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Bar News - October 15, 2014

Coming Soon: Attorney Reporting Tool For NHMCLE Compliance

“Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.”

– Steve Jobs

A new Attorney Reporting Tool (ART) launching soon will put attorneys in the drivers’ seat for reporting on courses to comply with Supreme Court Rule 53 – the New Hampshire Minimum Continuing Legal Education requirement (NHMCLE). ART will be an online reporting tool for the 2015 NHMCLE year (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015.)

The additional time before launch is to ensure that ART will be simple to use, efficient and effective when it is implemented. When the new reporting tool goes live, all members will be notified via email. (We encourage members to share this information with support personnel who may assist them in recordkeeping.)

Meanwhile, members who have taken programs for NHMCLE credit on or after July 1, 2014, should keep course information so that it can be entered into ART when launched.

If you needed to make up CLE credit to bring your June 30, 2014 final report into compliance and actually attended the make up CLE on or after July 1, 2014 and before midnight Oct. 1, 2014, in accordance with Rule 53, you will not receive a fine. If you did not complete the required CLE credits before midnight Oct. 1, invoices for those fines will go out in November.

Calls and email requests for information or questions will be handled in the order in which they are received. Current response time is about two weeks.

The basics of the new system: For programs taken after June 30, attorneys will self-determine whether a non-NHBA course is eligible for NHMCLE credit and will report eligible activity using ART. Qualifying CLE programs provided by the NH Bar Association will automatically be entered into the member’s ART account.

Carryover credits – which are amounts earned in excess of the requirement for the reporting year that ended June 30 – or carryover deficits will appear as positive or negative balances on your ART record.

Visit for more about qualifying and self-reporting information concerning compliance with Supreme Court Rule 53.

If you are in doubt about the status of any meeting, please call the Bar Center at 603-224-6942 before you head out.

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