Continuing Legal Education

ISBA's Law Ed Faculty Development Resources

Welcome to the ISBA Faculty Development Resources Webpage!

The Illinois State Bar Association is committed to cultivating an environment where faculty development leaders have access to the resources and tools they need to foster quality programming and excellence in learning. Your commitment and participation in our ISBA Law Ed programs are invaluable to the Association and paramount to our success in accomplishing our mission of providing the best CLE at the best price to ISBA members.

Benefits of Becoming an ISBA Law Ed Presenter

As part of ISBA's commitment to the professional development of our presenters, we have designed this premiere faculty development series just for you, which is intended to further your personal and professional growth by expanding your proficiency in communicating.

MCLE Credit
Speakers receive MCLE credit for presenting at CLE programs, as well as for the time it takes to prepare for the presentation. Preparation time is generally calculated at six-times the presentation time. For a complete overview of the Supreme Court MCLE rule regarding this issue, please refer to Rule 765(d)(5)(i). In addition to earning teaching credit, ISBA provides complimentary attendance MCLE credit if speakers choose to stay for other sessions of the program at which they speak. Speakers wishing to stay for additional sessions should check in at the registration desk and inform the staff that they will be attending.

Short Faculty Development Video Resources

Engaging Your Audience

Making Your Voice Come Alive

Using Power Point Effectively

Using Webinar Engagement Tools Effectively

Bill Moller's Top Tips for On-Camera Presentations for ISBA Faculty

If you missed Presenting On-Camera: Tips and Advice from a Broadcast Journalist Pro on November 13th be sure to check out Bill Moller's Top Tips for On-Camera Presentations for ISBA Faculty on the video below. Bill helps you prepare for your next CLE studio presentation and on-camera courtroom appearance with his prize-worthy presentation tips – from preparing your notes and organizing your presentation, to presenting your information on-camera with comfort and ease!


Past Sessions from ISBA's Law Ed Faculty Development Series:

(ISBA Faculty Members may contact Annie Paul for online access to these past programs)

PowerPoint Polling for PC and Mac Users was held on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 and Thursday, November 21, 2013
Preparing and Delivering Powerful Presentations was held on Friday, June 21, 2013.
Planning and Presenting Your Next Speaking Engagement was held on Friday, June 21, 2013.
CopyRIGHTS and WRONGS: A Talk-Show Interview Demonstration was held on Friday, June 21, 2013.
Presenting On-Camera: Tips and Advice from a Broadcast Journalist Pro was held on Tuesday, November 13, 2012.
CopyRIGHTS and WRONGS: Creating CLE Materials and Avoiding Liability was held on Wednesday, February 22, 2012.
On-Camera Studio Presentations: Using Technology to Educate Attorneys was held on Tuesday, May 24, 2011.
Presenting Professional Responsibility CLE: Creating an Interactive Learning Experience was held on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 and Wednesday, April 27, 2011.
Presentation Aids: PowerPoint and Course Materials was held on Wednesday, November 17, 2010.
Virtual Magic: Presenting with Excellence Over the Phone/Web was held on Wednesday, October 6, 2010.
Presenting with Excellence was held on Friday, August 27, 2010.


Already a Presenter?

If you have presented at an Illinois State Bar Association Law Ed program in the past, then you know how much we rely on our speakers! Through your hard work and preparation, we are able to offer our attendees the most informative, well-organized, comprehensive seminars possible.
We know that preparing course materials and PowerPoint slides can be a time-consuming endeavor.  To assist you with this process, we have put together some reference tips and resources:

Article Resources

3 Techniques Bill Clinton Uses to Wow an Audience
By Sam Harrison
With decades of public speaking experience, Bill Clinton can teach you a thing or two about wowing your audience and engaging the crowd!

Back to School: Knowing How People Learn Makes You A Better Communicator
By Katherine James
Teaching others can be frustrating. This article helps you "learn how to communicate and teach "perfectly" to the learning style of everyone you meet."

By Shaun Rein
Master your nerves and become a superb public speaker by following these three easy rules.
By Dave Johnson
Dave Johnson explains three myths that lead to terrible PowerPoint presentations.
By Tim Ferriss
A great presentation always begins with the perfect preparation.
By Mitch Ditkoff
Mitch Ditkoff explains how the “engine of innovation is really about being moved” and shows speakers how to deliver a memorable presentation.


Dear Speakers
James Duncan Davidson's humorous look at the art of presenting on stage offers several key presentation tips to speakers, including: standing still, removing your name tag, avoiding the unlit areas of the stage, and much more!
Listening Comprehension
Jack Richards explains listening comprehension and how your audience learns through either "bottom up processing" or "top down processing."
Mary Civiello shows how the "college commencement speech season may be the best time to learn how to communicate powerfully."
Simple Steps to Successful Presentations
Don't miss these seven steps to avoid boring your audience with an unenthusiastic delivery or fear!
Learn how to create effective and captivating PowerPoint presentations from some of the top presenters in the country!
Become a presenter that shines by using the speaker tips and tricks that's found on this informative website!
Steve Hughes is founder and president of Hit Your Stride, a communications consultancy that helps attorneys look and sound smart when they talk. His website offers eight unique articles aimed at helping good speakers become great. Topics include: how to deal with a chatty audience, ridding yourself of public speaking fears, having a back-up plan, driving your audience crazy, and much more!
Steve Farber is the president of Extreme Leadership, Incorporated, an organization devoted to the development of business community leaders. His website is full of articles, videos and relevant books worth checking out.


Learn how to plan an analog, answer the most important question, deliver the experience, share your stage, make it look easy, have fun, and much more!