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Novel (or should I say “graphic novel”?) CLE

As the mother of a die-hard comic book fan, I couldn’t resist a quick post on a fascinating four-part series presented by Thomson West, from Law and the Multiverse.

The online, on-demand CLE series, eligible for credit in many US states and some Canadian provinces, includes:  Whammo! What Superheroes and Comic Books Can Teach Us About Constitutional Law; Kablam! Real-Life Superheroes in the World of Criminal Law; Everyday Ethics from Superhero Attorneys; and Kapow! What Superheroes and Comic Books Can Teach Us About Torts.

Law and the Multiverse is a blog which addresses, in the words of its authors, “the hypothetical legal ramifications of comic book tropes, characters, and powers.” Having spent a lot of time in comic book stores and seen first-hand the commitment of comic book enthusiasts, it’s cool to see lawyers James Daily and Ryan Davidson openly loving the genre and connecting it to their professional passions. Daily and Davidson are also the authors of The Law of Superheroes, a new book inspired by Law and the Multiverse, and published by Gotham Books, a division of Penguin.

But take note – at $175 US per program for the on-demand series, fees are approaching vintage buy back prices. You can often find a coupon or discount code for Law and the Multiverse programs presented by Thomson West, on the Law and the Multiverse site .

Legal Ideas Worth Spreading

In keeping with last week’s theme about online disruption, I thought I would recycle another CLE blogger’s post about legal content on TED. TED offers countless lessons for professional development people. From the optimum length of a presentation to the value of hybrid events, TED has single-handedly transformed audience expectations about conferences and learning.

Having trouble making the connection with lawyers and legal content? Check out this great list of Top 10 Legal TED Talks from Tim Baran at www.legalproductivity.com. Front runners on my “must-see” list are Let’s Simplify Legal Jargon, Why Eyewitnesses Get it Wrong, and How I Beat a Patent Troll.

For more first-hand experiences about the scourge that is patent trolls, check out The Real Toll of Patent Trolls, in the December issue of Inc. magazine. Shocking stuff, and probably very interesting real world content for an IP for non-IP lawyers CLE.

In the interim, bring on the TED videos. Can you say DIY CPD? Hoo ya!

Note: Logo/image for this post and “Ideas Worth Spreading” tagline obviously owned by TED.