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Bar News - April 16, 2010

NHMCLE Interim Reports Coming

Coming to you this month… Interim reports showing your NHMCLE credit status for the compliance period ending June 30, 2010. No response is required – this report is sent as a courtesy to remind members that the end of the compliance year is nearing.

What should you do? For lawyers who now have less than the required 12 credits, the interim report will show how many credits you have to date. It’s a good time to plan how to obtain the necessary credits before the end of the period. See the accompanying list of Annual Sponsors – obtaining CLE from an Annual Sponsor is the easiest way to ensure you’ll receive credit for the programming you attend.

Just follow the sponsor’s procedures to request that your attendance be reported to NHMCLE and check your online record in 30 days to confirm the course is there.

If courses you attended are not listed, check your online NHMCLE record to make sure that all courses completed 30 days before the report date are listed and that the credits are correct. Directions to locate online NHMCLE records are at the website.

Those whose records show they have already completed the annual requirement will receive a reminder by e-mail or letter to check their online records for accuracy.

Stay out of the PINK! If you haven’t met the Supreme Court’s NHMCLE requirement by the June 30 deadline, you will receive a pink Certificate of Compliance in August. You will then have a two months’ grace period to complete your credits and return the completed certificate by October 1, 2010, along with copies of the new course attendance records. If you miss the Oct. 1 deadline, late filing fees are assessed.

Bottom line: If you complete your CLE requirements before June 30, you will have LESS PAPERWORK! Also, it may be more difficult to obtain the credits you need as there are fewer live CLE programs in the summer.

If you are in compliance by June 30, you will receive a white Certificate of Compliance – that REQUIRES NO RESPONSE (except for you to check its accuracy).

Check the NHMCLE website for general instructions. Taking a program from an NHMCLE Annual Sponsor entails much less paperwork on your part. And if you take an NHBA-CLE program, your participation WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY REPORTED.

Lawyers who do not have access to the Internet should contact Lee Jones in the NHMCLE Office at 603-715-3222.

The NHBA administers the Supreme Court Rule 53 NHMCLE requirement for the court.

Annual Sponsor List

The NH Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board has designated the following CLE providers as NHMCLE Annual Sponsors for this reporting period (July 1, 2009-June 30, 2010). CLE programs presented by these organizations are accepted for NHMCLE credit. If you complete any of their CLE programs, please follow their procedures AT THE PROGRAM to request that your attendance/teaching participation be reported to NHMCLE, and that you receive an attendance record for your files in the event you are audited. All sponsors have 30 days to report attendance to your online CLE record. Always confirm that the report has been made correctly to your online record.

If you take courses or complete other activities for CLE credit, such as teaching CLE and publishing in legal journals from sponsors NOT on this list, please review the worksheets online and complete and submit an Attorney Credit Application Form with the required attachments WITHIN 30 DAYS of program completion/publication.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact Lee Jones in the NHMCLE Office at 603-715-3222 or by e-mail.

Find all information about the NHMCLE requirement.

Annual Sponsor List

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