I began writing this post and realized that to summarize my most recent experience at ACLEA- the 46th Annual Meeting held in New York City on July 24-27, 2010 - I would have to split the conversation. I was writing and writing - and that was just a "summary" of the experience. Too much to discuss!
Another challenge for me with this post - convey my enthusiasm and energy gained from attending some very high-quality educational sessions without sounding overly sycophantic. I'm afraid I've failed.
An overview of some of the sessions I attended:
SIG and Committee Chair Leadership Workshop: As I've become more involved with the ACLEA organization, I continue to realize that I get more from the group than I contribute! Those within the leadership of ACLEA, from the Officers and Executive Committee to my fellow SIG and Committee chairs, are generous with their time, their ideas, their friendship. ACLEA President Vince O'Brien (Assistant Director, Minnesota CLE) stated that we need to focus not on what divides us (differences) but focus instead on what unites us (similarities). So many of the issues we face in providing high-quality educational experiences for attorneys are the same, regardless of size of organization, geographic locale, or staff.
Marketing SIG Luncheon: As Co-Chair of the SIG, I got to lead the group through a lively discussion of social media, in particular Twitter. Why should we care about Twitter? How do we mix the personal and professional on Twitter - and should we do so? I will be writing an additional post later this week on the discussion points we covered and asking you for your ideas and thoughts on this topic.
Lawyers and Their Acceptance of Technology: Jennifer Flynn's (Managing Director, Legal Education Society of Alberta) overview of her graduate research project on this study. Gave very practical tips on how CLE organizations should develop and market new technology to lawyers.
Succession Planning: As this is a personal goal of mine this year, I'm well on my way to completing after this session in which Jennifer Flynn, Gary Wilbert (Executive Director, Virginia CLE), and Paul Wood (Executive Director, Legal Education Society of Alberta) gave tips applicable not only to creating a plan for transferring knowledge from a succession planning perspective, but also for identifying training and knowledge gaps within your organization and with your staff and for use in your recruiting and development planning strategy. Paul also recommended a book (already downloaded to my Kindle) called "Greater than Yourself" by Steve Farber.
The above sessions were only some of the education experiences I had on Saturday and Sunday of the conference. Coming soon - Monday and Tuesday's overview!