Meeting the Challenges of the Times
“Distance Learning” is the new buzz-word in education today. As the Forum on the Construction Industry continually seeks to stay current and find methods for best reaching its membership, we are making advances in updating our distance learning programming. No more talk of “telephone conference CLE.” We now offer high-tech webinars and podcasts replays to our members. We are keeping our commitment to be the Forum members’ key resource for excellent construction law legal education – not only via live programs and publications, but via distance learning as well.
The Distance Learning Subcommittee of the Special Programs and Education Committee produces the Forum’s substantive CLE programming. We work in conjunction with ABA CLE in delivering our courses. Our philosophy and charge is as follows: We are committed to the goals of providing (a) quality education, (b) outreach to membership and beyond, and (c) speaking/presentation opportunities to younger/newer Forum members.
We have developed a comprehensive plan for generating programming that meets these goals. Given that the Forum’s Divisions are the life-blood of the organization and contain a veritable think-tank of ideas and initiatives, we are tapping that resource for Distance Learning. This new relationship operates via the liaisons from each division to SPEC and now to the Distance Learning Subcommittee members. We are tapping the programs that the divisions are developing for their monthly calls, breakfast meetings, hot topic calls, etc., and considering those presentations for a potential national audience, if the topic fits the parameters for distance learning through SPEC and ABA CLE. This type of program development especially fits our goal of affording newer/younger members the opportunity to obtain speaking experience.
In addition, we are exploring further opportunities for packaging and presenting “series” of courses – such as our very successful “Tech Series” that we presented in Spring 2012, and our current/ongoing “Fundamentals Series.”
All programming is announced through the Forum e-Ads and is listed on the Forum website.
Upcoming Distance Learning Programs
January 24, 2013, 1 p.m. ET (90 minute seminar):
“Construction Statutes of Limitation and Repose: Crumbling under Legislation and Immunity” The panel will explore the impact of recent legislation and court action that nearly eviscerates the statutes of limitation and repose in some states for claims relating to construction/design.
Late Feb/March 2013:
Fundamentals Session III:
“The Architecture of a Construction Claim and the Road Map for Response.”
Return of the “Tech Series”
“iPad for Construction Lawyers” and “Apps for Construction Lawyers”Back by popular demand, we are working with the Law Practice Management Section to re-present these courses that were a huge hit last year. Please stay tuned for dates/times.
Fundamentals Session IV
“Contracts: Top Ten Clauses to Impact your Construction Contract.”
Please tune in to Under Construction for regular updates on your next distance learning opportunities through the Forum on the Construction Industry!
*Kristine A. Kubes is the Chair of the Distance Learning Subcommittee of the Special Programs and Education Committee. Kristine and her committee are charged with producing all distance learning programming for the Forum. Have programming ideas to share? Please send any ideas for programming to Kristine@Kubeslaw.com.