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Late Compliance Deadline Approaches for M-Z Attorneys

Ohio attorneys who are out of compliance with their continuing legal education (CLE) requirements must complete their hours by March 31. They also must file their Late Compliance Reporting Form and submit the corresponding late compliance fee by May 1 or risk being sanctioned.

Lawyers whose last names begin with the letters M through Z are required to earn their CLE hours by the end of every even-numbered year. Ohio attorneys are divided into two groups for reporting purposes according to the first letter of their last name. Attorneys are required to complete 24 hours of accredited CLE every two years.

To submit a request for late compliance, a Continuing Legal Education Late Compliance Reporting Form (Form 19) must be completed by May 1 providing evidence of the CLE activities that have been completed by March 31, to remove the deficiencies for the 2015/2016 compliance period. The form should include the date, title, activity code, and number of hours completed.

Requests for late compliance must be submitted with the late compliance fee, postmarked on or before May 1. Failure to submit the request for late compliance will result in the Commission on Continuing Legal Education issuing a monetary sanction and/or suspension from the practice of law.

Lawyers should call the Ohio Supreme Court’s Office of Attorney Services at 614.387.9320 if they have any questions regarding their CLE compliance. Noncompliance notices were mailed in mid-February.

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