Legal Management Certification Training for Paralegals & Applicable Management Tools for Law Firms


CLE Credits earned: 1 GENERAL (or 1 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)

This introductory course will assist attendees in advancing their managerial skills to become more effective in your firm. You will receive practical guidance for handling your new managerial role, in order to maximize your potential. This program also provides a self-study guide for soft skills and a step-by-step instructional handout explaining the Certified Legal Manager program offered through the Association of Legal Administrators.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Review of Basic Managerial Concepts
•   Introduction to Law Firm Management
•   Soft Skills
•   Resources for Effectively Handling Stress in the Legal Environment
•   Sample Management Structure for Small Firms, including sample roles and responsibilities for both managers & paralegals
•   Explanation of the Legal Management Certification offered through the Association of Legal Administrators

Date / Time: February 19, 2019

•   2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific

Choose a format:

•   Live Video Broadcast/Re-Broadcast: Watch Program “live” in real-time, must sign-in and watch program on date and time set above. May ask questions during presentation via chat box. Qualifies for “live” CLE credit.
•   On-Demand Video: Access CLE 24/7 via on-demand library and watch program anytime. Qualifies for self-study CLE credit. On-demand versions are made available 7 business days after the original recording date and are view-able for up to one year.


Valerie Tompkins, C.P. is the litigation support manager of the discovery department at O’Brien Law Firm, P.C. in St. Louis. She is responsible for multi-jurisdictional case management from “file to trial” which includes discovery and compliance. Valerie earned her B.A. degree in criminal justice and psychology from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and her master’s degree in legal studies and paralegal certification from Webster University in St. Louis. She has a decade’s worth of experience working in asbestos litigation, the past four years have included working as a trial paralegal. She is a member of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, St. Louis Paralegal Association and the Association of Legal Administrators.

Accreditation Policy
myLawCLE seeks accreditation for all programs in all states. (Accreditation for paralegals sought thru NALA and NFPA paralegal associations.) Each attending attorney/paralegal will receive a certificate of completion following the close of the CLE program as proof of attendance. In required states, myLawCLE records attorney/paralegals attendance, in all other states attorney/paralegal is provided with the approved CLE certificate to submit to their state bar or governing association.

Automatic MCLE Approvals
All myLawCLE CLE programs are accredited automatically either directly or via reciprocity in the following states: AK, AR, CA, CT, FL, HI, ME, MO, MT, ND, NH, NM, NJ, NY, WV, and VT. (AZ does not approve CLE programs, but accepts our certificates for CLE credit.)

Applied MCLE Approvals
myLawCLE seeks approval via application in all other states that are not automatically approved through myLawCLE’s state accreditation. (Some states may take up to 4 weeks to send in final accreditation, however attendees will receive accreditation according to the date the class was taken—the state of VA may take up to 12 weeks.)

Accreditation on Formats: Live Video Broadcasts, “Live” Re-Broadcasts and On-Demand CLEs

Live Video Broadcasts
Live video broadcasts are new live CLE programs being streamed and recorded for the first time. All of these programs qualify for “Live” CLE credit in all states except NV, OH, MS, IN, UT, PA, GA, and LA —these states require in-person attendance to qualify for “Live” CLE credit.

“Live” Re-Broadcasts
“Live” Re-broadcasts are replays of previous recorded CLE programs, set on a specific date and time and where the original presenting speakers calls in live at the end of the event to answer questions. This “live” element allows for “live” Re-broadcast CLEs to qualify for “Live” CLE credits in most states. [The following states DO NOT allow for “live” CLE credits on re-broadcast CLEs: NV, OH, MS, IN, UT, PA, GA, and LA]

On-Demand CLEs
On-demand CLE classes are available 24/7 via the myLawCLE portal. Attendance to these classes is monitored and recorded via our login process and a certificate of completion is issued upon the close of viewing the program. These CLEs can be viewed at anytime and only qualify for self-study CLE credits.

Many states allow for credit to be granted on a 1:1 reciprocal basis for courses approved in another mandatory CLE jurisdiction state. This is known as a reciprocity provision and includes the following states: AK, AR, HI, CT, FL, ME, MO, MT, ND, NH, NM, VT, NJ, NY, and WV. myLawCLE does not seek direct accreditation of live webinars or teleconferences in these states.

myLawCLE Credit Guarantee
Additionally, on all online CLE programs application for approval will be made in all states where attending attorneys are primarily licensed in. If a registered attorney does not receive credit from their state for any reason, a full refund will be granted.

Section I. Projection of Management Occupations according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics

Section II. Sample Management Tract

Section III. How to overcome initial challenges in your new role

Section IV. Defining Management

Section V. Professional Responsibility
b) Compliance (Federal/State/Local)
c) Accreditation
d) Human Resources

Section VI. Avoiding Mistakes

Section VII. Practical Tools…that work!

Section VIII. Self-Study Guide w/handout

Section IX. How Effective Managers Contribute to the Firm

Section X. Process for Obtaining Legal Management Certification through ALA