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What Do In-House Lawyers Want From Law Firm CLE? : Blog
This recent In-House Focus survey of in-house lawyers concerning their own experiences with law firm CLE provides some interesting perspectives on these topics. For example:

– 70% of survey respondents said CLE programming should feature diverse lawyers, presenters and faculty. But just 30% of respondents agreed that diversity is adequately represented in current CLE content. At the same time, nearly two-thirds of respondents believe that participating in CLE programming is an effective way for law firms to connect diverse lawyers to clients.

– 52% of respondents to IHF’s survey agreed that law firms should do a better job of facilitating introductions of their diverse lawyers to their clients, while just 5% disagreed. Further, 62% believe CLE programming is a good way to cultivate relationships between diverse lawyers and clients.

– 62% of respondents believe law firm CLE is not adequately tailored to in-house lawyers. Additionally, two-thirds agree that CLE content is more tailored to law firm practitioners than in-house lawyers. In fact, another 79% of respondents said they would be more inclined to watch a CLE program that included in-house lawyers as presenters who speak to their issues.

– When asked what are some things that would make CLE more pertinent to in-house lawyers, many responses revolved around the need for real-world examples. Some responses included: “concepts to reduce outside legal expenses,” “when to involve outside counsel and how to engage them,” and “case studies and sample scenarios from current in-house lawyers.”
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may 2019 by JordanFurlong
Competency-Based CLE: Has the Time Come? | Jayne Reardon | Pulse | LinkedIn
The focus is on what the student learns rather than on what the teacher “covers.” The teacher doesn’t decide what is taught in any given session; the student directs the learning by what s/he knows as a starting point and when mastery of concepts is demonstrated as a progression point. You may have experienced this approach, for example, with the online education programs sponsored by many companies seeking to help your child excel in standardized testing.

The fundamental premise of competency-based education is that there is a definition of what students should know and be able to do, and they graduate or move to the next level when they have demonstrated their competency. This means that we have to define the competencies very clearly.

In contrast, the hours or seat–based system has been around since the late 1800s. In 1893, Charles Eliot, president of Harvard, introduced the concept of the credit hour. Roughly equivalent to one hour of lecture time a week for a 12- to 14-week semester, the National Education Association adopted it as the basic unit of a college education. To be accredited, universities have had to base curriculums on credit hours and years of study. And the credit hour is the standard measure for transferring work between institutions. The seat-time system — one based on the hours spent in the classroom — is further reinforced by Title IV student aid: to receive need-based Pell grants or federal loans, students have had to carry a certain load of credits each semester.
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august 2017 by JordanFurlong
Behind K&L Gates’ Strategy to Put CLE Videos ‘On Demand’ | Big Law Business
Before this week, K&L Gates already was offering CLE credit for certain live webcasts, but a technology gap prevented it from offering credits to lawyers who viewed prior presentations, Berardi said.

To overcome this technology gap, K&L Gates partnered with InReach, a provider of continuing education technologies, to set up a mechanism that prompts the lawyer to give feedback periodically throughout a CLE presentation. That way, the lawyers confirm they are present and paying attention. As a result, lawyers can log in to K&L Gates’ HUB site from anywhere at anytime to earn CLE credits — as long as they have Internet access.

“If technology can allow individuals to watch movies whenever and wherever they want … why shouldn’t the same model be applied to help in-house legal counsel?” the firm asked in a press release.

Berardi, who believes that soon many more law firms will post CLE videos online, said the system could force lawyers to pay better attention than they would at in-person seminars, where they are free to multitask on their laptops or smartphones during a presentation.
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december 2015 by JordanFurlong
K&L Gates Takes CLE On-Demand | Legaltech News
The firm has created a platform from which legal professionals can earn accreditation and gain insight at the click of a button.
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december 2015 by JordanFurlong
The CPD hour is dead. Long live CPD!
‘Compliance’, in this context, means being able to evidence use of the statement as a guide to identify and address learning needs. It is to be used to assess whether the individual, and ultimately the whole firm, is in a position to provide a proper standard of service.
cle  competence  training 
november 2015 by JordanFurlong
viDesktop | Talent Management Software: Employee Performance Management, Recruiting, Career Development
With viSkills, you can lay a roadmap of skills required for mastery in each practice group, equipping associates with a visual guide to day-to-day progress on an upward career trajectory. At each level of associate advancement, you can measure skills acquisition in concrete terms to guide planning and plug skills gaps. In addition, your performance evaluations and associated goals can work in tandem with associates' benchmark progress and reflect its content.
cle  training  laterals  firms 
october 2015 by JordanFurlong
Why Slack could be the future of conferences | The Verge
Here’s how it played out at XOXO Festival, the 4-year-old creative playground curated by internet heroes Andy Baio and Andy McMillan. The Andys, as they are collectively known, bring together comic-book artists, web developers, musicians, designers, startup CEOs, and other creative types to discuss the challenges and triumphs of making things independently, online and off. They limit attendance to about 1,000 people chosen through a lottery; the people who attend include many of the forward-thinking types you once found at South By Southwest. And this year, more than a month before the festival, they created a Slack team that anyone attending was free to join. (Slack was among the festival’s sponsors.)
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september 2015 by JordanFurlong
New Education Plan for Alberta Lawyers-to-be – Slaw
The new plan identifies five competency areas, with goals the student is expected to meet by the end of the articling term:
Ethics and Professionalism
At the end of the articling term, the student will be able to act ethically and professionally in accordance with the standard set by the Law Society of Alberta Code of Conduct.
Practice Management
At the end of the articling term, the student will be able to effectively manage time, files, finances, and professional responsibilities, as well as being able to delegate tasks and provide appropriate supervision.
Client Relationship Management
At the end of the articling term, the student will be able to effectively manage client relationships.
Conducting Matters
At the end of the articling term, the student will be able to conduct a range of matters handled by lawyers on a regular basis.
Adjudication/Alternative Dispute Resolution
At the end of the articling term, the student will be able to identify core elements of a dispute and resolve disputes through use of alternative dispute resolution or adjudication.
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june 2015 by JordanFurlong
Grappling with the Future of CPD – Slaw
e costs of in-person training of professional development, and the increased need for flexible delivery, ensures that we will have more online CPD offerings available. Grapple Law demonstrates what can be possible, in terms of quality and polish.
The needs of CPD users, however, will vary based on skill sets and learning styles, and will require some level of individualization for its users. This is the new age in which we will develop the minds and imaginations of the next generation of lawyers.
june 2015 by JordanFurlong
Solicitors to require mandatory ‘statement of competence’ | News | Law Society Gazette
The overall benchmark has three sections: the statement itself, the statement of knowledge and the threshold standard. It will be published on the SRA website in early April, at the same time solicitors are able to move to the new approach to continuing competence.

The new approach will be compulsory for all new and existing solicitors from November 2016.

The competence statement itself will be made up of four elements: ethics professionalism and judgement; technical legal practice; working with other people; and 'managing themselves and their own work'.

The final category introduces the concept of applying good business practice, including demonstrating an adequate understanding of the financial context in which solicitors are working and managing available resources efficiently.

Martin Coleman, chair of the SRA’s education and training committee, said: ‘The competence statement gives important guidance to solicitors on the standards they are expected to meet. 
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march 2015 by JordanFurlong
Part 2 of 3: The Next Normal – What Talent and Skills Will Progressive Law Firms Need? -
In Part 1 of 3: The Next Normal – Will the Traditional Law Firm Model Survive?, we suggested that the traditional firm model will not survive in the future (or perhaps even the present for many.) The law firm or legal service organization of the future will employ numerous types of people who have various skills, experience/backgrounds and credentials. Only some of these professionals will have a traditional law degree and will be practicing law as we know it today. Many others will be required to design and manage legal solutions for clients, manage key client relationships, develop efficient and effective process and project management systems, design value-based pricing strategies, oversee content and knowledge data bases, employ new technologies, and manage the talent, resources, finances, and marketing and selling of the organization.
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july 2014 by JordanFurlong
LEGAL FUTURES Ditching the hours
Hand-in-hand with the new approach, we will be phasing out the authorisation of CPD providers. There will be more flexibility about how people learn. For example, it will no longer be necessary to learn in hour-long blocks. People who prefer to learn in bite-sized chunks, perhaps over their phone or tablet, on the go, will be able to do so. People who learn through reading and researching for a particular case will be able to have that recognised as part of their learning and development.
may 2014 by JordanFurlong
Twelve skills every lawyer must master - Law Society of NSW
There is little doubt that there are some skills that are so vital all lawyers need them if they hope to progress in their careers. These are what HR people would call the ‘core competencies’ or lawyering.
Legal futurist and analyst, Jordan Furlong, says that traditionally there were six core competencies lawyers needed: analytical ability, attention to detail, logical reasoning, persuasiveness, sound judgment and the ability to write (although he says this one seems to be optional for some). Now he says, with changing client demands and a rapidly evolving legal landscape, there are 12. We think he might be on to something.
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march 2014 by JordanFurlong
LEGAL FUTURES Putting in the hours » LEGAL FUTURES
There is a widespread view that the current CPD system is not working. Everyone knows stories of people who register for CPD courses and leave before the end, or those who take courses which do not relate to their areas of practice, just to get the points, or who work in niche areas and therefore struggle to find appropriate accredited courses, or, yet again, who feel frustrated that genuine learning by researching the up-to-date position for a case doesn’t count.
march 2014 by JordanFurlong
CPD Needs an Internal Component Too
Most firms begin by addressing the internal training needs of staff members. That’s a good start, and important, but overlooks the needs of individual lawyers. Younger lawyers in particular benefit from organized training by a firm’s senior attorneys. At one of my former firms, a training curriculum was created — a 100+ page planning document of session summaries — establishing exactly what it wanted Associates to know in their early years of practice. A series of seminars and training sessions took place throughout the year to support this plan.
training  CLE 
december 2013 by JordanFurlong
Changes to the CPD Requirement | The Law Society of Upper Canada
Changes effective immediately:

- co-writing and co-editing are now eligible activities

- writing and editing for law firm or other in-house publications are now eligible activities

- Accreditation Criteria for Professionalism Hours has been expanded.
june 2013 by JordanFurlong
Why CLE Quality Has Declined As it Becomes Mandatory
According to Carolyn Elefant, the answer is simple: money. Lawyers don’t want to spend any, so CLE providers can’t afford to, either. But mandatory CLE requirements mean CLE providers need to come up with a lot of seminars. That means the majority of people who present are mostly (1) selling something, or (2) unprepared, because their preparation time is uncompensated.
september 2012 by JordanFurlong
- My Shingle
A few weeks ago, Scott Greenfield bemoaned the demise of quality of continuing legal education (CLE) (if there ever was such a thing). As Scott observes, most CLE today consists either of panels of experienced lawyers who show up prepared with nothing but a bunch of war stories or fluff programs on marketing or ipad use taught by consultants. While both categories of programs (war stories or practice management) may be valuable or interesting for lawyers, neither serves the purpose for which CLE was intended, which is to ensure lawyers’ competency in substantive law practice and serving clients.
september 2012 by JordanFurlong
3 Geeks and a Law Blog: My Favorite Session at ILTA 2012
Mary Abraham, KM blogger and Queen of Alternative Presentation Formats (APF) approached me about putting together something unique for the 2012 ILTA Conference. With the assistance of Geek #1 and our traditional 3 Beer Solution approach I came up with a fun idea. The session would be a mock fee negotiation between a law firm and a client. We would ‘lift our skirts’ and show the audience what goes on when law firms and clients talk about fees to give attendees a richer understanding of the challenges and hopefully some ideas for how they can help support the process. Mary loved the idea but added a twist: Involve the audience.
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september 2012 by JordanFurlong
Lawline Opens its Full CLE Catalog to Free Access « Robert Ambrogi's LawSites
Schnurman concedes that it was a difficult decision for the company to open up its entire course catalog. But he emphasized that Lawline sees itself not primarily as a CLE provider, but as an education technology company. “It was a pretty big deal for us and it’s a pretty big deal for the industry,” he said. “It will be interesting to see how it plays out.”
june 2012 by JordanFurlong
Online education startups: a field guide — Tech News and Analysis
cause everyone is now connected on the Web and technology has matured to a place where it can be used to create learning programs that adapt to students’ needs, Wade said, online platforms can provide a compelling educational alternative.

And the momentum behind online education isn’t expected to let up. According to Harvard Business School professor and disruptive innovation expert Clayton Christensen, half of North American higher education will move online in the next ten years, followed by half of K-12 education by 2019. Several startups (and institutions, including Harvard and MIT through their EdX initiative) are starting to realize that future. Here’s a guide to seven that have made headlines in the past few months.
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june 2012 by JordanFurlong
How Wacky Are Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Rules?
Continuing Legal Education (CLE) for lawyers is mandatory in 45 states, with each possessing its own unique set of MCLE rules and regulations. CLE rules and regs govern attorney compliance and provider and course accreditation. Many of the rules are confusing, onerous and downright wacky.
march 2012 by JordanFurlong
Revisiting Professional Development for a Changing Profession
The profession lost 3,100 jobs between November 2010 and November 2011, according to a report released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Meanwhile, The American Lawyer's ninth annual survey of law firm leaders found that Am Law 200 firms continue to experience ongoing billing pressures, performance challenges and economic uncertainty. More than 81 percent of survey respondents said they're seeing an increase in client requests for discounts, and 92 percent said they had experimented with flat fees in 2011.
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january 2012 by JordanFurlong
Law Times - New CLE body could spark higher prices for lawyers, benchers fear
“LEO will become the hub of legal professional development services throughout Ontario,” according to the report.
july 2010 by JordanFurlong
Introducing Lawagora - A Marketplace of Events for Lawyers : My Shingle
I've just completed a new project that I'm rolling out - a marketplace of events for and by lawyers.
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june 2008 by JordanFurlong

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