2014-15 Continuing Legal Education Committee
The Continuing Legal Education Committee develops, implements, and oversees all CLE programs for the MCB in conformance with the rules of the North Carolina State Bar CLE Board. Committee members are requested to plan one CLE training in a practice area or with an ethics/professionalism theme.
Lisa Armanini, Director of Continuing Legal Education - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sara Poplin, Continuing Legal Education Assistant Coordinator - email@example.com
Volunteer Need / Commitment
Monthly lunch meetings. Committee members are expected to plan one CLE program during the year; the time commitment for planning varies depending on the program. Program planners attend the CLE that they plan, ranging from 1.0 to 3.0 hours in length.
2013-14 CLE Committee Report
Glenn Thompson, Chair & Patricia W. Magee, Vice-Chair
The CLE Committee was charged with an income goal of $587,500.00 which was held steady from the previous fiscal year. As of mid-June 2014, the income goal is close to being met and revenue generated the remainder of June will be critical in attaining it. Although several venues were utilized to house CLE courses this year while MCB occupies transitional space at the Catholic Diocese, expenses should be in check. A complete financial analysis will be available shortly after the close of this fiscal year.
MCB CLE successfully paired with several MCB Sections as well as the YLD to provide creative quality programs with a networking component. This initiative will continue into the next fiscal year.
A partnership between MCB and LSSP/LANC to provide expanded CLE programming to members was formed. With the intent of a broader marketing approach for LSSP/LANC programs and with the intent that MCB would expand its offerings and be able to reach large firm members, the partnership has been a success with more than 10 joint classes being calendared since January 1.
Plans are currently underway to utilize the many training room options at the future Bar & Foundation Center. The facility will accommodate multi-track programs, broadcast abilities and courtroom instruction. It is projected that a cost saving will be realized as a majority of CLE programming will be offered at the future center.
1. Meet budget of $587,500.00
2. Work toward becoming a more competitive CLE provider by advancing technology.
3. Expand CLE’s market share by:
a. Educating MCB members that CLE is a major income generator of the Bar and its revenue supports many other Bar programs
b. Developing programs that are applicable to non-attorneys (accountants, insurance adjusters, paralegals, the general public, other) and those attorneys in other counties
4. Make CLEs more appealing by developing courses that offer attendees the opportunity to socialize and network with their fellow attorneys such as:
a. Cross-over practice area programs (ex. Bankruptcy for Family Lawyer Practitioners)
b. CLEs with a networking/social opportunity
c. CLEs at alternative locations (ex. Restaurants, breweries, downtown law firms)
d. CLEs that address current social and economic issues