Monthly Archives: October 2013

Nevada CLE: 12 NV CLE Credits by December 31

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The Nevada CLE Board has recently made some changes to the NV CLE rules.  While the total number of required Nevada CLE credit hours remains at twelve (12), there has been a new substance abuse requirement added.  Effective starting in 2013, all Nevada attorneys will need to complete a ‘substance abuse, addictive disorders and/or mental health’ credit for the 2013 NV CLE compliance year.

The 2013 NV CLE credit breakdown is as follows:

General: 9 credit hours

Legal Ethics: 2 credit hours

Substance Abuse: 1 credit hour

However, the one (1) mandatory hour of substance abuse will only be required once every three years.  The NV CLE requirement for 2014 and 2015 will return to ten (10) general and two (2) legal ethics credit hours.[1]  Then, beginning in 2016 you must complete one credit hour of substance abuse every three years.  Got it???[2]

If you haven’t completed your required 12 NV CLE credits by December 31, you can request an extension of time with the Nevada CLE Board. You will need to request the extension in writing and pay a $50 extension fee and send to our office.  The written request and $50 extension fee must be sent to the NV CLE Board.

NV CLE Compliance and Reporting Requirements

Reporting Cycle: Annual

Compliance Deadline: December 31

Reporting Deadline: March 1

If you are granted the extension the Nevada CLE Board will generally give you until March 1 to complete your requirement.  For more information about CLE in Nevada please click the following link: Nevada CLE.

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[1] FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions

http://www.nvcleboard.org/FAQ/tabid/57/Default.aspx

[2] For further information see: Substance Abuse CLE Now Mandatory in Nevada

http://www.attorneycredits.com/wordpress/?s=nevada+substance+abuse

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Pennsylvania CLE: 4 Online Credit Hours

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Pennsylvania attorneys must complete twelve (12) CLE credits each compliance period in order to fulfill the Pennsylvania CLE requirement.  All Pennsylvania lawyers are permanently assigned to one of three PA CLE Compliance Groups.[1]

The Rule change provides lawyers the option of completing four (4) hours per compliance year by participating in pre-approved, interactive, Internet or computer based CLE programs.[2]

Attorneys in Pennsylvania are allowed to complete at least portion of their 12 unit PA CLE requirement through online PA CLE courses.  The Pennsylvania Bar allows attorneys to complete a maximum of 4 online PA CLE credit hours each compliance period.  Online CLE course are considered distance learning courses in Pennsylvania.

Internet, CD-Rom, Live Webcasts, Podcasts and Telephone Seminars that are pre-approved and offered by PA CLE Accredited Providers are eligible for PA CLE credit.[3]

Please be advised that any PA CLE credits earned via distance learning in excess of the four (4) PA CLE credit limit will not carry over into the next PA CLE compliance period.  For more information about CLE in Pennsylvania please click the following link: Pennsylvania CLE.

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[1] The PA CLE compliance groups are chosen randomly by lawyer ID number.  Pennsylvania attorneys must complete the PA MCLE requirement annually.

PA CLE Group I: May 1 – April 30.

PA CLE Group II: September 1 – August 31.

PA CLE Group III: January 1 – December 31.

[2] Frequently Asked Questions

https://www.pacle.org/lawyer/lawyer_faq.asp

[3] Frequently Asked Questions

https://www.pacle.org/lawyer/lawyer_faq.asp

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Colorado CLE: CO CLE Deadline is December 31

CO CLE Colorado December 31

Attorneys in Colorado have one of the heftier CLE requirements.  Attorneys in the Centennial State must complete 45 credit hours every three year CO CLE compliance period to fulfill the mandatory CO CLE requirement.

Colorado attorneys must earn forty-five (45) general credits each three year compliance period. Seven (7) of these Colorado CLE credits must be in legal ethics.

Luckily for attorneys licensed in Colorado, you have three years to complete the required 45 unit CO CLE credit requirement … and all 45 CO CLE credit hours may be completed via online Colorado CLE courses.  That means that you just have to complete 15 CO CLE credits each year during your triennial Colorado CO compliance period to be on pace to finish the 45 mandatory CO CLE requirement.

What are my CO CLE compliance and reporting requirements?

Reporting Cycle: Every 3 years

Compliance Deadline: December 31

Reporting Deadline: January 31

Just don’t wait until New Years Eve to get your Colorado CLE requirement done!!!  All Colorado CLE must be finished by December 31 in order to be timely completed.  However, merely completing the mandatory CO CLE requirement does not entirely fulfill your mandatory Colorado CLE obligations.  You must also report your CLE compliance to the Colorado CLE Board before January 31. Noncompliance with the mandatory Colorado CLE requirement may result in late penalty fees and/or suspension from practice.

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For more information about mandatory CLE in Colorado please click the following link: Colorado CLE.

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Arizona CLE: 15 AZ CLE Credits Annually

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As part of the Arizona MCLE (Minimum Continuing Legal Education) requirement Arizona attorneys must complete 15 AZ CLE credit hours each annual compliance period.[1]  As part of this 15 credit AZ CLE requirement, Arizona attorneys must also complete 3 credit hours of Professional Responsibility.

The standards are very broad and many providers and sponsors routinely meet these standards.[2]

Please note that the State Bar of Arizona does NOT certify CLE providers or CLE courses.  Lawyers in Arizona are advised by the State Bar of Arizona to independently review the Arizona MCLE regulations and make their own decision if the CLE course or provider will qualify for AZ MCLE credit.

In order to qualify for Arizona CLE credit, a CLE course must essentially meet the following criteria to qualify towards AZ MCLE requirements:

  1. The course must be must have attorneys as the primary audience.[3]
  2. The main goal of the CLE program is to increase attorney competence.
  3. The CLE program’s subject matter must directly relate to the practice of law, legal ethics or professionalism.
  4. The program must include written materials, an agenda and issue a certificate of completion.

Arizona MCLE Regulation 104(A) lists the standards that apply to CLE courses (and CLE providers) to check and see if a course meets the standards for Arizona CLE credit.  Attorney Credits offer CLE in over thirty states across the country and meets the above listed standards.

Online Arizona CLE courses must also have an interactive component to qualify for AZ CLE credit.  All of Attorney Credits CLE courses offered in Arizona are considered interactive.

For online programs, what qualifies for interactive or self-study?[4]

Where the order of presentation or the content of the course material is dependent on the attorney’s response and the attorney has an opportunity to respond to prompts initiated by the faculty or placed within the course material, it is considered to be interactive.

For further information about the mandatory CLE program in Arizona please click the following link: Arizona CLE.

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[1] The Arizona MCLE compliance period is from July 1 – June 30.  Arizona attorneys must submit proof of meeting their AZ MCLE requirements annually on a form provided by the State Bar of Arizona.  The AZ MCLE reporting deadline is September 15.

[2] Frequently Asked Questions About MCLE in Arizona

http://www.azbar.org/cleandmcle/mcle/frequentlyaskedquestionsaboutmcleinarizona

[3] For live events, at least five attorneys must be present.

[4] Frequently Asked Questions About MCLE in Arizona

http://www.azbar.org/cleandmcle/mcle/frequentlyaskedquestionsaboutmcleinarizona

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New Jersey CLE: 24 Unit Non NJ Resident Exception

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Active New Jersey attorneys must complete 24 credit hours of continuing legal education (CLE) each two-year compliance period – unless a valid exemption applies.[1]  New Jersey attorneys may complete 12 credit hours each two-year compliance period though online NJ CLE courses offered by Attorney Credits.

What is the non-resident exception in New Jersey?

BCLE 201:8 states that attorneys admitted to the New Jersey State Bar Association who reside in, work in, and are licensed in another mandatory CLE state that allows for 100% of the CLE requirement to be taken through alternative verifiable learning formats may satisfy their entire NJ CLE requirement through 100% alternative verifiable learning formats.

However, some attorneys who live outside of New Jersey may qualify for a non-resident exception.  This non-resident exception allows the attorney to complete all 24 NJ CLE credit hours through online NJ CLE courses.

Four elements must be met to qualify for the 24 unit non-resident exception:

  1. Reside outside of New Jersey.
  2. Work outside of New Jersey.
  3. Licensed in a state with mandatory CLE.
  4. The other mandatory CLE state you are licensed in allows the ENTIRE mandatory CLE requirement to be met through online CLE courses.

For example, if you are an attorney licensed in New Jersey who lives and works in California – and has a valid California law license – you may take all 24 NJ CLE credits through online CLE courses.  That’s because California is a mandatory CLE jurisdiction and the State Bar of California allows 100% of CLE courses to be taken through alternative verifiable learning formats.

For more information about New Jersey CLE please click the following link: New Jersey CLE.


[1] Of the required twenty-four (24) NJ CLE credit hours, at least four (4) must be in ethics and/or professionalism. The NJ CLE program is mandatory for judges, attorneys, in-house corporate counsel and attorneys who work for government entities – regardless of whether the attorney is actually practicing within the borders of New Jersey.

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