PLI Honored With 2015 ACLEA's Best Award

Aug 05, 2015, 12:05 ET from Practising Law Institute

NEW YORK, Aug. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Practising Law Institute (PLI) was honored to receive the Award of Outstanding Achievement in Technology at this week's Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA) meeting in Chicago. The award was presented to Christopher Rousseau, Chief Information Officer, PLI, by Karen D. Lee, President, ACLEA.

The award is given in recognition of PLI's Effective Communication with the Legal Services Client, a massive open online course (MOOC). This pro bono centered course was led by expert Alicia Aiken of Confidentiality Institute and was offered free of charge. The 2½ hour course was delivered in five segments, with a new segment released each day (Monday-Friday). Participants were able to view the material on their own schedule. In contrast to many other online courses, Effective Communication featured very little traditional lecture format. Instead, dramatized attorney-client interactions were used to highlight effective techniques and demonstrate the consequences of typical attorney pitfalls. The software used created a collaborative online group where people across the country viewed course material, participated in the same activities and discussed the day's content online with each other and with the instructor.

Effective Communication with the Legal Services Client is now available free On-Demand as part of PLI's Interactive Learning Center, a growing library of online interactive courses.

PLI was also awarded the prestigious ACLEA award for Professional Excellence in Public Interest Projects for The Aftermath of Terrorism: Confronting the Legal Issues in 2001 and for Professional Excellence in Public Interest Projects, Rebuilding After Katrina: A Guide to Business and Personal Insurance Claims and Coverage Issues in 2005.

About Practising Law

Practising Law Institute (PLI) is a nonprofit continuing legal education and professional business training organization, chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York. Founded in 1933 by Harold P. Seligson, PLI is dedicated to providing the legal community and allied professionals with the most up-to-date, relevant information and techniques, through seminars and workshops, live Webcasts, and On-Demand learning. PLI also publishes comprehensive treatises and practice-focused Course Handbooks in print and also through Discover PLUS, its searchable eBook library and research database.  PLI holds programs in its offices in New York and California, and elsewhere throughout the U.S., as well as in London, Hong Kong and Latin America. PLI annually awards more than 50,000 scholarships to its programs, and its more than 4,000 speakers include the most prominent lawyers, judges, investment bankers, accountants, corporate counsel, and U.S. and international regulators.

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