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States Amending CLE Requirements in Response to COVID-19 (Corona Virus) Pandemic

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In response to the declared pandemic of COVID-19 (Corona Virus) state bar associations in the United States are amending their Continuing Legal Education (CLE) requirements.

Some states have extended deadlines.

Some states are also allowing for attorneys to complete more of their required CLE hours via remote learning such as webinars.

Most of these changes are temporary.

*We have received information about CLE changes in the states colored red. Hover over any state below to see these changes. Click on those states for additional information.

**On mobile devices, scroll down for alphabetical list of states with changes.

  • GEORGIA: In response to recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding the COVID-19 virus, the Supreme Court of Georgia has issued an order temporarily waiving the 6-hour in-person CLE requirement. Additionally, the deadline for Georgia attorneys to fulfill your 12-hour CLE requirement has been extended until 4/30, but the order allows you to obtain all of your hours through self-study, in-house or online seminars.
  • MAINE: No Coronavirus-related changes, however…At their February meeting, the directors of the Board of Overseers of the Bar decided to extend the 2018/2019 CLE reporting deadline. The Board made this decision because of the significant changes resulting from amended Maine Bar Rule 5, including the new mandatory harassment and discrimination credit, and the challenges associated with implementing the Rule. Consequently, the Board is extending the CLE reporting deadline to May 1, 2020. The Board also decided to forgo the imposition of late fees for the 2018/2019 reporting period.
  • NEW JERSEY: In the wake of #COVID-19 (#CORONAVIRUS) New Jersey attorneys can earn all of their CLE credits online.
  • NEW YORK: In an effort to address the growing concerns related to the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the CLE Board will implement the following changes, effective immediately through June 30, 2020. Newly Admitted Attorneys – Newly admitted attorneys (those admitted to the New York State Bar for two years or less) may participate in Skills CLE courses by either individual participation (self-study) or group participation, in the following live, nontraditional formats, where questions are allowed during the program:
  • a. webconference,
  • b. teleconference, and
  • c. videoconference.

This extension applies only to Compliance Group 1. All other 2020 CLE deadlines remain the unchanged.

  • PENNSYLVANIA: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has issued an order extending the CLE deadline for compliance Group 1 from April 31, 2020 to August 30, 2020. This extension applies only to Compliance Group 1. All other 2020 CLE deadlines remain the unchanged.
  • SOUTH CAROLINA: Effective immediately, lawyers may earn all or any portion of the required fourteen hours of CLE credit for the 2019-2020 annual reporting year through online or telephonic programs.
  • TENNESSEE: “In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chief Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court has declared a state of emergency for the Judicial Branch of Tennessee government and activated a Continuity of Operations Plan for the Courts of Tennessee. … Effective immediately and through March 31, 2020, lawyers may earn all or any portion of the required continuing legal education hours for 2019 through approved Distance Learning completed through March 31, 2020.”
  • UTAH: “Due to the CDC recommendations against gathering in large groups in order to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Supreme Court has authorized the Supreme Court Board of Continuing Education to suspend all requirements for in-person CLE attendance for the remainder of the current reporting cycle, which ends on June 30, 2020.”
  • VERMONT: While no official change has been made to Vermont’s MCLE compliance deadline, the Vermont Judiciary website does state: NOTICE: In light of possible cancellations/rescheduling of CLE programming due to COVID-19 concerns, the Office of Attorney Licensing wants to emphasize that any reasonable request for an extension of time to complete the first-year CLE requirement will be granted. Also, please remember that “live” programming includes non-recorded programming presented via electronic means, such as webinars and teleseminars.” Note that this message is specifically targeted at the first year CLE requirement of newly-admitted attorneys.
  • WEST VIRGINIA: On March 12, 2020, The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals granted “a temporary waiver of the current CLE rules and regulations which limit the total CLE credit for video, audio, correspondence telephone seminars, computer-based training courses, and in-house instruction to 12 credits…attorneys may earn all or any portion of the required 24 CLE credits”…via these methods for the 2018-2020 reporting period.
  • WISCONSIN: Attorneys can now obtain up to 30 continuing legal education (CLE) credits “on-demand” under a temporary order the Wisconsin Supreme Court issued today at the request of the State Bar of Wisconsin, providing more stay-at-home CLE options amidst the coronavirus pandemic. This order is in place until December 31, 2020.

*Information last updated 3/31/2020; 4:09 PM ET

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LiveU Solo Offers Robust Video Encoding/Streaming in a Small Package

LiveU Solo is a professional-grade wireless video encoder offering
one-touch streaming to Facebook Live and YouTube, as well as other
popular social media networks and online channels. The device is small and lightweight, making it ideal for streaming video from remote locations.

Wi-fi and ethernet connectivity are built in. The LiveU Solo also supports 4G LTE and CDMA (among other cellular connectivity). Separate external cellular modems are required to stream via a cellular network.

When multiple simultaneous networks are available, the device uses LiveU Reliable Transport (LRT) to maintain consistent and high-quality live streaming over the Internet. With it, LiveU Solo device can bond up to two USB Modems, WiFi, and an Ethernet into a single connection to ensure no loss of the outgoing video stream.

Two versions of the device are available – one accommodating cameras with HDMI output or another accommodating HDMI and SDI.

The manufacturer currently lists the following services with which the device is compatible.

Social Media Platorms:

  • Facebook Live
  • Twitter
  • YouTube Live

Streaming Platforms

  • Akamai
  • Brightcove
  • DaCast
  • EasyLive
  • Kaltura
  • Level(3)
  • Limelight Networks
  • Ooyala
  • Streann
  • Switchboard
  • UStream

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Video Interview Regarding Lume Cube Portable Video Lighting

David Danto’s interview regarding Lume Cube’s new portable video conferencing from CES 2019. Lume Cube’s lighting would be appropriate for distance learning and e-learning applications.

See out previous post for more details about Lume Cube’s new offerings.

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Litra Highlights its ‘Studio Lighting in your Pocket’

David Danto interviews Scott Gant of Litra lighting.

Litra produces professional-grade video lighting products targeted at the “adventure video” market. Due to their compact nature and brightness however, Litra’s products are well-suited for the distance learning/e-learning market.

Prices range from $89.95-$219.95. A wide-range of accessories are also available.

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Lume Cube Offers Compact Video Lighting

Lume Cube describes its AIR LED video lights as “the smallest, lightest, most compact professional lighting solution on the market.”

Lume Cube AIR Portable Video Light

The portable lights feature:

  • waterproof design
  • magnetic & tripod mounting options
  • wireless control
  • a range of diffusors

Prices start at $69.95 each. Bundles are available that bring the per light cost down slightly.

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Altia Systems Announces Panacast 3 Video Camera

Altia Systems, creators of PanaCast® 2, the world’s first 180° Panoramic-4K Plug-and-Play video camera system, today announced the introduction of PanaCast® 3, the world’s first intelligent panoramic video system with ~40 Megapixels capacity for today’s generation of distributed teams. PanaCast 3 integrates three 13-megapixel cameras, stereo microphones and advanced software to deliver 100% video coverage, 100% audio capture and 100% data sensing. The camera will list for $895.

Panacast 3

PanaCast 3 easily mounts on top of any digital display or on a wall with available mounting hardware. The USB-C connection allows connection to any compatible device or display for easy setup and mobile meeting or distance learning capability.

“From huddle rooms to Fortune 500 board rooms and auditoriums, PanaCast 3 provides the ultimate video collaboration experience to help teams communicate better, build trust and accelerate business,” said Aurangzeb Khan, President and CEO of Altia Systems. “In addition to enhanced video and audio performance, the PanaCast 3 system provides accurate AI data, which is critical for companies to improve participants’ experience autonomously, automate workflows, and generate data lakes of valid information.”

PanaCast 3 uses three 13-megapixel cameras working as one via the PanaCast Vision Processor to capture the entire room on video, a digital signal processor and two omnidirectional microphones with 40% better separation for enhanced audio and an advanced multi-sensor AI array that has built-in capabilities to detect people. PanaCast 3 delivers crystal clear video over a 180-degree field of view at Panoramic-4K resolution (3840×1080), without the distortion of ultra-wide angle or fisheye lens cameras. PanaCast 3 lets users include all team members in their conversations and utilize every seat in their rooms or collaboration spaces, with lossless zoom up to 6x and real-time video stitching just 18 inches from the camera.

Representing an outstanding value, PanaCast 3 is the company’s first model to come standard with Intelligent Zoom™, which autonomously adjusts the field of view to include everyone in the conversation, and the PanaCast API, which enables developers and partners to query the system for real-time information, such as people count data. PanaCast Vivid™, which maximizes video performance from rooms with widely varying light conditions, will also be delivered at no additional cost for PanaCast 3 customers in an upcoming release. Intelligent Zoom, PanaCast Vivid and PanaCast API are part of PanaCast’s Intelligent Vision 2.0 suite of edge AI software products for the PanaCast line of camera systems.

According to Altia Systems Director of Engineering, Yashket Gupta, “PanaCast 3’s leading-edge cameras and microphones, fourth-generation stitching technology and Intelligent Vision software work as one to ensure optimal performance. Now any room, no matter the size or number of participants, can be used to video conference with wall-to-wall coverage in Panoramic-4K video.”

In addition to the real-time video enhancing features of Intelligent Vision, PanaCast 3’s built-in people detection technologies enable system-wide data analytics by capturing accurate usage and occupancy information that can be used to automate workflows. “As AV and IT become more and more integrated, the need for accurate data and metrics increases,” Khan added. “Our customers value the fact that – in addition to top-tier video and audio – we uniquely provide wall-to-wall data coverage, making PanaCast the ideal device for modern video communications.”

To deliver the most accurate data, Altia Systems partnered with Intel to develop Advanced People Detection and Counting technology, and provides data free of cost via the PanaCast API, or with built-in capabilities in the latest version of the PanaCast Vision app.  The AI software utilizes a Convolutional Neural Network (CNN) to count the number of people on camera, up to 40 feet away, and provide searchable data which organizations can use to inform decisions on calendar management, room utilization and resource management, or to automate facility assets such as TV monitors, lights, videoconferencing equipment and more. The CNN inference engine is highly optimized for Intel® Core™ processor-based PCs and the Panoramic-4K video of PanaCast cameras. The technology is available through the PanaCast API built for the Windows operating system and can be used for large areas like classrooms, auditoriums and general gatherings.

“The PanaCast 3 system proves that, in the world of video conferencing, every inch and every pixel counts,” Gupta said. “By developing the latest camera technologies and a super-optimized multi-camera array, we have improved every aspect of video capture and performance, cutting the minimum stitching distance in half, doubling the zoom capability and increasing the native capture resolution by 300 percent. It extends the unique value proposition of PanaCast, while retaining simple Plug-and-Play operation to eliminate costly set up and training.”

More than 1,600 companies have already chosen PanaCast as their video collaboration technology solution, including Uber, which last year deployed more than 850 PanaCast cameras in huddle rooms and conference rooms to connect employees in hundreds of offices around the world.

PanaCast 2, now widely deployed with Fortune 2000 companies and global corporations, continues forward and will receive ongoing enhancements in future updates, for example, with the fourth-generation stitching technology which will be integrated in an upcoming firmware release. Concurrent with this launch, PanaCast 2 price is being reduced to $795.

Altia indicates that the Panacast 3 is compatible with the following services:

  • Skype
  • Skype for Business
  • Zoom
  • Zoom Rooms
  • Google Hangouts
  • BlueJeans
  • GoToMeeting
  • Vidyo
  • Panopto
  • Slack
  • WebEx
  • Join.Me
  • Appear.In
  • Moodle
  • Videxio
  • Microsoft Teams
  • Amazon Chime

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VDO360 Pairs Camera and Software to Replace Cameraman

VDO360 has combined a camera, mini-computer, and software into a bundle it is billing as a “replacement for the cameraman” – calling it Autopilot.

Autopilot combines:

  • VDO360’s Saber PTZ camera
  • An Intel Compute Card mini PC
  • Perfect Track software
VDO360 Autopilot for Distance Learning and e-learning applications

Perfect Track is VDO360-developed software that recognizes individuals in the Saber’s video stream. According to VDO360, “the sophisticated tracking algorithms far surpass any other solution on the market in terms of accuracy and consistency. Once a user is recognized, Perfect Track intelligently controls the camera to smoothly follow that user. No tracking beacons, operators, or excessive equipment needed.”

The Perfect Track software comes pre-installed on the Intel Compute Card computer and has a simple to use interface with one time setup.

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Altria Systems Shows Panacast 2 Panoramic 4-K Camera

Altria Systems will show off its Panacast 2 – touted as “the world’s first Panoramic-4K Plug-and-Play USB video camera with a natural human field of view of up to 180-degrees wide.”

PanaCast 2 is a multi-camera array, Plug-and-Play USB intelligent camera that the manufacturer promises “comes with all you need to start experiencing natural and immersive video collaboration.”

Technical Specifications include:

  • 180° (H) x 54° (V)
  • Panoramic-4K: 3840 x 1080
  • 1080p Full HD: 1920 x 1080
  • 720p HD: 1280 x 720
  • Up to 3x digital zoom at 720p
  • Built-in microphones
  • Plug-and-Play USB connectivity

The plug-and-play connectivity, large field of view, and hi-definition picture make it worth considering for distance learning and conference applications based on lectures and panels, as well as conferences/meetings.

Prices range from $795.00 – $944.00, depending on configuration and options.

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