About Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
Clifford Law Offices Founder, Robert A. Clifford, finds time to give back to the professional community through his involvement in continuing legal education. He endowed his alma mater, DePaul University College of Law, with the first Tort Law and Social Policy Chair in the largest single gift to the school. Since 1995, the Chicago law school – with the help of the firm – conducts an annual two-day seminar where experts from around the country debate issues important to the civil justice system. Mr. Clifford has always insisted that the two-day symposium be free to the public. He then sees to it that the DePaul Law Review staff publishes the written materials in a special edition of the Law Review, so that more people can share the efforts of this monumental task and highly educational program. It has become the 44th most quoted publication throughout the United States.
Clifford Law Offices, a Chicago law firm, has been approved by the State of Illinois as an accredited provider of mandatory continuing legal education (CLE) programs in the state. The first program, offered in February 2008, was a two-hour ethics/professionalism seminar with Northwestern University Professor Robert Burns. In 2009, a two-hour program was offered with a panel of speakers on The Ethics of Lincoln the Lawyer, in commemoration of the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln. Held at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield as well as on the web, the program featured: Roger Billings, Professor, Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University; Mark Steiner, Professor, South Texas College of Law and author of “An Honest Calling: The Law Practice of Abraham Lincoln;” and Vincent Vitullo, Professor Emeritus, DePaul University College of Law. Again, hundreds of Illinois lawyers took advantage of this free program either in person or via the Internet. In 2010, nearly 1,000 people registered to attend a cutting-edge seminar entitled, “The Ethics of E-Discovery and Social Media.” Presenters John Barkett, author of “E-Discovery,” and James Grogan, ARDC Chief Counsel, spoke for two hours in a lively question-and-answer session that was offered at no charge to all lawyers in the state.