Bar News - December 17, 2014
ART Launched, Cuts Paperwork
The wait is over; postponing the rollout of the NHMCLE Supreme Court Rule 53 Attorney Reporting Tool (ART) resulted in a relatively smooth launch of the paperless process for reporting continuing legal education credits.
“The new online data entry system is straightforward and easy to use.”
“After my CLE ended, I was able to go into my ART account and enter my credits.”
–NHBA member emails
Attorneys with non-NH Bar credits to report must first create an ART account at www.nhmcle.org. Members can then log in to their ART accounts and enter their qualified courses on the New Entry page.
For those who may be unfamiliar with NHMCLE requirements or who need a refresher, the NHMCLE page at www.nhbar.org/nhmcle provides an overview. On the right side of the page are links to short videos that walk you through the ART log-in and credit-entering process.
The paperless process enables attorneys to self-determine (according to Supreme Court Rule 53 criteria) whether an educational activity qualifies under the rule, and to self-report credits (except for qualified NH Bar–sponsored programs, including NHBA CLE, section and Pro Bono CLEs, which are automatically entered into the system.) Self-reporting using the simple ART tool enables NH Bar Association members to immediately determine their compliance status.
Tip: Because of differing interpretations of a “credit hour” in different states, NHMCLE credits must be reported in minutes, with a 30-minute minimum.
Attorneys who are not sure of their credit balances, or who were short on credits for the past reporting year ending June 30, 2014, should immediately check their ART accounts and enter qualified credits to avoid court action and suspension. See the www.nhbar.org/nhmcle page for more information. All credits should now be reported online using the new ART system. Unless specifically requested by NH Bar staff, no materials should be mailed to the NHMCLE administrative office.
Members are encouraged to share this information with support personnel who may assist them in recordkeeping.