The first to be impacted will be attorneys and judges whose last names begin with the letters M through Z and whose biennial compliance period ends December 31, 2014. Attorneys and judges with last names beginning with letters A through L will be required to comply with the current CLE rules and requirements for the biennial compliance period that ends December 31, 2013. This group will not be affected by changes until the 2014/2015 biennial compliance period.
In November, 2012, the Ohio Supreme Court adopted several changes including the doubling of the number of online CLE credit hours attorneys could earn, permitting attorneys to earn a portion of their CLE hours through pro bono activities*, and the elimination of the requirement to file final reporting transcripts.
These changes will need to be noted by providers of online CLE, so that the structure of courses can be appropriately re-configured.
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*Attorneys could earn 1 hour of CLE credit for every 6 hours of pro bono service up to a maximum of 6 credit hours for service performed during a biennial compliance period.