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FL CLE: 30 CLE Hours or 33 CLE Hours??

The Florida Supreme Court approved a new rule on 1/1/2017 requiring Florida attorneys to complete 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

The first Florida attorneys that need to complete 33 hours – including 3 hours of technology – have compliance dates starting in December 2019.

Only if your compliance deadline ends in December 2019 (or later) then you must complete 33 credit hours every 3 years. Five of the 33 credit hours must be in approved legal ethics and 3 of the 33 hours must be in approved technology programs. Please click here to see more information: FL CLE.

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FL CLE: Reporting Your Completed Florida CLE Courses

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Florida attorneys must report completed FL CLE courses online through the Florida Bar website. You will need the course ID number for the course in order to report your credit, the course ID is number will be located on the Certificate of Completion.

Posting Your Florida CLE Credits

In order to post your CLE credits with the The Florida Bar, you can login to your account on the Florida Bar website and report your FL CLE hours.

If you have questions about reporting please contact the Florida Legal Specialization and Education department at (800) 342-8060 ext. 5842. You can also contact Attorney Credits for additional information about Florida CLE compliance or visit our Florida webpages: FL CLE.

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New CLE on Franchise Law & the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD)

Franchise law is a specialized area of law that is fairly regulated by both federal law and various state laws. Knowing the intricacies of how franchising and franchise law work can enhance your skill sets as a practitioner and help you better assist your business clients.

Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD)

The Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) must include 23 items and it includes prospective franchisees with the information they need to make an informed decisions.

In this CLE course, Joe Donnini will cover not only the fundamentals of franchise law, but also address numerous practical points that you must consider to effectively represent your clients that are considering buying a franchise. Joe will mainly discuss the legal definition of a franchise, the federal & state regulatory framework, disclosure & documents, franchise contracts and common legal and practical concerns. Joe also spends a considerable portion of the course reviewing the 23 items in the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). To access the course please click here: Franchise Law.

Joe mainly covers the following Items in the FDD:

  • The estimated initial investment
  • Initial & other fees
  • Financing
  • Renewal
  • Termination
  • Transfer & dispute resolution
  • Financial performance representations
  • Contracts

Joe Donnini is an experienced attorney, entrepreneur, educator, and business consultant. Having a diverse background has positioned Joe to gain perspective in multiple industries on many matters. Joe has assisted clients in key areas of business creation, development, operations, and finance.

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 Illinois and around the country. For more information about CLE in Illinois please click the following link: IL CLE.

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New CLE on IP Protection & the Cannabis Industry

Yes, the cannabis industry is growing like a weed… a well-watered weed. Since states have begun legalizing marijuana for medicinal and recreational purposes, consumer demand has skyrocketed.

The Cannabis Industry & IP Protection

Marijuana sales are projected to exceed $20 billion annually within the next few years. As this new legal industry grows exponentially, so too do the intellectual property issues associated with these new cannabis businesses.

Intellectual property attorney Dave Branfman has been a pioneer in this field, recognizing very early that these new cannabusinesses face novel IP issues. In this course, Dave joins fellow IP attorney Eric Hanscom for an enlightening and entertaining look at how patent, copyright and trademark law can protect these new companies, their “flowers” and the derivative products they produce. To access the course please click here: Growing Like a Weed: Intellectual Property Issues in the Cannabis Industry.

Eric and Dave will also discuss:

  • Design, utility & plant patents
  • Provisional patents
  • The PVPA (Plant Variety Protection Act)
  • Federal law
  • Cannabis patents issued
  • Strong & weak trademarks
  • Increasing competition in the industry
  • Selecting names for strains
  • Developing content rich logos
  • Licensing
  • IP litigation in the cannabis industry

An intellectual property attorney, Eric Hancom is actively involved in overseeing litigation, contract negotiation and customs issues in the US, Asia, Europe, South American and Australia over matters ranging from patent and trademark infringement to breach of contract. David Branfman’s practice focuses on intellectual property and entertainment law, including trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing, motion pictures & TV and music.

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 New York and around the country. For more information about New York CLE in please click the following link: NY CLE.

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FL CLE: All 30 Hours (33 in some cases) May be Completed by Online Florida CLE Courses

Florida attorneys must complete at least 30 total Florida CLE credit hours every 3 years, including 5 credit hours of legal ethics.  For future CLER compliance, Florida attorneys will need to complete 33 hours every 3 years.[1]  However, this new 33 hour requirement (and technology requirement) does not a apply for another few more years.[2]

Florida CLE Requirement 

Florida attorneys are allowed to complete all 30 hours through online FL CLE courses.

Florida attorneys are allowed to complete all 30 hours by completing online and downloadable FL CLE courses. Florida attorneys may complete courses though online streaming video, audio (MP3) download, video (MP4) download, CD and other offline media formats. For more information about Florida CLE courses and the CLE requirement in Florida please click this link: Florida CLE.

[1] FL CLER: Technology CLE Required

FL CLER: Technology CLE Required

[2] The first Florida attorneys that need to comply with this new requirement are those attorneys whose CLE deadline is December 2019.

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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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FL CLE: When is My Florida CLE Reporting Deadline?

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Florida attorneys must complete and report 30 Florida CLE credit hours each 3 year reporting cycle. But when is your deadline to report your CLE compliance?

FL CLE Deadline

Your Florida CLE reporting deadline is chosen randomly by a computer.

The Florida Bar will send you a reminder three months prior to your FL CLE deadline.[1] If you have not yet completed your mandatory FL CLE requirement when the notice is sent, you will receive a Reporting Affidavit. You must return this Affidavit by the reporting date along with an explanation of how you cured your CLE deficit. To access more information about Florida CLE please click the following link: FL CLE.

[1] The Florida Bar will also provide you notice regarding the FL CLE that you have completed. If have completed your Florida CLE requirement at that time, you will receive a Notice of Compliance. If this Notice of Compliance is accurate, you don’t have to take any further steps.

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FL CLE: Will I Get Notice About My Reporting Deadline

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Florida attorneys must complete at least 30 total Florida CLE credit hours every 3 years, including 5 credit hours of legal ethics. Florida Bar members are also required to report compliance with the FL CLER (continuing legal education requirement) every three years.[1] If you fail to complete and report the required FL CLE hours you can be fined and suspended from the practice of Florida law.

FL CLE – Reporting Compliance

  • At least 3 months before the end of your FL CLE reporting cycle
  • You will receive an email notifying you
  • Of your reporting requirements and reporting deadline

But how to you know when your it’s your reporting deadline? At least three months before the end of your FL CLE reporting cycle, you will receive an email notifying you of your reporting requirements and the impending due date. This email will be sent to you by the Florida Bar. For more information about Florida CLE courses and the CLER in Florida please click this link: Florida CLE.

[1] Each Florida attorney is assigned a three-year reporting cycle, chosen at random by a computer program.

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FL CLE: Florida CLE FAQ

How many FL CLE hours do I need to complete?  When do I need to complete my 30 hours?  How do I report compliance?  Do providers report my completed courses?  What in the world is CLER?

Top FL CLE Questions

  • How are CLE credits reported to the Florida Bar?
    • You must self-report your FL CLE credit hours on the Florida Bar website. In order to self-report your FL CLE, you will need to know our Florida Bar course numbers for FL CLE course that you complete. The Florida Bar course numbers are printed on your Certificates of Completion.
  • How often and by when do I need to report CLE compliance?
    • Florida attorneys are required to report FL CLE hours earned every three years. Each Florida attorney is assigned a three year reporting cycle. You can find your reporting date on the mailing label of The Florida Bar News.
  • What is the new technology requirement?
    • Effective January 1, 2017, each Florida attorney must complete 3 credit hours in approved technology programs each compliance period. Compliance with the new rule will begin in the member’s next reporting cycle following the January 1, 2017 effective date. For example, if your last reporting cycle ended on December 31, 2016, then you would not have to complete the technology requirement until the end of your next compliance period on December 31, 2019.

If you’re like many Florida attorneys – even attorneys that have practiced for years – you have questions about your Florida CLE compliance. That’s why we created our Florida CLE FAQ… so we can help you easily find the information that you need about your FL CLE compliance! For more information about your FL CLE compliance please click here: FL CLE FAQ.

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CLE FAQ on CLE Requirements

One thing I’ve learned about CLE is that the rules of each state are completely different and many attorneys aren’t even aware of the most basic requirements. Total credits, the legal ethics requirement, compliance and reporting deadlines – there is a lot of information to keep track of. And this takes on even more importance when you get audited because your ability to practice law rests on your completing your MCLE requirements properly.

CLE Requirements

  • Do you know the CLE requirements in your state??

Luckily, if you need answers to your CLE questions we have compiled multiple helpful resources. We work hard to bring you the most current information about your CLE rules and regulations so you can keep your law license and continue to practice law. We have a CLE FAQ for every state like this one for California: CA CLE FAQ.

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