ACLEA News, Get to know your Executive Committee Members
Name: Tim Slating
Organization: Illinois State Bar Association
Position: Assistant Executive Director, Communications
1. What did you do in your pre-CLE life and what brought you to the CLE world?
Prior to law school, I was a project manager for a construction company. After law school, I stuck around the University of Illinois, worked at a biosciences research institute, and taught a course on the law of renewable energy. I then joined the staff of the ISBA, took over responsibility for the bar’s book program, and the rest is history.
2. How long have you been a member of ACLEA?
Ever since I started working for the bar in 2013.
3. What do you remember from your first ACLEA meeting?
How friendly and welcoming everyone was. And meeting my bootcamp mentor Diane Morrison, who remains a dear friend.
4. What has surprised you most about being a member of ACLEA?
How freely everyone shares their business strategies and their successes and failures.
5. What other leadership positions(s) within ACLEA did you hold before joining the Executive Committee?
I continue to serve as the co-chair of the State & Provincial Bars SIG and as the co-chair of the Communications Committee.
6. What motivated you to become a member of ACLEA’s Executive Committee?
I wanted to give back to the wonderful community that has given me so much. And as a communications director, which is somewhat of a rarity in ACLEA, I felt that I was in a good position to bring a new and needed perspective to the Executive Committee.
7. What would you tell someone who is thinking about running for a position on the ACLEA Executive Committee?
Just do it! It’s an exceptionally rewarding experience.
8. What do you think is the most important issue facing CLE organizations today?
Finding a sustainable business model as more and more bar associations transition to a free CLE model where CLE is provided as a member benefit. If a trend emerges where mandatory bars begin to shift to voluntary bars, I think free CLE offerings will increase as they’ll be an important component of the value proposition that will need to be offered to attract members.
9. What do you think will change about CLE in the next five years?
The proliferation of new, innovative, and online/remote delivery methods.
10. If you weren’t involved in CLE, what do you think you would be doing instead?
Working for the ACLU or an environmental not-for-profit.
11. What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
Go see live music, get my canoe wet, or play frisbee with my dog.
12. Tell us one thing that the ACLEA membership should definitely know about you.
If one of my favorite bands is within a reasonable driving distance, you can guarantee that I’ll be trying to get there.