The Supreme Court recently approved a three-hour increase in the Bar’s CLE requirement, plus a new mandate to take technology-related CLE courses.
Effective January 1, 2017, each Bar member will be required to complete a minimum of 33 credit hours of approved continuing legal education activity every three years.
Five of the 33 credit hours must be in approved legal ethics, professionalism, bias elimination, substance abuse, or mental illness awareness programs, and three of the 33 credit hours must be in approved technology programs, which are included in, not in addition to, the regular 33 credit hour requirement.
Compliance for the new rule will begin in the member’s next reporting cycle following the January 1, 2017, effective date.
With the September 29 opinion in case no. SC16-574, The Florida Bar becomes the first mandatory bar in the nation to require a CLE tech component for its members.
The new 33-hour standard does not apply to Florida Registered Paralegals.
The Bar makes CLE available online, on demand, with 24/7 access and provides enough free CLE per year so that any member can fulfill his or her CLE requirement with complimentary CLE. Complimentary law practice management education CLE programming including technology education programming is also available through The Florida Bar Practice Resource Institute and is accessible via www.floridabar.org/PRI.