A few months ago I was invited to be the lawyer, out of all the lawyers in the state of Tennessee, to give the very first webinar for continuing legal education (CLE) sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association. A webinar is a live streaming video that you can watch on your computer in the comfort of, well wherever your computer has access the Internet. I was honored and accepted the invitation. I guess all the feedback the TBA received from the lawyers that have attended my past presentations was more favorable than I had any reason to believe. Let me take a moment to thank all of the lawyers who were kind enough to listen to me, ignore my gaffes, and were then gracious enough to tell someone in charge that I knew what I was talking about. I really appreciated having this opportunity to make history.
On Thursday, May 15, 2008 , the Tennessee Bar Association’s first webinar for CLE credit became a reality. I spoke into a camera for an hour (it was very weird not speaking to a roomful of people with whom I can interact. I had no feeling on whether I could move faster with the material or if I needed to slow it down and explain some of the more complicated regulations and issues). Regardless, history was made and I really feel like I am part of the twenty first century now. The seminar is now on line for anyone to see at: www.tnbaru.com/CLE/catalog_course_details.php The TBA does charge for access to the presentation and materials.
My topic, as you might have guessed was "Handling the Tractor Trailer Case" and I barely scratched the surface in the hour. As part of the presentation there was a paper and I also provided over 150 pages of examples of critical documents that are necessary for any lawyer to be familiar with if they are handling a trucking case. Other than being sick at the time, and the TBA having some slight technical glitches, the live streaming web broadcast was a success with a record crowd in attendance. OK, it had to be a record, it was the first one!
My next seminar will be a short national tele-seminar on Tuesday, May 20, 2008, for the American Association for Justice. I am speaking about a new bit of trucking technology, the Electric On Board Recorder. More on this later.