The CBA is pleased to announce it now offers Illinois professional responsibility credit (PR-MCLE) for live law practice management and technology training classes both in-person at the CBA Building and via live Webcast. The classes include both the “How-To” speakers series and hands-on training workshops. Classes encompass a variety of topics including cloud computing, security best practices, software and hardware training, research, running a law practice, client communications and more.
“The CBA is working to help lawyers understand how technology and practice management can improve a firm’s efficiency, organization, morale, and risk management to ultimately provide better client services,” stated Catherine Sanders Reach, director of the CBA Law Practice Management and Technology Division. How To sessions often include demonstrations of specific tools or products and hands-on workshops featuring technology training you can follow along with on your laptop. Now in addition to getting valuable training at a low-cost, the CBA can provide lawyers with PR-MCLE credit for attending.
With the update to IL RPC 1.1, Comment 8 regarding understanding the benefits and risks of relevant technology, the CBA saw the need for lawyers to understand technology and analyze practice management information to meet this rule’s requirements. CBA LPMT programs expose lawyers to the benefits of legal specific technology, as well as provide them with a basis for comparison and understanding the benefit of key features built into the products and services specifically for lawyers. “We focus on showing lawyers how to use standard business software and services most effectively for a law firm setting,” added Catherine.
The technology training center at Association Headquarters has capabilities and facilities well-suited to provide this type of continuing legal education. The Tech Center is on the first floor and features 80” wall mounted HD TV and loaner laptops for hands-on training. How To sessions are held both at the CBA or via live webcast, with the instructor’s computer screen made available for online participants to view. The programs are recorded and archived at www.chicagobar.org after the class for on-demand viewing (no credit available for on-demand).
A complete schedule of upcoming programs can be found at www.chicagobar.org/cle. Attorneys can also subscribe to the LPMT’s helpful blog at www.chicagobar.org/LPMT.