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No. 1,519 New lawyers, perhaps more than anyone, need mentors.  Every spring a new batch of them graduates and in the fall admitted to practice with only the vaguest idea of what to do.  Older lawyers have a duty to help them on their way.  We were given this help by someone else and now […]

After PBI Will the Quality of Continuing Legal Education Suffer?

No. 1,485 The Pennsylvania Bar Association announced that it is taking over the mission of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, which is being disbanded. Here is the report that appeared in the Legal Intelligencer. If the mission of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute is not carried on, the members of the Pennsylvania Bar and their clients will […]

Continuing Legal Education Seminars

No. 1,281 During the past 5 years I have given seminars for lawyers several times per year at the Community College of Allegheny County, including the following topics: – Landlord-Tenant Litigation – Defending Mortgage Foreclosure Actions – Preliminary Objections – The Law of Contracts Applied to Real Estate – The Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and […]

Seminar Update

No. 1,263 I will be participating in a Pennsylvania Bar Institute seminar at the PBI education facility in Pittsburgh on Landlord Tenant Law next Wednesday, June 29.  The seminar topics go beyond the basics, including such areas a utility shut off, fair housing and human relations and eviction procedures. I will also participate in a […]

What Have You and I Learned in the Last Ten Years?

No. 1,237 Summary: You’ve learned much more than you might think in the last ten years. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Bloggingheads.tv asked some of its best known contributors “Have You Learned Anything in the Last Ten Years?”  Good Question. One of the respondents, a law professor, said she was too old to learn anything. […]

Law Grad Job Report: Duquesne Beats Pitt (slightly).

No. 1,148 If you are thinking about going to law school, you may want to also think about getting a job when you are finished.  If you peruse this report, you’ll learn that Penn grads had the best hire rate among law schools in the Northeast.  But if your grades are not up to the […]

Brevity is the Soul of What?

No. 1,133 The Federal judiciary is proposing to limit briefs to 12,500 words.  The current limit is 14,000. The advocates of the Rule change are mostly judges.The opponents are  primarily appellate lawyers who worry that they might commit malpractice if they fail to cite a case or state every argument they can invent. Of course, […]

Third Chair is the Place to Look to Find Everything You Always Wanted to Know (but Were Afraid to Ask) About Free/Cheap Continuing Legal Education.

No. 742 We lawyers are required to complete 12 hours of continuing legal education every year, including at least one hour of ethics.  Nobody thinks that lawyers should’t keep up to date, but for those of us who don’t have a law firm or employer picking up the tabs, the cost of fulfilling this requirement […]

CEB Blog — Continuing Education of the Bar — added to Blogroll.

No. 734  I have been adding a number of blogs with practical information for lawyers [and others] to the blogroll on the left-hand margin of this blog.  If you like the Lawyerist or Time Management Ninja, you are going to enjoy reading CEB Blog. Here’s a sample contain sound advice about email mistakes commonly made […]

Thank You Real Estate Agents

No. 731 Thanks to the great group of real estate agents that took the continuing professional education class I gave at CCAC North this past week.  They asked plenty of great questions and added a great deal to the discussion. I will be giving the class at least four more times in the Spring at […]

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CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.

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