2012 was my MCLE reporting year. As a non-practicing attorney, my 3-year CLE record is a hodgepodge of legal topics: Title IX, intellectual property, child support, social media and ethics. As someone who prides herself on being able to annoyingly pepper conversations with useless bits of knowledge and crush the competition in Trivial Pursuit, this suits me incredibly well.
Many practicing attorneys may focus on CLEs directly related to their practice area, but CLEs are also a great way to explore other law-related interests, give yourself a break from your day-to-day practice area, and maybe even discover a new path for your practice. Below is a list of 5 (okay, 7 if you’re really counting) CLEs that I’m excited about. Whether you’re looking to acquire a specific skill set or spend a day learning about something completely new, there’s something for everyone on this list.
**Update: Most of the WSBA-CLEs listed below are also available via webcast. You can view a full list of available webcast seminars here.**
The WSBA-CLE PowerPass Giveaway is now closed.
January 15; 6.25 general credits
Whether they work for a non-profit or volunteer their time, most of the attorneys I know are involved with a non-profit organization. This CLE presents a great opportunity to learn about the unique operations of non-profits.
Wild Horses Shouldn’t Keep You Away – 10th Annual WSBA Animal Law Seminar, co-sponsored by the WSBA Animal Law Section
January 29; 6.5 general credits, .5 ethics credits
Right off the bat, this CLE earns points for incorporating a much-covered Rolling Stones tune in its title. I was an avid rider as a kid and grew up on a farm with horses, so a full day of equine law is right up my alley (or maybe stall). With animal law updates, information on horse insurance, wild horse round-ups, and tips for using a vet as an expert witness, this CLE is guaranteed to please anyone with an Animal Planet addiction, a collection of My Little Ponies, or anyone otherwise interested in animal law.
The Essential Toolkit for the Solo and Small Practice, co-sponsored by the WSBA Solo and Small Practice Section
January 31; 4 general credits, 2.25 ethics credits
Are you thinking of going solo or starting your own firm? Sound scary? Learn the skills that law school didn’t teach you that are essential to being a successful business owner. Delve into issues like practice management, employment law issues around hiring contract attorneys or interns, tax issues, and practicing in a small town.
February 8; 1.5 ethics credits
I love getting things done on my lunch hour! Usually this means blowing half my paycheck at Target (go in for toilet paper, come out with three sweaters and a pair of earrings), but earning 1.5 ethics credits is a much better use of your time. And cheaper too, at just $89! Even if you don’t specifically practice immigration law, immigration issues are bound to pop up for your clients. This CLE offers practical tips and guidance on the ethical issues surrounding immigration that you may face in your practice.
Beginning and Endings – 3 CLEs about Buying, Selling, and Retiring
Ah, the circle of lawyer-life – lawyers retiring, and new lawyers entering the practice. Whether you’re at the end of your practice and want to learn more about retirement planning or transferring your practice by way of a sale, or if you’re considering going solo and want to purchase an existing practice, these CLEs are for you.
- Buying and Selling a Solo or Small Practice. March 19; 5 general credits, 1 ethics.
- Lawyers at Midlife: Planning NOW for the Retirement You Want. February 27; 1.5 general credits, 1.0 ethics credit.
- Succession Planning: Buying or Selling a Practice (Seattle University School of Law – not PowerPass eligible). January 25; 3 general credits.
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