Two years ago, I was a recent college graduate struggling to find myself a place in the “real world”. I had applied to a random variety of jobs, with hopes that I would discover what I truly wanted to do. I received an email from Lawline to set up a phone interview, and I eagerly accepted.
After going through the interview process, I ended up getting the job, and beginning as a customer experience specialist. Although I minored in Legal Studies in college, I had never heard of continuing legal education. After a few weeks of observation, I began working with Lawline’s customers directly. Lawline support can be reached via phone, email, or live chat. I started answering customers’ inquiries, assisting with purchases, and ensuring that Lawline customers were happy. I got to speak to such a wide variety of attorneys every day, and it was a really interesting opportunity. (more…)
Written by James Terrono
Last Tuesday, Lawline convened after a day’s work to celebrate the holiday season and to a toast a successful 2016 with each other and their significant others. For the 4th consecutive year, Barn Joo, a Korean-inspired gastropub in Midtown, was the place of choice. In Korean language, Barn Joo means musical accompaniment or drinks accompanied by your meals. Lawliner’s embody the meaning of Barn Joo to its fullest. Upon arrival, we were greeted warmly by their staff, and escorted to a private room just for us Lawliner’s to indulge in delicious food and tasty drinks (Boulevardier was my favorite!).
“A Company that sings together stays together” was the mantra of the night. As Lawliner’s gathered at the front of the stage for their opportunity to be up next, the room was filled with vocals of the next Billy Joel or Mariah Carey. All 5 of Lawline’s core values – Care, Create, Grow, Play and Act were visual throughout the evening, but the winning value will go to – Play – We have fun. We never take ourselves too seriously.
Thanks to Ann, our office ambassador, for all of her hard work in make sure that the evening went off without a hitch. Till next year!
P.S. If you’d like to watch a video that demonstrates our musical abilities, click here to watch our holiday lip sync video!
In 2016, Lawline celebrated its ten year anniversary since CEO David Schnurman re-launched the company as an online CLE provider. We wanted to commemorate this important milestone with a unique action that embraced all of Lawline’s five core values – Care, Create, Grow, Play and Act. When Rich Hernandez, Lawline’s longtime VP of Customer Experience, suggested that we donate $10,000 in honor of our ten years, we knew that this was the perfect way to honor our decade as a leader in the online CLE business.
We decided that we would pick two categories of charities. First, we wanted to recognize organizations that reflect Lawline’s core values. Under this rubric, we donated $2,500 to the Performance Project, a non-profit that offers grants to young local artists to help support strong, vibrant, and equitable local communities, and also supports artists in discovering the ways that art can heal, empower and activate individuals towards the greater good. We love this organization because it embodies the Lawline ideals of growth through education, creativity, acting with purpose, playfulness, and caring about community. Lawline’s gift was especially timely this year because in October the Performance Project was offered a matching grant to sponsor 8 young artists in a new fellowship program. Our donation helped the organization raise enough funds to reach its goal and receive the extra $15,000 grant. You can learn more about all of the amazing projects supported by the Performance Project here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBbiHapY_zU
Second, we also wanted to donate to organizations that are personally important to Lawline team members. When we heard that Office Ambassador Ann Joseph’s mother had lost her farm and home to the destruction of Hurricane Matthew, we knew that we needed to give to the relief efforts there. Lawline donated $2,500 to Hope for Haiti, an organization that sprung into action immediately following the storm and worked tirelessly to get needed supplies to isolated areas throughout the country.
In this same spirit of personal impact, the third donation Lawline made was $1000 to the Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) Foundation. This organizational network provides patients with referrals to Centers of Excellence and available clinical trials, assists physicians in sharing new research and treatment options, and provides educational support for doctors, nurses, pharmacists and patients. The MDS Foundation has been incredibly helpful to Lawline CEO David Schnurman and VP of Business Operations Michele Richman, whose mother has MDS.
We still have $4000 remaining to donate in commemoration of Lawline’s 10 years of providing attorneys with CLE, and are very excited to explore new options. If you have any suggestions for organizations that embody Lawline’s core values, or have a personal impact on the lives of Lawliners, email Michele@lawline.com.
It was the day after Election Day, and escape was on the mind of everyone at Lawline. Not escaping to Canada (the #5 country in the world for quality of life, according to U.S. News), not to Brazil (#1 for adventure), or even Italy (the #3 country for dating – that’s amore!).
Instead, the escape Lawliners were seeking was a little more immediate and pressing. We had been locked in a room and had an hour to get out. No, this wasn’t the plot of a Saw-esque thriller, but rather the thoughtful planning of Office Ambassador Ann Joseph. It was our team outing to X-Room, a real life “escape the room” adventure.
After meeting at the designated location in Manhattan’s Chinatown, the Lawline team was split into two groups and briefed on their scenarios. Team 1 was the Top Secret group: secret agents locked into a room in the enemy’s intelligence headquarters and given one hour to find a secret file. Team 2 were archaeologists, locked into an ancient tomb, with an hour to escape before the air ran out. Both groups had to solve a series of puzzles, riddles, and mysteries to get out. It would take *listening* to and believing in your teammates (Care), the ability to act decisively (Act), creative thinking (Create), the playfulness and imagination to immerse yourself in the environment (Play), and building on previous accomplishments to solve the next challenge (Grow). For those keeping score at home, thats all five of Lawline’s core values.
Although the event was planned weeks ago, when November 9th came around, escape turned out to be an oddly fitting theme. Escape from our daily routines. Escape from the fear and uncertainty many of us were feeling that day. Escape from the divisiveness that seemed to be enveloping the country. Although only one team ended up escaping their room on time (sorry team 2!), everyone at Lawline got some much needed escape last Wednesday, and best of all, we got to do it together.
If you’d like to see a short video celebrating our culture event created by one of our talented Lawliners, Michael Corsey, please watch this link.
The Halloween spirit was alive and well at Lawline on Monday. Ann had turned the office into a Halloween wonderland with silly decorations and bowls of treats at every turn. Pumpkin spice K-cups filled the suite with an autumn aroma, and the sounds of candy wrappers crinkling accompanied the regular tap tap tap of busy keyboards. The true highlight of the day, however, was the office Halloween costume contest.
Several Lawliners competed in the challenge. The costumes ranged from spooky to kooky: Alejandra sent shivers down our spines as a Spider-Web Woman; Ann had us snapping our fingers (duh duh duh duh *snap snap*) for her portrayal of Wednesday Addams; Shaun melted our hearts as Eeyore; and Mike and Kathleen had us jumping out of our skin dressed as Barb and Joyce, respectively, from Stranger Things.
As for my costume, I pretty much went as my true self—a cat lady, complete with cat ears, cat lady sweatshirt, cat leggings, cat socks, and a cat bag full of stuffed animal cats. It’s important to mention that I did not purchase anything for this costume (everything was supplied by my roommates and my own closet), and that I received a stamp of approval from two real, live cats before I left my apartment that morning. For someone who once had a cat bedspread and cat throw pillows, an assortment of cat figurines, cat earrings for each national holiday, and enough cat socks to wear every day of the year, the opportunity to dress as an unabashed cat lady was a dream come true.
And the winners were (drum roll please)—Alejandra as Spider Woman, Ann as Wednesday, and me! I feel so honored that my coworkers chose me to receive this accolade, but more than anything, I feel honored to be part of a company that lets its employees express themselves the way Lawline does. Play and Create are not just words we put on our website: we live these core values every day, and our Halloween festivities are proof of that. October is a busy month in the CLE world, and the Halloween costume contest was the perfect way to celebrate its successful conclusion. It was even worth all the weird looks I got in the subway.
A short while ago, Ann, our Office Ambassador here at Lawline, invited me to attend an event sponsored by The Office Heroes League, which is a professional networking group that holds events designed to educate professionals on making life easier in any given office. Since I am a vivid fan of every learning experience that adds value to your work, I didn’t hesitate to say yes to Ann’s invitation. The primary focus was to talk about company culture, and brainstorm ideas on how to create and maintain a pleasant work environment; the do’s and don’ts of planning and organizing successful events; and discover the latest tools to do our jobs more efficiently and have fun at the same time.
In a vibrant and energetic scene, a group of experts and fellow office heroes greeted us with hors d’oeuvres and amazing ideas from every industry you can possibly imagine. From highly recognized Marketers and Event Planners to the Chief Happiness Officer of the Happiness Agency. The panelists from diverse backgrounds came together to discuss their passion for making people happy in their workplaces, something not often valued in many companies. From cheese tasting to renting AirBnB’s, the ideas were infinite and exquisite!
In the midst of this helpful networking event, it was not only the presenters, but the like-minded professionals who create and empower these “human-sustainable” companies, from whom I learned the most. These office heroes don’t wear capes, but they do save many people from a sedentary 9 to 5 work environment.
On my end, I feel lucky to have a front row seat on how Lawline makes most of these ideas a reality; transforming a good place to work, into a great one! Our company culture lives by these five core values: Care, Create, Act, Grow, and Play. They embrace who we are, where we are going and what we want to accomplish. Quoting Mr. David Schnurman, Lawline CEO, ”It’s all about having the right people in the right seats and having the right communication and execution.” No wonder why they named us one of the Best Companies to work for in New York State!
Here at Lawline, we are driven by achievements and success, and this event was no exception. A couple of weeks ago we sponsored the 10th Birthday Celebration of our most recent partner, Above the Law, a recognized site that takes a behind-the-scenes look at the world of law.
After a warm welcome from ATL’s CEO, John Lerner, the evening proceeded to hold valuable and interesting conversations with recognized players of the legal industry. The topics ranged from the importance of a stress-free continuing legal education, to the industry’s implementation of high tech solutions, to its most common problems.
Our CEO, David Schnurman, and the Lawline team had the opportunity to speak with attorneys and professionals from very different backgrounds, sharing their knowledge and opinions of trending topics across various industries. The minutes went by so quickly, we didn’t even notice we were almost the last ones in the room, proving that when you are exchanging ideas with so many smart minded personalities, time does fly!
They say that it’s best to collaborate with people you can learn from, and here at Lawline we take growth opportunities very seriously. So as we join the celebration with our upcoming 10th anniversary, I would invite you to check out our partnership with Above the Law. On this page of their website, you can find curated articles from our team, as well as the coolest and most interesting courses to fulfill your CLE requirements. So don’t wait any longer and visit our page!
Here at Lawline, we are excited to announce the launch of our first mobile app, set to be released for the iPhone in October 2016. This release will mark the beginning of a revolutionary mobile CLE experience for legal professionals and will allow for truly anytime, anywhere learning.
With Lawline’s mobile app, completing your CLE will be simpler than ever before. Our full on-demand catalog will be available via the app for easy offline access, and all audio courses will be available for download directly to your device. The app will sync with an existing customer’s account to give you access to any of your courses. As you listen, the app will store your progress so you can pick up from where you left off, every time. Plus, if you’ve started a course via video on Lawline.com, we’ll let you know before you start listening on our app!
In addition to being able to learn on-the-go, we make getting CLE credit from anywhere simpler than ever before. While connected to the Internet, you can complete our simple 3-step evaluation form and enter the embedded audio verification code to claim credit for any course right from your phone.
The best way to get the most out of our mobile learning experience via our app is to be an Unlimited CLE subscriber. Active subscribers will have access to download and listen to any Lawline on-demand course in our catalog and get credit easily.
Look out for the announcement of our app being launched in the coming weeks!
By Meredith Cohen
On Saturday, September 17th, 2016, a group of Lawliners ventured to Prospect Park for the 12th Annual Race for the Kids – part of Nickelodeon’s Worldwide Day of Play. The event, sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC, hosted over 4,000 people and raised close to $500,000 to provide mentorship services to children all around NYC.
Prior to the event, Lawline held our annual bake sale to raise money for the race. We brought in over $300 selling our homemade goodies to people throughout the building, and our total contribution was $531.
Our walking team consisted of Ann, Kathleen, Meredith C., and Alejandra, while Meredith D ran the race (and set a personal record for her time!). We had perfect weather to walk through the park, and it was wonderful, as always, to see so many young kids having a blast with their Big Brothers and Big Sisters. At the end of the race, the park was full of activities for the kids – bouncy castles, climbing walls, music, and more – that made all of us nostalgic for childhood.
All in all, it was a great day in the park to spend time with coworkers and kids, and to exhibit the core values of Play and Care!
First day of school always feels like it signals the end of summer for kids (and adults too). Mainly because it means playtime is over and work takes precedence again. Looking back on this summer at Lawline, we were privileged to have three very diligent interns who chose to continue learning with their free time. We, respecting their time, didn’t want to utilize our interns to fetch coffee and make copies. Instead, under the guidance of Lead Program Attorney Shaun, our interns were trained under the Programs Department and video producers, Micah & Michael, to understand the world of Continuing Legal Education. Read below the summer experiences of Jack, Nana, and Dana here at Lawline. (more…)