Louisiana lawyers who still need Professionalism credit can get it online a my PaperlessChase.com site. If you need Ethics credit we have courses for those too. If you need more than 4 hours of credit come to one of our live seminars. And if you know any other lawyers who are agonizing about getting those credits let ‘em know that there’s an easy way to learn and get CLE credit online.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of doing a 60 tips in 60 Minutes session with several good friends and follow law-techies. Even though I’ve done dozens of these 60 tips programs in the past few years, I always wind up learning something. Here are a few of the most interesting tips I picked up:
- Asana – An online collaborative project management tool, sort of like Basecamp, but free if you have less than 30 team members. This one was recommended by Catherine Reach Sanders (who just moved from the ABA Technology Resource Center to the Chicago Bar Association).
- Pathagoras – a document assembly tool that works with Word for Windows. It’s free to try for 90 days, and from what Jim Calloway described, it’s a powerful tool for transactional lawyers who create variations of form documents and need a tool that makes it easy to do this.
- How to create a Digital ID for using with Adobe Acrobat, which Nerino Petro says is a surefire way to have true digital signatures that actually get accepted by the recipient. I’m going to start using this for sure.
- Let Me Google That For You – I forgot about this one, but it’s a classic. If you’re adept at using Google but find that you get annoyed when people ask you for information that they could just as easily have googled themselves, you need to check it out. I won’t ruin it for you; just go do a sample search and you’ll see what this tool does.
If you want to see all the tips that we did, here’s the link to our presentation.
I got a call from my friend Enrico Shaefer right after I announced that I was shifting out of the practice of law to do more CLE programs for lawyers who were interested in technology. He practices law and tries to innovate wherever possible to do a better job for clients at a lower cost, so he and I have kept in touch (mostly through social media). He has a weekly podcast where he interviews folks about innovation in the law etc., and so he interviewed me. The interview lasted about 20 minutes as I recall. You can either listen to the podcast, or read the transcript.
Louisiana lawyers can get up to 4 hours of CLE by the hour by watching online videos. (See LA MCLE Rule 3(d)). You can even get Ethics and Professionalism credit this way.
If you just need to get a couple of hours of Louisiana CLE credit then an online CLE program is the most convenient way to do it.
Sadly, there are a lot of lame CLE videos out there. Most are created by pointing a video camera at an ill-prepared speaker blathering about war stories in a room with bad acoustics.
Hostage videos made by terrorists have better production qualities.
I’m not a terrorist, just a lawyer who knows a bit about technology and wants to offer a reasonable alternative to the usual crappy CLE videos.
My company (PaperlessChase) isn’t primarily in the CLE business, but we’re fully qualified by the Louisiana MCLE to offer CLE programs. Our primary mission is to help lawyers improve their law practices. We mostly help them harness technology they already own, to get practical results that improve their law practice and lower their stress levels.
With both the primary and secondary missions in mind, I created 10 online Louisiana CLE videos by recording powerpoint slides and video clips directly from a computer, adding high-fidelity audio narration by well-prepared speakers.
The 10 videos cover practical topics that are widely applicable to most lawyers (5 of the videos qualify for Ethics or Professionalism credit). For example, we have one on how to be more productive with email (which qualifies for Professionalism) and a couple on using your iPad better (one of which offers Ethics credit). We have two videos on how to create a paperless law practice (1 with Ethics credit).
Again, all of these videos are fully accredited by the Louisiana MCLE committee. They even play well on an iPhone or iPad (assuming you have a fast enough Internet connection on your phone’s data plan).
For information about all of our Louisiana CLE seminars, including the live events, click here.
You can read testimonials from attorneys who were enthralled by the different approach we take. If you have to get CLE credit, then why not do it in a program that offers relevant, practical topics presented by well-prepared speakers who are engaging and entertaining? Even our written materials are useful.
Yeah, it’s crazy talk. But I have this weird idea that CLE programs should actually be useful and well done.