PLEASE NOTE:  Publication for public comment is not, and shall not, be construed as a recommendation or approval by the Board of Trustees of the materials published.

SUBJECT:

Request for Public Comment – Rules of the State Bar, Title 2, Div. 4, Rule 2.52 and Title 3, Div. 5, Ch. 1, Rule 3.601

BACKGROUND:

State Bar Rules Title 2, Div. 4, Rule 2.52 and Title 3, Div. 5 Ch. 1, Rule 3.601 lists the State Bar standards for approved Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE). According to the rule(s), the activity must relate to legal subjects directly relevant to members of the State Bar and have significant current professional and practical content. Under this standard, an MCLE provider is authorized to provide approved credit for a program or activity that offers legal education that relates to both a legal subject and has direct professional relevance to the practice of law.

DISCUSSION/PROPOSAL:

The proposed rule amendment clarifies and eliminates ambiguity as to what constitutes permissible and credit-worthy MCLE. Additionally, the change also expands the scope of acceptable MCLE to programs and activities that relate directly to the management and operation of a member’s law office and to mediation training,

ANY KNOWN FISCAL/PERSONNEL IMPACT:

None

ATTACHMENT:
SOURCE:

Board Committee on Member Oversight

DEADLINE:

September 8, 2012

DIRECT COMMENTS TO:

Laila Bartlett
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Ph. (415) 538-2273
E-mail: laila.bartlett@calbar.ca.gov