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Bar News - November 18, 2015


NHMCLE Tips: Learning and Earning Now

Bar members can avoid the last-minute scramble of gathering credits and filing under deadline pressure by learning and earning now for the July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 reporting year.

And members can make life even easier on themselves by reporting non-NH Bar Association courses into the Attorney Reporting Tool (ART) as they are earned. (If you take a NH Bar Association program, credit will be recorded directly into ART, as the Bar Association and NHMCLE share the same database.)

What Qualifies for Rule 53 Credit?

Under the self-certifying, self-reporting system, members are responsible for determining what educational activities qualify for NH Supreme Court Rule 53 credit. Members need to assure that an attended course:

  • has sufficient intellectual or practical content and, where appropriate, addresses professionalism issues, including professional conduct, prevention of malpractice, law practice management or attorney-client relations.
  • contributes directly to lawyers’ professional competence or skills or to their education with respect to professional or ethical obligations.
  • is conducted by faculty with the necessary practical or academic skills to conduct the course effectively.
  • provides written course materials of a quality and quantity which indicates that adequate time has been devoted to their preparation, which will be of value to the member’s practice and retained permanently as a practice reference.
  • is conducted in a setting conducive to a good educational experience.

Information to Retain for Audit

Courses entered into ART are subject to a possible audit (Rule 53.6 and Reg 53.6 B). Members should retain the following information for three years in the event of an audit:

  • certificates of attendance
  • written materials
  • members’ notes concerning the qualifications of the course.

The Attorney Reporting Tool is at www.nhmcle.org. Supplemental information is at www.nhbar.org/nhmcle, with links to Rule 53, short how-to videos and a checklist for qualifying courses to meet Rule 53.

Supreme Court Rule 42(9) requires all NH admitted attorneys to notify the Bar Association of any address change, home or office.

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