Monthly Archives: January 2014

Questions About California MCLE Compliance?

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At Attorney Credits, we work hard to bring you the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) that you need to remain compliant with your MCLE requirement.  We have tried to make studying and completing your California MCLE requirement as convenient as possible.  As part of CLE Your Way, we offer online and offline CA CLE courses so can study whenever and however it’s most convenient for you.  You can also take any CA CLE course for self-study or participatory credit.

Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) refers to the approved continuing legal education (CLE) required of California attorneys.  California attorneys are required to complete a total of 25 hours of approved credit every 3 years.  Group 3 (N-Z) attorneys must complete their California MCLE requirement by January 31 and report compliance by February 3.

We also know that you have a lot of questions about your California MCLE requirement – everything from the required amount of participatory and specialty credit to reporting compliance and the record keeping requirement.   And we also know that the information you need is hard to find.  For that reason, we have compiled an FAQ about California MCLE compliance.

Top California CLE Questions

What are the California CLE compliance groups?

  • Group 1 (A-G) Period: 2/1/2010 – 1/31/2013 Deadline 2/1/2013
  • Group 2 (H-M) Period: 2/1/2012 – 1/31/2015 Deadline 2/1/2015
  • Group 3 (N-Z) Period: 2/1/2011 – 1/31/2014 Deadline 2/1/2014

How many online CLE courses can I take through Attorney Credits?

  • All twenty-five (25) CLE credit hours.

What are the limits to the amount of self-study credits?

  • California attorneys can earn NO MORE THAN 12.5 units via self-study credit in each compliance period. California attorneys can earn all 25 units via participatory CLE credit.

Can all of Attorney Credits CA CLE courses be taken for participatory credit?

  • Yes.

How does Attorney Credits offer participatory CLE credit?

  • We have several different methods for you to receive participatory credit. If you choose to take a course via streaming audio or video, we will randomly prompt you with a pop up window to make sure you are there. If you take a CD, DVD, MP3 or video download course there will are numeric codes embedded in the course that you must to enter into our system to verify your participation. Alternatively, all courses may also be verified by a third party (any person you select). Just enter the third party’s name and email address and the third party can verify your participation by clicking a link that is sent to their email.

How are CLE credits reported to the State Bar of California?

  • CA attorneys must self-report to the State Bar of California. The State Bar of California is advising that instead of submitting a paper compliance card, California attorneys should report their compliance online through My State Bar Profile. My State Bar Profile is an online tool for California attorneys to pay dues, update personal information, report CLE compliance, and manage other administrative tasks. Please use the following link to access the My State Bar Profile on the State Bar of California website: https://www.calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/MyStateBarProfile.aspx.

Who can I contact for more information about mandatory CA CLE?

  • For more information about mandatory California CLE, please call the State Bar of California CLE Office at 1-888-800-3400. You may also contact Attorney Credits support via email or telephone. For further assistance and information, please call our Support Center at (760) 434-1885 or 877-910-MCLE (6253).

I have listed some of the top questions about CA CLE above.  We also have a much more comprehensive FAQ about California CLE available as well.  You can access the full CA CLE FAQ by clicking the following link: California CLE FAQ.

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Report California MCLE: My State Bar Profile

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California attorneys in Group 3 are rapidly running out of time to complete and report their California MCLE requirement.  Group 3 (N-Z) attorneys must complete 25 CLE credit hours by January 31.  If you are a Group 3 attorney you must report your California MCLE compliance by February 3, 2014.

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After December 2, 2013, the State Bar of California is advising Group 3 attorneys to report their compliance online on the state bar website through My State Bar Profile.  My State Bar Profile is an online feature through the State Bar of California website for California attorneys to report MCLE compliance, pay fees and update personal information. When you are on My State Bar Profile go to “Report MCLE” and follow the instructions for reporting your CA CLE credit.[1]

My State Bar Profile is an online feature for California attorneys to pay fees, report MCLE compliance update personal information, report  your IOLTA status and more.

If you have a “good cause” reason you can request a modification of your CA MCLE requirement by submitting an application and paying a nonrefundable processing fee.[2] Please contact the State Bar of California MCLE Office to request the form and MCLE modification. If you need to complete 25 credit hours of CA CLE, please click the following link: CA CLE.


[1] FAQs about MCLE Compliance

http://www.calbarjournal.com/MCLESpecialEdition2012/TopHeadlines/TH2.aspx

[2] The State Bar of California lists serious medical issue or military deployment as good reason to request a modification.

http://mcle.calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/ComplianceInformation/ReportCompliance.aspx

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California CLE: Self-Study vs. Participatory

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California attorneys must complete 25 required CLE credit hours every 3 years to remain in compliance with their California MCLE requirement.  California attorneys must also complete 4 hours of legal ethics, 1 credit hour of Substance Abuse and 1 credit hour of Elimination of Bias as part of this 25 unit requirement.

Online courses, CD ROM-based courses, and some tape-based courses can count for participatory credit if they are verified by an approved provider. If unsure, contact the individual provider to verify that the program has been approved for participatory credit.[1]

California varies from a number of other states in the fact that it allows two different types of credit – self-study and participatory credit.  As part of the 25 unit requirement, California attorneys must complete a minimum of 12.5 of those 25 credit hours for participatory credit.  In order to receive participatory CLE credit for a CA CLE course, the CLE provider must verify your participation in the course.[2]  All of Attorney Credits’ online or offline California CLE courses can be completed for participatory CLE credit.  Before you begin any of our courses you must select your media and verification method, which will determine if you get self-study or participatory credit for the course.

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Attorney Credits is Approved Provider #13825 in California and all of our CA CLE courses are deemed pre-approved for CLE credit by the State Bar of California.  Any of our CLE courses on the California course list can be completed for self-study or participatory credit.  For more information about CLE in California, please click the following link: California CLE.


[1] Education Options

http://mcle.calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/EducationOptions.aspx

[2] Attorney Credits uses a variety of methods approved by the State Bar of California to verify your participation in online and offline CLE courses and to give you participatory credit for the CLE course.

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CA MCLE Reporting Deadline is February 3

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Time is rapidly running out for a number of California attorneys to complete and report their California MCLE compliance.  Attorneys in the Group 3 MCLE compliance group whose last names start with N – Z have until January 31 to complete their CA MCLE requirement.  Since February 1st falls on a Saturday, California have a couple extra days until February 3rd to report their MCLE compliance this year.

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After December 2nd, the State Bar of California advises that Group 3 attorneys should report their CA CLE compliance online through My State Bar Profile.[1]  The main benefits of reporting CA MCLE compliance electronically include real-time reporting to the State Bar of California database with an instant confirmation emailed to you – and no lost cards in the mail!  The penalty for late compliance and reporting in California is $75.

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Don’t get fined, suspended or disbarred!! Get your California MCLE requirement done today … or at least before January 31.  And make sure to report your CA MCLE compliance by February 3rd to avoid late MCLE compliance.  For more information about California MCLE, please click here: California CLE.


[1] Please note that California Rule of Court 9.7  makes it mandatory to us My State Bar Profile as the means of reporting changes to your contact information and maintaining a private email address for all State Bar communications.

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Texas CLE: When must I complete my TX CLE requirement and report my TX CLE compliance?

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Just like many attorneys around the country, attorneys licensed by the State Bar of Texas have mandatory continuing legal education (CLE) obligations.  Attorneys licensed by the State Bar of Texas must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours of accredited Texas CLE each annual MCLE compliance period.  As part of the mandatory 15 credit hour TX CLE requirement, Texas attorneys must also complete at least 3 credit hours of Legal Ethics or Professional Responsibility.

Texas MCLE Compliance Requirements

Reporting Cycle: Annual

Compliance Deadline: Last day of month preceding birth month

Reporting Deadline: First day of attorney’s birth month

But when must you complete this mandatory CLE obligation?  The Texas CLE compliance year is a one-year period.  That one year period begins on the first day of the month that you were born.  The compliance period ends one year later on the last day of the month that precedes the month of your birth.  Texas attorneys are also afforded a grace period to complete and report CLE compliance that runs until the end of your birth month.

Every Texas attorney gets an automatic grace period to complete and report mandatory Texas CLE hours for the Texas CLE compliance year.  This Texas CLE grace period runs until the end of the birth month.[1]

If you still have questions about CLE reporting in Texas, please contact the State Bar of Texas.  Attorney Credits also offers helpful information about continuing legal education (CLE) in Texas.  Please click this link to access more information about CLE in Texas: Texas CLE.


[1] Report Your MCLE Hours

http://www.texasbar.com/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Report_Your_MCLE_Hours

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Illinois CLE: Top FAQ

How many Illinois CLE credits do I have to complete?

When is my Illinois CLE reporting deadline?

What is the fine if I’m late completing or reporting my Illinois CLE?

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We know that you have questions about your Illinois CLE (continuing legal education) requirements.  We get questions on everything from unit requirements to fines for late compliance.  The state bars are not always the best at providing the information and you don’t have time to search the Internet.

For that reason, we have begun compiling all the answers you need to your Illinois CLE questions.  We have compiled an Illinois CLE FAQ that provides a plethora of information.

What are the mandatory CLE requirements in Illinois?

Illinois lawyers must complete at least thirty (30) Illinois (IL) CLE credit hours every two years, including six (6) mandatory hours of Professional Responsibility.

What are the CLE compliance groups in Illinois?

The Illinois CLE reporting period depends on the first letter of your last name as it appears on the master roll of attorneys. If your last name begins with A-M, your two-year Illinois CLE compliance period begins July 1 of even numbered years. If your last name begins with A-M, your two-year Illinois CLE compliance period begins July 1 of odd numbered years.

How many online Illinois CLE courses can I take through Attorney Credits?

There is no limit to the amount of Illinois CLE hours an Illinois attorney can earn by viewing or listening to CLE courses that are pre-recorded – as long as there is an interactive component to the CLE delivery method. Delivery methods allowed under the Illinois MCLE Rules include on-demand online CLE programming, videotapes, DVDs, CDs and podcasts. Attorney Credits’ Illinois CLE courses have all been specifically designed to meet the Illinois interactivity requirement.

How are CLE credits reported to the Illinois MCLE Board?

All Illinois lawyers are required to report CLE compliance, non-compliance or exemptions at the end of the two-year IL CLE reporting period. The Illinois MCLE Board will mail a Certification Form to each Illinois attorney at the preferred mailing address on file with the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC). The Certification Form must be completed and returned to the Illinois MCLE Board by the due date that is listed on the form.

Do I send my Certificates of Completion to the Illinois MCLE Board?

No, the Illinois MCLE Board will only request Illinois attorneys’ certificates of attendance for the specific CLE events. Neither CLE Providers nor Illinois attorneys submit CLE certificates of attendance to the Illinois MCLE Board unless there is an audit.

How do I report MCLE compliance online?

Illinois attorneys can report IL MCLE compliance online through the Illinois MCLE Board Online Reporting System by clicking the following link: https://www.mcleboard.org/atty_reporting/login.aspx. To use the Illinois online CLE reporting system, you must log in with your attorney registration number issued by the ARDC. Your ARDC number appears on your ARDC card and also on your annual registration form. You can also obtain your ARDC number by contacting the ARDC at (312) 565-2600. The Illinois MCLE Board is not authorized to provide ARDC numbers to Illinois attorneys.

How can I confirm that the Illinois MCLE Board has received my Compliance Report?

Attorneys who would like to confirm that the Illinois MCLE Board has received their CLE Compliance Report should login to the IL MCLE Board’s Online Reporting system to view and print a copy of their CLE Report. The Board has designed its online reporting system to allow attorneys to check their IL CLE Compliance Report online. If you mailed your compliance form, proof of mailing is required for claims that an MCLE certification form was mailed.

Who can I contact for more information about IL CLE?

For more information about CLE in Illinois, please call the Illinois MCLE Board at (312) 924-2420. You may also contact Attorney Credits support via email or telephone. For further assistance and information, please call our Support Center at 877-910-MCLE (6253).

Hopefully, this goes a long way to answering the questions you may have about your Illinois CLE requirement.  If you need more information, please click the following link: Illinois CLE.

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New York CLE: 24 Online CLE Units

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Experienced attorneys admitted to the New York State Bar Association must complete a minimum of twenty-four (24) accredited CLE credit hours during each biennial reporting period.[1]  According to the New York CLE Rules, an “experienced” New York attorney is an attorney that has been admitted to the New York Bar for more than two years.  Please be advised that newly admitted attorneys in New York have their own set of special CLE requirements.[2]

NY CLE Requirements — Experienced Attorneys

  • Total NY CLE Credits Required: 24
  • Reporting Cycle: 2 years
  • Compliance Deadline: Birth date
  • Reporting Deadline: 30 days after your birthday

 

Attorneys in New York do have the luxury of completing their mandatory New York CLE requirement through online and offline CLE courses.  In fact, attorneys in New York may complete all 24 credit hours through online and downloadable CLE courses.  Attorneys in New York may also complete 4 credit hours of Ethics and Professionalism though online and offline CLE courses.

What kinds of NY CLE courses count toward my CLE requirement?

Experienced attorneys may earn CLE credit by attending CLE courses offered in the traditional live classroom format, or in nontraditional formats such as audiotapes, videoconferences, online, etc., so long as the CLE Board has accredited the provider to offer the course in the particular format, or the course is eligible for credit under New York’s Approved Jurisdiction policy.[3]

Attorney Credits offers continuing legal education (CLE) for attorneys in New York and around the country.  For more information about the mandatory New York CLE requirement, please click here NY CLE.


[1] The biennial reporting cycle is defined as the two-year period between your attorney registrations.  The registration card is sent to you around the time of your birthday.

[2] Newly admitted attorneys to the New York Bar must complete a minimum of sixteen (16) “transitional” CLE credit hours in each of the first two years of admission to the New York Bar for a grand total of thirty-two (32) CLE credit hours.  Sixteen (16) of those credit hours must be in the following areas: Skills, Ethics and Professionalism & Law Practice Management and/or Areas of Professional Practice. The first set of sixteen transitional CLE credit hours must be completed by the first anniversary of admission to the New York Bar in the designated categories of credit. The second set of sixteen transitional CLE credit hours must be completed between the first and second anniversaries of admission to the New York Bar.

[3]  CLE – FAQs for Experienced Attorneys

http://www.nycourts.gov/attorneys/cle/attorney_faqs.shtml#s1_q3

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California MCLE Deadline is January 31st

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For some attorneys in California, it’s that time again!  Time to complete your 25 required hours of minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) to remain compliant with the State Bar of California.

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However, not all California attorneys have to complete their California MCLE obligation by January 31, 2014.  MCLE compliance in California is broken down into three compliance periods.  Members of the State Bar of California are assigned to an MCLE compliance group only once and always remain in that same compliance group, even if the member subsequently changes his or her last name.

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Attorneys in California with names that begin with N though Z must complete the 25 required MCLE credit hours by January 31.  Because the MCLE deadline falls on a Friday this year, you have two extra days to report your MCLE compliance in California.  The deadline to report MCLE compliance in California for Group 3 attorneys is February 3, 2014.

For more information about MCLE in California, please click the following link: California MCLE.

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Nevada CLE: 12 Online CLE Units

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Attorneys admitted to the State Bar of Nevada must complete twelve (12) CLE credit hours each annual compliance period as part of their mandatory continuing legal education (CLE) requirement. As part of the 12 unit Nevada CLE requirement, attorneys must complete at least two (2) credit hours of legal ethics.[1] All CLE credits must be completed and reported by December 31 to remain in compliance with the continuing legal education (CLE) requirement.

Nevada MCLE Compliance Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: Annual
  • Compliance Deadline: December 31
  • Reporting Deadline: December 31

Nevada attorneys have the option to complete all 12 required units by completing online and offline CLE courses. All Attorney Credits’ Nevada CLE courses have been pre-approved by the Nevada CLE Board. If you did not complete 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 to the CLE Board in writing and pay a $50 extension fee.  The written request and $50 extension fee must be sent to the Nevada CLE Board.

How many online Nevada CLE courses can I take through Attorney Credits?

Attorneys admitted to the State Bar of Nevada may complete all twelve (12) required NV CLE credit hours through online CLE courses.

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


[1] Nevada has also recently made substance abuse a required course. However, since substance abuse was mandatory in 2013, and Nevada attorneys only have to complete 1 credit hour of substance abuse every three years, substance abuse will not be mandatory again until 2016.

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Pennsylvania CLE: 3 CLE Compliance Groups

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Attorneys that are licensed to practice in Pennsylvania must complete a minimum of twelve (12) CLE credits each compliance period in order to fulfill the annual Pennsylvania CLE requirement.  As part of the twelve unit annual CLE requirement, Pennsylvania attorneys must complete at least a minimum of one (1) hour of legal ethics, professionalism or substance abuse.

PA CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: 1 year
  • Compliance Deadline: Varies
  • Reporting Deadline: Varies

All Pennsylvania lawyers are permanently assigned to one of three Pennsylvania CLE Compliance Groups for compliance and reporting purposes.  Once a Pennsylvania attorney is assigned to a PA CLE compliance group, the compliance group will never change.  Even if your last name changes, your PA CLE Compliance Group will remain the same and you will always remain in the same Compliance Group.

All Pennsylvania lawyers are permanently assigned to 1 of 3 Compliance Groups:

  • Group I:     May 1 – April 30
  • Group II:   September 1 – August 31
  • Group III: January 1 – December 31

PA CLE groups are chosen randomly by lawyer ID number.

Pennsylvania attorneys may complete 4 credit hours through Attorney Credits online and downloadable Pennsylvania CLE courses.  Attorney Credits offer individual courses – including legal ethics, professionalism and substance abuse CLE courses – and also offers four (4) unit CLE compliance packages for Pennsylvania attorneys.  For more information about CLE in Pennsylvania please click here: Pennsylvania CLE.

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