CLE Developments

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By: The NBI Team

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

CLE Developments

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CLE Updates by State

Please note that some states have updated their MCLE requirements in response to the coronavirus. Check your state below for updates. We will continue to update this page as we receive more information.

This post was last updated on September 23rd, 2020.

Alabama: No changes.
Alaska: No changes.
Arizona: The deadlines for both the completion of MCLE hours and the required affidavit of compliance for the 2019-2020 compliance year have been extended through 12/30/2020. Note: The deadlines for the 2020-2021 MCLE year remain unchanged.
Arkansas: No changes.
California: The Board of Trustees has modified the final deadline for licensees in Compliance Group 3 to comply with their MCLE requirements or be administratively enrolled on Involuntary Inactive status. The new deadline is 9/30/2020.
Colorado: No changes.
Connecticut: The Rules Committee of the Superior Court has suspended the MCLE requirement for the entire calendar year 2020. All CLE credits taken in 2020 shall apply in full towards the 2021 MCLE requirement, even if the amount exceeds the two hour carryover cap.
Delaware: The requirement for at least 12 of the 24 CLE credit hours to be earned by attending in-person, live CLE approved courses has been waived for the two-year periods ending 12/31/2020 and 12/31/2021. All 24 CLE credit hours for those two-year periods may be satisfied by approved courses that do not require an in-person, live appearance.
Florida: Due to concerns related to the community impact of the coronavirus, the CLE reporting deadlines for February through November have been extended to 12/31/2020. This includes the Basic Skills Course Requirement. The reporting deadline for justices and judges whose three-year reporting cycle terminates on or before 12/31/2020 is now extended to 12/31/2021.
Georgia: Attorneys may earn all or any portion of the required twelve hours through self study, in-house, or distance-learning continuing legal education activities under Regulations 8 (e) and (15), so long as those activities otherwise satisfy the requirements of those Regulations. This temporary, partial suspension of Regulations 8 (e) and (15) shall apply to self-study, in-house, and distance-learning continuing legal education activities completed on or before 3/31/2021.
Hawaii: No changes.
Idaho: No changes.
Illinois: Attorneys with last names beginning A-M who reported “Not Yet Complied” to the Board by 7/31/2020 have until 9/30/2020 to complete their credits and report compliance to the Board.
Indiana: Credit hour limitations on distance education courses have been waived for all attorneys, judges and state level judicial officers whose three year educational period or judicial officer educational period ends on 12/31/2020. Distance education credit hour limitations have been amended to no more than 24 hours for judges and attorneys whose educational periods expire on or before 12/31/2022, and no more than 36 hours for state level judicial officers whose educational period expires on or before 12/31/2022.
Iowa: The 6 credit hour maximum for unmoderated activities has been lifted. You may now earn all 15 credit hours through unmoderated activity.
Kansas: The Kansas Supreme Court issued an Administrative Order to extend the modifications to temporarily waive the limitation on prerecorded programming from 9/30/2020 to 6/30/2021. The deadline for attendance in the 2019-2020 reporting period remains 6/30/2020 but there is an automatic extension without penalty through 9/30/2020.
Kentucky: The 2019-2020 CLE deadline has been moved to 6/30/2021, in effect combining the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 CLE reporting years. Kentucky attorneys are required to complete 24 CLE credits, 4 of which must be ethics, by the 6/30/2021 deadline. In addition, the reporting deadline for the combined 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 educational years has been extended to 8/10/2021.
Louisiana: The Louisiana Supreme Court has issued an order lifting the 4-hour limitation on the number of self-study credits for the 2020 compliance period ending 12/31/2020. Attorneys may now complete their CLE requirement through unlimited online continuing education credits. In addition, excess hours earned in the 2019 compliance year can be carried forward to compliance year 2020 or 2021.
Maine: The Board has suspended the in-person requirement for harassment and discrimination credit. This credit, along with 7 of the 12 required credits, must still be earned with activities approved for Live CLE credit (i.e. live webcast, webinar or teleconference). In addition, the Board has extended the 2018/2019 reporting deadline to 12/31/2020. The Board has also decided to forgo the imposition of late fees for the 2018/2019 reporting period.
Minnesota: The 15 credit hour limit for on-demand continuing legal education for Category 3 lawyers due to report August 31, 2020 for the July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2020 reporting period has been suspended. If you have any issues with reporting your credits through OASIS, please contact the state board office via email at clestaff@mbcle.state.mn.us.
Mississippi: For the 2019-2020 CLE reporting year, attorneys may complete their CLE obligations set forth in Rule 3 through online webinars or live in-person programs. The completion deadline set forth in Rule 5 is extended to 9/30/2020; and the reporting deadline is extended to 10/15/2020. In addition, newly admitted lawyers who are to complete the new lawyer program set forth in Rule 3b by 7/31/2020 may complete the required courses through online webinars or live in-person programs, as approved by the Commission. Such newly admitted attorneys shall complete the program by 9/30/2020. Any attorney who is unable to comply with the temporary amendments may seek a hardship exemption and/or extension from the Commission.
Missouri: The reporting year for 2019-2020 will be for the 15 months between 7/1/2019 and 9/30/2020, and the reporting deadline is extended until 10/31/2020. Any extra credit hours earned during the 2019-2020 reporting year may be carried over as prescribed in Regulation 15.05.5.
Montana: The extended deadline for completion and reporting of CLE credits has passed. The Supreme Court of Montana Commission on Continuing Legal Education has not issued any further extensions or waivers at this time.
Nebraska: The requirement for live CLE credit has been waived for the 2020 compliance year. You may now complete all 10 required credits with courses approved for distance learning credit.
Nevada: No changes.
New Hampshire: Attorneys have been granted an automatic extension to file their certification of NHMCLE compliance without incurring a delinquency assessment or fine. The deadline is now 9/1/2020 instead of 7/1/2020.
New Jersey: The requirement for live CLE credit has been waived until further notice. You may now complete all 24 credit hours via live webcasts, webinars and other alternative verifiable formats.
New Mexico: The extended 2019 reporting deadlines for delinquent attorneys have now expired.
New York: The New York CLE Board has issued an order temporarily allowing Newly Admitted Attorneys to complete their live Skills requirement via live webcast, teleconference or videoconference. The deadline for this requirement has been extended to 1/31/2021.
North Carolina: No changes.
North Dakota: Until further notice, attorneys in Reporting Group 3 who report in 2020 will be allowed to earn all or a portion of the required 45 credits through self-study. Three (3) ethics CLE hours will still be required. Attorneys in Reporting Group 3 now have until 9/1/2020 to complete their CLE requirements and until 10/1/2020 to submit their report of compliance.
Ohio: The 12 credit hour maximum for self-study credit has been waived for attorneys and judges with last names beginning with M-Z for the 2019-2020 compliance period ending 12/31/2020. All credits may be completed through approved self-study courses.
Oklahoma: No changes.
Oregon: No changes.
Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court is temporarily waiving the 6 credit hour limit on distance learning credit for 2020 compliance deadlines. Attorneys may now complete all 12 hours of their 2020 CLE requirements through approved distance learning activities.
In addition, lawyers in Compliance Group 1 may earn up to 6 excess distance learning credits from 5/1/2020 through 4/30/2021 that will count towards their 4/30/2021 compliance requirements. Lawyers in Compliance Group 2 may earn up to 6 excess distance learning credits from 9/1/2020 through 8/31/2021 that will count towards their 8/31/2021 compliance requirements. Lawyers in Compliance Group 3 may not carry over any excess distance learning credits earned in calendar year 2020.
Rhode Island: Attorneys and judicial officers are relieved of the obligation to complete CLE credits for the 2020 reporting year. All CLE credits earned in the 2020 reporting year as well as excess credits set to expire in the 2020 reporting year may be used to satisfy legal education requirements for the 2021 report year.
South Carolina: The court has waived the limit of 8 credit hours taken via alternatively delivered formats for the 2020-2021 compliance year. Attorneys, Judges, Magistrates and Municipal Judges may earn all or any portion of the required annual 14 hours of MCLE credit through alternatively delivered programing for the 2020-2021 compliance year.
Tennessee: The requirement for live CLE credit has been waived for the 2020 compliance year. This also pertains to attorneys seeking reinstatement in 2020.
Texas: The rule change from the Supreme Court of Texas ordering that all compliance deadlines that expired or would have expired between 3/13/2020 and 6/1/2020 are extended until 7/15/2020 has passed. No further rules changes have been issued at this time.
Utah: The rule change waiving the requirement for live CLE credit for the remainder of the reporting cycle ending 6/30/2020 and extending the compliance deadline through 9/1/2020 to complete required CLE hours and through 9/15/2020 to file Certificate of Compliance reports without paying late filing fees has passed. No further rules changes have been issued at this time.
Vermont: The rules change temporarily waiving the 10 hour limitation on self-study CLE for the 2018-2020 reporting period ending 6/30/2020 has passed. No further rules changes have been issued at this time.
Virginia: The Supreme Court of Virginia has issued an order that extends the deadline to complete CLE requirements to 12/31/2020. In addition, the deadline for Virginia attorneys to file their Form 2D certificates has been extended to 2/15/2021.
Washington: The due date for reporting MCLE credits earned in the 2018-2020 compliance period has been extended by one year. Lawyers must earn their credits by 12/31/2021 and complete the certification of their credits by 2/1/2022. As part of this extension, lawyers are authorized to carry over an additional 15 credits towards the next reporting period for a total of 30 carryover credits, 4 of which may be ethics.
The next reporting period will be a shortened two year reporting period: 2022-2023.
West Virginia: The requirement for live CLE credit has been temporarily waived for the 2018-2020 reporting period. Attorneys can earn all or any portion of the required 24 credit hours through video, audio, correspondence, telephone seminars, computer-based training courses and in-house instruction. In addition, the 2018-2020 MCLE reporting period has been extended through 9/30/2020. Also, attorneys who were admitted to the West Virginia State Bar between 7/1/2018 and 4/30/2019 are granted a one-year extension of time to complete the Bridge-the-Gap Program.
Wisconsin: The limit of 15 credit hours taken via on-demand has been temporarily lifted. However, ethics and professional responsibility credits must still be a live program (i.e. live webcast, national teleconference).
Wyoming: No changes.

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