Free CLE Starts in September

Issue August 2014 By Jason Scally

Effective Sept. 1, 2014, Massachusetts Bar Association membership will include free, unlimited CLE seminars and MBA On Demand programming for all educational programs, excluding conferences and the Practicing with Professionalism course. Members also receive free access to the entire recorded On Demand library.

The MBA is the first and only statewide CLE provider in the commonwealth to offer free CLE to its members. MBA members are highly encouraged to take advantage of this exciting new benefit upon joining for the 2014-2015 association year.

Access to top-notch continuing legal education has always been one of the signature benefits of MBA membership, and that benefit just got better. MBA members will have at their fingertips limitless access to educational resources that will help keep them on top of the law, advance their careers and enhance their practices - all at no extra cost.

"We should be proud of ourselves in Massachusetts. Massachusetts lawyers participate in CLE not because we are required to, but because we want to be the best our profession has to offer," said incoming MBA President Marsha V. Kazarosian. "The MBA is embracing this commitment by offering our members unfettered, free access to our CLE programs. This is just one of the many pledges the MBA makes to support it members."

Each year, the MBA offers educational programs, covering recent case law, new legislation, emerging legal trends, new rules of practice and procedure, and issues of law practice management that will benefit attorneys and their practice. CLE programs cater to new, experienced and transitioning attorneys across a wide range of practices. Courses are taught by some of the most experienced attorneys in the commonwealth, and most programs include written materials.

Although there is no continuing legal education requirement for attorneys in Massachusetts, the MBA is an accredited sponsor of CLE in New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and New York. Most MBA CLEs qualify for three hours of CLE credit.

Taking advantage of free CLE is easy. Course offerings take place at venues throughout the state, and many can be accessed remotely through MBA On Demand. Members can sign up for programs online at www.massbar.org/cle.

The MBA is in the process of building the catalog of programs for the 2014-15 year. Visit the website regularly - new courses are added all the time.

John Blazo contributed to this article.