General Information about NYSBA CLE Teleconferences, Webinars and
What is a CLE Teleconference/Webinar?
A CLE Teleconference/Webinar is a live, interactive CLE that you can
participate in from the comfort and convenience of your home or office
using a touch tone phone and a computer with an Internet connection. You
listen to the program with your telephone, and you can view the
PowerPoint presentations of the speakers at a Web site, during the
program. Your materials and call-information will arrive via e-mail
prior to the program. Please note that webinars require the use of
a telephone to hear the audio of the program.
Listen and learn, even ask questions just as you would at an "in person"
seminar. You will be able to ask questions during the program either
over the phone and/or via e-mail.
What is a CLE Webcast/Webconference?
A CLE Webcast/Webconference is a live Internet broadcast, with audio
and video of the program streaming online. Unlike a CLE
Teleconference/Webinar, you do not need to dial in using a telephone for
a CLE Webcast. The program is "broadcast" live from the program
location - video and audio are online only. A webconferencing
feature allows you to ask questions of the speakers live online. To
participate in a CLE Webcast, you will need the following:
• A high-speed Internet connection
• A computer with sound card and speakers (16 bit or better)
• A recent version of Acrobat Reader in order to download and view
• Microsoft Internet Explorer
• Adobe Flash Player - (http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/)
During a CLE Webcast/Webconference, you will be able to ask questions
of the panelists via e-mail. A program moderator will pose all
questions asked during the program to the speakers.
What's the Difference Between a CLE Webinar and a CLE
A CLE Webinar requires the use of a phone. During a CLE
Webcast the audio and video is online only.
How are course materials forwarded?
Course materials for CLE Teleconference/Webinars and CLE
Webcasts/Webconferences will be uploaded to a weblink and will be
downloadable PDF files. Your call-in information along with the weblink
to the course materials will be forwarded to you via e-mail prior to the
program. If you have not received your dial-in information 24
hours before the program start time, please contact the CLE Registrar to
be forwarded the link and program details. Please be sure your e-mail
address is current and up-to-date in our system. If you wish to
follow along and view the PowerPoint slides, you will need to test your
browser for compatibility prior to the event date if the program
offered is a webinar. You will be forwarded a link for the browser
check. The software used is Microsoft Office Live Meeting.
Will I be able to ask questions? Are these types of programs
Yes! "Full-conferencing" is available for all CLE
Teleconferences/Webinars and Webcasts/Webconferences. During a CLE
Teleconference/Webinar, participants who want to ask a question of the
speaker will be prompted to push a particular key on their touch-tone
phone to be placed into a queue for questions. Throughout the
teleconference an operator mutes unintended interruptions. As an
alternative, or in addition to this, questions can also be submitted by
sending an e-mail using the web Q/A feature if the program is
offered as a webinar.
To ask a question during a CLE Webcast/Webconference, you will need to
use the Q/A tab at the weblink provided. Using this feature,
your question will be emailed directly to the speakers and the
program moderator. The program moderator will pose each question
asked to the presenters during the program.
How do I register for a teleconference/webinar
Register for CLE teleconferences/webinars and CLE
webcasts/webconferences in the same manner as you would register
for a live CLE program. Register online at www.nysba.org/cle or call
1-800-582-2452. In the Albany area, please call (518)
463-3724. Please note that pre-registration is
required. Every listener must officially register and pay for the
course in order to qualify for MCLE credit. To receive member
discounts, you will need to log in. If you forgot your member
record, username or password, please call the Records Department at
Is there a
long-distance charge for the call for a CLE Teleconference/Webinar?
A toll-free, dial-in
number is provided for callers in the United States. International
callers pay their ordinary long-distance charge for a call to the United
States. Please note that webcasts/webconferences do not require the use
of a telephone.
What time zone is used for the program call-in/connect time?
How do I connect to a CLE Teleconference?
It’s simple – you can use any touch-tone phone.
After you register for a program, you will receive a confirmation letter
with instructions on what to do to participate in the program.
Participants will be given a special toll-free number to call on the day
of the seminar. When you call the toll-free number, a live
operator will answer the call and you will be patched into the
program. Please note that the operator will confirm your registration
for the program. Our conferencing vendor will monitor the
calls placed to the toll-free number and provide us with a master
participant list following the program noting your connect and
disconnect times. We ask all
registrants to please dial-in 5 – 10 minutes prior to the
scheduled start time. In order to receive MCLE credit, you must stay on the line
throughout the seminar. If for some reason you are disconnected,
please call back immediately and check in again with the operator. All
registrants must individually check in with the operator by phone in
order to receive credit.
How do I connect to a
Go directly to the special weblink provided to all
registrants. Please note that if you log in early - you may need
to refresh the page at the scheduled start time.
Will the speakers announce a program code during the
Yes. During the course of the seminar, the speakers will announce a
program code. Please record the program code on the MCLE Listener
Verification Form available at the materials link and mail it back to us
within one week.
How will I receive my MCLE
In order to receive MCLE credit, you must stay on the
line throughout the seminar. During the seminar, the speaker will
announce a program code. On the MCLE Listener Verification Form,
please write down the code announced during the program and mail the
form to the following address: New York State Bar Association -
Attn: CLE Registrar - Teleconferences, One Elk Street, Albany, New
You will receive your official MCLE Certificate in about 2-4 weeks by
mail in an envelope marked "MCLE Certificate Enclosed." If you
need your certificate sooner, please call the registrar at (518)
463-3724. Please note that you are required to keep your MCLE
certificate for 4 years. Login to your MyNYSBA account to track
your credits online.
How many credits will I receive?
Under New York's MCLE Rules, most programs are approved for 1.0 - 2.5
MCLE credits. Unfortunately, you cannot receive credit if you miss part
of the program. Your connection time and disconnect times are
tracked by our conferencing vendor. Please
note: Newly admitted attorneys cannot receive MCLE credit for
their participation in CLE teleconferences, webinars, webcasts
How long will the materials be available online?
The materials link forwarded to all registrants will be
active for at least 4 weeks following the program. We encourage
registrants to save the files to their system. If you attended a
seminar, and the website link is no longer active, please contact the
CLE registrar to have the files forwarded to you.
Can I get a hard copy of the materials?
Printouts of the materials are available upon request to all
registrants. Please contact the CLE Registrar if you would like a
hard copy of the materials mailed to you. Books are printed "on
demand" and you may not receive a copy of the materials in time for the
live program, especially if requested within 24-48 hours of the program
What if I miss the program? Will the program be
CLE Teleconferences/Webinars and CLE Webcasts/Webconferences are
recorded and archives are available online a few weeks following the
program. For a list of prior teleconferences/webinars, go to Previous
Teleconferences/Webinars and Webcasts or visit our CLE Online
webpage at www.nysba.org/CLEOnline.
What if I have more questions?
Contact Katherine Suchocki, Staff Attorney in the CLE
Department at (518) 487-5590 or firstname.lastname@example.org or the
CLE Registrar's Office.
Advantages of a NYSBA CLE Teleconference/Webinar:
Convenience! Listen, Learn and Earn Credits right from your
● Stay current, earn CLE credit and learn without leaving your
home or office.
● No tapes— seminars are LIVE.
● See the PowerPoint presentations as the speakers are making
● Ask questions by telephone or by e-mail
● Free 800 dial-in service—for calls within the United
States (for CLE Teleconferences/Webinars)
● Satisfaction guaranteed.
To view upcoming programs, click here.
We welcome your comments and suggestions. Feel free
to forward topic suggestions and program ideas to Katherine
Suchocki at email@example.com.
Please note: Newly admitted attorneys cannot receive
MCLE credit for their participation in
CLE teleconferences, webinars, webcasts or
webconferences. Newly admitted attorneys must attend programs in
For more information about the CLE Rules, pelase visit the NYS Office
of Court Administration website at www.nycourts.gov/attorneys/cle.