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Bar News - November 14, 2008

NHMCLE Update for 2008

Board Adopts New Written Materials Regulation

At its regular meeting on October 27, 2008, the NH Minimum Continuing Legal Education (NHMCLE) Board adopted new language to clarify the requirements for CLE written materials. Regulation 53.5 (A) (4) now reads:

In determining the adequacy of written course materials relevant criteria will include the following:

c. Whether the materials include substantive analysis of legal issues relevant to the course.

The purpose of the change is to assist those who plan CLE programs in defining what is required in written materials. It is useful to provide a copy of Reg. 53.5 (A) (4) to program speakers so they will know what kinds of things have to be included in the materials in order for the program to receive credit.

The full text of the regulations as well as SC Rule 53 may be reviewed on the website at

Lawyers’ Online CLE Records

If you have been waiting for a course to appear in your online record, now is the time to check. All attendance reported to NHMCLE through September 2008 has been posted. Either you or your assistant should check your online record within 30 days following completion of a CLE presented by an annual sponsor to be sure that the course and credits have posted correctly, if you have asked that sponsor to make the report. If the course does not appear, contact the sponsor to repeat your request. Directions to locate your record are on the Web page below.

If you take courses from non-annual sponsors, you have to submit an Attorney Credit Application Form with attachments within 30 days of completion. You can download the application and check the annual sponsor list by visiting this web address:

Lawyers Who Received PINK Certificates of Compliance

There are still more than 300 lawyers who have not reported to the NHMCLE Board that they have met their CLE requirements for the 2008 compliance period. If you received a pink Certificate, you MUST respond by US Mail as indicated on the back of the Certificate, #5, once you have made up your credit shortage. You will also have to include the $50 late-filing fee, payable to NHMCLE. Failure to respond will result in additional late fees as of Dec. 1, 2008 and failure to comply will ultimately result in a request to the NH Supreme Court for your suspension from practice.

Note: The NHMCLE Annual Sponor List may be found at



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