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Posted By Ruta Stropus, Tuesday, August 14, 2018
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Recently, Jayne Reardon of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, posed an interesting question – Does a Uniform Bar Exam Call for a Uniform Regulatory System? The post outlined how the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) has been adopted in several jurisdictions and asked whether national standards for attorney regulation are on the way. Indulge me as I pose a corollary to that question – are national CLE standards on the horizon?

Could you imagine the glorious world of uniform CLE standards? Whether you are in-house, a national provider of CLE or a bar association, such thoughts are the things that daydreams were made of.  No more multiple applications for credit, no labyrinth of rules and regulations to navigate, no more convoluted calculus in trying to determine carry-over credit. Oh, to sleep perchance to dream! 

Prior to joining a national law firm, I was with a state government agency, and, therefore, only had to gain expertise in one state’s CLE rules. In fact, I was lucky enough to “grow up” with the Illinois CLE rules – they came into existence as I was easing into my career in government. And, it was no small tasks to start the process of understanding how CLE works in one state – the policy, the administration, its evolution. I must admit, I didn’t quite understand the hardship of juggling multiple states’ various CLE rules until I transitioned into a private firm with a nationwide presence. Wowza. 

On any given day, I spend numerous hours studying the intricacies of the CLE rules of various jurisdictions, determining whether credit is appropriate, and if so, what kind of credit, how much credit and the parameters of such credit (does it depend on format, on who is attending?).  The lawyers I serve as customers often don’t understand why or how one program is accredited in state a, but not in state, and might be in state c, but we have to wait for an answer. And don’t even get me started on reciprocity! I believe that these complex and sometimes contradictory regulatory schemes result in less innovation (I for one, am always advocating that we should design activities, not information, but in doing so I often risk being outside any given states’ CLE requirements, so why bother?) and more frustration for attorneys who engage in a multi-jurisdictional practice. 

I don’t know if we will get there in my lifetime, but I will continue to dream about a uniform CLE scheme...

Ruta Stropus
National Training Manager
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

Tags:  CLE  credits  regulatory system 

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Artificial Intelligence and the Practice of Law—Andrew Arruda in Portland!

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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If you follow legal tech or legal information communities at all, you can’t help but be aware of the robust discussion happening around the use of artificial intelligence in law.

What is it? What will it do? Who are the major players? What is big data? Why is the algorithm important? How realistic are the claims that it will transform legal practice? Will it solve the access to justice problem? And the burning question on everyone’s mind: Will lawyers be replaced by robots!?

If you’ve wondered about any of these questions, and how they relate to our work as CLE providers and publishers, you’ll definitely want to join us at our upcoming Portland meeting to hear from Andrew Arruda, the CEO and co-founder of Ross Intelligence. ROSS is an advanced legal research tool that harnesses the power of artificial intelligence to make the research process more efficient.

Andrew is a leader in the legal tech industry; he speaks internationally on the subjects of AI, legal technology, and entrepreneurship and has been featured in The New York Times, Bloomberg, Forbes, and the Financial Times, among others. A member of the Forbes 30 under 30 class of 2017, as well as a TED speaker, he  aims to forever change the way legal services are delivered.

Curious? Want a taster? Check out Andrew Arruda’s most recent TED talk!

See you in Portland!

Tags:  ACLEA Annual Meeting  AI  artificial intelligence  law  Portland 

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An Introduction to ACLEA’s Member Central

Posted By ACLEA Staff, Wednesday, January 17, 2018

An Introduction to ACLEA’s Member Central

Find it fast. Thanks to members’ feedback, information is now easier to find on ACLEA’s website. ACLEA’s Member Central is a single web page with quick links to the most-requested features and services available to ACLEA members.

Blue tiles at the top of Member Central provide direct access to your member profile and to linked sections of information about ACLEA meetings, networking opportunities, member resources, and the latest CLE news.

Save time — bookmark Member Central in your browser and check out this video for a quick overview.

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Somethin’ is Brewin’

Posted By Jeanne B. Heaton, ACLEA President, Tuesday, December 19, 2017
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“Winds in the east, a mist coming in, like somethin’ is brewin’ and ‘bout to begin….”
~ Bert in Mary Poppins


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As a little girl, I played one of my favorite records, the soundtrack from Disney’s Mary Poppins movie, until it was scratched beyond repair and, to my dismay, thrown in the garbage.  My own children played their favorite cassette tapes until the tapes were worn out, tangled, or broken.  Now, my four-year-old granddaughter has the world of music at her fingertips and at her whim, she commands “Alexa” to play “Belle” from Beauty and the Beast or “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana.  Times have certainly changed!

And with the changing times, ACLEA is changing too.  We surveyed, you spoke, and we have responded.  In this age of technological advances, shrinking budgets, and burdened staffs, we have realized that ACLEA needs to take advantage of new options for our conferences.  From our surveys, we learned that you are a flexible and adaptable group of professionals, open to innovation and change, in part out of necessity, as the legal profession we serve experiences a tidal wave of change.  We learned that although you would love to, you can’t all come to two conferences a year, you can’t be out of your offices multiple days at a time for ACLEA, and you want to take full advantage of technology to access ACLEA resources.  

So, we have good news for you!  While the Annual Meeting conference will remain the same for those of you who want the traditional ACLEA conference experience, we will be continuing to innovate with our Midyear Meetings. Changes in timing are beginning with our San Antonio conference in February 2018. (I hope you are all registered). But as good meeting planners who start early, work is beginning for our Phoenix Midyear 2019 conference, which will be more compact than usual and require less time away from our offices.  However, the conference will still be jam-packed with professional development and networking opportunities, starting with Boot Camp on Friday, January 25, 2019 and swinging into full gear on Saturday and Sunday, January 26-27, 2019. (Our new venue has very limited space available on weekdays.)

We are super excited to be presenting the educational sessions at the high-tech, state of the art, recently opened Beus Center for Law and Society which houses the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law (professional home of ACLEA member Christopher Marohn).  The facility is decked out with the latest in technology and will provide us new opportunities and options, such as webcasting sessions, conference call capabilities for SIG meetings, and more, all at a fraction of the AV costs of traditional hotel venues.  But don’t worry, the hotel room block is just across the street at the lovely Sheraton Grand Phoenix Hotel, in the heart of downtown, providing you the comfort to which you are accustomed!  The schedule will be packed full of those traditional must-have opportunities for networking through dine-arounds, a conference reception, SIG and Committee meetings, and breaks.  And of course our exhibitors and sponsors will be showcased so you can find out about all the latest developments in the CLE industry!

The planning committee, chaired by ACLEA’s “let’s try it” member Sarah Fluke from the State Bar of Arizona, has begun their work and we are excited that, in addition to our traditional sessions, they will be planning a full track of innovative, in-depth programs to take your learning to a new level. You will be receiving a call for proposals soon that will provide an opportunity for you (or your favorite presenters) to propose innovative topics, presenters, formats, and more. 

Somethin’ is brewin’” and we are spreading the news early so you can save the date, get your creative juices flowing, and join us as ACLEA changes with the times to better serve you and our CLE profession.

I’ll see you in San Antonio!

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Important Info for SIG/Committee Chairs

Posted By Alexandra Wong, Law Society of Ontario, Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Whether you are a current SIG/Committee Chair or are interested in becoming one, be sure to check out our recently posted information video and sheet for SIG and Committee Chairs http://www.aclea.org/page/sig_committee_main

 

Tags:  ACLEA  Chairs  Committees  Leadership  SIGs 

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ACLEA Montreal – A Look in the Rear View Mirror

Posted By Jeanne Heaton, President, ACLEA, Tuesday, August 8, 2017

We had a great conference in Montreal (special shout out to our planning committee-chaired by Laura Selby!!).

Before you get too engrossed in your exciting home office work, what did you get from the conference that changed you – either personally or professionally?

On the ACLEA evaluation form (which I hope you all have completed, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/96DQBWD ) it asks you to identify your top 2 – 3 take-aways. Conventional wisdom says that if you come away with two to three new ideas and implement them, it was a successful conference for you.

I usually try to write down these take-aways as I fly home from a conference. So, for the first of what I plan on being a monthly blog post as your new ACLEA president, I will share my top take-aways with you.

1. Take More Risks – Chris Bentley shared that the greatest risk we face isn’t trying and failing, but not trying at all. That inspires me both personally and professionally. As CLE providers serving a rapidly-changing legal profession we need to take risks in how we provide CLE and we need to take risks to educate our lawyers about embracing the changes in the profession. They don’t always like that message, but we have a responsibility to share it. Chris said we live in the age of the consumer, not the provider, and lawyers (and CLE providers) need to recognize that mind-set change.

2. Kahoot! – MCLE Committee co-chairs Erica Larios and Andrew Ottiger had a fun segment as part of their meeting – an audience poll using the free Kahoot! platform that was fun and easy to use. Check it out. I’m going to try it for some of our CLE programs.

3. SELF Journal – In his Paperless Reduction session, Paul Unger gave a thumbs up to the SELF Journal – an old fashioned paper option to help get organized and time block important tasks. I’m planning to check it out.

4. Build Your Personal Brand - Jen Dalton’s session challenged us to reflect on who we are and what “brand” we want to be identified with. She gave concrete advice on taking steps to achieve that branding through social media and other means. Her materials provide some thought-provoking, self-examination exercises, so take a look. She advised me, as a Baby Boomer, to choose one social media platform and work to master it before adding others. So watch out – LinkedIn here I come!

I’d love to hear your top take-aways!

Tags:  53rd Annual Meeting  ACLEA  ACLEA President  ACLEAMTL  CLE 

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Introduction of Boot Camp Scholarship Scheme

Posted By Alexandra Wong, Law Society of Ontario, Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Longstanding member Peter Berge stepped down from ACLEA’s Executive Committee just a few months before he was to become ACLEA’s President. In recognition of his involvement in ACLEA’s Boot Camp, where he has taught both technology and marketing to new members and his countless contributions to ACLEA over the years, not only as a member of the EC, but as co-chair of the Technology SIG, speaker/presenter on many occasions, and above all as a strong advocate of the goals and values of the organization, the EC is pleased to announce the annual “Peter Berge Boot Camp Scholarship”.   

 

This scholarship acknowledges Peter's exceptional and ongoing dedication to ACLEA and recognizes his significant role in our signature member orientation program, the ACLEA Boot Camp.  

 

The scholarship is intended to reflect many of the values that Peter holds dear to his heart – continuous learning, mentoring and giving back to the organization.   

 

We thank Peter for his commitment and generosity to ACLEA.  

 

The scholarship will be in place for the 2018 Mid-Year Meeting.  

 

For further information, contact Laurie Krueger, Executive Director at aclea@aclea.org

  

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ICYMI – Executive Committee Announces Changes to Our Website

Posted By Alexandra Wong, Law Society of Ontario, Thursday, July 6, 2017

One major initiative of the 2016/17 Business Plan has been a review of how members access ACLEA's website. This review was undertaken by a subcommittee of the Executive Committee, the Website Audit Committee (Directors Lucas Boling and Linda Russell together with Anna Wrisky, Ewald) and we are now delighted to reveal the fruits of their collective labors, the new Member Central page.

Many of you have provided feedback via member website focus groups and through surveys, which has ensured the changes are reflective of how members use the website and associated resources.
 
Together with the introduction of Member Central, changes have also been made to the top navigation in order to improve the functionality of the website. This is designed to assist you with finding the information you use most often.

The Executive Committee is keen to hear your feedback or suggestions, so please email Lucas Boling at lboling@mobar.org or Linda Russell at LindaR@cle.bc.ca

The website will continue to be updated based on feedback received from members by our wonderful Website Audit Committee. If you haven’t already done so, please take the time to provide feedback about the website in our Member Survey, which is open through July 7.

Tags:  ACLEA  Executive Committee  Member Survey  News  Website 

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The ABA’s MCLE Model Rule Is Finally Here!

Posted By Gina Roers-Liemandt, Wednesday, June 28, 2017
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This past February, the ABA House of Delegates adopted the new ABA Model Rule for Minimum Continuing Legal Education, which replaces the 1988 version of the rule. This new MCLE Model Rule represents the culmination of more than two years of work by the ABA’s Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education (SCOCLE) in conjunction with more than 50 volunteers, including individual lawyers, ABA leaders, CLE regulators, CLE providers, judges, academics, law firm professional development coordinators, and state/local/specialty bar association leaders. Many ACLEA leaders and members were involved in each step of the process.

Like its predecessor, the new MCLE Model Rule recognizes the vital role MCLE plays in the legal profession. The Model Rule emphasizes several key goals in its Purpose statement, which provides: “To maintain public confidence in the legal profession and the rule of law, and to promote the fair administration of justice, it is essential that lawyers be competent regarding the law, legal and practice-oriented skills, the standards and ethical obligations of the legal profession, and the management of their practices.”

The Rule looks significantly different than its predecessor, employing a new structure and eliminating many specific provisions related to the administration of MCLE programs, such as the size and composition of a jurisdiction’s MCLE governing entity, methods of reporting MCLE credits, deadlines, fees, sanctions, appeals, and methods of financing MCLE administration. However, some key provisions have remained the same.

Both the new MCLE Model Rule and its predecessor:

  • Recommend 15 hours per year of MCLE (while recognizing that some jurisdictions prefer 12 hours).
  • Take no position on whether lawyers should report MCLE credits every 1, 2, or 3 years.
  • Recommend that jurisdictions have a system by which frequent MCLE sponsors can be designated “approved providers.”
  • Recommend that all lawyers be required to take diversity and inclusion programming (although, as noted below, the new MCLE Model Rule has a more specific requirement than its predecessor).
  • Recommend that speakers at MCLE programs have the necessary skills to teach the course, but do not require speakers to be lawyers.

Summary of some key components of the new MCLE Model Rule:

  • Requires lawyers to take the following specialty credits, which also count towards the general MCLE requirement: (1) Ethics and Professionalism (average one credit per year); (2) Diversity and Inclusion (one credit every three years); and (3) Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders (one credit every three years).
    • The Diversty and Inclusion credit requirement builds on existing ABA policy that encourages jurisdictions with MCLE to “include as a separate credit programs regarding diversity and inclusion in the legal profession of all persons regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disabilities, and programs regarding elimination of bias.”
    • The Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Credit recognizes that requiring all lawyers to receive education about these disorders can benefit both individual lawyers and the profession. This requirement is, in part, a response to the 2016 landmark study conducted by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs, entitled, “The Prevalence of Substance Use and Other Mental Health Concerns Among American Attorneys.”
  • Accredits CLE program formats that include the use of distance learning, and does not limit the number of credits that can be earned using a particular delivery format.
  • Accredits CLE programs that address law practice and technology.
  • Allows lawyers to choose the MCLE programs that best meet their educational needs by not limiting the number of credits that can be earned in any subject area (e.g., substantive law, law practice, technology, ethics and professionalism, diversity and inclusion, and mental health and substance use disorders).
    Treats in-house sponsors of CLE programs the same as other sponsors and allows for full accreditation of programs when all other accreditation standards have been met. Also, the new MCLE Model Rule no longer places limits on the number of credits a lawyer can earn through in-house programming.
  • Encourages jurisdictions to adopt a special exemption for lawyers licensed in multiple jurisdictions, pursuant to which a lawyer is exempt from satisfying MCLE requirements if he or she satisfies the MCLE requirements of the jurisdiction where the lawyer’s principal office is located.
  • Recognizes that jurisdictions may choose to authorize additional exemptions from MCLE requirements for certain groups, such as retired lawyers. The new MCLE Model Rule does not contain the Comment from its predecessor that stated: “Exemptions are inconsistent with the purpose of MCLE and are not recommended.”
  • Creates a more narrow definition for “self-study” activities that are not approved for MCLE credit, including programming without interactivity, informal learning, and reading. Activities such as viewing programs online or on video are now defined elsewhere in the new MCLE Model Rule and are approved for MCLE credit.

A discussion of each of these provisions can be found in the Report that was submitted to the ABA House of Delegates with the new MCLE Model Rule.

SCOCLE has created an MCLE Model Rule Implementation Committee that will gather information on the Rule’s implementation and serve as a resource for jurisdictions. SCOCLE maintains a website, located at http://ambar.org/mclemodelrule, which contains links to the new MCLE Model Rule, its accompanying Report, and other materials. It is the ABA’s hope that jurisdictions will undertake a review of the MCLE Model Rule and consider integrating some or all of its provisions into their MCLE rules.

Tags:  MCLE  MCLE model rule  Minimum Continuing Legal Education 

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In Case You Missed It - Points of Interest in Montreal

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Just over two months away before ACLEA's 53rd Annual Meeting Montreal.  Take a look at places to see while in Montreal. 

http://www.aclea.org/news/342494/Montral-or-Bust.htm

 

 

 

Tags:  53rd Annual Meeting  ACLEAMTL  Montreal  Networking 

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