ATLANTA, GA, April 11, 2006 - Premiere Global Services, Inc. (NYSE: PGI), a global outsource provider of business process solutions, today announced it has signed a strategic agreement with LegalSpan, Inc., a private Austin-based company that provides the platform for nearly 90 percent of American state bar associations to deliver online continuing legal education (“CLE”). Under the agreement, LegalSpan has integrated Premiere Global’s audio and Web conferencing solutions with its online CLE services to deliver a content-rich online CLE solution to legal professionals throughout the country.
Certain state bars require that active attorneys keep current on the law by taking mandatory continuing legal education courses in order to practice law within certain jurisdictions. With a new integrated online CLE solution, LegalSpan and Premiere Global offer attorneys access to distance learning courses from the convenience of their office or home, eliminating costly and disruptive travel time.
To provide the new offering, LegalSpan integrated its online registration, Webcasting and database management with Premiere Global’s audio and Web conferencing services via Premiere Global’s open application program interface (API) architecture. Benefits of the new integrated service include:
+ A registration process that utilizes personal identification numbers for entry into conferences, validation of participation and security.
+ Educational content recorded as audio files that are available for download to LegalSpan’s online system and CLE-to-Go service.
+ Rich reporting mechanisms that provide real-time access to completion and credit information for tele-seminars, webinars and seminars downloaded through LegalSpan’s CLE-to-Go Service.
“Extending the quality and diversity of our state bar associations' distance education offerings has been a primary focus for LegalSpan throughout its history,” said John Davis, CEO of LegalSpan. “Until now, we have accomplished this internally by developing new technologies or streamlining pathways to our existing platform. Our partnership with Premiere Global is a landmark event as it is the first time we have found a partner with the same commitment and vision for the legal industry. Premiere Global's infrastructure, combined with LegalSpan's technologies, ensures the continued successful evolution of distance education on a global scale.”
“Combining Premiere Global’s innovative conferencing capabilities with LegalSpan’s leading online CLE platform offers a powerful solution for CLE providers and participants across North America,” said Ted Schrafft, President, Conferencing & Collaboration, Premiere Global Services, Inc. “Our new integrated CLE solution reduces the demand on attorneys’ time with easy access, powerful content delivery and streamlined registration and reporting processes, leading to increased productivity.”
About Premiere Global Services, Inc.
Premiere Global Services, Inc., formerly Ptek Holdings, Inc., is a leading global provider of innovative business communications and data services. Customers use our ASP platform to conduct traditional and VoIP-based collaboration sessions and to process and deliver large quantities of individualized, business critical information. Premiere Global offers outsourced document delivery, data capture, alerts/notifications and campaign management solutions that automate customers' business processes and improve efficiency levels enterprise-wide. We also offer a full suite of conferencing solutions, including automated, operator-assisted and Web collaboration services that enable customers to communicate real-time via our advanced, open standards global conferencing platform.
Premiere Global serves more than 46,000 corporate accounts in nearly every business sector, throughout 18 countries worldwide. Our corporate headquarters is located at 3399 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 700, Atlanta, GA 30326. Additional information can be found at www.pgi.com.
About LegalSpan, Inc.
Providing online CLE for 45 state bar associations, LegalSpan is the nation’s leading Legal Internet broadcasting company. LegalSpan provides a seamless and fully integrated online CLE catalog that enables associations in the legal, accounting and banking professions to provide the highest quality educational content on the Internet. To learn more about LegalSpan please visit http://www.LegalSpan.com . Press contact firstname.lastname@example.org at 888-892-7676.
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