Monday, November 11, 2013

Pity the trees... New MCLE requirements

New MCLE rules take effect in July next year. Details here and short summary below.
One of the changes is that hour-long programs must now have written materials.  What would the Lorax say?

The new rules will:
  • Expand the substance abuse education specialty requirement to include a broader "competence issues" requirement. Competence education would teach lawyers how to recognize and deal with any mental or physical issue — including dementia, mental illness or substance abuse — that could affect their ability to practice.
  • Establish a formal audit system for MCLE providers that would use volunteers to review courses and provide a process for attorneys to register complaints about providers.
  • Require written materials for MCLE courses that are an hour or more in length. Currently, materials are not required for programs that are one hour or less.
  • Broaden the elimination of bias specialty requirement to include courses on how to recognize bias in society, not just in the legal profession.
"I speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues..."