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The Dangers of Ignoring CLE Requirements

August 14th, 2013 | Posted by cilliano in Education | Law | Lawyer | Marino Legal

NY continuing legal education is sometimes considered something to be taken with a pinch of salt by legal professionals, but the reality is, if you don’t keep up with the times, then you get left behind in ways you probably never imagined.

Consider the recent case of former congressman Alan B. Mollohan, who served in West Virginia’s 1st Congressional District for nearly 20 years. On July 26 of this year, the Supreme Court ordered the suspension of 42 attorneys, Mollohan being among them.

The 42 attorneys failed to provide proof by July 31, 2012, that they had taken the necessary 24 hours of continuing legal education between July 1, 2010, and July 30, 2012. As a result, they are suspended from practicing, with the suspension remaining in effect until the attorneys take the necessary CLE hours and pay the state Bar a late fee.

Not adhering to New York CLE requirements (or other state’s CLE requirements for that matter) not only lands you with a hefty fine, but also irreparably tars your reputation. Entrusting a lawyer with a case requires immense trust on the part of the client, and failing to fulfill obligations is far from a good start for legal professionals looking to raise the standard of success.

Ensure your clients rest assured by signing up for online CLE today!

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