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New CLE Programs For Calif. Lawyers

The National Law Foundation is offering taped continuing legal education programs for California attorneys. Among the current offerings are:

* "Valuation Discounts: 2000 Update," featuring Richard B. Covey.

* "Roth IRAs, Designating Trusts as Beneficiaries of Retirement Plans and Coordinating Death Beneficiary Designations with the Estate Plan," featuring Steve E. Trytten.

* "Choice of Business Entity for Estate Planning and Forming and Drafting the Family Limited Partnership and Family Limited Liability Co.," featuring Lous Mezzullo.

Information: Reader Response 220.

NEW YORK

Litigation Practice Page

LEXIS has announced the release of the New York Litigation Practice Page on lexis.com. Legal researchers can access customized analysis, checklists, forms, investigative information, cases and codes, reports LEXIS, based in Dayton.

The site also offers Weinstein, Korn & Miller's CPLR Manual, and LPLR Analysis, Practice Tips and Forms; as well as Benders Forms of Pleading for the State of New York, says the company.

LEXIS also announced that it has created Matthew Bender "slices" for New York practitioners. Each jurisdictional/specialty "slice" is an online library available on lexis.com that offers practice-specific analytical material, it reports.

Among the N.Y. "slices" are general practice, civil practice, personal injury/negligence, business litigation, corporate, real estate, probate/trusts/estates/elder law, and more.

Information: Reader Response 221.

PENNSYLVANIA

eFACTS

Compaq Computer Corp. and the Pennsylvania Dept. of Environmental Protection have developed a multimedia application processing and compliance reporting information system named Environmental Facility Application Compliance System (eFACTS).

The data system contains modules for authorization application processing; program specific inventory details; compliance; bonding and forfeitures; licensing; and self monitoring, it reports.

Information: Reader Response 222.

TEXAS

Whereas.com

Houston's whereas.com has created a new program that helps lawyers earn CLE credit any where and any time they have access to a PC. The company has released 21 CLE seminars in a rich media, digital format on a CD-ROM.

They vary from 25 to 45 minutes in length, and can be viewed on any current PC that offers CD-ROM and sound capability. Photographs of the speaker and other graphics accompany the presentations, the company explains.

When viewed on a computer with an Internet connection, whereas.com makes available a library of supporting material, including additional material prepared by the seminar presenter; links to relevant third-party articles; and copies of pertinent case law and statutes. Users also can participate in threaded online discussion groups.

Whereas.com says that 20 of the seminars have been approved for one hour of participatory credit by the State Bar of Texas, and some are accredited for specialization and for legal assistants.

The company sent 77,000 Texas lawyers a sample CD-ROM, and plans an expanded release this month.

Information: Reader Response 223.

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