Online MCLE Advanced Topics for Family Lawyers
Six Programs – $20 Each
1. Time & Divorce asks and answers the question: “How long does a divorce take?” [1.0 hours specialization credit – §3.5 psychology of divorce]
2. Family Law Referrals are unique and dangerous. The potential for unintended negative consequence are legion. [1.0 hours specialization credit – §3.1 dissolution or §3.6.8 management]
3. Toxic Divorces [Part I]: they give divorce a bad name by creating prophesies both self-fulfilling and otherwise false. [1.0 hour specialization credit – § 3.5 psychology of divorce.]
4. Analysis & Planning Session: introduces the concept of the Teflon™Lawyer™ an unbundled service a family mediator/attorney can deliver in a way consistent with values generally associated with a mediation practice and without the need to increase overhead. [1.0 hours of specialization credit – §3.1 dissolution or §3.6.8 management of §3.5 psychology].
5. Toxic Divorce II – Inventory: design explained; experiment with instrument. [Part II 2.0 hour participatory specialization credit – § 3.5 psychology of divorce.]
6. Recognizing the Alcoholic Divorce: dramatic video – satisfies California tri-annual “Drug & Alcohol Awareness” requirement. Not for the faint of heart. [1.0 hour participatory credit]
*Distinction between Self-study and Participatory is significant for general MCLE compliance only.
How and why this started:
Back in the day, when Steve Adams and Nancy Sevitch started to organize the corpus juris of California Family Law they were documenting the product of the fusion of Spanish, Mexican, California Territorial, the New York Field Code of 1848, and Anglo-American Common Law, and, for the United States, the radically new concept of no fault divorce combined with equal division.
Not always exciting but interesting. At the outset and for the five years that followed it was interesting to learn from Steve’s two-day lectures what the courts and the Legislature were doing to make the necessary adjustments and clarifications to consolidate a field of law evolving within the context of accelerated appreciation of real estate.
It was great and Nancy’s and Steve’s project was so well done that after about five years it became a victim of its own excellence. Unless there was federal legislation changing the Internal Revenue Code as it applied to divorce (remember DETRA), or a new statutory scheme affecting deferred compensation, there was a paucity of material to talk about. Within the field, how many years produce enough statutory changes or appellate opinions to warrant much more than an hour’s worth of conversation?
Some got bored. We once drove to the CFLR classes after work on Friday and were back to work on Monday, but the fatigue resulting from boredom soon required one day for recuperation after two days of CFLR. Then some, and then more, people were taking a full day to prepare for what we knew was coming.
Some got very bored. There was a cumulative effect, and two days of CFLR had to be followed by two days of recuperation…and two days of prep time for two days of CFLR.
2:2:1. Some insisted that divorce lawyers had to stop thinking about nothing but their clients’ well being and to start attending to their own mental health, which, they insisted, requires: Two days of prep and Two days of Recuperation for every One day of CFLR. It even took it’s toll on the creators. Steve and Nancy split; Steve sold out.
What we are doing:
Something different. By November 1, 2016 we expect that TheNakedDivorce.com will offer at least 12 hours of CLE material approved for Family Law Specialization.
All 36 hours online. We expect to have 24 hours available by November 1, 2017, and the 36 hours necessary to fulfill the entire CLE requirement for recertification for the Specialists in Compliance Group One and for the other two groups every following year.
Unconventional in content and delivery. Steve Adams made family law the legal specialty it’s become. He liked the law, but he wasn’t interested in the people it affected. Because of his accomplishment, family law can be practiced like a form of civil litigation. Over the course of the next several years, we hope to make available material that will provoke a reconsideration of what family lawyers can and should do for their clients.
The material is free and always available. We get paid only if you want credit. The quiz questions are provided in advance. You can answer the questions as you review the material and take the quiz “for credit” now, later or much later. The “verification questions” for participatory classes are also provided in advance so you know what to look for.
*You’ll always be able to find the site if you remember to include the “particularizing definite article” >> THENakedDivorce.com.
Reactions & Comments
- “Your concepts, writing and material are terrific. You are the most thoughtful and creative writer on sane divorces I know of.”
- “Programs like these could go long way to helping lawyers who want to practice divorce law in a sane and humane way, to do just that. It will support their desire not to bring further havoc and ruin on a family structure that is changing.”
- “If made available to the divorcing public it will help many to select the right lawyer for the right reasons (these reasons).”
- “This curriculum should be in every law school in America.”