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Continuing Education Committee Annual Report 2022-2023

The Continuing Education Committee had another successful year, sponsoring four presentations during the 2022-23 CALL year. The committee tried to identify topics that would interest all of our members, whether they work for private law firms, academic institutions, or courts or government agencies.

Following a practice that began during the pandemic, all four presentations were webinars held over Zoom, with links to the recordings available here:

  • All About the TEAACH Act, presented by Illinois State Representative Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, December 14, 2022. The presentation is available online.
  • Demystifying the American Bar Association Policy Process: How Can ABA Policy Help You?, presented by Skip Harsch, the Director of the ABA’s Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and the ABA’s Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights and Responsibilities, January 25, 2023. The presentation is available online.
  • Legal Research at the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: a Panel Discussion, presented by Kirsten Peters, Assistant District Director with the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) in its New York District office and Lauren Moynihan Skerrett, an attorney with the U.S. Department of Education – Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in Chicago, April 12, 2023. The presentation is available online.
  • State Dockets Research, presented by CALL members Clare Gaynor Willis, the Research and Instructional Services Librarian and Coordinator of Educational Outreach for the Pritzker Legal Research Center at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and Shari Berkowitz Duff, Research Librarian at Jones Day, May 10, 2023. The presentation is available online. Slides are also available.

All of this year’s programs were driven by our volunteer committee members. Special thanks go to Mandy Lee for recommending speakers to us and to Clare Gaynor Willis and Shari Berkowitz Duff for creating their program. Their presentation was by far our best-attended Continuing Education event of the year, demonstrating both how knowledgeable our CALL members are and how enthusiastic our members are when it comes to supporting our colleagues.

This year’s programs were all recorded and made available on the CALL website. The committee used Zoom to create webinar invites, host the programs, and record the programs. Zoom’s conference suite continues to meet CALL’s current needs, but if the committee plans to host larger-scale programs in the future, we may need to consider upgrading to Zoom’s webinar system.

The committee stayed within budget and did not need to pay any speaking or other fees this year.

We would like to thank this year’s committee members Clare Gaynor Willis, Philip Johnson, and Sarah Walangitan for their work in putting together our programs. We would also like to thank our Board liaison Todd Hillmer for his input.