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Bar News - May 14, 2010

NHMCLE News: NHMCLE Board Adopts Additional Regulations

At its meeting on April 5, 2010, the NHMCLE Board added further details to the regulations for SC Rule 53 concerning the requirement for written materials. The change was made to give CLE course sponsors more flexibility with their faculties in order to promote a broader presentation of some course segments, especially in programs where substantive materials are already available for the course topic. The addition is the bolded sentence below, which was added to Reg. 53.5 (A)(4)(d):

d. Whether the materials cover those matters which one would expect for a comprehensive and professional treatment of the subject matter of the course. Course materials need not be provided in conjunction with course segments consisting solely of remarks offered by judges and other public officials and discussion in which they participate, provided the same are materially related to the course subject matter and the remaining course segments are supported by adequate materials.

Another addition was made regarding sponsor requirements for record-keeping in Reg. 53.4 (C). The Board voted to include the following clarification about how long sponsors need to keep their attendance records:

7. For each course presented for credit, the sponsor shall maintain the final attendance list for a period of three (3) years following the presentation of the course in the event that the information is requested by the NHMCLE Board.

The full text of the SC Rule 53 Regulations is available at

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