It’s an absolute joy to see the Ben Glass Training Center full of so many happy faces these past few months. A wide variety of groups have been able to take advantage of the space, from referees to paralegals to Justice Forward, a group of young Virginians pushing for criminal justice reform.
At this particular event, BenGlassLaw played host to a group of bright, young attorneys for an afternoon of socializing and professional training.
Every year (in order to keep their jobs!) lawyers have to undergo many hours of training called Continuing Legal Education, or CLE. Since it’s such a normal part of a lawyer’s life, these CLE meetings haven’t seen a whole lot of innovation over the past few decades.
As longtime readers will know, when Ben sees a problem, “waiting around for the problem to fix itself” isn’t part of the game plan. Ben wanted to put on an event for young attorneys that would excite them about the practice of law.
CLE events are not known for providing real entrepreneurship advice - in fact very few involve any business or marketing training at all. Yet it’s the topic young lawyers need to hear the most! In the first hour, Ben gave a brand new talk in which he shared how to ethically grow your business with education-first marketing. It’s one of the founding principles of BenGlassLaw: equip people with free information about their legal problem and help them make the best legal decision possible - even if they don’t need an attorney.
In the second hour of the event, special guest presenters from our friends at NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization. They are an association of hundreds of local affiliates, state organizations and volunteers who work to provide support and educate
NAMI’s presentation was unlike anything we’d ever seen before. Two people from our community who have persevered through mental health problems talked about their journey with NAMI’s programs and support networks.
As a society, we’re starting to communicate more openly about mental health and ways to help friends, family, and ourselves to live fulfilling lives. As a law firm, we need to be the best advocates we can be for our clients, and we need to educate juries and judges alike about the realities of living with a mental illness.
The event finished off with a fun networking social (complete with refreshments, of course). We had a blast putting on this event and we can’t wait for the next one. We put on a CLE event our way, and we’re proud of it.