I’ve noticed that lawyers tend to be second wave adopters of technology. Not quite on the cutting edge, but once that edge blurs into the maintstream most (young? progressive? keen? geeky?) lawyers are there. There are dozens of examples, from e-mail to social media. Lawyers, law firms and legal education are all there. But one thing I’ve noticed is that the massive movement to video seems to have left lawyers behind (or, more likely, lawyers have left it behind).
My eldest kids have videos on YouTube. I’ve picked up an HD camcorder for less than $150. The barriers to entry have been reduced to virtually nothing, but I haven’t been able to find any useful, educational law-related video content online.
It is not that it cannot be done. Fellow practitioners of my non-legal obsession, photography, have jumped on the video bandwagon with both feet and are educating hobbyists in all aspects of the craft. For free and for fee. Leaders, such as Scott Kelby, have loads of quality content avilable at no charge. Check out D-Town TV for 25 quality episodes on just about every photographic topic. If you’re more of a Canon person, you can get your gear and technique fix at LensFlare35. There are hours and hours of free content out there, and much of it is professionally produced. If you’re willing to pay for some serious online education, Kelby Training and others will teach you all you need to know about photraphy, lighting, weddings and photoshop.
There’s a reason why masses of educational video content are available online. It’s a great way to learn.
Obviously photographers are a creative bunch, so it shouldn’t be a surprise they are embracing technology to learn and share. But this is no longer cutting edge. Where are the CLE providers? Where is video-on-demand CLE?
(Perhaps it’s there and I’ve just been spending too much time with my eye in the viewfinder. If so, don’t hesitate to tell me in the comments.)