MCLE Committee Meeting: On Monday, I began the morning bright and early with the MCLE Committee Meeting. Always well attended despite the crack-of-dawn start (thanks for the extra 15 minutes of sleep for this conference, however!), we began with H. Lalla Shishkevish (Director of CLE, DC Bar), providing an update on ACLEA's annual regulator consumer reports style survey and a description of the results of the Tennessee Commission on CLE's provider survey. I then had the opportunity, with my colleague Kevin McCormack (Manager of Content and Partner Relations, West LegalEdcenter), to show off CLE Mobile, winner of an ACLEA Outstanding Achievement Awardin Technology. Kevin and I also discussed the challenges of developing new technology within the MCLE regulatory framework. As always, one of the most valuable portions of the meeting surrounded our discussion of changes in the regulations (notably Virginia), potential new rules (Maryland), and issues we each continue to face in certain jurisdictions.
Plenary - The Innovative CLE: Ten Bold Proposals for Change: Matt Homann (Founder, LexThink LLC and the [non]billable hour) gave an amazing presentation - one of the most inspiring sessions at an overall very invigorating conference. Looking at why CLE providers feel the need to keep doing things the way they've always been done: "The practice of law depends upon precedents. The education of lawyers does not." Brilliant point! This session was recorded and will be available on the ACLEA website for purchase as an on demand program. I would highly recommend viewing it if you missed the presentation or were unable to attend the conference. The slides for the presentation are currently available as well.
Nationals SIG Luncheon: Networking with colleagues from other organizations who provide CLE across the United States. Interesting discussions and always great catching up with these friends. Wendy Velez (Director of Programs, NITA) and David Schnurman (President, Lawline) then facilitated a discussion centered around distance learning: what we as providers are doing, what is coming, what are the regulators accepting or rejecting, new technology and what it may mean for CLE.
Plenary - Summit Sounding Board:Featured an update on implementation and next steps from the Summit's final recommendations. Included a discussion on ways for more ACLEA members to become further involved, member updates on other initiatives that touch on the Summit's recommendations and the unveiling of the new website, which will facilitate discussion, sharing information, and other options. The new site is found at www.equippingourlawyers.org.
Wow! One of the most informative and personally educational ACLEA meetings I've had the pleasure of attending can't be summed up in two posts? I'm going to need a part III!