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Significant CLE rule changes coming Jan. 1, 2014

Number of hours an attorney can earn through self-study options will increase from 6 to 12 hours.Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, Ohio attorneys will see significant changes to their CLE requirements. Under the new rules, the number of hours an attorney may earn through self-study options (webcasts, on-demand video and audio podcasts), will increase from 6 to 12 hours for each reporting biennium. A-through-L attorneys who begin a new reporting period on Jan. 1, 2014, as well as M-through-Z attorneys, whose biennial compliance period ends Dec. 31, 2014, will both be able to take advantage of the increase number of self-study hours starting in 2014.
Another change is that professional conduct instruction (i.e., instruction on ethics, professionalism and substance abuse) will be unbundled to allow attorneys more flexibility in choosing courses that most closely meet their professional and practice needs. Courses on mental health issues and access to justice and fairness in the courts also would quality for “professional conduct” credit.

Attorneys are still required to earn 24 hours every 2 years and be subject to monetary sanctions and suspensions for failing to meet the minimum hour requirement. However, attorneys no longer will be required to file a final reporting transcript.

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