WSBA Support for Section-Sponsored Mini CLE Programming

Sections often want to offer free (or low-cost) CLE credits to its members as a benefit of Section membership. This member benefit CLE programming consists of events that last no longer than 2 hours and offer no more than 2 CLE credits. The tuition is usually no more than $30, and is usually free to Section members.

Understanding the need to support Sections as they offer this member benefit, WSBA developed the Mini-CLE Program. The goal of the Mini-CLE Program is to support Sections as they develop their member-benefit CLE events (mini-CLEs). WSBA CLE does not charge any fee for these services, and any revenue generated from any mini-CLE event goes directly to the Section. 

The Mini-CLE program is designed to support Section member benefit programming, not be a substitute for half-day or full-day CLE programming. If a Section wishes to do such programs, please contact the WSBA Section Liaison so they can put you in contact with the appropriate CLE staff member. 

Review Steps and Timelines for Mini-CLE Programs 

Mini-CLE Event Form

How does a Section get started with the Mini-CLE Program?

  • Designate a Section Representative to act as a liaison for the Mini-CLE event.
  • The Section Representative fills out and submits the following form at least 10 weeks prior to the event: Mini-CLE Event Form.


What does WSBA staff do?

  • Reviews the submitted Mini-CLE Event Form for completeness.
  • Reviews the proposed agenda for credit-worthiness.
  • Works with the Section Representative to finalize the form, if additional information is needed.
  • Prepares and submits the Form-1 to request MCLE credit approval.
  • Sets up and processes electronic registrations.
  • Posts information about the program on the Section's website (if requested by the Section).
  • Sends a broadcast email promoting the program (if requested by the Section).
  • Prepares sign-in sheets and sends them to the Section Representative via email the day before the event.
  • After the event, reports credit to MCLE (Section Representative must submit the completed sign-in sheets and any walk-in registrations within three (3) after the event).
  • Processes any expense reimbursement claims submitted by the Section Representative (the Section is charged for any such expenses).

What does the Section Do?

  • Secures event space if the event is held someplace other than WSBA (please note, Sections may NOT enter into contracts for event space without prior WSBA CLE approval). The event needs to follow the policy guidelines for any WSBA event (e.g. ADA accessibility).
  • Copies written materials for distribution at the program.
  • Assumes responsibility for all event-related expenses.
  • Follows all procedures and timelines.


Outline of requirements for use of WSBA-CLE Conference Center for Mini-CLEs

Because the WSBA-CLE Conference Center is mandated to be self-supporting, and there are tangible costs to run the facility, Sections will be charged a minimal fee for using the facility for mini-CLEs.

  • Mini-CLEs must follow normal, already established procedures with regard to costs and delivery and timeframes.
  • Each section will be given the opportunity to use the WSBA-CLE Conference Center four times per year (once per calendar quarter) for mini-CLEs. Programs may only be scheduled within three months of the program date.
  • All scheduling is subject to availability and is solely under the discretion of WSBA-CLE.
  • For live programs, the charge to use the facility will be $20 per person. The section can  pass this cost on to registrants by charging a minimum of $20 per person (not to exceed $30), or the section can choose to subsidize all or a portion of the per-person fee paid to WSBA-CLE (i.e., charge less than $20 per person).
  • Webcasting a mini-CLE is completely under the discretion of WSBA-CLE and requires a different fiscal model due to the significant additional staffing required. The charge to use the facility with a webcast will be $30 per person (for both in-person and online attendees). Webcasting will have an additional set of requirements to ensure quality control.
  • The per-person facility charge includes coffee, tea, and water for attendees. Any other food or beverage costs, as agreed upon and prearranged depending on staffing resources, are not part of the per-person facility charge and will be charged to the Section.

The Mini-CLE program is designed to support Section member benefit programming, not be a substitute for half-day or full-day CLE programming. If a Section wishes to do such programs, please contact the WSBA Section Liaison so they can put you in contact with the appropriate CLE staff member.