Saturday, December 31, 2011

Free Continuing Legal Education On Demand: Predictions for 2012

2011 was the year in which free, on-demand continuing legal education began to really take off, both as a business model for the sponsors and as a real choice for practitioners. I'll list a couple dozen below for the sake of those who need a few credits quick, but first let me make a few predictions:

Predictions for 2012:

  • There will always be a market for paid, premium CLE. Just as free books and images on the internet have not destroyed the market for books and art IRL, so too free CLE on the internet will not destroy the older market. It'll just change the, possibly shrink its overall dollar value but by increasing the need to prove value, it'll improve quality. And higher-quality items usually command a better mark-up.
  • In 2012, at least 1 percent of the market for CLE in general will be satisfied through free CLE, and most of that will be on-demand via the internet.
  • Although economic issues may encourage some lawyers to exit the profession, the overall demand for CLE will increase, as on-demand access makes it practical to use it as a resource for problem solving. For example, if an ethical issue involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act occurs to you while you're stuck at the airport with your cellphone; you can take a quick, short on-demand ethics CLE to help you now!
  • 4freeCLE is going to do a *lot* more in 2012 to radically improve free continuing legal education. If you have any special requests, contact us!
OK, enough predictions. Here's some links for those who have waited until now to earn credit. Let's have an educational 2012!

Intellectual Property Colloquium (IPC)

Most IPC recordings have been granted credit in CA, FL, IL, NE, NY, PA, TN, TX, WA



Black Duck Software

See also: "Why Free CLE? Because it’s a commodity and because “interesting CLE” is oxymoronic"  by The Irreverent Lawyer

Friday, December 30, 2011

Anytime/Web - Learning to Advocate for #Veterans

Persons eligible for Veterans Administration benefits sometimes require professional assistance in staking their claim. A well-structured claim can also assist the VA in efficient administration. Now you can pick up the basics while earning credit:

Seeking More Resources

If you have free CLE in support of our military and veteran families, or are interested in developing them, please contact us so we can post them here and/or assist in development.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

On Demand: Webcast - Get One Free CLE For Registering With !

The National Academy of Continuing Legal Education is offering on its website one free CLE program (1 credit) just for registering. Simply go to and follow directions.
One thing I like about this site is that you can go partway through a course, stop it as needed, and resume when you can. Another feature that is may or may not be useful is that, when you log in, NACLE presents you with a list of courses applicable to your state; it doesn't show other courses. This doesn't waste your time with programs that you can't get credit for, but if you're just looking to learn information, it can keep you from potentially useful courses.  For example, practice management courses seem to have a hard time being granted credit in Washington State but may be credited in states such as Florida; I can certainly use the information even if I don't get credit for it. However, that's a quibble. I can't think of any reason not to go and try NACLE's free offer.
Title:'s free CLE credit offer
One free credit; more credits for a fee. Courses offered for most but not all states.

Jan 25/Stillwater, MN - Minnesota Supreme Court Update on Case Law

The Washington County Law Library ( ) presents this program in coordination with the Washington County Bar Association ( ), but membership in the Association is not required for attendance. 
Minnesota Supreme Court Update on Case Law
Jan 25, 2012
Conference Room 21 (lower level) of the Washington County Government Center
14949 62nd Street North
Stillwater, MN 55082-0006
One standard CLE credit will be applied for
The Honorable Paul H. Anderson
Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court

Suggestions for programs are always welcome and should be directed to the County Law Librarian, who may be reached at 651-430-6330

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Attorney-Client Privilege and the Duty of Confidentiality

Luis E. Ventura
Luis E. Ventura graduated from California Western School of Law in January of 1994 and is a member of the California Bar Association. He represents a number of homeowner associations in homeowner association governance, litigation, monthly assessment collection, and transactional matters. He also handles general civil litigation matters including malicious prosecution and defamation related cases, among others. He has served on the San Diego County Bar Association’s Legal Ethics Committee since 2003.
This program instructs viewers on how to ethically handle matters concerning client communications and avoid breeches of the duty of confidentiality.
Attorney-Client Privilege and the Duty of Confidentiality
Running Time:
1.25 Ethics AV (Activity ID 296556)
Other Jurisdictions: 
Check with your credit-granting authority.