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CLE Deadline Approaching for Attorneys M-Z

First Group Complying With New State Requirements

Attorneys with last names beginning with the letters M through Z need to complete their Continuing Legal Education (CLE) hours by December 31.

This half of registered attorneys and judges are required to earn their hours by the end of every even-numbered year. The current biennial compliance period covers 2013-2014. Ohio’s attorneys are split in two groups according to the alphabetical listing of their last name.

Effective January 1, 2014, the Ohio Supreme Court adopted changes that doubled the number of online credit hours attorneys could earn, allowed attorneys to earn a portion of their CLE hours by engaging in approved pro bono activities, and eliminated the requirement to file final reporting transcripts.

Attorneys are required to complete 24 CLE hours every two years including 2.5 hours of “attorney professional conduct” credit. Magistrates and acting judges have the same requirement as attorneys but are also required to complete 10 hours of instruction offered by the Ohio Supreme Court Judicial College. Judges and retired judges who are eligible for assignment are required to complete 40 hours every two years, including 10 hours of instruction offered by the Judicial College.  As part of their 10-hour Judicial College requirement, judges are required to complete 3 hours of “judicial conduct” credit. Judges can only earn those “judicial conduct” hours from the Judicial College.

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