CLE Developments

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By: The NBI Team

Thursday, July 9, 2020

CLE Developments

We want to assure you that the health and safety of our customers, speakers and staff is our top priority. As concerns about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic change daily, we will continue to keep you informed on the legal developments, changes to CLE requirements and NBI course updates.

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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 June 18th, 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, the length and breadth of which remains to be clarified.
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 attorneys still completing their 2019 CLE requirements. In addition, the deadlines have been extended - transcript verification is now due 4/30/2020; completion of make-up plans is now due 5/31/2020; and the report of completion is now due 6/15/2020. Also, 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, March, April, May, June and July 2020 have been extended to 8/31/2020. This includes the Basic Skills Course Requirement. Also, 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 do not complete their credits for the 2018-2020 reporting period by 6/30/2020 can report “Not Yet Complied” to the Board online at www.mcleboard.org by 7/31/2020 to secure a three-month extension at no cost. No reason for the extension is needed. Those attorneys then 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 limitation on prerecorded programming has been waived through 9/30/2020. The deadline for attendance 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.
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.
At this time, the OASIS system will only permit you to claim 15 hours of on-demand credits. If you are a Category 3 lawyer and you need to report more than 15 on-demand credits, please submit an Affidavit of CLE Compliance to clestaff@mbcle.state.mn.us for the credits in excess of 15. https://cle.mn.gov/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Appendix-III-Affidavit-of-CLE-Compliance-Fill-In.pdf. You do not need to submit the $10 paper filing fee.
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 reporting deadlines for delinquent attorneys have been extended. The deadline for 2019 credits reported with a $100 late fee is now 4/30/2020. The deadline for 2019 credits reported with a $350 late fee is now 5/31/2020. The deadline for the list of non-compliant attorneys sent to the Supreme Court is now 6/1/2020.
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 10/31/2020.
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 the 2018-2019 late compliance deadline, and the late compliance deadline for 2018-2019 has been extended to June 29, 2020. In addition, 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.
Oklahoma: No changes.
Oregon: No changes.
Pennsylvania: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has issued an order temporarily waiving the 6 credit hour limitation on distance learning credit for 2020 compliance deadlines. Attorneys in Pennsylvania may now complete all 12 hours of their 2020 CLE requirements through approved distance learning activities. In addition, the 4/30/2020 CLE compliance deadline is extended until 8/31/2020. Note: The 6 credit hour limitation on distance learning credit will resume with 2021 annual compliance deadlines.
Attorneys in Compliance Group 2 who remain non-compliant with the 8/31/2019 compliance deadline have been granted a 90-day hardship extension. Those who have not complied with the 2019 CLE requirement by 7/17/2020 will be placed on Administrative Suspension. Attorneys in Compliance Group 3 who have not complied with the 12/31/2019 deadline by 7/21/2020 will be assessed a second late fee.
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 and judges may earn all or any portion of the required annual 14 hours of MCLE credit through alternatively delivered programming 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 Supreme Court of Texas has ordered that all compliance deadlines that expired or would have expired between 3/13/2020 and 6/1/2020 are extended until 7/15/2020.
Utah: The requirement for live CLE credit has been waived for the remainder of the current reporting cycle. In addition, attorneys will have 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.
Vermont: The 10-hour limitation on self-study CLE has been temporarily waived for the 2018-2020 reporting period. Attorneys with an upcoming deadline of 6/30/2020 can complete their entire requirement through approved self-study courses.
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. As part of this extension, lawyers are authorized to carry over an additional 15 credits towards the next reporting period.
The Washington Supreme Court has extended the deadline for WSBA to send its recommendations for licensing suspensions from 5/5/2020 to 6/30/2020. This applies to all members who are currently late complying with licensing payments and MCLE requirements (members on the presuspension list will be notified directly).
West Virginia: The requirement for live CLE credit has been temporarily waived. Attorneys can now 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 current 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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