Did you know that ACLEA has a number of channels through which members can network with each other at any time? And all of them are easily accessible. While we await the day until we are able to reunite in-person at conference, I thought I would take to time to talk about the way we can still connect with each other.
Outside of conference and SIG/Committee Zoom meetings, there are several other ways to connect with your fellow CLE colleagues.
We have an excellent Mentor Program, where more seasoned ACLEA members are paired with those members new to CLE. It is a great way to offer/gain assistance to/from your CLE colleagues.
ACLEA has a strong presence on social media. We have several social media channels including pages on Facebook and LinkedIn. These channels will send out announcements periodically with updates on upcoming conferences and webinars or other events and share relevant information to CLE professionals. In addition, join the conversation anytime and follow us on Twitter — @ACLEAworldwide.
In addition, ACLEA has established listservs that facilitate the exchange of information on relevant issues to CLE professionals and ACLEA members. The listservs that are open to all members include ACLEA’s General Discussion, Executive Leadership, International, Marketing, Publications, Technology, Programming and MCLE Committee. At the same time, there are organizational SIG listservs are dedicated to the following organizational types: Vendors and Speakers, In-House, Law School, Local and Speciality Bars, Nationals, and State/Provincial Bars.
The listservs are great way to connect with other members to brainstorm over new ideas or problems you are experiencing in your organizations or announcements of upcoming SIG/Committee meetings. ACLEA members are always willing to share and are very resourceful. When using the listservs, please be respectful of ACLEA’s Listserv Guidelines and Etiquette, which can be reviewed via this link. Connecting via the listservs is easy; one of my best practice tips is always be mindful that we all have busy inboxes, so respond directly to the sender by hitting “Reply” as opposed to “Reply All.” Your fellow members will appreciate it. You are always free to subscribe/unsubscribe to the listservs by accessing your member profile on the ACLEA website. For more information, please see the ACLEA List Serv page.
Let’s not forget that the most recent addition to our member communications channel — the discussion boards on our learning management system. The discussion boards were created during the COVID pandemic as there was a lot of information was being shared amongst all members and we thought there was a need to reduce the clutter in member inboxes. Be sure to check out them out here. Feel free to post resources or ask questions of other members here.
Don’t miss the opportunity to hear and get help from others or share ideas and best practices; follow us on social media, sign up for the Mentor Program, join the listserv(s), or participate in our Discussion Forum that is part of our learning management system. There is an option for everyone! You never know, your next CLE problem could easily be solved by connecting with your colleagues through any of these communications channels.
I look forward to connecting with you on one, some, or all of these channels.
Everyone stay safe and let’s stay connected in as many ways as we can.
Alexandra Wong, ACLEA President