CLE programs and MSBA/MICPEL publications are now available at MSBA. The Association’s new CLE Department, which offers electronic and live CLE programs plus an array of MSBA/MICPEL publications, is already a hit with members. Working with MSBA’s 27 Sections, the CLE Department is actively delivering high-quality live and electronic CLE programs and MSBA/MICPEL books and publications to Maryland lawyers.
These cost-effective CLE offerings are MSBA’s newest membership service. MSBA’s CLE service is carrying forward the tradition of MICPEL’s strong CLE substantive law programs and valued books and publications. To date, MSBA has presented four live CLE programs and developed an extensive catalog of MICPEL books and publications already available to members. The Association will soon unveil its CLE website link, one dedicated to publications and one to programming, giving members online access for all of their CLE needs.
“We are in the process of building a complete MSBA publication catalog website link giving members all of our MSBA/MICPEL titles, prices and descriptions,” reports Joanne Daniels, MSBA’s CLE Publications Manager. “We have already had a huge number of lawyers calling for these popular books and publications. Lawyers really want MICPEL books and are buying them,” she states, adding “MSBA members get a great price break.”
The first live CLE program MSBA presented, “Getting Your Chapter 13 Plan Confirmed”, was held in March in conjunction with the Consumer Bankruptcy Section and it attracted 115 members. Subsequent CLE programs, including “Capacity 101: Client Competency Issues Every Lawyer Faces,” the popular “6th Business Law Institute” in April, and “Hot Tips in Workers’ Compensation” in May have also boasted sizeable audiences. Its next program, “Bar Wars III: Is the Force with You?”, is set for May 21 at the Ecker Business Training Center in Columbia.
In addition to live CLE programming, webinars are being conducted by several Sections, and Andrea Terry, Program Attorney for MSBA’s CLE Department, reports “we are in the process of developing an electronic delivery system for CLE programs for members while exploring more expansive webinars. Our goal is to provide high-quality, efficient electronic CLE programs to reach markets previously untapped, like pockets of the Eastern Shore and Western Maryland.”
Terry is proud to announce that MSBA’s CLE service has already been granted accreditation status with the Pennsylvania and Virginia Bars and awaits word on its applications in Delaware and West Virginia. “This means MSBA complies with other states’ high-quality CLE standards,” she explains.
MSBA’s Executive Director, Paul V. Carlin, has played a key role in the MICPEL/MSBA transition. “Although there have been a myriad of ongoing details to attend to with the closure of MICPEL, I am happy to report that the transition to a new MSBA CLE Department has been successful, albeit hectic,” he states. “We are off to a hopeful start of rebuilding a new strong foundation for excellent CLE for the lawyers in Maryland.”
MSBA’s 27 Sections have been most supportive of the Association’s CLE service. “We are developing a strong relationship with MSBA’s Sections, who have given us excellent guidance in terms of program topics,” Terry emphasizes. Sections have always been the foundation of CLE programming and continue to be the best vehicle to deliver substantive CLE targeting Maryland law.
Daniels reports that four new or updated publications will soon be available: Domestic Violence Cases: Handling Them Effectively in Maryland District and Circuit Courts; Maryland Automobile Accident Deskbook, 4th Edition; 2010 Supplement to Pleading Causes of Action in Maryland, 4th Edition; and Residential Real Estate Transactions in Maryland, 5th Edition. In addition, the new edition of Pattern Jury Instructions, both the civil and criminal editions, should be available later this year.
Lawyers interested in buying these or any other MICPEL/MSBA publication should contact Joanne Daniels at email@example.com. Attorneys interested in attending any MSBA CLE programs should contact Andrea Terry at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The MSBA brand is strong and recognizable by our members,” adds Carlin. “Our direct, immediate contact with our members and our Sections provides us an excellent marketing advantage to promote our programs and publications.” MSBA Sections and its new CLE service will continue to present important programs and produce books and other legal publications and make them available to Maryland’s legal community.