As I compose this first ACLEA blog entry, I’m reminded of several reasons why I value my membership with ACLEA, but one sticks out in my mind right away. ACLEA members have fantastic ideas and content and are willing to share information with other members. They are a great resource network for relevant and timely information in the CLE industry.
For instance, Susan Munro, CLEBC, recently wrote an article, “Helping New Lawyers Become Practice-Ready” which was published in Slaw.ca on March 16, 2016. This article is extremely relevant to all ACLEA members. As CLE professionals, we’re faced with the task of trying to bridge the gap between the completion of law school and the start of professional practice.
At our past conferences in San Diego and Savannah, we heard the same challenge from Frank Wu, Distinguished Professor of Law, University of California, Hastings College of Law and from Professor Patrick Longan, Mercer University, School of Law, respectively. The stats from Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers, a national initiative to align legal education with the needs of an evolving profession, demonstrate this as well.
This is just an example of relevant issues that our members make note of in different forums outside of ACLEA that affect CLE professionals.
Another way ACLEA is great at sharing info or asking questions is via our listservs. There are listservs that are open to all ACLEA members: general discussion, executive leadership, international, marketing, publications, technology and programming. There are also listservs specific to organizational SIGs: entrepreneurial, in-house, law schools, local and speciality bars, nationals, regulators, and state and provincial bars. The listservs promote the exchange of information among ACLEA members on matters relating to CLE and ACLEA.
In-person networking opportunities at the ACLEA Mid-Year and Annual Conferences are another great way to share information. Here are some photos from recent conferences.
We hope that this blog acts as an additional avenue in the sharing of information among members and welcome contributions from all ACLEA members.
If you wish to make a contribution to the blog or for further information, please contact the editors of the In the Loop Newsletter via email to HeatherElwell@aloc.ca or firstname.lastname@example.org.