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”

Update: The Future of Online CLE Is Still Free

Not long after I wrote the post declaring that the future of online CLE is free, I headed to San Francsico for a meeting of the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA).

Pro tip: if you want to find out who in your industry is reading your blog, write a controversial post just before heading to an industry meeting. I was humbled to meet readers, many of whom approached me specifically to talk about the post. In fact, I’ve been joking with colleagues that I haven’t updated my blog because I’m a little intimidated by the caliber of the readers I didn’t even know I had until the meeting.

Talking about the post was helpful because it revealed some things I clearly had been unclear about in the post. Continue reading “Update: The Future of Online CLE Is Still Free”