Attorneys No Longer Required to File Reporting Transcript
First impacts attorneys with M-Z last names
Significant continuing legal education (CLE) changes means attorneys will not need to file a final reporting transcript. According to the Office of Attorney Services, attorneys are no longer required to file the transcript, which used to be due by the end of January the following year.
The change first impacts attorneys whose last names begin with the letters M through Z and in the 2013/2014 biennial compliance period. It applies to those whose biennial compliance period ends December 31, 2014.
In November 2012, the Ohio Supreme Court adopted amendments that double the number of online credit hours attorneys can 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. The final report states attorneys’ CLE activities every two years to make sure they are in compliance with Ohio’s CLE requirements.
The CLE changes also impact judges, magistrates, and new lawyers. The Office of Attorney Services has compiled several reference guides on its website to provide guidance to Ohio’s legal professionals about what those changes entail. There are separate charts to compare the current and amended rules. There are also FAQs with several frequently asked questions and answers about the current and amended CLE rules for attorneys, judges, and new lawyers.