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Bar News - October 21, 2015

NHMCLE: 90% Compliance Achieved

By Oct. 1, more than 90 percent of members subject to the continuing legal education reporting requirements of NH Supreme Court Rule 53 had completed the steps necessary to comply with the rule for the reporting year ending June 30, 2015.

Last November, the online ART (Attorney Reporting Tool) site was launched as part of the conversion to a less expensive, paperless compliance process. It has been a year of major changes, with much effort by members to adapt to the new self-reporting, self-certifying system, and intensive work by the NHMCLE and Bar Association staff to help members through the process.

The NHMCLE reporting process will become easier in subsequent years now that nearly all members have gone through the process of entering credits and completing and submitting the end-of-year affidavit of compliance once, and early online system bugs have been addressed.

Members are encouraged to use ART now to enter NHMCLE credits they earn to keep their records up to date for the July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016 reporting year. Credits earned this year are automatically calculated to include any carryover balances of excess credits from the reporting year that ended June 30, 2015. (Participation in programs offered by the NHBA, including NHBA•CLE and section CLEs, are automatically entered in attorneys’ ART record.)

Discussions are under way between the NH Judicial Branch and the NHBA to consolidate deadlines for the Bar membership renewal process and mandatory court fees, Trust Accounting Compliance and NHMCLE. The goal is to make all of the required form submissions and fee payments due on the same date to simplify members’ efforts to comply.

The NHMCLE webpage also has information on how to complete Rule 53 requirements.

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