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CLE & Programming Specialist

Jenner & Block LLP
Chicago, IL
United States

Jenner & Block ( is a law firm with global reach, with more than 500 lawyers and offices in Chicago, London, Los Angeles, New York and Washington, DC. The firm is known for its prominent and successful litigation practice and experience handling sophisticated and high-profile corporate transactions. Firm clients include Fortune 100 companies, large privately held corporations, financial services institutions, emerging companies and venture capital and private equity investors. The American Lawyer magazine has ranked Jenner & Block as the #1 pro bono firm in the United States 10 times, most recently in 2019. The firm has been ranked in the top 10 in this category every year since 1990.


The CLE & Programming Specialist will report to the Talent Development Director and in part to the Director of Business Development. The CLE Specialist is responsible for the daily coordination and facilitation of firm wide CLE and development programs and CLE compliance for firm lawyers. The CLE Specialist will work closely with the Talent Development department establishing and maintaining accredited provider status, as applicable, aggregating CLE compliance knowledge and serving as the firm’s content expert when administering CLE courses and supporting individual lawyer compliance requirements. The CLE Specialist will also work with the BD department on CLE compliance for external programs. The role, an exempt position based in Chicago, serves all offices.


CLE Training and Programs:

*Provide daily direction and oversight for the CLE function
*Work with the appropriate CLE sponsors to ensure appropriate training materials are received and meet accreditation standards.
*Manage CLE processes and approvals for firm-wide training and weekly CLE programs
*Work with Talent Development team to review and approve associate and partner training program CLE eligibility
*Work with Talent Development and Business Development teams to review and approve client program *CLE eligibility, including large-scale client CLE events
*Create and provide training to new hires regarding CLE processes and rules
*Stay aware of current issues and regulation changes in CLE and informs the department
*Suggest ways to improve our processes and programs
*Provide input on annual CLE programs and brochure
*Serve as CE Manager subject matter expert (SME) and troubleshoot system issues as appropriate
*Generate monthly CLE status reports, and work on annual departmental report

Direct the CLE Coordinator on the following CLE initiatives:
*Tracking firm-wide usage of the Micron CLE tracking database
*Maintaining attorney CLE records
*Monitoring and maintaining state CLE requirements
*Managing annual CLE accreditation processes and ensure ongoing compliance requirements for approved providers in all jurisdictions, including: CA, IL, and NY
*Creating and maintaining CLE training calendar and CLE intranet page and resources
*Trouble shooting issues and addressing attorney and secretary inquiries as they relate to training and CLE
*Ensuring that materials are properly prepared for all programs
*Ensuring that sign in sheets or attestation forms and other requirements are properly executed and maintained, including: presentation slides, timed agendas and other required documentation
*Monitoring individual attorney compliance and liaise as necessary for any noncompliance issues
*Validating program attendance and adjusting CLE credits as needed

Other Tasks and Activities:
*Assist in routine department tasks which vary widely in level of complexity
*Create and distribute ad hoc projects as required

Demonstrates the ability to deliver high quality work while maintaining a customer service focus. A professional with experience in training, with an understanding of a law firm or professional services environment.

*College degree preferred or equivalent work experience.
*5+ years of CLE specific work experience in a law firm environment. Demonstrated knowledge of jurisdictional CLE compliance rules and regulations.
*Experience with Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism’s Mentoring Program CLE rules is a plus
*Able to work with a team of highly-skilled professionals in situations that require diplomacy and confidentiality
*Able to maintain a good rapport with various personnel at all levels
*Proficient in basic computer applications including: CE Manager, Windows XP, and Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint)
*Experience using SharePoint, BeaconLive, and Vuture a plus
*Possess project management skills, sound business judgment and the ability to multi-task
*Must be detailed oriented and a critical thinker
*Possess excellent organizational, verbal and written communication and phone skills
*Must have excellent proofreading skills

Jenner & Block LLP is an equal opportunity employer. Recruitment and employment decisions are not made on the basis of an individual’s race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability or medical condition, genetic information, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity and/or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions, arrest record, matriculation, personal appearance, political affiliation, marital, parental, veteran, military, or order of protection status, or any other protected status or that of their relatives, friends, or associates.