New CLE program will serve community, raise scholarship funds

08/20/2012
Sandra Burkey
A Continuing Legal Education program has been established at the College of Law to serve alumni and friends and raise money for student scholarships.
“This CLE program extends our reach and connection within the legal community, shares the tremendous knowledge base we have with attorneys seeking to increase their skills, and raises money for our student scholarships,” said Dean Douglas Sylvester. “We are very excited about the programs we already have created and those coming in the future.”
 
The program offers the excellence of a top-ranked law school to practicing attorneys throughout Arizona and the rest of the country. Instructors include some of the College of Law’s faculty, such as Bob Bartels, the Charles M. Brewer Professor of Trial Advocacy, who has litigated more than 300 civil and criminal cases in various state and federal courts, including five oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court; Tamara Herrera, Coordinator of the Legal Writing Curriculum, who writes a column about legal writing for the Maricopa County Bar Association’s publication, Maricopa Lawyer; and Jeffrie Murphy, ASU Regents’ Professor of Law, Philosophy & Religious Studies, whose research focuses on philosophy of law and jurisprudence, criminal law, ethics and religion, moral philosophy (including moral psychology), philosophy in literature/law and literature, and Kant’s moral, political and legal philosophy.
Attorneys from the community also serve as instructors, including Larry Cohen, adjunct professor and a certified specialist in injury and wrongful death litigation who has nearly 25 years of practice focused on serious medical injury and emotional damages cases, including especially brain injury claims; and Richard M. Romley, Maricopa County Attorney for 15 years, who currently is Interim Maricopa County Attorney.
Upcoming CLE programs
The CLE Program had its first seminars this summer, and plans to have between 30 and 50 programs annually, said Director Sandra Burkey, who has more than 10 years of experience in continuing legal education. Burkey worked at the Washington State Bar Association and at the American Arbitration Association before joining the College of Law.
The College charges about $70 a credit, or $225 for a full-day program, with discounts for early registration and students. College of Law alumni will receive a $50 discount on a full-day program.
Programs are held in Tempe, or in downtown Phoenix, and may be offered across the state in the future. For those unable to attend in person, many of the programs will be offered online, on DVDs, through live chats and by telephone.
“We will be offering a variety of programs, from estate planning to labor and employment, business, family law and intellectual property,” Burkey said.
All proceeds of the course fees are used for student scholarship programs.
“As law school becomes more expensive, these scholarships help ASU continue to attract the best and brightest students and limit their law school debt,” Burkey said.
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