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50th Mid-Year Meeting - Full Schedule


ACLEA's 50th Mid-Year Meeting

Hyatt Regency Austin
Austin, Texas
January 18 - 21, 2014


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Saturday, January 18, 2014

7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Registration Desk Open

8:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

New Member Orientation and CLE Boot Camp (add on workshop)

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Austin Showcase Tour (ticketed event)
Meet in Lobby by 8:45 a.m. for departure.

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

SIG and Committee Chair Leadership Workshop(by invitation only)

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Welcome Reception Honoring New Members and Faculty

7:30 p.m.

Ticketed Events by Invitation Only:
First-time Attendees' Dinner
Past Presidents' Dinner

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

7:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Registration and Exhibit Hall Open

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

SIG Meetings (by invitation only)
Entrepreneurs, Executive Leadership, Publications, State & Provincial Bars, Marketing

50th Annual Planning Committee Meeting(by invitation only)

9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

Networking and Exhibit Hall Break

9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Announcements and President's Welcome

9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Opening Plenary - Tell Me More: Telling Stories to Attract and Engage Your Members
Steve Hughes, Hit Your Stride, LLC

Stories are universal and people love to hear them. Stories can do what facts alone cannot—they provide meaning and purpose. In your ongoing efforts to provide quality legal education to your members, stories are an excellent way to communicate your value. This lively program explores the benefits of using stories to frame issues, engage audiences, and inspire action. You’ll discover where to find good stories in your everyday life and how to tell them. Best of all, you’ll walk away with practical ideas you can apply right away.

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Sig Luncheons (Ticketed Event – Open to All Registrants)
Marketing, Technology, Executive Leadership, Publications, Programming

Marketing— "New Media Marketing” – Do you use New Media Marketing to sell your CLE products? Should CLE providers have their own YouTube Channel? Come prepared to share your war stories, and let’s all walk away with some ideas to try and, perhaps, some to avoid.
Marley Lybrand Douglas – South Carolina Bar - CLE Division

Technology— "Program Materials: What’s Beyond Printed Handouts and Powerpoints?” There seems to be unlimited ways to present materials to program attendees, from the traditional printed materials, through flash drives, to interactive materials that can allow participants to work along with the presenter on a laptop or a tablet. What are the most interesting platforms you have used? What factors (subject matter of program, the presenters’ comfort with technology, the experience level of the attendees) make one platform better than another for a given program? What "next generation” technology would you like to try? Come share your ideas and questions over lunch.
Michael Fenger, Continuing Education of the Bar - California

Executive Leadership — Moving at the Speed of Light!
Changes are inevitable and are occurring so rapidly these days. Please come along to the luncheon to share the BEST innovations and WORST innovations (technological or not) you have seen in the past couple of years in the world of CLE.
Jennifer Dabson, American University Washington College of Law and Kathryn Bellman, Nebraska State Bar Association

Publications: "Change” – Come chat and share with your publication friends during this open forum lunch. Bring your thoughts and experiences on how changes in the legal profession and legal education has impacted (or not) your publications.
Michelle Windsor, National Institute for Trial Advocacy and Dan McMahon, New York State Bar Association

Programming — "Innovative Curriculum Development in Programming for Lawyers”
Project Management curriculum thoughts, interactive learning that is being used in curriculum, new practice areas, generational differences expressed in curriculum design, other differences/diversity of learning and teaching expressed in curriculum design, blending technology with curriculum, core curriculum thoughts and whether innovation is important to some of the more steadfast elements, etc.
Vincent O’Brien, Minnesota CLE

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Showcase

3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

4:35 p.m. - 5:35 p.m.

Closing Plenary - Best of CLE - Rapid Fire
Jeff Kirkey, Institute of Continuing Legal Education

Austin is known as a hotbed of innovation…with a laid back style. Capture some of CLE’s brightest ideas during our lightning round. Twenty speakers are fixin’ to share their organization’s insights and creativity in 2 minutes or less. Then our speakers will mosey over to their assigned tables for the slower-paced part of the program. Spend time with the presenters who shared ideas you want to dig into more deeply. Get ready for fast-paced fun and breakthrough ideas you can put to use back at your ranch!

5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

International SIG Meeting

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Monday, January 20, 2014

7:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Registration and Exhibit Hall Open

7:45 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Committee/SIG Meetings(by invitation only)
MCLE, Exhibits & Sponsors, Membership, Public Interest Committee Meeting

8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Networking and Exhibit Hall Break

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Concurrent Sessions:

eBooks: The Experience to DateSharon Sandle, Texas Bar Books, Michelle Windsor, NITA
Some publishing organizations in the CLE world have turned to eBooks and many more are on the verge of doing so. ACLEA receives constant requests for more information on eBooks including how to create them, how to manage them, how to sell them along with traditional print offerings, and how they are different from an online offering. All of this leads to the defining question – how are things going? Hear from publishers who started selling eBooks before most others and learn what the experience has been to date. Successes, mis-steps, short term issues and longer term considerations – let’s have a lively discussion about where things stand.

Linked-In-Beneath the SurfaceJohn Hill, LinkedIn
You’ve heard the buzz; you know its social networking for the professional world, but what’s in it for you and your organization? John Hill, LinkedIn Higher Education Evangelist, will share how and why you should be "IN” and ways to help you leverage this powerful tool. You’ll learn how you can used LinkedIn to build your own network, business and online brand, and more!

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Networking and Exhibit Hall Break

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

SIG Luncheons(Ticketed Event – Open to SIG Members Only)
Law Schools, Local & Specialty Bars, In House/Professional Development, Nationals, State & Provincial Bars, Entrepreneurs

Law Schools — "The Impact of Cutting-Edge Technology on Law School CLE” –
Over the past 15 years, technology has completely changed how we teach CLE, research programs and market to our clients. The impact of the internet has made it possible to provide CLE to our clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And, with the astounding technological developments in personal computers, smart phones and I-pads, there is increasing demand for us to provide continuing legal education to a potentially global market. Our hope is that everyone attending this luncheon, whether from a small, medium or large institution, will come prepared to share online applications, services, and/or tips that have made a difference to their program development, management or attendee participation.
Kathleen Carlisle, Pace University School of Law
Heather Gore Liddell, Osgoode Hall Law School
Jennifer Dabson, American University Washington College of Law

Local & Specialty Bars - Don’t miss our SIG lunch meeting in Austin. During the first half of our meeting, we will enjoy camaraderie and informal discussion of the challenges that concern you and hear from your colleagues on ways to meet your concerns. Following our networking time, SIG members, Pat Edelen and Amy Preher of the Kentucky Justice Association, will provide us with a presentation on how they moved from print to paperless seminar materials. Pat and Amy will share how they use an easy electronic form to gather presenter papers, biographies and audio visuals, as well as how they compile the material into one pdf "book” for attendees. And, they will talk about how they developed a link to the materials on their website. Join us! Submit concerns for our networking discussion to SIG Co-Chair, Susan Blair (
Susan Blair, Nashville Bar Association
Samantha Pringle, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

In-House/Professional Development - TBD

Nationals - What could be better than another fun, lively, energetic, informative Nationals Luncheon? Well, another fun, lively, energetic, informative Nationals Lunch with PRIZES of course!!! Because of these prizes, we went on an extensive "lunch host” recruitment effort. After our best recruitment efforts, it turns out Pat Sayjak and Vanna White, Bob Barker, Drew Carey, and Chuck Woolery were not available to host the lunch. So, unfortunately you will still have to put up with Jill and Matt. However, that should not dampen your spirit with the fun that is to come. You are not going to want to miss this lunch as bringing good ideas may send you home with some loot.
Jill McCall, American Bar Association and Matt Mickelson, NBI, Inc.

State & Provincial Bars – Succession Planning
Succession planning is not an issue that many organizations address in a systematic way. Changing realities of workplaces with impending retirement of boomers can cause vacancies in senior or key positions. We rely on staff to carry out our missions, provide services and meet our organization’s goals – think about what would happen to those services or our ability to fulfill our mission if a key staff member left. During this lunch session discuss with your colleagues what planning and preparation they have implemented to mitigate this risk.
Dawn Ofner, Legal Education Society of Alberta

Entrepreneurs’ SIG - Consider this an invitation to an open dialogue about enhancing and protecting your business interests. Topics will include intellectual property rights, clauses to include in speaker/coach/consultant contracts as well as the marketing/sales process. Come prepared to share with your ACLEA colleagues.
Cynthia Sharp, The Sharper Lawyer
Carole Levitt, Internet for Lawyers

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

2:35 p.m. - 3:35 p.m.

Plenary - Should Your Organization Have an App?
Jeff "SKI” Kinsey, GoLive Magazine

At some point in the near future this question will no longer be asked. Just as "Should you have a web site?” never comes up. This session will help you frame the discussions that should take place. For example, DIY or outsource? Includes a quick look at how Apps are built and the finer points of "geo” location services. What drives cost and what is a reasonable project budget? Do you know there are three major categories of mobile or "smart” Apps, yet one is almost always one "best” model for your business? What is your marketing strategy and how does that affect the choice of which App model to build?

4:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Networking Excursion: Dinner and Austin City Limits Tour

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

7:45 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Registration and Exhibit Hall Open

8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.

ACLEA Business Meeting & Breakfast
(Open to All ACLEA Members)

9:15 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Networking and Exhibit Hall Break

9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Exhibitor WRAP-UP(by invitation only)

9:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Plenary - Interactive Online Education: Lessons for CLE
Barbara A. Bichelmeyer, Ph.D. Senior Director, Indiana University Office of Online Education; Interim Chancellor, IU-Southeast; Professor of Instructional Systems Technology; IU-Bloomington

Learn the latest trends in interactive online education—what’s working and what’s not? More importantly, learn instructional design principles and techniques most applicable to online CLE presentations. Attend and learn how to make your online education more effective. Whether your online education is knowledge-focused or skills-based, you will learn proven instructional design techniques to make your online education more effective. Learn a wide range of techniques for capturing and holding the learner’s attention. Gain insights on the most effective online interactivity and the best uses of quizzes and sample exercises. Learn the latest techniques, software and learning management systems that allow learners to view lectures and demos, participate in practice exercises and discussions, and get feedback from peers, coaches or instructors. Come away with 5 keys to building effective interactive education for the CLE marketplace.

11:00 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

12:10 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.

One Big Networking Lunch (Open to all registrants)

1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

2:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Networking and Exhibit Hall Break

3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

4:15 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

Closing Plenary - Technology: Slave or Servant?
Paul Unger, Affinity Consulting Group, LLC

Email, iPads, Smartphones, Instant Messaging, Text Messaging … Deadlines. How do we manage it all? Have you become a servant to technology, or is it serving you? This seminar will not only teach you how to manage your daily tasks, but you will also learn how technology can help you improve communication and even help you achieve your personal professional goals. Attend this seminar to improve your time management and technology skills to regain control of workday . . . and your life.

6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

ACLEA Closing Reception (ticketed event)

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