A New Future for Pro Bono and CLE

It’s been months since I wrote, and it would be easy to think I’ve forgotten about continuing legal education completely, but that would be wrong. I even spoke on it at the end of October for a Denver Bar Association’s pro bono week Ignite event.

In five [very brief] minutes, I outlined a more structured program for lawyers seeking CLE credits for pro bono work (something Colorado does allow).

My basic idea was that existing organizations (like bar associations) could support structured curricula taught by experienced lawyers to small groups of less experienced lawyers working¬†pro bono cases. This way, experienced lawyers learn more than they would by just taking a pro bono case because they are teaching what they know (“learning by teaching”), and inexperienced lawyers learn more than they could on their own or in a traditional CLE classroom because they are learning from an experienced lawyer and then working cases with the support of that experience (“learning by doing”).

You can view my slides and the video below. Continue reading “A New Future for Pro Bono and CLE”

Way Beyond Credits

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. Continue readingWay Beyond Credits”

Redefining CLE

The very first continuing legal education course I ever took was right here in the office where I now work. It was a class required of all incoming lawyers. In fact, it’s still a class required of all incoming lawyers. And it was pretty good. In addition to teaching me some of the ethical obstacles I was sure to face in my early years of practice, it also taught me what CLE was, which was something I didn’t think about much [at all] during ¬†school. CLE was pretty much like law school–you went to a classroom, listened to someone who knew more than you about a given topic, and got credit for doing so. Easy enough.

But that was a long time ago, at least in years measured by a new era of information, and I didn’t have it quite right. Continue reading “Redefining CLE”