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Release Date: 1/12/2009

CONTACT: Sylvia Blair
Executive Assistant to the President
Carroll Community College
410-386-8411 (work)
410-215-8180 (cell)


MICPEL and Carroll Community College Partner to Offer MICPEL Online!


Westminster, Md., January12, 2009- For the first time, Carroll Community College and the Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers (MICPEL) are partnering to offer continuing legal education (CLE) courses to Maryland lawyers online. Carroll Community College will make professional education courses available through its web-based Blackboard site, allowing participating lawyers to access high-quality MICPEL programs at any time without being present in a classroom.  Courses will utilize MICPEL instructors who are experts in their fields.  This benefits Maryland lawyers who must remain current in law practices that are unique to each state.

To access the courses, those interested can go to the MICPEL website at and click on the link which takes them directly to the registration process for the MICPEL Online! courses.  The MICPEL courses are also available by going to the college's website at  Courses require Internet Explorer 6.X or higher, or Mozilla Firefox 2.X or higher. The latest version of Adobe Flash Player software is also required. Fast Internet connection is strongly recommended. Course user ID and password are e-mailed to participants about 24 hours after registering. Participants have about 90 days to complete the course from the registration date. Upon successful completion of the course, participants may request a Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Certificate.

The first three courses of the program are:
Basics of Construction Law
Four CLE Hours
Course #: LAW-004
Cost: $200
Designed to assist attorneys as well as those in the construction industry, this course covers the basics of construction law, including general considerations before entering into a construction contract, available claims and defenses, and efficient methods (including mechanic's liens) for collection of payment for work performed or materials supplied.

Elder Abuse and Neglect in the Community and in Long-Term Care Facilities
Course #: LAW-005
Four CLE hours
Cost: $200
To be effective advocates, attorneys and other professionals need to know not only how to identify signs of abuse, but what resources are available to assist in stopping and preventing future abuse. This course will cover the issues involved and resources available to protect and defend the elderly and their families.

The ABCs of Special Education Law: Practicing in the Wake of the 2004 IDEA Reauthorization
Course#: LAW-006
Four CLE hours
Cost: $200
Geared toward parents and practitioners new to special education law as well as those who need a refresher in light of major changes to the law as a result of the 2004 IDEA reauthorization, this program will provide a balanced, comprehensive overview of federal and state laws governing the provision of special education in Maryland, including the special education process from initial eligibility for services through conflict resolution, including mediation, and due process.

Course material is presented in video segments and through case materials and other documents. These video segments were recorded from live presentations.

Marlene Titus, Esq., manager of the Miller Entrepreneurial Institute at Carroll Community College, said, "An attorney's time is money and online learning provides him or her the ability to take courses and get the materials when it is convenient to the attorney, as opposed to taking at least four hours plus travel time out of their billable day."

Courses are also recommended for professionals in related fields. For example, construction contractors would benefit from the course on construction law. Elder care professionals would benefit from the course on elder abuse. Parents and teachers would benefit from the course on special education law.

For more information about registration, contact Marlene Titus at 410-386-8012.

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