Rule 14-410. Accreditation of MCLE; attendance; undue hardship and special accreditation.

(a) Accredited CLE activities provided by this article must:

(a)(1) have as their primary objective to increase lawyers' professional competency;

(a)(2) be comprised of subject matter directly related to the practice of law; and

(a)(3) comply with the specific requirements set forth in this article with respect to each activity.

(b) The Board shall assign an appropriate number of credit hours to each accredited CLE activity.

(c) Attendance.  A lawyer may attend a course in person or by live, interactive audio-video communication from a Utah state courthouse to another Utah state courthouse or from the Law and Justice Center to a Utah state courthouse.

(c)(1) The total of all hours allowable for live, interactive webcasts that are broadcast from a Utah state courthouse to another Utah state courthouse or from the Law and Justice Center to a Utah state courthouse must be authorized by the Board.

(d)Ethics and professional responsibility courses. All courses or components of courses offered to fulfill the ethics and professional responsibility requirement under 14-404(a) must be specifically accredited by the Board.

(d)(1) Professionalism and Civility.  All courses or components of courses offered to fulfill the professionalism and civility requirement under 14-404(a) must be specifically accredited by the Board.

(e) Undue hardship; special accreditation. Formal instruction or educational seminars which meet the requirements of paragraph (a) lend themselves well to the fulfillment of the educational requirement imposed by this article and will be readily accredited by the Board. It is not intended that compliance with this article will impose any undue hardship upon any lawyer because the lawyer may find it difficult to attend such activities because of health or other special reasons. In addition to accrediting formal instruction at centralized locations, the Board, in its discretion, may accredit such educational activities including, but not limited to, audio and video presentations, webcast, computer interactive telephonic programs, teaching, preparation of articles and other meritorious learning experiences as provided in this article.

Effective May 1, 2016.