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Free CLE offered for idled federal lawyers

Just because you’re a federal government lawyer on furlough during the shutdown doesn’t mean you have to let your skills languish lounging around the house.

The American Bar Association is coming to your rescue with five continuing legal education programs free of charge for all lawyers and other professionals affected by the federal government shutdown.

ABA Executive Director Jack Rives said the ABA sought to quickly mobilize to help lawyers affected by the shutdown.

“We are offering a range of free CLE courses to those attorneys, including those who are not currently ABA members. This is a way to help lawyers during this difficult time who do so much for the country,” Rives said.

The five ABA CLE programs are:

  • “Government Lawyers’ Ethical Duties: Staying Current Amid 21st Century Changes”
  • “Flying Through Government Thunder Clouds: Navigating Cloud Procurements, Cybersecurity & Regulatory Issues in the Public Sector”
  • “The False Claims Act and Government Contracts: The Intersection of Federal Government Contracts, Administrative Law, and Civil Fraud”
  • “Disaster Resiliency: How Tax Attorneys Can Assist When a Disaster Strikes”
  • “Anatomy of a Healthcare Data Breach — HIPAA, FTC, and EU GDPR Implications”

The free CLE offer is good through February and lawyers have six months to complete the CLEs after registering. Individuals can access the discount code to register for the courses by following this link.

If CLEs sound like a dry way to enjoy your unexpected free time, there may be a better deal. Alamo Drafthouses in Virginia are offering federal employees free movies Monday through Thursday this month.

The cinema houses in Woodbridge, Loudoun, Charlottesville and Winchester will give one free ticket a day to government employees affected by the shutdown. Bring your Federal ID.

“Regardless of what side of the aisle you’re on, we can all agree on one thing – movies are awesome!” the company said in a news release. Even the ABA can’t make that claim about CLE programs.