Symposium on Continuing Legal Education & the Professional Education of Lawyers, 10/06

Presented by the David F. and Constance B. Girard-diCarlo Center for Ethics, Integrity and Compliance, 

the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board

and the Association of American Law Schools Journal of Legal Education


Friday, October 6
9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

The Inn at Villanova University 
601 County Line Road, Wayne, PA 19087


The symposium will take a broad and deep look at the continuing legal education (CLE) landscape. The themes of the symposium are the purposes of continuing legal education and how effectively those purposes are achieved, including the measurement of teaching and learning.



subject to change


9:00–9:15 a.m.: Welcome

  • Mark C. Alexander, The Arthur J. Kania Dean and Professor of Law
  • Tuan Samahon, Professor of Law and Director of International Programs, Villanova Law

9:15–10:30 a.m.: Panel I – Improving the Quality of CLE

  • Adrian Carpenter McKinney, Assistant Professor of Law, Legal Practice, University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law: “Continuing Legal Education for the Newly Barred Attorney: A Law School’s Responsibility for Generation Z in the Workplace”
  • David S. Caudill, Professor of Law and Arthur M. Goldberg Family Chair, Villanova Law: “Law-and-Literature Studies as a Basis for High Quality CLE Programs”
  • Tigran W. Eldred, Professor of Law, New England Law Boston & Molly J. Walker Wilson, Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Engagement, Saint Louis University School of Law: “Innovative Approaches to On Demand Continuing Legal Education Ethics Training: A Case Study”

10:30-10:45 a.m.: Break

10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: Panel II – Technology and CLE

  • John G. Browning, Partner, Spencer Fane: “No ‘Robot Lawyers’ Just Yet: The Role of Continuing Legal Education in Fulfilling the Duty of Technological Competence”
  • Danielle M. Hall, Executive Director, Kansas Lawyers Assistance Program: “Technically Speaking: How to Improve Technology CLEs to Meet the Needs of Lawyers and Get Them to Attend”
  • Seth Oranburg, Associate Professor, University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law:  “Online Continuing Legal Education: One Problem, Two Solutions and Three Barriers”

12:00–1:00 p.m.: Lunch & Keynote Address

1:15–2:30 p.m.: Panel III – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and MCLE

  • Anthony Ciolli, Senior Law Clerk and Special Assistant to the Chief Justice of the Virgin Islands: “Continuing Legal Education, Diversity and the Florida Supreme Court: The Overlooked First Amendment
  • Rima Sirota, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center: “Mandatory Anti-Bias CLE: A Serious Problem Deserves a More Meaningful Response”
  • Lisa S. Taylor, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Inclusion and Affinity Relations, American University Washington College of Law: “Beginning at the End: An Argument for Mandatory Diversity Contintinuing Legal Education”

2:30–2:45 p.m.: Break

2:45–4:00 p.m.: Panel IV – Reimagining CLE

  • Yanneck Ostaficzuk, Founder, MCLE Accreditation & Compliance Services: “Education Under Pressure: Rethinking MCLE for the Next 50 Years”
  • Gina Roers-Liemandt, Immediate Past President, Association for Continuing Legal Education and Director of MCLE and Member Professional Development, American Bar Association: "The Evolution of MCLE: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”

4:00 p.m.: Closing Remarks