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April 2021 CLE Seminars

Earning your credits has never been easier! Keep your skills sharp and expand your practice by attending one of the many live webinars we have scheduled this spring without having to leave your house or office. To view the entire list of CLE offerings, visit the CLE Calendar – and, visit often, as more programs are added frequently!

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Don't forget, during the month of April, every CLE registration is a chance to win! For every seminar you attend, your name will be entered into a raffle to win a Microsoft Ergonomic Mouse! The more seminars you attend, the greater your chances are to win!

Child Custody Issues and the Role of GAL
12:30 – 1:30 p.m., 1.0 credit
Live Webinar Only 
Therese M. Picard Esq.
Bittner & Picard, LLC
This program will focus on child custody issues and the role a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) can serve to help resolve these issues. Attendees will gain an understanding of child custody issues and comprehend how a GAL may help Family Court attorneys resolve those issues.

Mindfulness for the Busy Lawyer Part 4
12:30 – 1:30 p.m., 1.0 ethics
Live Webinar Only 
Patricia A. McLaughlin Esq.
Keep your new year going in the right direction by learning how to stay resilient to stress and improve your overall well-being. Learning these techniques will build awareness, improve your focus, and productivity in your daily legal practice. Join us as we work together to avoid or manage professional burnout.
This program focuses on adapting mindfulness techniques in public scenarios encountered in lawyers’ everyday life.

A Lawyer’s Guide to “The Mobile Office – Work From Home Best Practices”
12:00 – 1:00 p.m., 1.0 credit
Live Webinar Only 
Lisa A. Shorr
Secure Future Tech Solutions
Eric M. Shorr
Secure Future Tech Solutions
The jury has made their decision, 2020 was an unprecedented year! Practicing law has moved from the court room to the living room or any other quiet room in our homes. This quick change of office has created a new set of challenges to client privacy and data security. Understanding that the concept of "office optional" is now here to stay, at least for 2021, how can lawyers and law firms transform their home offices to become as secure and productive as their formal office?
After the program attendees will understand:
  • The critical differences between a formal office and your home office.
  • The 4 most important technology solutions that need immediate attention.
  • The 2 key elements of remote / virtual presence.

Litigating Dog Bite Claims in Rhode Island
12:30 – 1:30 p.m., 1.0 credit
Live Webinar Only 
Eric B. DiMario Esq.
Kiernan, Plunkett & Redihan
This program will provide an overview of the current state of Rhode Island law in the area of dog bite liability, including considerations of what constitutes an "enclosure," the meaning and effect of the so-called "one-bite" rule and the effect of statutory damages. Strict liability and negligence standards, the availability of comparative fault defenses, important case considerations, and helpful investigative tips will also be discussed.

Starting a Law Firm in 2021: Why It's Not as Crazy as It Sounds
1:00 – 3:00 p.m., 2.0 credits
Live Webinar Only 
Jared D. Correia Esq.
Red Cave Law Firm Consulting
Believe it or not, this is an amazing time to start a law practice. The overhead is low. Innovative law firms have a significant competitive advantage over traditional firms. Technology allows for unprecedented efficiency and operational flexibility. The gig economy lets small business owners access talent on their own terms, while the distributed workforce model is commonplace.
If you want to launch your own law firm, start here. In this program, we’ll tell you everything you need to know. Specific topics to be addressed in the presentation include how to choose the right technology – needs vs. wants and gaining a basic understanding of business finances.


Mark your calendars! The Rhode Island Bar Association Virtual Annual Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, June 23 and Thursday, June 24, 2021. Our plenary speakers, the Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the Honorable John J. McConnell, Jr., Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island, will draw upon their career experiences to lead a discussion and provoke a meaningful conversation about the practice of law. Our program will be presented on the engaging and interactive Eventmobi platform, and we are sure you will be impressed by what it has to offer and how easy it is to navigate. We may not be able to meet in person this year, but we can still embrace technology to increase our professional competence and say hello to old friends.