Alabama CLE FAQ

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Do you have questions about your Alabama CLE requirement?  Do you need to know how to report your AL CLE compliance – or how many legal ethics credits you need each annual compliance period?  Do you need to know how many AL CLE courses you can take you can take each year via online CLE courses? Or how you report AL MCLE compliance?

Alabama CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

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

Well, we have created an AL CLE FAQ to answer all your pressing Alabama CLE questions!! Now you can easily find the answers that you need to all of your AL CLE questions without having to search all over the Web. We have listed everything from the amount of credit you are allowed to carry over credit to what happens if you are in non-compliance with your AL CLE requirement.

Top Alabama CLE Questions

What are the mandatory AL CLE requirements?

  • Attorneys licensed to practice law in Alabama must complete a minimum of twelve (12) AL CLE credit hours each annual compliance period, including one (1) mandatory credit hour of legal ethics or professionalism.

When must I complete and report my AL CLE?

  • December 31 is the last day to take MCLE courses. Internet courses must be completed by midnight. January 31 is the deadline to report your MCLE compliance with the Alabama MCLE Commission.

How many online AL CLE courses can I take with Attorney Credits?

  • Six (6) credit hours. Alabama attorneys are limited to obtaining a maximum of 6 CLE credits via online CLE courses.

Does the Alabama MCLE Commission keep a record of my completed CLE activities?

  • Yes. See below for more details.

How do I report my AL CLE compliance?

  • By January 31, attorneys subject to the Alabama MCLE requirement will be provided a report on a form supplied by the Alabama MCLE Commission. The form will provide information concerning the attorney’s completion of MCLE hours and will include reference to hours earned during the preceding calendar year, in addition to hours to be carried forward to the current year. You must complete and return this form by January 31.

Who can I contact for more information about AL CLE?

  • For more information about MCLE in Alabama, please call the Alabama MCLE Commission at (334) 269-1515.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 visit the support page on the website.

We hope that this saves you some time and keeps you compliant with your AL CLE requirement. If you have further questions, you can visit our full Alabama CLE FAQ. And if you need to complete your AL CLE requirement, please visit our AL CLE page: AL CLE.

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

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Attorneys that are admitted to the State Bar of Nevada must complete a minimum of twelve (12) CLE credit hours each annual NV CLE compliance period to properly fulfill the mandatory NV CLE requirement. Nevada attorneys must complete at least two (2) credit hours of legal ethics each year – and the substance abuse requirement was also recently added.[1]

Nevada CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: Annual
  • Compliance Deadline: December 31
  • Reporting Deadline: March 1

Nevada attorneys must have all 12 credit hours completed by December 31 or risk being fined for non-completion of CLE. Most Nevada attorneys will be given until March 1 to complete the NV CLE requirement if they do not complete the required 12 credit hours by December 31.[2] Attorneys in Nevada must also report their CLE compliance by completing and returning the annual CLE compliance report.

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

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

The Nevada CLE Board will keep track of the CLE you have completed and reported. Before the NV CLE deadline, the Nevada CLE Board will mail out a courtesy notice to all members of the Nevada Bar. Then in mid-January, the NV CLE Board will mail you a Compliance Report (Form 6) reflecting the NV CLE credits that you have earned from the previous CLE compliance year. For more information about Nevada CLE please click here: NV CLE.

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[1] Nevada CLE: Subtance Abuse Now Required

http://www.attorneycredits.com/wordpress/2014/09/nevada-cle-substance-abuse-now-required/

[2] Late compliance also comes with a $50 fine.

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PA CLE: Compliance Group 1 Deadline is April 30

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Active Pennsylvania attorneys that are not exempt from their annual PA CLE requirements must complete a minimum of twelve (12) CLE credit hours each compliance period in order to fulfill the Pennsylvania CLE requirement. As part of the annual 12 credit hour PA CLE requirement for 2015, Pennsylvania attorneys must now complete at least a minimum of two (2) hours of legal ethics, professionalism or substance abuse.

PA CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: Annual
  • Compliance Deadline: Varies by Group
  • Reporting Deadline: Varies by Group

There are three separate compliance groups for Pennsylvania attorneys that determine when your PA CLE is due. These CLE compliance groups are chosen randomly by lawyer ID number. Pennsylvania attorneys that are in PA CLE Compliance Group 1 have until April 30, 2015, to complete their annual PA CLE requirement. The annual requirement for 2015 is 12 credit hours, including 2 hours of ethics.

Pennsylvania CLE Compliance Groups 1:

  • May 1 through April 30 

Pennsylvania attorneys that are in Group I may now fulfill up to 6 credit hours by completing Attorney Credits online and downloadable Pennsylvania CLE courses. We feature six (6) unit PA CLE compliance bundles for Pennsylvania attorneys in compliance Group I that include the 2 required legal ethics credit hours.  And we also offer individual courses if you just need to pick up a couple legal ethics credits. For more information about CLE in Pennsylvania please click here: Pennsylvania CLE.

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CO CLE: 7 Ethics Credits Each CLE Compliance Period

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Attorneys that are licensed in Colorado must complete 45 credit hours of approved CO CLE every 3 years in order to properly fulfill the CO CLE requirement.  In order to keep your license to practice law in Colorado in good standing you must complete your CO CLE requirement by December 31 and report your Colorado CLE compliance by January 31.

Colorado CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: 3 years
  • Compliance Deadline: December 31
  • Reporting Deadline: January 31
  • Required Credits: 45
  • Required Ethics: 7

Like every other state with a mandatory CLE requirement, attorneys in Colorado must complete certain specialty credits to properly complete the CO CLE requirement. Of the forty-five (45) required CO CLE credit hours, Colorado attorneys must complete a minimum of seven (7) credit hours in the area of legal ethics each three-year CO CLE compliance period.  CLE courses that focus on professionalism issues such as eliminating bias from the legal profession and substance abuse issues amongst attorneys also generally qualify for legal ethics credit in Colorado.

How do Attorney Credits’ CLE courses qualify for CLE credit in Colorado?

Online CLE courses are considered to be Homestudy Credits in Colorado.   To receive CLE credit for any home study course, a Homestudy Affidavit must be submitted to the Supreme Court Board of Continuing Legal and Judicial Education (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.

Attorney Credits is an Approved Sponsor of CLE programs in Colorado. Our Colorado CLE courses have all been pre-approved by the Colorado CLE Board for homestudy credit. All of our CO CLE courses meet the requirements set forth in Colorado MCLE Rule 103(j). For more information about CLE in Colorado, please click the following link: CO CLE.

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New CLE Course on Ethics & Technology

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In a very short period of time technology has revolutionized society and has forever changed the practice of law. The days of burying your head in the sand and hoping that technology all just goes away are over – whether you like it or not, technology is here to stay. ESI, metadata, litigation holds, friending potential witnesses… lawyers now need to understand and be well-versed with technology in order to fully represent their clients, get the best outcome at trial and avoid discipline and malpractice lawsuits.

Failing to grasp these new technologies in your everyday practice can lead to ethical violations, malpractice lawsuits and even disqualification.

In this new CLE course Ed McIntyre provides ethical guidance for fellow trial attorneys by reviewing three different hypothetical case examples based on the following subjects: electronically stored information (ESI) & the litigation hold, the inadvertent disclosure of documents and friending people involved in a lawsuit. To access the course click here: Ethics and Technology for the Trial Lawyer.

Further topics covered by Mr. McIntyre include:

  • Why we should care about ethics & technology
  • The applicable laws & codes
  • The evolution of technology
  • ESI (electronically stored information)
  • The Zubulake series of cases
  • Model Rule 1.1, Model Rule 1.6(c)
  • Rico v. Mitsubishi
  • Attorney client privilege
  • Attorney work product
  • Model Rule 4.4(b)
  • Disqualification
  • Public vs. private Facebook pages
  • Googling the jury

Edward J. McIntyre, Esq. is a litigation partner and general counsel for Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith, LLP where he practices complex business litigation in federal and state courts. He also advises and represents attorneys on issues of professional responsibility, risk mitigation and professional negligence. Mr. McIntyre is an expert on the topic of professional responsibility. 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 on ethics & technology is currently accredited 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 Jersey (NJ)
  • New York (NY)
  • Pennsylvania (PA)
  • South Dakota (SD)

Attorney Credits offers continuing legal education (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: 15 Online CLE Credits Allowed 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. As part of this 15 credit AZ CLE requirement, Arizona attorneys must make sure to complete at least 3 credit hours of Professional Responsibility.

Arizona MCLE Compliance Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: Annual
  • Required Credit Hours: 15
  • Online Credits Hours Allowed: 15

One bright spot for Arizona attorneys – all 15 required Arizona CLE credit hours may be completed by taking online and downloadable CLE course. One key requirement for online CLE courses in Arizona is that the program must be considered interactive. All of Attorney Credits’ online and offline CLE courses offered in Arizona are considered interactive.  For online AZ CLE programs we utilize randomly inserted verification prompts that appear during the online video to monitor your participation. For offline CLE courses we use number codes embedded in the course to verify your participation and completion of the course. These are both accepted methods for interactivity in Arizona.

What qualifies for interactive or self-study credit for an online CLE program?[1]

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. All of the State Bar’s Online Programs are considered interactive.

PLEASE NOTE that Arizona does not certify CLE courses or CLE Providers. However, Attorney Credits offers CLE courses in over 40 states across the country and we are Approved Providers of CLE in a number of states. We have also had hundreds of Arizona attorneys complete thousands of CLE courses by completing our online and offline CLE courses. For more information about CLE in Arizona please click here: AZ CLE.

[1] Frequently Asked Questions About MCLE in Arizona

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

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NJ CLE: 4 Legal Ethics Credit Hours Each Compliance Period

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Active attorneys licensed to practice law in New Jersey must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours of NJ CLE (continuing legal education) each two year NJ CLE compliance period. For New Jersey CLE compliance and reporting purposes, every active NJ attorney is permanently assigned to one of two compliance groups.[1]

New Jersey CLE Compliance & Reporting

  • Required Credit Hours: 24
  • Required Ethics: 4
  • Reporting Cycle: 2 years
  • Compliance Deadline: December 31

As part of the 24 credit hour requirement New Jersey attorneys must complete a minimum of 4 credit hours of legal ethics each 2 year NJ CLE compliance period. However, you can take courses in a variety of areas that will qualify for legal ethics credit. For example, courses that deal with substance abuse, attorneys and the competence to practice law will qualify for legal ethics credit in New Jersey.

Ethics and/or professional responsibility courses or segments of courses are devoted to:

  1. The substance, underlying rationale, and the practical application of the Rules of Professional Conduct
  2. The professional obligations of the attorney to the client, the court, the public, and other lawyers
  3. Substance abuse and its effects on lawyers and the practice of law

Without a valid exception New Jersey attorneys may complete 12 credit hours of online NJ CLE courses each two-year NJ CLE compliance period. Attorneys that live out of state or suffer from a medial condition that prevents attendance at a live CLE event may qualify for an exception to take all 24 required credit hours through online CLE courses. Please click here for more information about New Jersey CLE: NJ CLE.

[1] NJ Compliance Group 1

  • Attorneys with birthdays between January 1 – June 30

NJ Compliance Group 2

  • Attorneys with birthdays between July 1 – December 31
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Late California MCLE Compliance

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So you’re a Group 2 attorney in California and you missed the February 2 MCLE deadline…. what do you do now? Don’t panic!

As long as you are honest in reporting your hours, the worst thing that can happen at this point is that you’ll be assessed a $75 late fee.

At this point, if make up the required 25 credit hour CA MCLE requirement by June 30 the worst thing that will happen is that you will be assessed a $75 late fee. Even if you missed the February 2 CA MCLE deadline, you can avoid receiving the a 60-day notice from the bar that your license to practice law will be suspended as long as you complete the CA CLE hours that you lack in a timely fashion – and make sure not to forget about the required ethics, bias and competence credit, in addition to the 12.5 hours of participatory credit.

Here are a couple of points from the State Bar of California:[1]

  • If you had to make up hours after the February 2 MCLE deadline, keep in mind you won’t be able to count them a second time during the next three-year compliance period.
  • Don’t falsely report that you have met the requirements. That could land you in some serious trouble!
  • Keep good records and documentation of your CLE courses completed and hold onto them for at least one year after you’ve reported compliance.

And at this point in time the absolute worst think you can do is falsely report that you have met the CA MCLE requirement. That could land you in some serious trouble and even get you disbarred! For more information about CLE in California please click this link: CA MCLE.

[2] Avoiding the stress of the Feb. 2 MCLE deadline

http://www.calbarjournal.com/February2015/TopHeadlines/TH5.aspx

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New CLE Course: Legal Considerations for Marijuana Businesses

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Bob Dylan couldn’t have put it better when he sang about “the times they are a-changin’.” At this point in time, nearly half of the states have enacted laws to legalize medical marijuana. And both Colorado and Washington have already completely legalized recreational pot consumption. In the first six months that Colorado’s recreational marijuana laws came into effect, the state collected over $10 million dollars in excise taxes.[1]

The main topics discussed in this CLE course include:

  • Federal vs. state law conflict
  • What to expect from state law regimes
  • Litigation in the marijuana industry
  • Banking
  • Taxation
  • Intellectual property & the cannabis industry

Is your practice ready to take advantage of this new ‘green’ gold rush? Do you have the knowledge and skill set to guide clients through an ever-changing regulatory maze? What are the key strategies to make you a successful cannabis attorney? Do you know what it takes to navigate these complex regulatory state licensing regimes? To get a better idea on the opportunities and risks associated with entering this emerging practice area, attorney Hilary Bricken of Canna Law Group provides her fascinating insight into the world of legalized weed and the numerous legal considerations faced by businesses involved in the marijuana industry. To access this CLE course please click here: Legal Considerations for Marijuana Businesses.

Additional subjects covered include:

  • Federal pre-emption and the Controlled Substances Act
  • Federal enforcement memoranda
  • The most recent Cole memo & its affects
  • Licensing & permitting
  • Significant barriers to entry
  • Regulatory restrictions between and for applicants
  • Flaws in initiatives & ballot measures
  • Timing & major deadlines
  • Eligibility requirements
  • Zoning
  • Land use & nuisance
  • Issues of local control
  • Federal anti-money laundering laws (the Bank Secrecy Act)
  • FinCEN guidance
  • IRS Code Section 280e
  • Federal & state trademark protection

Since joining Harris Moure in 2010, Hilary Bricken has earned a reputation as a fearless advocate for local businesses. Hilary’s clients include start-ups, entrepreneurs, and companies in all stages of development, and these new businesses value her bold approach to business strategy. The Puget Sound Business Journal recently named Hilary as one of seven dealmakers of the year for 2013. She was by far the youngest and the only private practice attorney to garner this honor. From Al Jazeera America to CNN, Fox News, and The New York Times, major media outlets have turned to Hilary for her on-the-ground perspective on emerging business law. Hilary is also an aggressive litigator, having argued and won contentious cases in Superior and District court. She regularly appears before City Councils and community forums, where she advocates tirelessly for the local businesses she represents.

[1] That means that roughly $200 million dollars was spent on the retail side and this is only the tip of the iceberg. In a report by the Marijuana Business Daily, legalized cannabis sales are projected to exceed $8 billion dollars by 2018.

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Texas CLE: Annual Verification Report Instructions

screen-capture6Attorneys that are licensed to practice law by the State Bar of Texas must complete annual MCLE requirements. In Texas, attorneys must complete at least 15 TX CLE credit hours each year.[1] Your annual TX CLE compliance deadline is determined by the month of your birth.

Texas MCLE Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: Annual
  • Compliance Deadline: Last day of month before birth month
  • Reporting Deadline: 1st day of month of birth month

You must report your annual TX MCLE compliance on the Annual MCLE Verification Report.  Your Annual MCLE Verification Report will be mailed to you by the State Bar of Texas and it is your duty to review this report carefully to ensure that it is both accurate and complete. The Annual MCLE Verification Report will be mailed to you eight (8) weeks before the month that you were born.

Texas MCLE Reporting

  • The Texas MCLE Department tracks each Texas attorney’s MCLE compliance through the MCLE Annual Verification Report.

If you need help filling out your Annual MCLE Verification Report for Texas, the State Bar of Texas has a helpful webpage on the state bar website. It lists step-by-step instructions on how to fill out the report so you can assure that you have properly filled in all the information. Failure to timely report your TX CLE credit hours and MCLE compliance could result in a non-compliance penalty of $100, $200, or $300. For more information about Texas CLE please click here: TX CLE.

[1] Texas attorneys must also complete at least 3 credit hours of Legal Ethics or Professional Responsibility as part of the mandatory 15 credit hour TX CLE requirement.

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