Newsletter, May 2001
The legislation, as of this writing, has not been sent
to the conference committee. Nevertheless, we are assessing our current
procedures to prepare as much as possible for change. We are particularly
concerned about ensuring timely and responsive access to our services. If
the legislation becomes law, we will attempt to provide
you with as much advance notice of new procedures as possible in future
issues of this newsletter and on our website. To help you prepare, ABI
will hold a series of three teleseminars May 22, 24 and 25.
The sessions will focus on (a) consumer bankruptcy, (b) business
bankruptcy and (c) tax, appeals and administrative issues.
The hour-and-a-half-long seminars will allow members to learn about the
new law in the comfort and convenience of their own office. The teleseminars will
feature national experts as speakers (Hon. Eugene Wedoff, N.D. IL) and will be approved for CLE/CPE credit. Call ABI at (703) 739-0800 for
more information or check the website at: www.abiworld.org
Electronic Case Filing
The project schedule calls for staff automation and educational
training to occur this summer. We recently received the computer equipment
necessary to manage the behind-the-scenes database issues. And, several
conference calls have already been conducted to identify planning
milestones. We will begin working on customer training and support issues
The current project plan also anticipates focus group meetings with the
bar in the fall. For those of you who have generously offered to
participate, we will be contacting you later this summer.
We plan to offer short (2-3 hour) hands-on familiarization sessions for
attorneys and law office staff in Madison and Eau Claire, possibly on
Saturday mornings or weekday evenings, depending on the general
preference. We will be seeking CLE credit for these sessions.
Please email us at the address at the end of this newsletter or call me,
Diana Rahn or Brenda Brommer, to let us know your thoughts.
Computer Based Training (CBT)
In order to facilitate your understanding of Electronic Case Filing, we
have obtained and will be adding an on-line CBT tutorial to our website.
It is designed to provide an overview of the basic features and introduces
some new terminology. You will be able to access the CBT on May 14th. If
you have any technical problems accessing the tutorial or have questions
about the technology, please call either office and ask to speak to a
member of the automation staff (Madison: Andy Bach, Matt Schaefer or Terry
Payne; and Eau Claire: Dana Bauer)
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