The Ohio Supreme Court recently adopted changes to the continuing legal education (CLE) system. The changes will double the number of online credit hours Ohio attorneys can earn each two-year compliance period. The changes will go into effect on January 1, 2014.
“On October 23, 2012, the Supreme Court of Ohio adopted the following amendments to the Rules for the Government of the Bar of Ohio (Gov.Bar R. X and Appendix I) and the Supreme Court Rules for the Government of the Judiciary of Ohio (Gov.Jud.R. IV), effective January 1, 2014.”
Under the Ohio MCLE rule changes, the self-study credit hours an attorney can earn each biennial period will increase from 6 to 12 hours. Since online CLE courses are considered self-study in Ohio, Ohio attorneys will be able to complete up to 12 CLE credit hours online every two years once the changes take effect in 2014. Ohio attorneys will still be required to earn 24 CLE credit hours every two years and will still be subject to fines and suspension for failing to meet the OH MCLE requirement. However, attorneys in Ohio will no longer be required to file a final reporting transcript.
Changes to the Ohio MCLE system in 2014:
- Reduce the range of sanction fines for noncompliant attorneys (the upper limit will be reduced from $500 to $300.)
- Allow CLE credit for presentations that occur “concurrent with the consumption” of food.
- Move up the time deadline by one month that attorneys receive to cure their MCLE deficiency.
- “Unbundle” professional conduct instruction to give attorneys more flexibility in selecting courses that meet their practice needs. Courses on mental health issues and “access to justice and fairness in the courts” will also now quality for professional conduct CLE credit.
These changes will take effect starting in 2014. Attorney Credits offers a full selection of Ohio CLE courses and MCLE compliance packages. Once the MCLE limit for online courses is increased in 2014, Ohio attorneys will be able to complete 12 online CLE credit hours through Attorney Credits each two year compliance period.
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