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Bar News - November 19, 2014

NHMCLE Credit Reporting: Ready for the Start of ART?

Get ready. The launch of the NHMCLE Attorney Reporting Tool (ART) is imminent and will be announced via emails with log-in information sent to Bar members.

The purpose of ART is to make it simpler for attorneys to report their continuing legal education information, and it will save costs and time for everyone as a paperless reporting system. As the administrator of NHMCLE and the Supreme Court Rule 53, the NH Bar Association asks members to please be patient during the transition period and refrain from contacting the NHMCLE office as there is only minimal staff available to handle queries.

The emails will give detailed information and links to instructions. As we have said before, ART will put members subject to the rule in the driver’s seat when it comes to compliance with Rule 53.

Get set. Are you ready to enter your course data into ART when it is launched?

Activity summary worksheets were sent to attorneys in September to record NHMCLE activity to be transferred to ART when it is launched.

Go! When emails arrive announcing the launch of ART, attorneys will create a log-in for the system. For all non-NH Bar courses, attorneys will self-determine if a program is eligible for Rule 53 NHMCLE credit. See the NHMCLE webpage for criteria and a checklist.

Some driving tips: When entering a program or activity into ART, the date of course attendance is important, not the date you are entering the data. The key information needed for ART are the fields you find on the Attorney Summary Worksheet (can also be found on the NHMCLE webpage). This worksheet is optional and for the attorney’s in-office use only. Do not send to the NHMCLE Office.

Courses sponsored by the NH Bar will be entered directly into the NHMCLE account. This includes programs offered through the NHBA’s Pro Bono program and through sections. Attorneys keep their attendance certificates and course information in their NHMCLE folder. It is not necessary to send copies to the NHMCLE Office.

Running behind? For those who were not in compliance by the June 30, 2014 end of the reporting year, once you receive instructions and log-in information for ART, it is important to enter their non-NH Bar course information into the system as soon as possible, but no later than Dec. 31, 2014. In January 2015, reports will be run to identify those attorneys who have not met the 2013-14 NHMCLE requirement by midnight, Oct. 1. Those who reached compliance after Oct. 1 but by midnight Oct. 31; and those who reached compliance after Oct. 31 but by midnight Nov. 30. As noted, non-compliant attorneys will receive invoices for applicable NH Supreme Court fees. The NHMCLE report will be based on the dates of course participation, not on the date of data entry in ART.

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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