David Shearon, Executive Director of the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization (TCCLES), announced today that the Commission has made some changes and additions to the Tennessee regulations. These changes come after months of study, comments from attorneys and CLE providers, and discussions of the Commission.
First, the TCCLES had considered changing the definition of “interactivity”, requiring more than just an emailed response by a subject matter expert for distance learning accreditation. After much feedback from providers in both Tennessee and across the country, the Commission has chosen not to make any changes to the requirements surrounding this aspect of the rules at this time.
Changes that have been implemented include a broader definition of Ethics/Professionalism under Regulation 5H. Subsection 2 now provides credit for programs:
aimed at increasing attorney well-being, optimism, resilience, relationship skills, and energy and engagement in their practices
designed to help lawyers re-connect with, strengthen, and apply their values, strengths of character, and sense of purpose toward achieving outstanding professionalism
designed to protect lawyers or help them recover from the deleterious effects on professionalism of stress, substance abuse, and poor staff, financial, or time management, or
designed to support the development of organizational cultures within firms, law departments, and legal agencies that recognize, support, and encourage outstanding professionalism.
The regulations have also been expanded in Regulation 5J to include credit for coaching.
Today Mark Neary, Clerk of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, posted a Notice to the Bar with regards to continuing legal education in the state. In sum, the Court has determined that any new MCLE program which may be adopted will grant credit for “certain qualifying” CLE courses taken after January 1, 2009. The notice defines the minimum categories of course which shall be awarded credit:
(a) courses taken in satisfaction of the requirements for New Jersey certified attorneys pursuant to Rule 1:39-2(d);
(b) courses that satisfy the skills and methods requirements of Rule 1:26; and
(c) courses that are taken in satisfaction of another State’s continuing legal education program.
With all good intentions, I planned to blog and tweet during my recent excursion to the ACLEA Annual Conference, held July 25-29 in Salt Lake City, Utah. But once caught up in connections with CLE industry colleagues, top-notch content in programming, and the unique beauty of Salt Lake, my time for blogging was limited. I did manage to send quite a few tweets – as did many of my fellow attendees. Search #ACLEA at Twitter to see the action!
Social networking – such as Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and the like – was definitely a focus of the conference. Several sessions and lunch meetings were devoted to the topic, and even programs not specifically focused on social media held discussions. One panel of attorneys discussing what they were looking for from CLE providers came around to social networking. When asked if the panelist used Facebook or Twitter to find and identify CLE programs they might wish to attend, the results were definitely mixed. While none of the panelists utilized the services themselves, they knew of colleagues in their firms who did so. A surprising comment from one panelist caused a tweet buzz. The attorney stated that he felt that these social networking sites would be limited from an attorney perspective within a few years due to the potential liability issues involved. No one with whom I spoke agreed – but it certainly stimulated lively discussions! Do you think that Facebook and Twitter have a limited lifespan for lawyers? Let me know!