FL CLE: The Florida CLE Reporting Deadline

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Florida attorneys must complete and report 30 total FL CLE credit hours every three-year reporting cycle.[1] Your FL CLE reporting cycle is chosen randomly by a computer program. This compliance and reporting requirement is called the Continuing Legal Education Requirement (CLER) in Florida.

Your Florida CLE Reporting cycle is chosen randomly by a computer program.

The Florida Bar will send you a reminder three months prior to your FL CLER deadline.[2] The Florida Bar will also provide you notice regarding the FL CLE that you have completed. If you 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 and you are considered to be compliant with the CLER.

You can find your reporting date on the mailing label of The Florida Bar News.

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] As part of the 30 credit hour FL CLE requirement, Florida attorneys must also complete 5 credit hours in the area of legal ethics.

[2] Three months prior to the deadline for you to complete your FL CLER you will receive notice from The Florida Bar advising you that your reporting period is upcoming.

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TX CLE: Compliance, Reporting… & the Grace Period

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Texas attorneys must complete annual TX MCLE requirements if they want to continue to practice law in the Lone Star state. As part of the annual CLE requirement in Texas, attorneys must complete a minimum of 15 TX CLE credit hours. Texas attorneys must also complete at least 3 credit hours of Legal Ethics or Professional Responsibility each year in order to satisfy the mandatory TX CLE requirement.

TX CLE Compliance & Reporting

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

Texas attorneys often ask about the deadline to complete the the TX MCLE requirement. The answer to that question depends on when you were born. Your TX MCLE compliance year is a one-year period that begins on the first day of the month that you were born. The MCLE compliance period ends one year later on the last day of the month that precedes your birth month. All TX CLE must be completed and reported (received by the Texas MCLE Director) by the last day of your birth month in order to avoid a non-compliance penalty fee.

TX MCLE – Grace Period

Each Texas attorney has an automatic grace period – the end of his or her birth month – to complete AND report TX MCLE hours for that compliance year.

If you have NOT completed or reported the required 15 TX credit hours by the last day of your compliance year, you will receive a reminder Notice via email and regular mail from the State Bar of Texas at the beginning of your birth month. If you do not complete and report at least 15 hours of Texas CLE by the last day the grace period then you will be in non-compliance and subject to a penalty ranging between $100-$300. Please click this link to access more information about CLE in Texas: TX CLE.

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IL CLE: Illinois MCLE Reporting Groups

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Illinois attorneys must complete a minimum of thirty (30) IL CLE credit hours every two years in order to complete the IL MCLE requirement. In addition, six (6) credit hours must completed in the area of Professional Responsibility – which includes courses in legal ethics, bias & diversity and substance abuse in the legal profession.

IL MCLE Compliance & Reporting

  • Report
    • 2 years
  • Credit Hours
    • 30
  • Compliance Deadline
    • June 30
  • Reporting Deadline
    • July 31

But how do you know when you must complete your IL MCLE requirement?  Your Illinois CLE reporting period depends on the first letter of your last name as it appears on the master roll of attorneys with the ARDC.[1] If your last name begins with A-M, your report in EVEN numbered years. If your last name begins with N-Z, you report in ODD numbered years. Very simple.

Illinois MCLE Reporting:

  • Last names A – M
    • July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2018
  • Last names N – Z
    • July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2017

Illinois attorneys may satisfy all 30 IL CLE credit hours by completing online on-demand CLE courses. Attorney Credits is an Accredited Provider of CLE in Illinois and all of our Illinois CLE courses are approved by the Illinois MCLE Board. To access more information about the the IL CLE requirements, deadlines and IL MCLE compliance packages, please click the following link: IL CLE.

[1] ARDC (Attorney Discipline and Registration Committee).

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NY CLE: When Do I Report NY CLE Compliance?

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Experienced New York attorneys must complete 24 credit hours every 2 year compliance period – including 4 credit hours of legal ethics.[1] You must file your attorney registration form and complete your NY CLE requirement within 30 days after your birthday on your reporting year.[2]

New York CLE Compliance & Reporting Requirements

  • Reporting Cycle: 2 years
  • Compliance Deadline: Birth date
  • Reporting Deadline: 30 days after your birthday

If you were admitted to the New York State Bar Association before January 1, 1982 – or in an even-numbered year – then you will 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. At the time of the biennial registration, all New York attorneys must certify that they have completed their New York CLE requirement for that reporting cycle and that the proper documentation has been retained.

New York CLE Compliance Groups

  • Register in EVEN-numbered years
    • Admitted BEFORE 1/1/1982
    • OR in an even-numbered year
  • Register in ODD-numbered years
    • Admitted in an odd-numbered year AFTER 1982

Attorney Credits is an Accredited Sponsor of CLE in New York. We have helped hundreds of New York attorneys complete thousands of NY CLE credit hours through the AttorneyCredits.com website. For more information about New York CLE, please click the following link: NY CLE.

[1] An Experienced New York attorney have been admitted to the New York State Bar for more than two years.

[2] In order to report your New York CLE compliance an attorney registration form will be mailed to you by the NY CLE Board.[2]

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CA CLE: Last names A-G Report MCLE by 2/1

 

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California attorneys that are in Group 1 (Last names A-G) must report their CA MCLE compliance by today, February 1.  The compliance period for Group 1 attorneys runs from 2/1/13 to 1/31/16.

Required CA MCLE

  • Total Units: 25
  • Legal Ethics: 4
  • Elimination of Bias: 1
  • Substance Abuse/Competence: 1

Please be aware that according to the Cal Bar Journal, waiting until the last day SIGNIFICANTLY increases your odds of being audited by the Cal Bar.  So please be extra sure to properly complete your California MCLE compliance.  If you have not yet completed the CA MCLE requirement, you only have to pay  a $75 fine if you complete your MCLE by June 30.  For more information about MCLE in California click here: CA CLE.

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California MCLE Checklist

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California attorneys that are in Group 1 (Last names A-G) must complete and report their MCLE compliance by the February 1 CA CLE reporting deadline.  Here is a quick CA MCLE compliance checklist below:

CA MCLE Checklist

  • 25 total hours
  • 4 Ethics, 1 Bias & 1 Competence Issues
  • 12.5 participatory

Please make sure to properly complete your California MCLE compliance…. you’ll feel much better if you get that MCLE audit letter in July.  For more information about California CLE please click here: CA CLE.

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CA CLE: Ethics, Bias & Competence… On My!!!

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In California, attorneys to complete 25 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) every three years to remain compliant with the CA MCLE requirement. California attorneys that are in Group 1 (Last names A-G) are the next up for MCLE compliance at the end of the month. Group 1 attorneys have a February 1, 2016, CA MCLE reporting deadline.[1]

Top Reasons for CA MCLE Non-Compliance

  • Not completing 25 CLE hours
  • Not completing 12.5 hours of participatory credit
  • Not completing enough specialty credits

California attorneys must remember to complete specific “specialty credits.” Attorneys in California must make sure to complete at least 4 credit hours of legal ethics, 1 credit hour of competence issues and 1 credit hour of elimination of bias. The 1 credit hour of competence issues was formerly known as substance abuse prevention and detection.[2]

Special Requirements for CA MCLE Compliance:[3]

  • Legal Ethics – 4 hours
  • Competence Issues[4]1 hour
  • Elimination of Bias – 1 hour

The State Bar of California has greatly increased the amount of MCLE audits over the last few years – up to 7,000 California lawyers are being audited every year. Attorneys in California must pay special attention when completing the CA MCLE requirement because some attorneys have even been suspended or disbarred for not properly completing the 25 credit hour CA CLE requirement. For more information about California CLE please click here: CA MCLE.

[1] Compliance Groups

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

[2] Competence Issues addresses substance abuse or other mental or physical issues that impair a member’s ability to perform legal services with competence.

[3] May be taken as participatory or self-study.

[4] Formerly known as Prevention, Detection and Treatment of Substance Abuse or Mental Illness.

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CA CLE: Top 3 MCLE Mistakes

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Well, we are getting into serious, hardcore procrastinator time. There are only a few days left to get your 25 credit hours. If your last name is A-G and you are a California attorney, its time to get started on your CA MCLE compliance!

Top 3 CA MCLE Mistakes

  • Not completing all 25 credit hours
  • Not taking at least 12.5 hours for Participatory credit
  • Not taking enough Legal Ethics, Bias or Competence Issues hours[1]

The deadline for Group 1 attorneys to report their CA MCLE compliance is February 1, 2016. Those California attorneys with last names A-G are in Compliance Group 1. The compliance period for Group 1 attorneys runs from 2/1/13 to 1/31/16. For more information about CLE in California please click the following link: CA CLE.

[1] California attorneys must complete 4 credit hours of legal ethics, 1 credit hour of elimination of bias and 1 hour of competence issues.

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CA CLE: Participatory Credit for Online CLE Courses

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Yes, you can take online CA CLE courses for participatory credit!!!  Some California attorneys are under the impression that participatory credit can only be earned by attending live, in-person CLE courses. However, California attorneys may complete their entire 25 credit hour requirement by taking online, downloadable and CD CLE courses.

Participatory & Self-Study

California attorneys may take courses for either self-study or participatory credit. The CA MCLE rules require California attorneys to complete a minimum of 12.5 credit hours of participatory credit each three-year compliance period.

As long as course attendance/completion is verified by a provider, online and downloadable CLE courses may be completed for participatory credit. We verify your online participation through randomly inserted pop ups that you must click to confirm that you are actually viewing the video. For offline courses such as downloadable audio (MP3) and CD courses we verify your course completion via numerical codes embedded in the course.

Participatory CLE Courses May Include:[2]

  • Online Video
  • CD
  • MP3

Group 1 attorneys (last names A-G) need to be aware that the State Bar of California has greatly increased the amount of MCLE audits. Some of these audits are random, while others target specific attorneys that have had previous discipline or MCLE compliance issues with the Cal Bar. California attorneys properly complete their CA MCLE requirement to avoid fines, suspension or even possible disbarment. For more information about the California MCLE requirement and courses please click here: CA CLE.

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CLE Course: The Practical Application of the ADA

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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a Federal civil rights law designed to ensure equal access, full inclusion and participation for people with disabilities or impairments. This equal opportunity law gives people with disabilities the right to file lawsuits in Federal court and obtain Federal court orders to stop violations of the statute. Since it is estimated that more than 50 million Americans have disabilities, this law can create major headaches and lawsuits for businesses when it comes to complying with the mandates of the statute and avoiding ADA related lawsuits.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in everyday activities such as going to see the new Star Wars movie, buying apples at the store, enjoying a steak at Sizzler, taking a dip at the Motel 8 pool or exercising at 24 Hour Fitness.

To learn about how businesses can best achieve compliance with the ADA join Dr. William Henry as he discusses the practical applications of the statute. The main topics discussed include the principle elements of the ADA, practical points for businesses to comply with the requirements of the statute, the ADA as a basis for Personal Injury claims and the forensic architect’s role in litigation. To access this course please click here: The Americans with Disabilities Act: A Practical Application.

Further issues discussed in this CLE course include:

  • Protected classes
  • Title II Public Services
  • Title III public accommodations in private facilities
  • Prioritizing cures
  • Accessible routes
  • Resolving accessibility issues
  • The reality of the ADA today
  • Using the right expert
  • ADA “testers”
  • Defending an ADA suit
  • The defense strategy
  • Buildings completed prior to 1991
  • Personal injury – the unintended grounds
  • Cutting your losses
  • Code violations in Personal Injury cases
  • A forensic architect’s role in premises liability claim
  • Steps to determining premises liability
  • Constructing a timeline
  • Applying code applicability
  • Assessing causality in premises liability claims
  • Depositions & trial testimony
  • The invisible parking lot drop off
  • How to block an access route and the Daubert rules

William Henry, Ph.D., NCARB, is a practicing Florida Architect and the managing member of RGA Design based in Tampa, Florida. Accredited by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), Dr. Henry also offers his expertise in legal matters relating to design and construction claims. During his 30 year career he has been the architect of record for over 1,000 buildings. Dr. Henry is regularly retained as an expert in personal injury cases, often arising from slip/trip and fall accidents, American Disabilities Act violations, wrongful death & injuries stemming from non-code compliant facilities, Contractor/Architect/Owner disputes and land use regulatory relief. He combines the experience of a professional practitioner and public official with an in-house and contracted team of employees dedicated to investigative research.

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 continuing legal education (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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