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Get to Know Your ACLEA EC Member

Posted By ACLEA, Tuesday, September 1, 2020
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Michael Kahn

Name: Michael Kahn

Organization: ReelTime Creative Learning Experiences

Position: Co-founder

1.  What did you do in your pre-CLE life and what brought you to the CLE world?

I was a Deputy Attorney General with the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, representing the Department of Corrections and the Department of Environmental Protection.

After six years of practicing law, I became a mental health counselor.  I met my eventual business partner, Chris Osborn, on the Lawyer Support Committee of the Mecklenburg County Bar (Charlotte, NC). We have Lisa Armanini, the CLE Director of the Meck Bar, to thank for giving us our first opportunity to present a CLE program.  ReelTime CLE was formed shortly thereafter.

2.  How long have you been a member of ACLEA?

Seven years.

3.  What do you remember from your first ACLEA meeting?

Two words: “acceptance” and “warmth.”

4.  What has surprised you most about being a member of ACLEA?

The only time I was surprised was at my first ACLEA meeting in Boston. I was not expecting our “competitors” to be so generous.

5.  What other leadership positions(s) within ACLEA did you hold before joining the Executive Committee?

I was co-chair of the Vendors and Speakers SIG.

6.  What motivated you to become a member of ACLEA’s Executive Committee?

ACLEA has been a great source of support and friendships so I knew that I would enjoy working on the EC. Also, I want to help ACLEA face current challenges, particularly during COVID, and anticipate the post-pandemic environment.

7.  What would you tell someone who is thinking about running for a position on the ACLEA Executive Committee?

Talk to folks who have served on the EC so you are making an informed decision. It serves the individual and the EC well when there is a good fit.

8.  What do you think is the most important issue facing CLE organizations today?

As I noted above, facing current challenges due to COVID and anticipating the post-pandemic environment.

9.  What do you think will change about CLE in the next five years?

Sadly, less and less in-person live programming.

10.  If you weren’t involved in CLE, what do you think you would be doing instead?

Working in the film industry—either in front of or behind the camera.

11.  What do you like to do when you aren’t working?

Watch films, exercise, root for my favorite sports teams (Mets, Giants, Trailblazers, Devils), all things music (sing, play the guitar, listen), eat pizza, and laugh (the last two are essential to my work life as well J).

12.  Tell us one thing that the ACLEA membership should definitely know about you.

I act in community theater.

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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


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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 or Linda Russell at

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.

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