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January 10, 2019

ABA offers free CLE programming to lawyers affected by federal shutdown

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2019 — The American Bar Association announced today that it is offering five Continuing Legal Education programs (CLE) free of charge to all lawyers and other professionals affected by the shutdown of the federal government.

The CLE programs focus on a wide range of legal issues, such as ethics, disaster response and cybersecurity. Individuals can access the discount code to register for the courses by following this link.

“The ABA, as the largest representative of the legal profession, looked at how we could quickly mobilize to help lawyers affected by the government shutdown,” ABA Executive Director Jack Rives said. “We are offering a range of free CLE courses to those attorneys, including those who are not currently ABA members. This is a way to help lawyers during this difficult time who do so much for the country.”

The five CLE programs are:

  • “Government Lawyers’ Ethical Duties: Staying Current Amid 21st Century Changes”
  • “Flying Through Government Thunder Clouds: Navigating Cloud Procurements, Cybersecurity & Regulatory Issues in the Public Sector”
  • “The False Claims Act and Government Contracts: The Intersection of Federal Government Contracts, Administrative Law, and Civil Fraud”
  • “Disaster Resiliency: How Tax Attorneys Can Assist When a Disaster Strikes”
  • “Anatomy of a Healthcare Data Breach — HIPAA, FTC, and EU GDPR Implications” 

The free offer is good through February and lawyers have six months to complete the CLEs after registering. 

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