Bar News - September 8, 2006
NHMCLE Update: 2006 Filing Process for Certificates of Compliance
By: Lee Jones, NHMCLE Program Assistant
The NH Supreme Court Rule 53 (NHMCLE) Certificate of Compliance was mailed on August 18 to all lawyers in active membership status with NHBA. Attorneys have until October 1, 2006 to verify the information, complete additional credits—if necessary—and sign and return the certificate.
This year lawyers are receiving a Certificate of Compliance showing the CLE attendance reported for them by course sponsors. It also includes courses for which lawyers have applied for credit from the NHMCLE Board. But the most significant difference in this year’s report is that the calculations of the requirements of SC Rule 53 have already been done and are summarized on the Certificate of Compliance.
The certificates cover the compliance year July 1, 2005-June 30, 2006 and only courses completed during this time period appear. Lawyers are encouraged to review their online CLE records (the source of the report) for any courses completed after June 30, 2006 that are needed for compliance. If additional courses have been posted to the online record, print a copy of the record and attach it to the signed certificate. Sponsors have 30 days following a program to report attendance.
Certificates were sent in three colors—white for those lawyers who are in compliance, blue for those who are exempt and pink for those who are not in compliance as of June 30, 2006. Lawyers receiving pink certificates will need to show completion of additional CLE credits by attaching the program attendance records to their signed certificates to make up the shortage of credits indicated in the summary box.
Lawyers should review the information on the back of the certificate, which explains the new way credits are listed, how to show completion of additional courses completed after June 30, 2006, and how to claim teaching and publication credits. It is important that lawyers compare their records of course completion to the courses listed on the certificate to be sure they are the same. If they are not, follow the instructions on the back of the certificate to advise the NHMCLE Office of any changes required.
Lawyers who attended the ABA annual meeting or who have completed ABA non-live programs, including Web casts or tapes, should send a copy of the program attendance record with their signed certificate.
As with any major change such as this new method of compliance, there will be issues on individual certificates that are in error and the NHMCLE Office is making every effort to address them. All messages will be responded to as soon as possible. If you believe there is an error on a certificate, send an e-mail to Lee Jones at email@example.com or contact her by phone at 603-224-6942, ext. 3222.