Meet CBA-CLE Board President Danae Woody, 0921 COBJ, Vol. 50, No. 8 Pg. 58

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Meet CBA-CLE Board President Danae Woody

Vol. 50, No. 8 [Page 58]

Colorado Lawyer

September, 2021

August, 2021



It's a story you hear often now, about how things have changed during the pandemic. For the CBA Continuing Legal Education (CBA-CLE) Board of Directors, the challenge was met with relative ease. "It was an adventure!" says Board of Directors President Danae Woody. "But because of the amazing staff at CBA-CLE, we were able to convert to a virtual programming model swifdy and smoothly. All our meetings and presentations went virtual, and we found that we were able to reach far more people with meaningful content than ever before."

In fact, going virtual provided many benefits Woody sees as enduring. "We will continue to see hybrid programming, perhaps forever. People can easily participate in CLEs from their desks with no commute or parking, and our larger conferences are now even more accessible and affordable for those who decide to engage from home. Many lawyers very much appreciate the flexibility to attend CLEs from anywhere, while others really miss the networking opportunities diat used to go hand in hand with CLEs. Many lawyers want the ability to have both options, depending on their mood or schedules. We also now have far greater ability to bring in national speakers, as we have the virtual option even in a live classroom setting. This has awesome implications for the quality of CLEs we're now able to offer far more often."

Woody's role as president means that she supports and facilitates member engagement and the creation of educational programming and published content. It's an ever-evolving mission. Recently, the Colorado Supreme Court passed a rule change requiring lawyers to complete at least two credit-hours of equity, diversity, and inclusivity (EDI) credit per compliance period. "We are already on the forefront of EDI training and plan to continue developing robust programming with an eye toward eradicating biases and supporting and promoting lawyers who have been and continue to be impacted by bias and aggression within die profession."

As stay-at-home orders have lifted, Woody has seen many great new ideas being proposed. "Lawyers are yearning for opportunities to interact with one another and faculty, and we are primed to provide such innovative educational programming like never before. We...

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