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MCLE Membership Survey

Monday, August 17, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Julia Baldini
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Dear NHCBA Member

I am writing you today because a proposal on Minimum/ (a/k/a Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (“MCLE”)  is once again being presented to the Rules Committee of the Superior Court for its consideration.  This proposal, while substantially different from the previous MCLE proposals submitted to the Rules Committee, would nonetheless still require every attorney admitted to practice in Connecticut to take continuing legal education courses.  The text of the current MCLE proposal is attached for your reference. 

As in 2011, we are requesting your input so that the NHCBA Leadership can present a fair comment on behalf of the Bar Association. 

In an effort to make this input as simple and quick possible, we have created a short survey of seven questions which we believe will only take a minute or two to answer. 

Your input is VERY important. The survey is short, please take this moment to participate.  When you submit your reply, you will be taken to the NHCBA website.  You can only respond once and your answers are anonymous

Click here to be connected to the survey.

Or, you may cut and paste the following into your Internet browser:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MCLE15

 

HISTORY

The Connecticut Bar Association’s (“CBA”) House of Delegates passed an MCLE proposal in March 2007.  In response to two surveys conducted by the NHCBA and open forums which followed, the members of the NHCBA opposed the CBA MCLE proposal.  The NHCBA forwarded that input to the CBA and the Rules Committee of the Superior Court.  The Rules Committee of the Superior Court decided in 2009 not to adopt the CBA MCLE proposal. 

Attorneys Louis Pepe, Fred Ury and Lawrence Morizio , acting independently of the CBA, have recently submitted a new proposal for MCLE to the Rules Committee this fall. If adopted as currently drafted, the proposal would: 

(1) Require members of the Connecticut Bar to complete twelve (12) hours of CLE each calendar year, which could be fulfilled by:

(a) by attending courses provided by bar associations in Connecticut, private or government legal employers, other legal education providers, and includes remote presentations by video conference, webcasts, webinars or the like;

(b) by self study of “appropriate” (not defined) programs or courses directly related to substantive or procedural law or related to the legal profession;

(c) by publishing article in legal publications;

(d) by teaching legal seminars and courses; or(e) by serving as a full time faculty member at an accredited law school.

(2) Require that at least three (3) of the twelve (12) hours be spent on ethics/professionalism training;

There is no administrative component proposed to track and implement this proposed Rule. Rather, the  proposed Rule provides that individual attorneys shall maintain records to establish compliance , with said records being subject to review.  Violation of the Rule shall constitute misconduct which could be sanctioned by discipline.  The proponents of the Rule have stated that it is the intent of the Rule that records be reviewed in conjunction with random audits or disciplinary procedures.

 

A FULL COPY OF THE PROPOSED RULE IS ATTACHED HERE. 

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE NHCBA CURRENTLY IS TAKING NO POSITION ON THE PROPOSED RULE UNTIL WE RECEIVE FEEDBACK FROM OUR MEMBERS – SO YOUR PARTICIPATION IN THIS SURVEY IS GREATLY APPRECIATED

Best regards,

Howard K. Levine
President


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