Update on PLI New York and
San Francisco Programs

Please note that beginning March 16 programs scheduled at PLI’s conference centers in New York and San Francisco will only be offered via live webcast. Speakers will be participating remotely. As always, webcast attendees will have access to all program materials and will be able to view all program slides and submit questions to the speakers during the presentation. This change impacts programs through the end of May but as this situation develops we do expect additional changes, which will be communicated to registrants. We thank you for your understanding as we follow the guidance of local health officials and work to provide a safe learning environment for both attendees and faculty.

As we continue to follow the guidance around this developing situation we will share any additional details regarding future program dates. Should you have any questions or require further assistance please contact PLI’s Customer Service Department at 800.260.4754 or by email at info@pli.edu.

Upcoming Programs

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Update on PLI Press Publication Shipments

Please know that we are taking steps to support our valued subscribers during these difficult times. Concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) are escalating globally, offices are closed, and more of us are required to work remotely. As a result, PLI Press has made the decision to temporarily suspend shipments of Standing Order and Upkeep Service supplements until June 1, 2020. For questions about your specific shipments, feel free to contact us.

In addition, all PLI Press publications are available on PLI PLUS ‒ the online research database of PLI Press ‒ and during these unprecedented times we are able to offer access to our content online. To inquire about PLI PLUS or if you have questions about our publications, please contact us at info@pli.edu or at 800.260.4PLI and our team will follow up with you promptly.

 

 

CLE Rule Changes Due to Coronavirus

 

Alabama: The Alabama State Bar is currently reviewing all rules and regulatory requirements to determine those that may be difficult to satisfy based on impacts of the Coronavirus. The Alabama State Bar is in dialogue with the Supreme Court of Alabama to determine what accommodations, if any, will be made in this regard. Updates will be posted as they are available.

Meet your requirements with PLI's live webcasts and on-demand programs approved for credit for Alabama.

Delaware: The Supreme Court of Delaware has issued an order that waives the requirement that at least 12 of the required 24 CLE credit hours must
be earned by attending in-person to only those attorneys who failed to complete required CLE requirements for the Compliance Year ending December 31, 2019. The Attorney must verify the Transcript on or before April 30, 2020, accompanied by a specific plan for making up the deficiency. The plan must be completed by May 31, 2020. The Attorney must report completion of the plan by June 15, 2020. 

Meet your requirements with PLI's eCLE CLE programs approved for credit for Delaware.

Florida: The deadlines for members scheduled to report their three-year cycle CLE reporting in February, March, April, and May, have been extended to August 31, 2020 per the latest message from the President of The Florida Bar.  

Meet your requirements with PLI's live webcasts and on-demand programs approved for credit for Florida.

Georgia: In response to recent guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding the COVID-19 virus, the Supreme Court of Georgia has issued an order temporarily waiving the 6-hour in-person CLE requirement for 2019. Attorneys who have not completed their 2019 compliance are still required to fulfill their 12-hour CLE requirement by March 31, but the order allows attorneys to obtain all of their hours through self-study, in-house or online seminars. For additional information, please see State Bar Rule 8-106 (B) on the Supreme Court of Georgia website.

Due to public health concerns, the State Bar of Georgia will be closed through March 31, 2020. Given this information, the Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency has extended the late fee deadline to April 30 for lawyers who have not completed their 2019 CLE requirements.

Please do not be concerned if courses you have taken are not posted to your transcript by the deadline date.

Meet your full requirements with PLI's self-study programs approved for credit for Georgia.

Iowa: In the matter of preparation for COVID-19's impact on the office of regulation, The Iowa Supreme Court has issued an order allowing attorneys to complete all 15 hours of their requirement online through webinars or on-demand programming effective March 16, 2020. 

Meet your full requirements with PLI's online programs approved for credit for Iowa.

Kansas: The Kansas CLE Board has been in contact with attorneys who have already been affected with canceled programs and travel restrictions. Please keep in mind that an attorney licensed in Kansas can currently complete the entire 12 hour requirement online, including ethics. The 6-hour cap only applies to prerecorded programming. For additional information, please see the COVID-19 and CLE statement on the Kansas CLE website.

Meet your full requirements with PLI's online programs approved for credit for Kansas. 

Louisiana: The Louisiana State Bar Association is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak. The Louisiana Supreme Court has not lifted the 4 hour online course limitation in Louisiana at this time. Should any changes to the Rules occur, the membership will be notified.

Meet your requirements with PLI's self-study programs approved for credit for Louisiana.

Maine: Effective March 13th, 2020 and until further order, any in-person participation requirements for continuing legal education, including but not limited to the requirement in M. Bar. R. 5(c)(3), are hereby suspended and participation may be by an electronic medium. 

Meet your full requirements with PLI’s electronic programs approved for credit for Maine.

Minnesota: The Minnesota Supreme Court has issued an order temporarily suspending the 15-hour cap on earning credits with on-demand programming for lawyers in category 3 effective March 18, 2020. Minnesota attorneys in category 3 may now complete all 45 credits online with live webinars or on-demand programs. 

Meet your full requirements with PLI’s live webinars and on-demand programs approved for credit for Minnesota.

Missouri: The Supreme Court of Missouri issued an order dated March 23, 2020 that as a result of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the reporting year for 2019-2020 will be for the 15 months between July 1, 2019, and September 30, 2020. Any extra credit hours earned during the 2019-2020 reporting year may be carried over as prescribed in Regulation 15.05.5.

In addition, as a result of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the reporting deadline for the 2019-2020 reporting year is extended until October 31, 2020. Every lawyer failing to meet the Rule 15 credit hour and reporting requirements for the 2019-2020 reporting year by December 31, 2020, shall be notified pursuant to Rule 15.06 and subject to the procedures and fees outlined therein.

Meet your requirements with PLI's live webcasts and on-demand programs approved for credit for Missouri.

Nebraska: The Nebraska Supreme Court entered an order this week lifting the 5-hour cap on distance-based courses. For attorney CLE reports due prior to January 20, 2021, attorneys may submit up to 10 credits of distance learning to satisfy the annual requirement.

Meet your full requirements with PLI’s distance learning programs approved for credit for Nebraska.

New Jersey: In response to the growing public health crisis worldwide and in New Jersey, The Supreme Court of New Jersey Board on Continuing Legal Education has issued an order to relax the live classroom instruction requirement. Effective immediately, all twenty-four credit hours for the compliance period may be fulfilled through approved courses offered in alternative verifiable learning formats until further notice. For additional information, please see the order on The Supreme Court of New Jersey Board on Continuing Legal Education website.

Meet your full requirements with PLI's alternative verifiable learning programs approved for credit for New Jersey.

New Mexico: The Supreme Court of New Mexico issued an order dated March 27, 2020 that as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency, deadlines for bar dues and MCLE delinquency and administrative suspension processes have been extended by 30 days.

Meet your requirements with PLI's live webcasts and on-demand web programs approved for credit for New Mexico.

New York: Effective March 11 through June 30, 2020, newly admitted attorneys (those admitted to the New York State Bar for two years or less) may participate in Skills CLE courses by either individual participation (self-study) or group participation, in the following live, nontraditional formats, where questions are allowed during the program: webconference, teleconference, and videoconference. Newly Admitted New York attorneys may earn Skills CLE courses via PLI’s live webcasts and live groupcasts. For additional information, please see the Changes to CLE Program Format Restrictions in Response to COVID-19 Coronavirus statement on the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board website. 

Meet your requirements with PLI's live webcasts and live groupcasts approved for Skills credit for New York.

North Dakota: As a result of the restrictions imposed on in-person conferences because of COVID-19, the North Dakota CLE Commission is temporarily suspending ND CLE Policy 1.15. Effective immediately and continuing until further notice attorneys in Reporting Group 3, who report in 2020, will be allowed to earn all or a portion of the required 45 credits through self-study. Three (3) ethics CLE hours will still be required. 

Meet your requirements with PLI's self-study programs approved for credit for North Dakota.

Ohio: At this time, The Commission on Continuing Legal Education in Ohio is not recommending a waiver of Ohio’s twelve-hour cap on self-study. The CLE deadline for attorneys whose last names start M-Z is not until December 31, 2020 and for attorneys whose last name starts with A-L, it is not until December 31, 2021. In addition, the Supreme Court of Ohio approved a new program type in July 2019 called “live interactive webinar” and although activities that have been approved in Ohio as “live interactive webinars” are self-study, they do not count towards the 12-hour cap, and can be used to fulfill up to 24 hours of the CLE requirements. For additional information, please see the notice to attorneys on the Commission on Continuing Legal Education, Supreme Court of Ohio website.

The Commission has adopted the following changes for attorneys with regard to CLE Late Compliance for the 2018/2019 period: Deadline to complete all hours is extended to June 29, 2020, and waiver of the self-study cap for the 2018/2019 Late Compliance period. Contact 614.387.9320 or ccle@sc.ohio.gov for details.

Meet your requirements with PLI's live interactive webinars and self-study programs approved for credit for Ohio.

Pennsylvania: In response to the current public health crisis of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania issued an order to extend the April 30, 2020 CLE compliance deadline applicable to Compliance Group 1 to August 31, 2020. All other 2020 annual compliance deadlines remain unchanged and on standard schedule. 

Meet your requirements with PLI's distance learning programs approved for credit for Pennsylvania.

South Carolina: Based on the continued development of COVID-19, the South Carolina Supreme Court has issued an order that allows lawyers to earn all or any portion of the required 14 hours of CLE credit through online or telephonic programs for the 2019-2020 annual reporting year.

Meet your full requirements with PLI's online programs approved for credit for South Carolina.

Tennessee: In furtherance of the Judicial Branch’s obligation to mitigate the risks associated with COVID-19, The Tennessee Supreme Court has issued an order allowing lawyers to earn all or any portion of the required continuing legal education hours for 2020, or for purposes of seeking reactivation or reinstatement in 2020, through approved Distance Learning effective immediately through December 31, 2020. This new change supplements the previous order allowing unlimited online hours towards 2019 CLE compliance through March 31, 2020.

Meet your requirements with PLI's distance learning programs approved for credit for Tennessee.

Texas: Per a message from the State Bar of Texas President: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the State Bar of Texas MCLE Department will grant an automatic 60-day extension to attorneys reaching their compliance deadlines in March, April, or May. Attorneys who missed compliance deadlines in January or February will receive an automatic 60-day extension to prevent the assessment of further fees. Attorneys now subject to suspension for failing to comply with MCLE requirements in November or December will have an additional one-month extension.

Meet your requirements with PLI's live webcasts and on-demand programs approved for credit for Texas.

Utah: The Supreme Court Board of Continuing Education has suspended all requirements for in-person CLE attendance for the remainder of the current reporting cycle, which ends on June 30, 2020. This means that Utah-licensed attorneys will be able to meet their full requirement via PLI's online programs. For additional information, please see the Change to MCLE live requirement for the MCLE cycle statement on the Utah State Bar website.

Meet your full requirement with PLI's online programs approved for credit for Utah.

Vermont: The Vermont Supreme Court has lifted the 10 hour cap on credits earned via self-study programs for the 2018-2020 reporting period. For additional information, please see Rule 15(f) of the Administrative Order No. 49 on the Vermont Judiciary website.

The Vermont Judiciary also issued a notice stating "In light of possible cancellations/rescheduling of CLE programming due to COVID-19 concerns, the Office of Attorney Licensing wants to remind attorneys that "live" programming includes non-recorded programming presented via electronic means, such as webinars and teleseminars."

Meet your full requirements with PLI's self-study programs approved for Vermont.

West Virginia: The West Virginia Mandatory CLE Commission has suspended the live requirement effective March 12, 2020, through June 30, 2020. West Virginia-licensed attorneys will be able to meet their full requirement via PLI live webcasts and on-demand programs approved in West Virginia. For additional information, please see the Temporary Waiver of Online Continuing Legal Education Credit Limit on the West Virginia State Bar website.

Meet your full requirements with PLI's live webcasts and on-demand programs approved for West Virginia.

Wisconsin: In an effort to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, the Wisconsin Supreme Court has lifted the cap on credits earned via repeated, on-demand programs from 15 to 30 credits effective March 17 through December 31, 2020. For additional information, please see the notice on the State Bar of Wisconsin website.

Meet your full requirements with PLI's repeated, on-demand programs approved for Wisconsin.

 

 

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