As many of you may know, I've been an ACLEA (Association of Continuing Legal Eduction) member for several years. This is a great organization - very supportive to its members. I've gained so much from the connections I've made with CLE colleagues and from the training sessions and learnings at the mid-year and annual meetings.
This year's annual meeting takes place in beautiful and historic Boston and the planning committee (of which I was honored to be a member) has packed the conference with learning, networking opportunities, outings, and receptions.
Saturday begins with the New Member Orientation and Boot Camp, an invaluable introduction to both the ACLEA organization and the world of CLE. Topics include programming planning, the basics of marketing, technology and CLE, the MCLE application and reporting process, and finances and negotiation techniques.
More seasoned members can join facilitator Matt Homann for a special session: our first ever ACLEA "Unconference". An unconference is a facilitated, participant driven conference centered around the themes that matter most to the attendees. Matt will lead attendees in identifying their most pressing CLE issues, working together to discuss their challenges, and creating solutions.
Be sure not to miss the Welcome Reception from 6:00pm-7:30pm, which is open to all attendees and welcomes new members, faculty, and gives everyone to catch up with colleagues not seen since San Francisco. I'm happy to report that I no longer have two black eyes so I'll be harder to pick out of the crowd!
The conference's first plenary, on Sunday from 10:15am - 11:45am features Jeff De Cagna FRSA, chief strategist and founder of Principled Innovation LLC as he discusses "From MCLE to mCLE: Rethinking Legal Learning for a Mobile World." The following workshops (Workshops A) will all then focus on aspects of mobile learning and technology: eLearning for Mobile Lawyers; Effective Copywriting in a 140 Character World; To App, or Not to App: Make Your Website Mobile or Build a Mobile App?; Using Mobile Devices at Your Live Events - Oh, the Places You'll Go!; or Publishing eBooks on the iPad.
The afternoon closes with another unusual event - "The Best of CLE: Rapid-Fire Idea Sharing". Each of 25 speakers has 2 minutes to share their organization's brightest idea or hardest lesson learned in the world of CLE. Each speak is then assigned a table and the fun begins and you find out more about the ideas that most interest you! This is sure to be a high-energy event and will leave everyone with a wealth of new ideas.
The ACLEA Sunday evening reception sponsored in part by Practising Law Institute is a great wrap up to a day full of learning - complete with beverages, conversation, and legendary shrimp (we hope!)
Monday morning begins with another plenary: "Entertainment, Information, or Education? Articulating and Measuring What Matters in CLE Programs and Publications" from Professor Barbara Bichelmeyer, Associate Vice President for Academic Planning and Professor of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University - Bloomington. This will be followed by a round of "Best Tips" workshops in which experts give attendees seven tips - to quality control, to delivering a great attendee experience, to crafting PowerPoint slides for effective visual presentations, to getting the most out of speakers, or to work between authors and editors. As we know tips from each of these sessions would be helpful to everyone, each workshop will then be repeated so attendees can get seven more best practices!
The sessions in Workshop E will focus on Hot Topics in CLE. These are sessions suggested by ACLEA members at our mid-year meeting in San Francisco and discuss trends in MCLE, Podcasting (live with Stuart Teicher!), international developments in CLE, the role of the editor in digital publishing, and an update from the Summit.
Tuesday begins with breakfast and the ACLEA business meeting with a special presentation to this year's "ACLEA's Best" award winners. The morning plenary features Pamela Woldow, General Counsel, Edge International as she discusses "Project Management for CLE Professionals." The following workshops (Workshop F) then continue the discussions with topics focusing on management tips: managing up, managing authors and editors to get books done, managing your metrics, agile project management, and law firm politics.
Learn your colleagues' top take-aways from four days of solid, entertaining, and informative learning with Workshop H's Top Tips and Takeaways. Each group (marketing, tech, executive leadership, programming, publications, in-house) will discuss their biggest "ah-ha" moments. Then, the legendary (if only in his mind) Sean Carter, Lawpsided Seminars and the funniest Harvard Law grad I personally know (Sean probably wouldn't like you asking me how many Harvard Law grads I know), moderates a panel where all groups share these learnings in a fast-pased and funny farewell.
For a more entertaining preview of the Boston meeting, tune into "The First Podcast Episode!" with Stuart and Sean. Looking forward to catching up with y'all in Boston!