(a) Establishment. There is established by this Court a Board of Mandatory Continuing Legal Education. The Board comprises 15 members, at least 13 of whom are lawyers admitted to the Bar, and up to 2 of whom may be paralegal practitioners.
(b) Terms. Members are appointed for staggered four-year terms. No lawyer or paralegal practitioner may serve more than two consecutive terms as a member of the Board unless appointed by the Supreme Court as the Board chair or when justified by special circumstances, as determined by the Supreme Court. The Board may also have up to two nonvoting emeritus members. An emeritus member has the same authority and duties as other Board members, except that the member does not have authority to vote. An emeritus member may serve two terms in addition to the terms served as a member.
(c) Application and recruitment of committee members. Vacancies on the Board shall be announced in a manner reasonably calculated to reach members of the Utah State Bar. The notice shall specify a brief description of the Board’s responsibilities, the method for submitting an application or letter of interest, and the application deadline. Members of the Board or the Supreme Court may solicit applications for membership on the Board. Applications and letters of interest shall be submitted to the Supreme Court.
(d) Appointment of committee members and chair. Upon expiration of the application deadline, the Supreme Court shall review the applications and letters of interest and appoint those individuals who are best suited to serve on the Board. In the event of a mid-term vacancy the Supreme Court shall appoint a new member to serve for the remainder of the term. The Supreme Court shall select a chair from among the Board’s members.
(e) Absences. In the event a Board member fails to attend three Board meetings during a calendar year, the chair may notify the Supreme Court of those absences and may request that the Supreme Court replace that Board member.
(f) Administrative assistance. The MCLE Director will support the Board.
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