Go down. I put things in a table and for some reason it caused the post to have a giant white portion at the top. I'll try to fix it when I get home Monday night.
For those of you who aren't lawyers, every year lawyers are required to take legal training ("Continuing Legal Education" or "CLE's") for a certain number of hours of legal training and a couple hours of ethics training (the actual hour requirement varies from State to State). This training can be done over the phone or internet or by attending a video recording of earlier training. However, most of the time people go to seminars or conferences which involve going to another city, spending the night before at the hotel's bar with other lawyers, and spending 9-4:30 on Friday sitting in a room with 100+ other lawyers watching a number of hour long lectures; there's also usually a lunch with a speaker. Personally, I find that most have one (maybe two) lectures and a lot of filler. I may be the only person who feels this way but somehow I doubt it - at least I don't do office work or read a paper during the lectures like I see a lot of people doing during the lectures. Anyway, some of the lectures are put on by the Bar and others by people trying to make money and they are big business.
Every week I get a lot of advertisements for CLE's. Last week I decided I'd keep one copy of each (several came twice and at least 2 came three times) and lay them out for you good people. I've broken them down into 4 groups and pertinent facts for each CLE.
|Name||Location||Fee + Other Costs||Time Consumed|
|Relevant to My Practice|
|The Perfect Jury: Selecting, Connecting, & Winning Them Over (National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys||Philadelphia||$520 + $150||2 working days|
|Criminal Enforcement of Enviromental Laws||D.C.||$995||2 working days|
|Virginia Bar Conference||Virginia Beach||??? + $150||2 working days & Sat|
|28th Intensive Session in Trial Advocacy Skills||D.C.||$2,500||10 days|
|Health Care Fraud 2006||Fort Lauderdale||$875||3 working days|
|Trying to Make Me Ethical|
|A Case Study of Sir Thomas More||Richmond||$179||1/2 day|
|Secrets of the Virtuous Lawyer||Richmond||$199||1/2 day|
|And Everything Else|
|15th Annual Employment Law Update Seminar||Richmond||$229||1 working day|
|24th Annual Real Estate Practice Seminar||Richmond||$209||1 working day|
|Helping Your Client Select the Best Entity Option||Norfolk||$309||1 working day|
|27th Annual Advance Estate Seminar||Irvington, Va||$400||1 working day & 1 weekend day|
|2006 Tort Law Seminar||Richmond||$250||1 working day|
|SEC/NASD Compliance||D.C||$995||1 working day|
|Debt Collection 101||Richmond||$260||1 working day|