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Newly Admitted Attorney FAQ

Tuesday, April 29, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Cindy Allston
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Q: What is the MCLE Board?

A: In September 2005, the Illinois Supreme Court established minimum continuing legal education ("MCLE") requirements for Illinois attorneys. The Court, as part of that undertaking, created the MCLE Board to operate as an arm of the Court and administer the MCLE program.  Please visit mcleboard.org for information on attorney requirements and MCLE reporting.

Q: What is the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism (ILSCCP)?

A: According to Supreme Court Rule 799, The Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is hereby established in order to promote among the lawyers and judges of Illinois principles of integrity, professionalism and civility; to foster commitment to the elimination of bias and divisiveness within the legal and judicial systems; and to ensure that those systems provide equitable, effective and efficient resolution of problems and disputes for the people of Illinois.

One of its duties is to assist CLE providers with the development of courses and activities offered to fulfill the professional responsibility requirement for minimum continuing legal education under Rule 794(d)(1).

Q: As a newly admitted attorney in Illinois, what requirements must I meet in my first year?

A: As a newly admitted attorney, choose one of the following options to be completed by the completion deadline.  This is the last day of the month that you were admitted to the Illinois bar – one year later.  Example: Admission May 1, 2014 = Completion by May 31, 2015.

      Option 1

·        Take a course accredited as a 6 hour Basic Skills Course AND

·        At least nine other hours of Illinois-approved CLE credit, including any amount of professional responsibility (PR) credit.

      Option 2

·        Undertake a mentoring program approved by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism (2civility.org);  AND

·        At least nine other hours of Illinois-approved CLE credit, including any amount of professional responsibility (PR) credit.

Option 3

·        Take a course accredited as a 6 hour Basic Skills Course AND

·        Mentoring Program approved by the ILSCCP AND

·        At least three hours of Illinois-approved CLE credit, including any amount of professional responsibility (PR) credit.


 

Q: How do I report my requirements upon completion?

A: Once you have completed one of the Newly Admitted attorney options, you must submit an online or paper compliance report to the MCLE Board by the reporting deadline. The reporting deadline is 31 days after the completion deadline.  
Example: Admission May 1= Completion by May 31st = Reporting by June 30

All DCBA CLE credits are logged automatically for members.  Non-DCBA CLE credits can be logged on members’ profile, making managing CLE credits simple by keeping them all in one location. 

 

 

Q: Does the DuPage County Bar Association (DCBA) offer programs for newly admitted attorneys to fulfill their requirements?
A: Yes! Basic Skills, Mentoring and many FREE CLE credit opportunities.

·        DCBA offers a 6 hour Basic Skills program each year in November/December.

·        DCBA is also an approved Mentoring Program provider for the ILSCCP. Orientations occur twice a year (March/September).

·        DCBA offers over 50 FREE CLE credit opportunities throughout the year along with seminars where multiple credits can be earned.

 

Q: Once my first year requirements are reported, what happens next?

A:  All practicing attorneys must report their MCLE hours every two years. Upon completion of your first year, your initial two-year reporting period begins on the July 1 after the completion deadline for your reporting group based on your last name. Last names beginning with A-M report on an even-numbered year and last names beginning with N-Z report on an odd-numbered year.

An attorney whose completion deadline is May 31st, 2014 and last name is Smith, the initial two-year reporting period starts July 1, 2015 and July 1, 2016 for Atty. Jones.

Q: How do I join?!

A: First Year Admittess are welcomed to a FREE year of membership to help them transition.  During this first free membership year you are entitled to many of the same benefits as attorney members, including:

·     Access to more than 50 hours of FREE CLE credits offered at committee lunch meetings

·     Receive the award winning journal The Brief (electronic version only)

·     Access to members’ only section of the DCBA Website including Member Directory Search

·     Join other members at the many networking events throughout the year with New Lawyer reduced pricing for many events including FREE monthly Happy Hours

To join complete a New Admittee Application or stop by www.dcba.org to register on-line.  Be sure to choose New Admittee and complete all the information to start your journey with DCBA.

 

Q: I have a question not on this form, who can I call?

A:  Feel free to contact Cindy Allston, Membership Director, for any further questions.

Phone: 630-653-7779 or Email: callston@dcba.org.


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