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  CLE Overview 


Sharpening Your Skills

Throughout the year the Continuing Legal Education Commission, with the assistance of numerous committed volunteers, provides top-rated legal education programs to help you stay abreast of new developments in the law, and to allow you to meet your annual minimum requirement. Many of the programs, such as the annual Kentucky Law Update, are strategically located throughout the state for your convenience. Materials from the programs are available on-line. In addition, a special program of professional values and introductory practice management concepts is offered for our newest members twice a year at the New Lawyer Program. These programs are supported by a portion of your annual dues and are offered as a service at no additional charge.

If you miss the opportunity to attend the Kentucky Law Update in your area, or would like to attend an event with an even broader spectrum of CLE offerings, make plans to attend the nationally acclaimed KBA Annual Convention. Each year in June, the KBA produces an outstanding educational program with an assortment of topics...something for everyone!! In addition to exceptional CLE, the convention provides many business and social opportunities for you to get together with colleagues from across Kentucky, whether it's to participate in KBA or other law-related organization meetings and activities or annual meetings of the KBA's many Sections.
 
KBA CLE offerings depend upon volunteers like you. If you are interested in serving as an instructor, or would like to author instructional materials, we want to hear from you. This is a great opportunity for you to serve your association and your colleagues.

Educational requirements may also be met by attending programs offered by a wide variety of law schools, local and specialty bar associations, and numerous other organizations in addition to the KBA. If you are interested in attending such programs please verify with the sponsor of that program or with your CLE Office that the program has been approved for CLE accreditation by the Continuing Legal Education Commission.

For our members who do not practice law in Kentucky, please make sure you are aware of the CLE requirements in the state where you practice. Many credits may be transferred from state to state and the CLE Office is happy to assist you with accomplishing this in order to meet your Kentucky CLE requirement. Supreme Court Rules also provide for exemption from the CLE requirement for certifications of non-practice. Please note, however, such exemption requires an application be made and approved by the Continuing Legal Education Commission.

Under Supreme Court Rule 3, attorneys are responsible for completing a minimum of 12 hours of continuing legal education each year. To meet this requirement, at least 2.0 of the 12 hours must be earned for the completion of programs focused in the area of ethics and professional responsibility. The educational year during which the hours must be completed runs from July 1st through the following June 30th. Failure to meet the requirements of the Supreme Court in this regard result in court imposed sanctions, including license suspension.

New lawyers, in the first year of membership, have a special CLE requirement under Supreme Court Rule 3. This requirement is in addition to the regular CLE requirement which begins in the first full year (July 1st-June 30th) of membership in the KBA. The special requirement may be met by completion of the New Lawyer Program offered twice a year by the Young Lawyers Division, CLE Commission and many volunteers. This requirement must be met within twelve months of your admission date. If you are a new member of the KBA but have been licensed in another jurisdiction for at least five years you may be exempt from this requirement upon application to the CLE Commission.

Members employing new attorneys, remember this requirement and the need for your new attorney to attend the New Lawyer Program. Please accommodate the needs of your new attorney when making work assignments and schedules
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