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MDLA Speaker Standards and Guidelines
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MDLA is committed to providing its members with high quality, engaging CLE. In order to maintain and promote high quality CLE, MDLA has created the following standards and guidelines for speakers and written material.

  1. All speakers and written materials shall, at a minimum, meet the criteria set out by the Minnesota State Board of Continuing Legal Education rules 5 and 6.
  2. Speaker qualifications
    The speaker must be:
    1. A licensed lawyer or judge in good standing or on retired status
    2. A professor, author, or other professional. A “vendor” may speak on topics related to the practice of law or his or her services, but the presentation must not be primarily aimed at advertising or promoting his or her services.
    3. A speaker with unique life experience, education or insight in an area of general professional interest to the members of the MDLA.
  3. Speaker guidelines
    1. Do not read from a prepared script
    2. Be prepared for your presentation
    3. Professional attire appropriate to the venue and time of your presentation is expected. If unsure, ask event coordinator.
    4. Keep your remarks to the allotted time period
    5. Strongly consider giving time for questions and audience engagement
    6. Use PowerPoint. Visual slides, not just words reciting what you are already saying make for a more engaging and enlightening presentation
    7. If presentation is videotaped for later pod cast or simulcast, please be aware of the camera when making your presentation
  4. Written Materials
    1. All presentations shall be accompanied by written materials unless event coordinator gives dispensation (only for those presentations that do not lend themselves to written materials
    2. Written materials will be distributed in electronic format (currently downloadable pdf from MDLA site or TTS mobile app.)
    3. Strong preference for written materials complementary to presentation to include citations, bibliographies or references hyperlinked to sources
    4. Source materials, cases, articles, law reviews, provide hyperlinks or pdf. If necessary, obtain permission from copyright holders.
    5. Power point slides are NOT acceptable substitute for written material, although PowerPoint slides should also be provided to MDLA to make available to attendees.
    6. Give MDLA permission to use on website per guidelines on podcast and availability to members

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