committee.

If you have questions about these programs, please contact ALPS Educational Services at: or 1-800-990-3412.

If you are a bar executive from another state and are interested in having these courses made available in your jurisdiction, we invite you to give us a call.

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