The Atlanta Lawyer August/September 2019 - Page 10

Q&A with Rachel L. King Chair, Continuing Legal Education Board of Trustees General Counsel, Georgia Department of Community Health What is the CLE Board of Trustees? The CLE Board of Trustees is a diverse team of thirteen members of the Atlanta Bar Association who oversee CLE program development and direction. The Board is tasked with ensuring the Atlanta Bar and its Sections provide meaningful, relevant and high-quality continuing education opportunities to the legal community. We are here for you! What are your plans for the CLE Board of Trustees for 2019-2020? The CLE Board of Trustees established long-term goals for the 2019-2020 year in an effort to ensure continuity and access to quality program development, with some programs gaining more and more traction from the previous fiscal year. One previous program that was created, with the support of the Atlanta Bar Association, was the Speaker Database. Individuals who were interested in presenting at a CLE event have always been able to reach out to the CLE Board of Trustees and request consideration. However, the methods for keeping track of requests, topics and program 10 August/September 2019 materials from prior years to ensure the content meets current standards for Professionalism CLE credits. We are also video tapping CLEs going forward and adding those videos to the library. Another goal is a communications plan for Section liaison activity. Since the success of the CLE Board of Trustees is inherently tied to attendance at CLE events, we developed a plan and issue communications to the Section Chairs. The goal is to identify ways in which the Board may be of service to each Section and to make them aware of upcoming events they may share with their members. We also set a goal for the Board to attend Section events on a quarterly basis, so we know where What is your advice for their interests and getting more involved needs are. These with the Atlanta Bar communications Association in general? are in addition to always looking the email blasts for quality Make the choice to just and web links all speakers and show up. Show up at members receive topics to add events. Show up to meet and have proven to the database, people. Show up to help helpful both so if you have out. Pretty soon, you may in de veloping an interest in find yourself involved relationships and presenting as a with something you really increasing the speaker for one enjoy all because you made value of the CLE of the upcoming a choice to show up. programs we are CLEs, please able to provide. click the “Become a Speaker” link from the main page of the Atlanta Bar If you have questions about Association webpage. N i c e to M e e t Yo u materials were not consistent from year to year. As new members served on the Board, we noticed gaps in process awareness and historical information. We spent a few meetings saying, “Didn’t we have a guy who wanted to speak on that?” and decided there was a better way – thus our desire to create a Speaker Database was born. The Speaker Database is intended be a resource for the Board to assist Sections in finding speakers for various topics and has already proven a good resource for the Board as we develop CLE materials for the Atlanta Bar. We are A goal we have for this year includes the creation of a video library. The Board is reviewing CLE requirements or need help putti ng you r CLE program together, who should you reach out to? You can reach out to Catherine www.atlantabar.org THE ATLANTA LAWYER 10