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Important Info for SIG/Committee Chairs

Posted By Alexandra Wong, The Law Society of Upper Canada, 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, The Law Society of Upper Canada, 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

  

Tags:  ACLEA  ACLEAMTL  Boot Camp  Executive Committee  Technology 

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ICYMI – Executive Committee Announces Changes to Our Website

Posted By Alexandra Wong, The Law Society of Upper Canada, 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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Special Recognition Awards Handed Out at the Mid-Year Meeting in Nashville

Posted By Alexandra Wong, The Law Society of Upper Canada, Monday, March 13, 2017

At the Mid-Year meeting in Nashville, ACLEA recognized the contributions of two well-known, highly respected members, Pat Nester and Larry Center.

 

Pat was presented with the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award and Larry was presented with the President’s Award to recognize their contributions to CLE and the association over the years.

 

When asked to describe Pat and his contributions to the CLE profession, Larry provided me with the following,

 

“Pat has been a friend and mentor to so many of us within the CLE profession for more than 30 years.  He is respected, admired and, dare I say it, beloved, by dozens of us who have been fortunate enough to come under his influence.  He has both a pioneer and an innovator in continuing legal education. His leadership style is unmatched. His thoughtfulness is remarkable. His insight and wisdom have driven our profession. His passion and compassion continue to be the foundation of his decisions. We are all so lucky to have had Pat in our lives.”

 

Pat provided me with the following when asked the same question:

 

“Larry was probably the most frequent speaker at ACLEA programs over the last twenty years and deservedly so. His frequent focus was on the personal traits that CLE professionals need to lead and succeed. I think all of us experienced CLE folks think of Larry as the moral leader of ACLEA with the courage to see the underlying problems that we confront and to ask how we can change ourselves to deal with them. When you think about it, that’s what good education is all about, and Larry gave us--and me--a great model to emulate. Plus, putting aside CLE and ACLEA, Larry is just an excellent human being, and we are all privileged to know him.”

 

Thank you Pat and Larry for all that you've done and continue to do for CLE and ACLEA. 

Tags:  ACLEA  Awards  CLE  Mid-Year Meeting  Nashville 

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State Bar of California Proposal for MCLE Providers to Report Attendance

Posted By June Hahm, Crowell & Moring LLP, Friday, February 3, 2017

The State Bar of California proposed a requirement for California MCLE providers to report attendance of all its CLE offerings to the Bar. The proposal which was presented during the August MCLE Provider Meetings was developed in response to issues that the Bar discovered during past MCLE audits. Issues included failure to properly record actual time of online course completion, and miscalculation of hours.

 

The Bar’s initial concept was to build a database that providers would access to input all relevant CLE course and attendance information for each course. Many providers, especially nonprofit providers, were concerned when told that the costs of setting up this type of reporting system would be passed on to providers through attendance reporting fees.

 

 

 

Below are links to the video recordings of the MCLE Provider Meetings.

MCLE Provider Meeting (August 23, 2016)

MCLE Provider Meeting (August 30, 2016)

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Join ACLEA to network in the friendliest city of 2016!

Posted By Kristin Huotari, State Bar of Wisconsin, Wednesday, January 11, 2017
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Every year Travel + Leisure conducts a survey asking people to rate their perceptions as visitors to 38 metro areas.  The survey asks respondents to offer their opinions on the local style, cultural attractions, dining experiences, and overall friendliness.  The scores are then ranked and a winner is selected.

And the friendliest city in 2016 is….NASHVILLE!!! 

Visitors said they loved the music, food, and welcoming atmosphere of this fine city.  And our lucky ACLEA members will be able to experience all of this for themselves, along with locals who are eager to share their home with us.  The 53rd mid-year meeting will be held at the Loew’s Vanderbilt Hotel, January 28-31, 2017.

Networking galore!

The best thing about coming to an ACLEA conference is catching up with old friends and making new ones.  And Nashville will be just the place for you to accomplish all of that, along with bringing innovative and proven initiatives back to your shop.  We’ll be bringing you sessions with a deep dive into data, marketing, hiring, and entrepreneurship. 

And with the networking opportunities, you are bound to have a good time.  Receptions, fitness, karaoke, and the closing Honky Tonk Dinner where ACLEA will take over the Tin Roof on Broadway for dinner, dancing, and live music! The Tin Roof on Broadway opened in 2014 in the former Hatch Show Print Building nestled among Nashville’s legendary Honky Tonks. Over the years, their stages have hosted the famous, the should-have-been famous, and everyone in between.

So don’t miss a chance to enjoy good food, good music, and good times at ACLEA’s Mid-Year Meeting!

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Book Review: Captivate: Presentations that Engage and Inspire

Posted By Earl Dumitru, President, Association of Law Officers of the Crown, Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Anyone can do this.

~ Steve Hughes

As a firm introvert who (too occasionally…) has the privilege of speaking with an audience of up to 500 people, I am always on the lookout for good practical advice on presentations. ACLEA has definitely earned its registration fee this year by introducing me to the work of Steve Hughes.

Many of you will have witnessed a Steve Hughes presentation in person – as part of his “Hit Your Stride” programming, as a speaker at your CLE events, or at ACLEA (including the recent Seattle meeting). Now there is a helpful and easy-to-read book length companion ­— Captivate: Presentations that Engage and Inspire.

Captivate has 4 main parts: Crafting Your Talk, Making it Engaging, Delivering Your Speech, and Polishing Your Skills. Each is divided into 5-7 distinct (but well cross-referenced) chapters on discrete topics. You can read the whole book to see the process/flow of crafting and delivering a talk, or you can access specific topics as needed.

One fun — and helpful — feature is that the book is written as a presentation and applies many of the recommended strategies. For example, storytelling is a powerful tool used in presentations. Chapters 7 and 12 recommend leading with a story (or another attention grabber) and coming back to more administrative matters and introductions. And, you guessed it, Chapter 1 is a story about the big Memphis speech while Chapter 2 is “How to Use this Book’”

Some of my key practical takeaways include:

  • SPARQ – Grabbing Their Attention from Word One (Ch. 7) – puts the current focus on storytelling in a broader context and gives you additional tools for opening.
  • Content trumps delivery; the best delivery is authentic.
  • Use eye contact with the audience, enough time to deliver a single thought (probably a sentence or two).
  • Do not end your presentation with a Q&A. It can be near the end, but not the very end — you want to control the final message to the audience.

As an added bonus, ACLEA has previously commissioned 4 Steve Hughes “Train the Trainer Videos” which are available on the website: www.aclea.org/?page=train_the_trainer. I found the “Using PowerPoint Effectively” video especially compelling as it addressed how to better present the type of detailed technical information that is often at the core of CLE sessions.

So, my call to action: read the book, watch the videos, and feel more confident about your next presentation!

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