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June 15, 2014
Online PWP program closer to reality


New Bar members needing to take the Young Lawyers Division’s Practicing With Professionalism course may soon be able to do that online rather than attending an in-person course.

The Board of Governors, at its May meeting, approved a recommendation from the Program Evaluation Committee that the YLD be allowed to offer the course online as an alternative to its live seminars.

PEC Chair Ray Abadin told the board that despite offering 21 PWP courses annually at a variety of locations, many new lawyers have found problems signing up for a course near them.

YLD President Melanie Griffin said the proposed rule, which must still go to the Supreme Court, will give the division the option of offering PWP in an online course.

“One of the things that we’ve done is work with Bar staff on what it [the online course] will actually look like,” Griffin said. “We are confident we are on track with Bar staff and ready to roll.”

All new Bar members are required to take the PWP course within a year after being admitted to the Bar. The amendment to allow online PWP courses will go to the Supreme Court when the biennial Bar rules are filed this fall.

[Revised: 09-15-2014]