Rule 14-411. Board accreditation of non-approved sponsor courses.

The Board in its discretion may accredit CLE courses or activities offered by non-approved sponsors if they meet the following standards.

(a) The course must be of intellectual or practical content and, where appropriate, should include an ethics or professional responsibility component.

(b) The course or activity must contribute directly to a lawyer's professional competence or skills, or the lawyer's professional ethical obligations.

(c) Course or activity leaders or lecturers must have the necessary practical or academic skills to conduct the course effectively.

(d) Prior to or during the course or activity, each attendee must be provided with written course materials of a quality and quantity which indicate that adequate time has been devoted to preparation and further reflect that they will be of value to lawyers in their practice of the law. One-hour courses or activities meet this requirement by providing an outline of the course or activity's content.

(e) The course or activity must be presented in an appropriate setting.

(f) During courses or activities presented by means of video or audio, film, simultaneous broadcast or other such systems or devices, there should be an opportunity to ask questions of course faculty or other qualified commentators.

(g) The course or activity must be made available to lawyers throughout the state unless the sponsor demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Board that there is good reason to limit availability.

(h) A sponsor or attendee must submit to all reasonable requests for information related to the course or activity.

(i) A sponsor or attendee must submit a written request for accreditation on an approved form within 60 days prior to or following the course or activity. Sponsors who wish to advertise a course or activity as being accredited must submit a request for approval at least 60 days prior to the event.