On Friday, June 10, 2011 the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board is once again hosting their annual CLE Provider's Conference. Held at the Hilton Hotel in Harrisburg, the conference gives providers a chance to meet the PA CLE Staffand get updates on the CLE program and the elements that comprise it.
CLE Course providers are regularly seeking ways to improve and refine their educational offerings (and the legal profession.) In today's business climate, soft skills are recognized as competencies just as important as academics when it comes to determining success. Integration of soft skill development into CLE can result in a more robust educational opportunity.
What are "soft skills?" Why are they important? Should we connect soft skills to continuing legal education? How can we connect soft skills to continuing legal education? What are some strategies to imprint soft skill development into programs for legal audiences? Developing courses specifically to address soft skills? vs. incorporation of professionalism/soft skill development into "hard skills" programs?
The conference will also provide a panel discussion of CLE in Pennsylvania including news and updates, pursuing MCLE's goal, evolving CLE subject matter, modern challenges facing CLE course providers, and more.
I'll post upon my return - providing, of course, that an self-induced chocolate coma is not the result of my side trip to Hershey, Pennsylvania, "The Sweetest Place on Earth (R)," on Thursday.