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New IL CLE Requirement: Diversity & Inclusion + Mental Health & Substance Abuse

Illinois attorneys now have a new IL MCLE requirement. Please note that the Professional Responsibility requirement has been modified. All Illinois attorneys are now required to complete a minimum of 1 hour of Diversity & Inclusion and 1 hour of Mental Health and Substance Abuse.

New Professional Responsibility Requirement

  • 1 hour of Diversity & Inclusion
  • 1 hour of Mental Health and Substance Abuse

This Illinois MCLE rule change does not affect the total number of hours required to fulfill the Professional Responsibility requirement, which remains at 6. These two new hours are considered count towards your Professional Responsibility requirement. The total number of MCLE credits required in each 2 year compliance period also remains at 30.

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IL CLE: What is the New Professional Responsibility MCLE Requirement?

Illinois attorneys now have a new IL MCLE requirement. Please note that the Professional Responsibility requirement has been modified. All Illinois attorneys are now required to complete a minimum of 1 hour of Diversity & Inclusion and 1 hour of Mental Health and Substance Abuse.

New Professional Responsibility Requirement

  • 1 hour of Diversity & Inclusion
  • 1 hour of Mental Health and Substance Abuse

This IL MCLE rule change does not affect the total number of hours required to fulfill the Professional Responsibility requirement, which remains at 6. These two new hours are considered count towards your Professional Responsibility requirement. The total number of MCLE credits required in each 2 year compliance period also remains at 30.

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CLE Course on Legal Ethics and Evolving Technology

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Are you required to keep hard copies of all your blog posts? Can you ethically post the big verdict from your trial on your website? Can you counsel clients to remove embarrassing photos from their Facebook page two weeks before trial? What if your friend endorses you for Maritime Law on LinkedIn… but you’re a family law attorney?

Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram… every new day seems to bring a new social media website and a new electronic fad. How can attorneys harness these new technologies in their legal practice without running afoul of the ethical rules?

It is now your ethical duty to be competent when using new digital technologies. Email and Facebook are not going away – they are now a part of your legal practice. However, as these new technologies evolve so rapidly, the ethics rules struggle to keep up. In this CLE course, attorney Ed McIntyre provides a practical discussion of your evolving ethical duties in light of emerging technologies. The main ethical issues discussed include: communicating electronically with clients, the ethics of cybersleuthing and counseling clients to delete information from social media accounts. To access the course please click here: What Me Worry? Professional Responsibility, Evolving Technology and Why I Might.

Additional subjects covered in this legal ethics course:

  • The ABA Model Rules
  • California Rules of Professional Conduct
  • The Duty of Competence
  • The Duty of Confidentiality
  • The Duty of Communication
  • The legal advertising rules
  • Ethical issues associated with websites
  • Blogs & twitter
  • Disclaimers
  • Confidentiality & social media
  • Website submissions & the attorney-client relationship
  • Friending parties & individuals involved in litigation
  • The no contact rule
  • Suppression of evidence
  • The ethics of LinkedIn endorsements

A veteran trial attorney, Edward J. McIntyre practices complex business litigation in federal and state courts. An expert on the topic of professional responsibility, he also now advises and represents attorneys on issues of professional responsibility, risk mitigation and professional negligence issues. He testifies as an expert witness in court, writes a monthly column on professional responsibility in the San Diego Lawyer Magazine and frequently lectures on this topic. He is also a member and chair of the San Diego County Bar Association Legal Ethics Committee and received the 2013 Top Lawyers of San Diego distinction.

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)
  • 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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Arizona CLE: 3 Required Legal Ethics Annually

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Attorneys licensed to practice law in the state of Arizona have CLE requirements as part of the mandatory Arizona MCLE requirement. The CLE compliance period for Arizona attorneys starts on July 1 and runs to the following June 30. During the Arizona CLE compliance period, each attorney licensed to practice law in Arizona must complete a total of 15 credit hours of Arizona CLE.

Arizona CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: Annual
  • Compliance Deadline: June 30
  • Reporting Deadline: September 15
  • Total Units Required: 15 credit hours
  • Required Ethics: 3 credit hours

As part of the 15 credit hour annual AZ CLE requirement, Arizona attorneys must also complete professional responsibility credits. Every year attorneys in Arizona must complete at least 3 credit hours of professional responsibility or legal ethics. In addition, attorneys that are newly admitted to the State Bar of Arizona and are required to attend the Arizona State Bar’s professionalism course within the first year of admission or registration.[1]

At least 15 hours of CLE are required each year, of which at least three hours must be professional responsibility.[2]

Please be advised that the State Bar of Arizona does not certify CLE courses or CLE Providers. Attorney Credits is a national provider of CLE and currently offers CLE courses in over 30 states. We are Approved Providers of CLE in a number of main states including California, Illinois, New York and Texas. In addition, Arizona attorneys have also completed thousands of CLE credit hours through Attorney Credits website by completing our interactive online and offline CLE courses. For more information about CLE in Arizona please click here: AZ CLE.

[1] Mandatory Professionalism Course

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

[2] CLE Sponsors/Provider Information

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

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