What Should CLE Organizations Know About Educating Lawyers?

Courtesy of @fahrenheit45one, FlickrI’m on the planning committee for ACLEA’s 48th Mid-Year Meeting, which will be in New Orleans, January 28-31, 2012. While it still seems so very far away, planning begins now. Our committee is meeting April 1-2 to work on programming and I want us to have a great starting point, so I’m asking you:

What should continuing legal education organizations be learning, discussing, and implementing to best educate lawyers?

Please leave your ideas in the comments (or feel free to email me, if you prefer)!

When Classes (and Credits) Aren’t Enough

A good conference has high quality presenters teaching on topics that matter. But a great conference brings all the right people to the same place at the same time. This is why we often see attendees who are slow to head back into the conference room after a break. They’re in conversations that matter with people they wouldn’t have seen but for the conference. And while the classes might be great and, yes, they get CLE credit for attending them, this conversation is why they came–whether they knew it at the time they registered or not. Continue reading “When Classes (and Credits) Aren’t Enough”

Where have all the young lawyers gone?

I’ve been hearing that lawyers and legal organizations are noticing a trend.

“Young lawyers aren’t attending networking events.”

And I’ve heard many explanations for it. The most popular seem to be: “they prefer to network online,” and “they just don’t have the work ethic that baby boomers did.”

What I haven’t heard is, “Maybe we’re not offering the kind of networking events that young lawyers value.” Continue reading “Where have all the young lawyers gone?”