Podcasting as CLE: From theory to practice

In my recent article for Law Technology News, Podcasting: CLE’s New Wave?, I predicted that podcasting may just be the next big thing in CLE. Little did I know, CLE podcasts were already in the works.

Yesterday, the Santa Clara County Bar Association launched a series of one-hour CLE podcasts dubbed CLE Programs To Go. It has even set up a “podcast recording studio” in the SCCBA offices. SCCBA Executive Director Christine Burdick writes that she first had the idea back in November, but it took a bit to get everything in place. “The easiest part,” she says, “was recording the podcast.”

An e-mail sent to SCCBA members yesterday announcing the new benefit quotes my article, wherein I write that lawyers “may someday soon get [CLE] through podcasting.” To that, the e-mail adds, “CLE podcasts as ‘someday soon’ is NOW for SCCBA members.”

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  • Anonymous

    Bob, thanks for the mention. We’re getting great feedback from our attorney members. Chris Burdick

  • Anonymous

    There’s something similar going on in Texas, where the young lawyers association has teamed up with Texas CLE to put more than 100 downloadable, steamable videos online. Legal stars like Joe Jamail and Harry Reasoner are participating by recording their advice and bits of wisdom for all comers, free of charge. It’s proving a popular destination for harried lawyers short on time and long on billable hours.

  • Anonymous

    A question: I oversee our firm’s CLE programs/compliance. For the fee based CLE podcast providers – ABA, LACBA, etc – what sort of licensing is provided? Has the question come up yet? Can a podcast be purchased and used firmwide, a la a tape/CD/DVD? I see the obvious copyright problem if you make copies of the podcast, but what about use of the original download, passed on physically? (Download to Firm Ipod, pass the Ipod around.) Or are Ipods viewed more like online CLE – pay your fee, one listener/one CLE credit per payment?