September 30 MCLE Reporting Deadline Approaching

Illinois attorneys A-M who received the MCLE reporting extension for the 2018-2020 cycle: September 30 is your deadline to complete your MCLE credits and submit your online report. Newly-admitted attorneys have separate requirements. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Illinois Supreme…
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remote learning

Embracing Your Role in Remote Learning

Remote learning may not be the panacea we all hoped for, but we can learn from the new normal if we embrace our role in the experience. “Can you help me with this?” This question used to be asked of…
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active learning

Size Matters: Shifting Small Groups to Active Learning

As Education Manager at the Commission on Professionalism, I have the opportunity to attend a lot of CLEs. Surveying these courses is integral to our mission of fostering high-quality professional responsibility education for lawyers in Illinois and beyond. While the…
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online learning

Embracing the New Frontier of Online Learning

Imagine you’ve been asked to dip your toe into online learning by delivering a CLE course virtually. Congratulations, you will soon be a vILT (virtual instructor-led training) instructor. Sure, you’re excited about the opportunity, but with all the other work…
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blended learning

A Recipe For Blended Learning

One of my favorite guilty pleasures is The Great British Bake Off. It’s a perfect blend of quintessentially British stoicism and quiet drama, and very much reminds me of home. In addition to creating nostalgia for desserts that contain enough sugar to make Willy Wonka blush, it has also introduced me to…
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The 10/5 Rule

Calvinball and The 10/5 Rule of CLE

I’d like to talk briefly about Calvinball. Calvinball (of Calvin and Hobbes fame) has no set rules, except that you can’t use the same rule twice. It’s chaos, yet it seems to make sense. For those unacquainted with the venerable…
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designing a cle

Designing a CLE: It Takes a Village

Designing a CLE can be a lonely process, but it doesn’t have to be. Ideally, it shouldn’t be. I was recently singing my own praises about a learning solution I developed at work. My friend listened, paused and then asked…
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continuing legal education

Leading from Behind in Continuing Legal Education

I recently attended my first Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA) conference right here in Chicago.   A recurring theme I heard was how to enhance legal education to change the hearts and minds of lawyers who view CLE as a time suck. If my two decades of teaching and facilitating has taught me anything,…
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