The State Bar requires attorneys to go through Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) and to file a report every three years stating that they have complied.
But some attorneys are exempt, meaning that they do not have to go through the training, although they do have to file a report with the State Bar, according to Rule of Court 9.31 and Business & Professions Code Section 6070 [Rule 2.54]. The exempt attorneys include
The exemption for retired judges was deleted from Business & Professions Code section 6070, effective Jan. 1, 2000.
The exemption covers only the requirement that attorneys get MCLE. Exempt attorneys are still required to file a report through My State Bar Profile every compliance period, indicating one of the following reasons:
If you are exempt and you fail report your exempt status on time, you are subject to the same sanctions imposed on those who fail to report compliance.
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