December 16, 2011
CLE Deadline Approaches for Half of State's Attorneys
Attorneys with last names beginning with the letters A through L need to complete their Continuing Legal Education hours by Dec. 31.
Every two years attorneys are required to complete 24 CLE hours, including one hour of instruction on ethics, one hour of instruction on professionalism, and a half-hour of instruction on substance abuse. Judges have an increased hour requirement of 40 hours every two years and also must attend Judicial College courses.
Attorneys whose last names begin with the letters A through L are required to earn their hours by the end of every odd-numbered year, which encompasses the current reporting period that covers the years 2010 and 2011. Ohio’s attorneys are split in two groups according to the alphabetical listing of their last name for reporting purposes. Attorneys with last names beginning with the letters M through Z must earn their hours by the end of 2012.
In addition to the hour requirement, attorneys are also required to file a report of their compliance on or before Jan. 31 of the year following their two-year reporting period. A through L attorneys may file their transcripts electronically through the online website by clicking on the “CLE Transcript Reporting” button on the front page of the Court’s website or by mail. Online transcripts must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m., Eastern Time, Jan. 31, 2012. Mailed transcripts must be postmarked no later than Jan. 31, 2012.
Attorneys who fail to comply with the hour and reporting requirements will be subject to late fees and may be sanctioned or suspended from the practice of law. Attorneys will receive credit for no more than six self-study CLE hours each reporting period.
Reporting transcripts were mailed last week. Call 614/387.9325 with any questions.