Monthly Archives: July 2017

NY CLE: New York CLE Compliance Groups

Experienced New York attorneys must complete 24 New York CLE hours every 2 year compliance period, including 4 credit hours of legal ethics. New York attorneys report New York CLE compliance when they file their attorney registration card which is sent in your birth month.

New York CLE Compliance Groups

  • Report in EVEN numbered years
    • Admitted BEFORE 1/1/82
    • Admitted in EVEN numbered year
  • Report in ODD-numbered years
    • Admitted in an odd-numbered year AFTER 1982

Attorneys admitted to the New York State Bar Association before January 1, 1982 – or in an even-numbered year – register in even-numbered years. If you were admitted New York State Bar Association in an odd-numbered year after 1982, then you will register in odd-numbered years. To learn more about New York CLE please click here: NY CLE.

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New CLE: Gender Diversity in the Legal Profession

In a recent case, a U.S. Magistrate Judge sanctioned an attorney for telling opposing counsel it wasn’t “becoming of a woman” to raise her voice during a contentious deposition. Yes, we have made strides when it comes to creating a level playing field for women in the legal profession… but there is still a long way to go.

Achieving Real Gender Diversity

Andie and Al provide specific action steps for addressing implicit biases and creating policies and procedures that can prevent bias from influencing decisions inside the firm.

In this lively and thought-provoking program, Andrea S. Kramer and Alton B. Harris discuss how gender bias can prevent law firms and from achieving their desired diversity goals and potential profitability. Andie and Al will mainly address gender disparity in achievement in the legal profession, why gender disparity exists in law firms, ending the gender disparity in law firms and what attorneys can do. To access the course please click here: Achieving Real Gender Diversity in the Legal Profession.

The following topics are also covered:

  • ABA Model Rule 8.4(g)
  • State bar professional responsibility rules
  • The Muller-Lyer Illusion
  • Communal & agentic stereotypes
  • The Goldilocks dilemma
  • The moral & business rationale for creating diversity
  • Affinity bias
  • Unconscious bias
  • Being proactive
  • Impression management
  • What male lawyers can do to be a part of the solution

Andrea S. Kramer is an attorney and a partner in the international law firm of McDermott Will & Emery, LLP. The managing partner in the Chicago office of Nixon Peabody, Al is a frequent writer and lecturer on the financial markets, financial regulation, corporate governance and diversity in the legal profession.

This CLE course is offered in the following states:

  • Alaska (AK)
  • Arizona (AZ)
  • California (CA)
  • Connecticut (CT)
  • District of Columbia (DC)
  • Illinois (IL)
  • Maryland (MD)
  • Massachusetts (MA)
  • Michigan (MI)
  • Missouri (MO)
  • New Hampshire (NH)
  • New Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • North Dakota (ND)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers CLE for attorneys in California and around the country. For more information about CLE in California please click the following link: CA CLE.

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NV CLE: Does the CLE Board keep a record of my CLE?

Nevada attorneys must complete at least 12 Nevada CLE hours each year by December 31. All Nevada CLE hours must be reported by March 1. But does the Nevada CLE Board keep a record of my CLE activities? Yes, the Nevada CLE Board does track your CLE compliance.

Does the CLE Board keep a record of my CLE activities?

  • Yes, the Nevada CLE Board does track your CLE compliance.

In mid-January, the CLE Board will mail you a Compliance Report showing you the NV CLE credits you’ve earned from the previous year.[1] You must report the completion of your Nevada CLE requirement by either submitting Form 3 or by submitting your Certificates of Completion to the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education by March 1. For more information about Nevada CLE please click here: NV CLE.

[1] The CLE Board will mail you a courtesy notice in October.

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PA CLE: Reporting CLE Compliance

Pennsylvania attorneys must complete at least 12 CLE hours each annual compliance period.[1] Pennsylvania attorneys in Compliance Group III must complete the 12 required Pennsylvania CLE hours by December 31.

PA CLE 

  • Group III deadline is December 31

The PA CLE Board keeps a record of your CLE compliance and will inform you of your CLE status and will provide you with a final compliance report.[2] If you have not completed your required CLE, you must cure any CLE deficiency. Click here for more information about Pennsylvania CLE: PA CLE.

[1] Including 2 required hours of Legal Ethics each compliance period.

[2] And will also provide a final compliance report after the end of the CLE compliance period. If the report indicates that you are in compliance, you do not need to take any further action.

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CO CLE: Online CLE Courses Are Considered Homestudy

Colorado attorneys must complete 45 credit hours of CLE every 3 years to complete the CO CLE requirement. And don’t forget, at least 7 of the required 45 credit hours must be in the area of legal ethics. All Colorado CLE credit hours must be completed by December 31 and reported by January 31. Luckily, Colorado attorneys may complete all 45 hours through online and downloadable CLE courses.

Online CLE in Colorado

Colorado attorneys may complete all required CLE credit hours through online and downloadable CLE courses.

Online CLE courses are considered to be homestudy CLE hours in Colorado. To receive CLE credit for any home study course, a Homestudy Affidavit must be submitted to the Colorado CLE Board. Every Colorado attorney was given a Homestudy Affidavit from the Colorado Supreme Court upon admission to the bar, or subsequently with an address change. For more information about CLE in Colorado please click here: CO CLE.

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NJ CLE: Late Group 1 2016 Compliance Deadline is 7/28

Attorneys that are licensed to practice law in New Jersey must complete at least 24 credit hours of continuing legal education (CLE) each two year NJ CLE compliance period. The deadline for Group 1 attorneys to complete and report your New Jersey CLE compliance was 12/31/2016. If birthday falls between January 1 – June 30 you are in Compliance Group 1.

2016 Late NJ CLE Compliance

Group 1 New Jersey attorneys are given a grace period until 07/28/2017 to complete their CLE requirement.

Group 1 attorneys that did not complete the required CLE by 12/31/2016 are given a grace period until 07/28/2017 to complete their CLE requirement. If you complete your CLE requirement within the grace period, you MUST return to the on-line New Jersey registration system to report final compliance on or before 07/28/2017. Failure to complete the CLE and to report that by the end of the grace period will result in an attorney being considered noncompliant.[1] For more information about New Jersey CLE please click here: NJ CLE.

[1] Continuing Legal Education https://www.judiciary.state.nj.us/attorneys/attcle.html

Once an attorney is in noncompliant status, he or she will no longer be able to report compliance on-line and will have to report through a reporting form provided by the Board. In addition, attorneys in this status must provide certificates of attendance proving compliance before his or her record can be modified to a compliant status.

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Group II Pennsylvania CLE Deadline is August 31

Pennsylvania attorneys must complete at least 12 CLE credit hours each annual compliance period, including 2 required hours of Legal Ethics. There are 3 reporting groups for Pennsylvania CLE compliance purposes. Pennsylvania attorneys that are in compliance Group II must complete the 12 required Pennsylvania CLE hours by August 31.

Group II PA CLE Compliance Deadline

  • August 31

Group II attorneys may complete 6 PA CLE hours by completing Attorney Credits online and downloadable CLE courses. Attorney Credits offers individual courses (including legal ethics) and also offers 6 hour PA CLE bundles for Pennsylvania attorneys, the maximum allowed under the PA CLE Rules. For more information about CLE in Pennsylvania please click here: PA CLE.

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New Required CLE in Illinois: Diversity & Inclusion and Mental Health & Substance Abuse

Illinois attorneys now have new requirements. Attorneys in Illinois still must complete 30 credit hours every 2 years.  However, Illinois attorneys must now complete 1 hour of Diversity & Inclusion and 1 hour of Mental Health and Substance as part of the 6 required hours of Professional Responsibility to complete the Illinois CLE requirement.

New Illinois CLE Requirements

Diversity & Inclusion and Mental Health & Substance Abuse are now required hours in Illinois.

This rule change went into affect on 7/1/2017 and starts with the 7/1/2017-6/30/2019 compliance group.  Please note that Illinois attorneys completing late compliance from can complete Diversity & Inclusion and Mental Health & Substance Abuse hours as part of the 6 required hours of Professional Responsibility. Please click here for more information about IL CLE.

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FL CLE – 3 Hour Technology Requirement

The Florida Supreme Court recently approved a new rule requiring Florida lawyers to take technology-related CLE courses. If your Florida CLE compliance is due in the next couple years you don’t have to worry about it.

FL CLER – Technology Requirement

For example, if your last reporting cycle ended on 12/31/2016, then you would not be required to complete the technology requirement until the end of your next compliance period on 12/31/2019.

If your compliance deadline ends on or after 12/31/2019 you must complete 33 credit hours every 3 years. Five of the 33 credit hours must be in approved legal ethics, professionalism, bias elimination, substance abuse, or mental illness awareness programs. Three of the 33 credit hours must be in approved technology programs. Please click here to see more information: FL CLE.

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NY CLE: What should I do if I have not received an attorney registration form by my birthday?

“Experienced” New York attorneys must complete at least 24 NY CLE credit hours each two-year New York CLE reporting cycle.[1]  At least 4 of these NY CLE credit hours must be in the area of Ethics and Professionalism.  You must file your attorney registration form and complete your NY CLE requirement within 30 days after your birthday on alternate years.[2]

NY CLE/Attorney Registration Form

If you have not received your attorney registration form by your birthday in your reporting year you must contact the New York Attorney Registration unit.

At the time of their biennial registration, all New York attorneys must certify that they have properly completed their CLE requirement for that reporting cycle and that they have retained the proper CLE certificates and documentation.  If you have not received your attorney registration form by your birthday in your reporting year you must contact the New York Attorney Registration unit by e-mail at attyreg@nycourts.gov or by telephone at (212) 428-2800.  For more information about CLE in New York please click here: NY CLE.

[1]  Experienced attorneys have been admitted to the New York Bar for more than 2 years.

[2]  If you were admitted before January 1, 1982 or in an even-numbered year (e.g., 1998), then you will register in even-numbered years. If you were admitted in an odd-numbered year after 1982, then you will register in odd-numbered years.

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