Instructions for CLE Faculty

The CT Bar Institute, Inc., expresses its deep gratitude to all CLE faculty for their willingness to lend their expertise for the educational benefit of fellow colleagues in the legal profession. Their sustained support and goodwill ensures that the CBA's Continuing Legal Education Program retains its reputation as a high-quality CLE provider for members of the Bench and Bar in Connecticut.

If you are interested in developing a seminar, please contact your section or committee chair or Suzanne Hard, Education Specialist, at shard@ctbar.org or (860)612-2033.

Below are some guidelines to help you plan a successful CLE. Please contact Suzanne Hard at any time.

Step 1: Identify a topic and format that suits the needs of your program
Your role as program chair will be to identify a topic and faculty for the seminar. The CBA can help you in identifying topics and faculty. Please contact us for assistance. CBA staff can also help you choose the right format for your seminar, whether it is full-day, half-day, or somewhere in between. Multi-day formats are also available.

Step 2: Marketing your seminar
The next step is to create the seminar brochure; a template (hyperlink) is provided. The brochure is mailed to all members, and includes the date, list of speakers, timed agenda, a 3-5 sentence program description, and brief description of who should attend. The brochure deadline is early, but important for adequate marketing. At the time of the deadline, please submit as much information as possible. You will have an opportunity to review a designed draft before the brochure goes to print. View an example here (hyperlinked). In addition to a mailed brochure, your seminar will be posted on the CBA Web site and included in the Calendar page of the Connecticut Lawyer magazine. Targeted e-marketing will also ensure that your seminar is well-promoted.

Step 3: Written materials and faculty biographical sketches
One month before the date of the CLE, materials for the CLE should be forwarded, via e-mail, to the Director of CLE. Please submit the documents electronically in Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF, or PowerPoint. The materials must be reviewed to determine if the course will meet the criteria for awarding CLE credit. In order to provide CLE credit to attendees, materials must be timely and should cover those matters that one would expect for a comprehensive and professional treatment of the course’s subject matter.

Each speaker is encouraged to submit materials. Materials may include a detailed outline on what will be discussed, sample pleadings, sample forms, cases, helpful hints, or general considerations, flowcharts, answers to some common questions, and PowerPoint slides. The material will be bound in a material book and distributed to attendees on the day of the event.

Biographies and signed release forms for speakers and chairs are also due one month before the seminar. Download a release form here (hyperlinked). View a sample biography here (hyperlinked).

Step 4: The day of the seminar
On the day of the program, please arrive at least 30 minutes before the program start time. The program chair should introduce the program and the speakers as well as facilitate the question-and-answer period. Note that the program will be recorded. Please remind speakers to repeat audience questions for the recording.

Thank you for reviewing the steps for a successful CLE seminar. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Suzanne Hard at (860)612-2033. The CBA’s professional staff looks forward to the opportunity to work with you on a program.