When I renamed this blog, calling it “Beyond Credits,” I joked that I chose the title so if I ever got bored I could occasionally write on topics that went far beyond credits and CLE. Like hiking. Or traveling. Or campaign finance reform. But it’s hard to get bored writing about continuing legal education because so much is changing, from lawyers’ expectations to modes of delivery. If you’re willing to question everything you thought you knew about educating lawyers, it’s an exciting time to be in CLE.
I’ve worked in CLE for just over five years. I’ve planned more programs than I can count and this last year I had the privilege of launching CBA-CLE Legal Connection, which won the 2011 ACLEA Award of Professional Excellence in Technology. It’s been an incredibly rewarding experience.
But I’m now moving beyond credits. I’ve accepted a position at the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS), a national organization that happens to be housed right here in Denver and focuses on issues that matter to the future of the legal system, including these and the soon-to-be-launched Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers project.
While I am overwhelmed by the opportunity to work with the dedicated team at IAALS, I will certainly miss CLE shenanigans with all of you. I’ve learned so much from so many of you, online and off. I’m thinking a lot about how to transition this blog in a way that respects my own transition, but don’t expect a full-scale overhaul. And don’t expect me to keep my comments out of your CLE conversations online, either. I’ll still be around.
Be sure to stay in touch. I can’t wait to see what you do next!