Ohio lawyers’ CLE requirement changes

The Ohio Supreme Court is reminding its attorney base that significant continuing legal education (CLE) changes  that impact attorneys, judges, magistrates, and new lawyers are relatively soon forthcoming., amendments first  applying to attorneys and judges whose last names begin with the letters M through Z and whose biennial compliance period ends December 31, 2014. (Announcement Here)

A-through-L attorneys and judges still will be required to comply with the current CLE rule and requirements for the biennial compliance period that ends December 31, 2013, with the new rules affecting this group beginning with the 2014/2015 biennial compliance period.

Last November, the Court adopted changes that double the number of online credit hours attorneys could earn, allow attorneys to earn a portion of their CLE hours by engaging in approved pro bono activities, and eliminate the requirement to file final reporting transcripts. Under those changes, the self-study credit hours an attorney could earn each biennial period will increase from 6 to 12 hours.

Assistance to Ohio’s legal professionals about what the changes entail, and how to compare what’s required now with what will be required come January, the Office of Attorney Services has compiled several reference guides on its website, where there are separate charts to compare the current and amended rules for attorneys, judges, magistrates, and new lawyers, along with frequently asked questions and answers about the current and amended CLE rules for attorneys, judges, and new lawyers.

Text of CLE changes.