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LACBA Announces Content Partnership With Taecan.com


Michael T. Elliott
Kristin Nerup
The Silver Company

The Largest Local Voluntary Bar Association in the Nation Addresses Backlog of Required Credits for California Lawyers 

Los Angeles, February 4, 2000 - The Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA), a leading provider of Continuing Legal Education in California, today announced a new content partnership with Taecan.com. 

For the past two years, the state of California has not required lawyers to fulfill annual CLE credits. A recent Supreme Court ruling, however, reinstated the mandatory CLE program which forces each of the more than 130,000 lawyers in the state of California to fulfill a backlog of up to 61 required credits. California lawyers are now questioning how to fulfill their requirements in such a short amount of time and Taecan's online courseware provides a solution. 

The partnership between LACBA and Taecan enables LACBA to offer California lawyers a convenient, cost-effective way to fulfill these requirements before the end of the current compliance period on January 31, 2001. 

"The Supreme Court ruling puts California lawyers under intense pressure to fulfill two years worth of CLE credits. By offering convenient online CLE, Taecan makes it possible for California lawyers to fulfill their overload of courses without sacrificing time or billable hours to their firm," says Richard Walch LACBA Executive Director. "This partnership is both beneficial to California lawyers with immediate and future needs for CLE requirements." 

"By partnering with content providers like LACBA, Taecan.com can offer lawyers the most extensive selection of CLE courses," says Patrick Vane, CEO of Taecan.com. "This partnership enables Taecan to address a specific issue for California lawyers, at the same time increasing awareness of our service within a major audience for us-the state of California." 

Under the agreement, Taecan will deliver LACBA's CLE content via the Internet to lawyers who need California CLE credit, or just want the benefit of LACBA's premiere courseware, no matter where they happen to be. As one of the largest and well-known providers of CLE in the state of California, LACBA benefits by expanding the reach of their courseware through Taecan to include lawyers internationally as well as nationally. Lawyers can immediately access this convenient, cost-effective alternative to traditional classroom CLE from their home or office computers. 

In addition to expanding the availability of Taecan's online CLE courseware, the partnership between LACBA and Taecan provides LACBA members with the convenience of Taecan's "Keep Track," a continuously available proprietary tracking system, which allows lawyers to track and report their CLE compliance online during their reporting period. 

Background on the Supreme Court Ruling
For the past 10 years, the California State Bar has been evaluating the state's continuing legal education requirements. Due to widespread opposition from the legal community to special requirements and exemptions for certain members of the legal profession, the California State Bar decided not to require CLE credits for the last two years. A recent Supreme Court ruling reinstated the mandatory CLE program, and because the ruling is retroactive, many lawyers have as many as 61 hours to complete before the end of the current compliance period on January 31, 2001.

Los Angeles County Bar Association (LACBA) is the largest local voluntary bar association in the nation with a membership of more than 23,000 attorneys. The County Bar is extensively engaged in advancing the administration of justice, promoting many public service projects, and meeting the professional needs of the legal community. For more information on LACBA, visit www.lacba.org. 

Taecan.com is a Seattle-based Internet company that offers a convenient and affordable alternative to convention-style continuing legal education (CLE) seminars. Taecan is affiliated with national and international content providers. For more information on Taecan, visit www.taecan.com.