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NMR Partners with Leading Online Source for CLE

Art Neill and Shaun Spalding

California Western’s New Media Rights (NMR) Clinic has signed a deal to partner with West LegalEdcenter to provide continuing education courses (CLE) for attorneys working in transactional IP, privacy, and media law.

"This partnership further diversifies our program's innovative revenue sources,” said NMR’s Founder/Executive Director Art Neill. “Over the years, we've published books and licensed an app, while also pursuing more traditional sources of grant and government funding. The resources we put toward growing this partnership today will help fund our work for underserved clients and our students tomorrow."

Founded in 2001, West LegalEdcenter is part of the legal solutions provided by Thomson Reuters, and is a leading online source for continuing legal education (CLE) programs, events and skills courses. Other content partners include the American Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Rutter Group, and the Association of Corporate Counsel.

“One factor that appealed to West to partner with us is that New Media Rights works so closely with a unique group of underserved small businesses, entertainers, and non-profits who too often have to engage in self-help,” explained NMR’s Assistant Director Shaun Spalding. “Our focus is providing real-world problem-solving tips to non-experts in addition to legal expertise.”

The commitment to West is an active one with NMR slated to contribute new 1 to 2-hour programs every two weeks with a goal of at least 20 programs a year.

Together Neill, Spalding, and their colleague Staff Attorney Erika Lee, have presented CLE’s and lectures at dozens of conferences, including for the Practicing Law Institute, the State Bar of California IP Conference, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the American Association of Law Schools Clinical Conference, to name a few.

“It seemed natural to take the production of that educational content and find distribution partners like West, who could bring our educational work to the largest audience possible,” said Spalding.

Education is one of the four major parts of NMR’s mission, along with directly serving clients, policy work, and educating law students about future, cutting-edge areas of practice.

“We've always wanted to expand more into teaching attorneys the nuances of representing the types of under-served clients we represent,” said Spalding.

“West is a company synonymous with reliable legal education and publications. The fact that they have such a strong brand and wide distribution network makes this a great partnership,” continued Spalding. “It encourages us to ensure the programs are as strong as they can be.”

About New Media Rights: New Media Rights is an independently funded non-profit clinic of California Western School of Law that provides legal services to creators, entrepreneurs, journalists, and internet users whose projects require specialized internet, intellectual property, privacy, and media law expertise.

About West LegalEdcenter: Founded in 2001, West LegalEdcenter is part of the legal solutions provided by Thomson Reuters, the world's leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. From on-demand programs to live webcasts and unequalled customer support, West LegalEdcenter has everything attorneys, paralegals, and new associates need to meet their training goals.