January 2011 • Vol. 31 No. 1 | An E-Publication of the Los Angeles County Bar Association

Get Your CLE on the Go

You’ve registered for a CLE event that will be held at the LACBA offices in downtown Los Angeles. It’s been on your calendar for weeks. The speaker is interesting, and the subject matter is relevant to your practice. All you have to do is arrive at LACBA by 4 p.m. next Wednesday.

But…something came up.

You find out on Monday that a late afternoon meeting on the day of the event won’t be finished until 4 p.m. You’ll be in the Valley. There’s no way you can get downtown. You’re going to miss the event.

No, you’re not.

More than 70 percent of all events held at the LACBA offices can be viewed as a Webcast. Don’t worry if you can’t be there in person. You’re not going to miss a thing. Call LACBA’s Member Service Department at (213) 896-6560, and ask about switching your registration from “live” to “Webcast.”

Or…if you haven’t registered yet, you can sign up for the Webcast online. When you register for the event on the calendar at LACBA.org, you may notice the Webcast icon associated with the event. This means you can watch it at home or in your office or anywhere you have a computer and a high-speed Internet connection. 

Stuck out of town? Can’t be in two places at once? No problem. Once you’re registered to watch it online, you’ll receive a link e-mailed to you before the event, so all you have to do is click on the link in the e-mail, and you’re in!

The only software you’ll need is the free Microsoft Silverlight plug-in if you use Internet Explorer or Firefox as your browser. If you don’t have it, you will be asked to download and install it when you click on the link to watch the Webcast.

While you’re watching, you will see the PowerPoint presentation that those in attendance are viewing. The slides are synchronized with the speaker throughout the speech. If there are materials available for the event, you can download them to your computer and review them whenever you want. If there is biographical information about the speakers, you can read that, too. The price? Usually, it’s the same as if you were attending the event in person. The cutoff to register to view a Webcast? That, too, is the same as if you were attending the event in person, which is normally at noon on the workday prior to the live event.

But what if you can’t make the event in person or online? No problem. You can purchase the event on demand after the live event has taken place and watch it at your convenience. Once you purchase it, you have 30 days to view the event before your access expires. If you don’t get a chance to watch it within that time frame, you can buy an extension.

To find upcoming Webcast events, click on the calendar at the LACBA Web site, sort by Section/ Subject in the upper left corner, and then click on the word Webcast in the subject category. You can also look for the Webcast symbol when you read your edition of LACBA>This Week each Monday, as it lists every CLE and non-CLE event taking place within the next four weeks.

What are your thoughts? What would you like to see on LACBA.org? Send feedback to webmaster@lacba.org or call David Dain at (213) 896-6401.

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