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Online CLE: Click Your Own Buttons, or Else!

Here is today's ethics challenge. When taking an online Continuing Legal Education course that requires you to respond to prompts every 10 minutes or so to ensure that you are actively participating in the course, which of the following is most likely to result in a disciplinary proceeding against you by the state bar?

(a) Refusing to respond to the prompts on "general principles" and then submitting the online hours for credit.

(b) Creating a computer program that responds to the prompts automatically while you play golf, and then submitting the online hours for credit.

(c) Directing your secretary to watch the courses on a laptop and respond to the prompts as if you were watching the courses, and then submitting the online hours for credit.

Go ahead, ponder. I'll wait....

OK. I suspect that maybe (a) and certainly (b) would also result in a disciplinary proceeding, but this post from the Legal Profession Blog proves that there is now precedent that (c) will, for sure, get you in very hot water.

The takeaway? Click your own buttons.

Posted by Bruce Carton on November 23, 2010 at 12:25 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)


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