Monday, September 17, 2012

Headed To Philadelphia Next Month

In many states (all states?) lawyers are supposed to continue their legal education by completing a certain amount of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) classes each year, rather like some states require teachers to engage in Continuing Education Units (CEU). NRA arranges a CLE class on firearms law each year coincident with one of the conventions that law professors attend.  This year it is October 13 in Philadelphia.

Generally, people doing these presentations are law professors or practicing lawyers, because there are standards that these have to meet to qualify for CLE credit.  Being one of a very small number of non-lawyers who get asked to present at these events could swell my head, I suppose.  I'll be presenting on the use of non-legal sources in Second Amendment cases.  By "non-legal," I don't mean illegal, but sources outside of statutes, court decisions, legislative journals, and the like which, unsurprisingly, tend to be the primary focus of most lawyers.

UPDATE: It turns out that they have applied for CLE credit for it, but it remains uncertain--but seats are filling up fast and it's free:

2012 Firearms Law & The Second Amendment Symposium
The 2012 NRA "Firearms Law & The Second Amendment Symposium" will be held on Saturday, October 13, 2012, in Philadelphia, PA.
Focusing on recent developments in our nation's courts and legislatures regarding the Second Amendment, speakers will discuss and debate current Second Amendment scholarship and related issues.  The symposium will feature top Second Amendment scholars and attorneys discussing topics that range from the history of the Second Amendment to current Second Amendment litigation in Pennsylvania and across the nation, to the nuts and bolts of legal practice in both defending and advancing gun owners' civil rights.
This event promises to present a thought-provoking discussion of one of the most relevant and important freedoms in the Bill of Rights.  Each Symposium registrant will receive important information including panelists' written materials on their respective subjects- an excellent source for future reference.  For guests who are attorneys, this year’s event may once again meet state requirements for continuing legal education. The event, including all materials, food and beverages, is free.
The Symposium will be held:
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Hilton Doubletree Philadelphia City Center
237 South Broad St .
Philadelphia, PA 19107
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

(Registration and continental breakfast from 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.)

Discounted parking at the hotel parking structure is available for $10 
Click Here to RSVP!

To register, please click the RSVP link above or contact the NRA-ILA Grassroots Division at (800) 392-8683. Space is limited.

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  1. Can you provide more details about which CLE this is? I may be interested in attending if I can... Thanks!

  2. I will find the details and get them here.

  3. See you there. I'll be attending that event as well. My advice for Philly: Bring a gun. Bring two if you can.

  4. Congratulations! Will you be paid? Perhaps next year you will be asked to present by the Idaho Bar and the trip won't be so long.

  5. Paid? You must be joking. Almost everything done for gun rights has to be free. Gun rights just aren't important enough for anyone to pay for my labor.

  6. Thank you! I'll be there...CLE would be a nice bonus, but it looks like useful content regardless.