NH Supreme Court Rule 53
Each annual period (July 1 - June 30), NH attorneys are required to obtain the following:
•720 minutes (minimum) of NHMCLE -approved credit, including 120 minutes of ethics and/or professionalism
The 'Attorney Reporting Tool' or 'ART' was designed for New Hampshire lawyers to use to comply with NH Supreme Court Rule 53 - NHMCLE. ART can be found at nhmcle.org. Members need to activate ART to read their online NHMCLE record and attest to the new online Affidavit of Compliance in ART. NHMCLE will notify members when the Affidavit is available.
Before logging in and setting up your online account, read the following information in preparation to your entry into ART.
ART Alert: Reporting Year – July 1 - June 30
|•Attend/take CLE courses now to meet the June 30 deadline.
•Enter all qualified courses into ART.
|•Monitor your "My Record" page progress.
•Meet June 30 requirements.
Avoid Late Fees - Finish NHMCLE requirements before Aug. 1
3 Key Compliance Steps Online in ART
|1. Activate ART at nhmcle.org.
||2. Enter all required course minimums.
||3. File the Affidavit of Compliance.
Who should report NHMCLE credits?
During a reporting year (July 1 to June 30), EACH New Hampshire attorney in any "Active" Practice Status...
- Pro Bono Active
- Military Active
- Honorary Active
...with the New Hampshire Bar Association (NHBA) for more than six months must comply with the requirements of SC Rule 53.
NOTE: A change in status may not eliminate the requirement to report. Contact email@example.com prior to changing status to confirm obligations.
What are the Rule 53 requirements for a given year?
NOTE: NHMCLE year = July 1 to June 30th the following year.
Those subject to the requirements of SC Rule 53 must earn and report in ART a minimum
- 720 minutes (minimum) of NHMCLE credit, including 120 minutes of ethics and/or professionalism
- E-file the Afffidavit of Compliance once the minimums have been met or exceeded.
Will my computer be ready for ART?
For optimal user experience, the following is recommended: ART has been designed and developed to run on W3C compliant browsers, so it is highly recommended that Mozilla FireFox, Google Chrome, or, as a last resort, Internet Explorer 10+ be used. Install the free download of Firefox or Chrome for the best possible browsing experience.
Trouble connecting to ART at nhmcle.org?
First, exit all ART login attempts and exit your browser. Next, open browser and enter nhmcle.org in the search field. Click Enter. The ART welcome page will appear.
For optimal user experience, the following is recommended: ART has been designed and developed to run on W3C compliant browsers, so it is highly recommended that Mozilla FireFox, Google Chrome, or, as a last resort, Internet Explorer 10+ be used. Please install Firefox or Chrome for the best possible browsing experience.
Continued login issues? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where is ART located? How do I activate my account?
Members can find ART at nhmcle.org and through the NHBA Member Dashboard.
The page that opens will show "Login" on the toolbar:
- Click on "Login" on the upper left hand corner of the tool bar;
- First time users must Click on the "Sign Up" button; and
- Follow the instructions on the Sign Up page.
- Enter your personal information in the designated fields
- Your chosen ART password must contain
at least 1 capital letter and a minimum of 6 characters
- Click submit to complete Sign Up.
- Exit ART and close browser.
- Open browser. Go to nhmcle.org. Click the Login tab and enter your new ART Login and Password.
Your account is activated when you can reenter ART and view your 'My Record' page. Welcome to ART!
Still have login problems? Email email@example.com.
Caution: Attorney Obligations for ART: Login and Password Security Disclosure
Attorney's Role in ART: The new online 'Attorney Reporting Tool' or 'ART', requires that the Attorney self-report NHMCLE Compliance in the online ART system and file the online Affidavit of Compliance when minimum credit requirements are met.
The Attorney Username and Password for the ART system are created by the Attorney upon the first entry into the ART system.
Self-reporting requires that the Attorney report course data during the NHMCLE year. The Attorney will certify their data entered on for each reporting year (July 1 to June 30) that all the courses entered comply with NHMCLE Rule. The certification is online. The ART Affidavit of Compliance will be available at the end of the reporting year. Once annual requirements are met, the Affidavit may be be to attest to course compliance.
If the self-reporting Attorney determines that a member of the firm or staff may enter the Attorney's course data in ART on the attorney's behalf, the Attorney may so delegate. However, the attorney remains responsible for the evaluation of course compliance, accuracy of data entry and annual certification of NHMCLE course compliance.
Entering a New Course? Go to the 'New Entry' Tab on the toolbar
To claim credit for attendance at any NON-NH Bar course:
Determine if the course qualifies and meets NHMCLE Rule 53 qualifying criteria: Each attorney is responsible for determining whether a program is eligible for NHMCLE credit, based on the requirements set out in Supreme Court Rule 53 (See the abbreviated criteria in the New Entry Screen and FAQ's available on the toolbar). Report and enter your qualified course attendance using the NHMCLE Attorney Reporting Tool (ART). TIP: View the "How to Qualify a Course" guide below.
To claim credit for attendance at any NH Bar course:
Monitor your courses entered by the NH Bar: If you have attended a program offered by the NH Bar Association for NHMCLE credit, it will be entered directly into the NHMCLE Attorney Reporting Tool within 30 days or less of the course date. You need to monitor this entry. You will need to adjust, decrease, your NH Bar posted attendance minutes if you were not present for the entire instruction time. NOTE: Do NOT enter NHBA•CLE into ART. NHBA•CLE will enter. Duplicate entries will be deleted.
An Attorney's ART Responsibility under Rule 53 to complete course requirements and file to Affidavit of Compliance:
Attorneys are responsible for the accuracy of their individual course entries in ART. Attorneys should enter their course attendance within 30 days of course attendance at the latest and should maintain a file of courses attended, attendance certificates, and course materials for at least 3 years (Rule 53.6).
NHMCLE Reporting Year (7/1 - 6/30) Annual 'Affidavit of Compliance'
At the end of the current NHMCLE Reporting Year, an 'Affidavit of Compliance' will be available when the attorney's ART 'My Record' page entries meet or exceed the minimums required. Each attorney will be required to attest online in ART to the course record for the current NHMCLE Reporting Period. Notice will go out when the 'Affidavit of Compliance' is available, typically after June 1.
DATA Entry Period: Data entry may occur throughout the NHMCLE year, July 1 to June 30. Courses should be entered within 30 days of course attendance and prior to June 30th of the reporting year.
NHMCLE and ART Resource Guides
The NH Bar Association and the NHMCLE Board Administrative Office have developed the online tool for the use of Association members in reporting and tracking continuing legal education activity, The software interfaces with the Association database for credit reporting and therefore NH Bar Association continuing legal education offerings are directly entered in the NHMCLE Attorney Reporting Tool (ART) within 30 days or less of the course date.
The NHMCLE Rule 53 Program of the New Hampshire Supreme Court should not be confused with the New Hampshire Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education (NHBA•CLE) program of course offerings. Contact the NHBA•CLE Department for course offerings and schedules.