Rule 14-411. Board Accreditation of CLE.

The Board in its discretion may Accredit CLE in accordance with the following standards.

(a)The CLE must be of intellectual or practical content and may include an ethics or professionalism and civility component.

(b) The CLE must contribute directly to a lawyer's or paralegal practitioner professional competence or skills, or the lawyer's or paralegal practitioner ethics or professionalism and civility obligations.

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

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

(e) The CLE must be presented in an appropriate setting.

(f) The CLE must be made available to lawyers and paralegal practitioners throughout the state unless the CLE provider demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Board that there is good reason to limit availability. A CLE provider may, upon Board approval, make some hours of a CLE course available to all lawyers and paralegal practitioners and some hours available to only certain lawyers or paralegal practitioners. A CLE provider may, for example, limit CLE to lawyers or paralegal practitioners who specialize in a particular area of law, lawyers who are primarily plaintiff’s lawyers, defense lawyers or prosecutors, lawyers or paralegal practitioners who fulfill a particular government function, or lawyers or paralegal practitioners who are employed by a particular branch of local or state government. A CLE provider shall submit a request for approval to limit availability of hours at least 30 days before the day of the CLE. A lawyer may not accrue more than three hours of CLE to which availability is limited per Compliance Cycle. A paralegal practitioner may not accrue more than one hour of CLE to which availability is limited per Compliance Cycle. The CLE provider is responsible to provide to the Board, no later than 30 days after the day of the CLE, an accurate list of the lawyers and paralegal practitioners who attended each hour of limited availability. Repeated failure to comply with a deadline described in this Subsection (f) may result in denial of future requests to limit availability.

(g) A CLE provider or attendee must submit to all reasonable requests for information related to the course or activity.

(h) A CLE provider or attendee must submit a written request for Accreditation on an approved form within 60 days prior to or 30 days following the CLE. A CLE provider who desires to advertise CLE as being Accredited must submit a request for approval at least 30 days prior to the CLE. CLE to which availability is limited must be submitted for approval at least 30 days prior to the CLE. A CLE provider must apply separately for Accreditation of Self-Study CLE.

(i) The CLE provider must submit the registration list in an approved format, with CLE fees if applicable, within 30 days following the presentation of the CLE.

(j) A CLE provider who fails to comply with a deadline described in this Rule 14-411 must pay a $100 late fee.

Effective May 1, 2021.