Q: Does Maine have mandatory CLE?
A: Except as otherwise provided in Maine Bar Rule 12, every attorney registered in Maine must complete 11 credit hours of approved CLE in each calendar year - starting with January 1, 2001. At least one credit hour in each calendar year must be primarily concerned with issues of ethics or professional responsibility. The following are exempt from mandatory CLE: Attorneys in inactive status pursuant to Rule 6(c); full-time judges in any state or federal jurisdiction; full-time teachers in any law school approved by the American Bar Association; members of the armed forces of the U.S. on active duty, unless they are practicing law in Maine; residents of another country unless they are practicing law in Maine; and attorneys who have practiced 40 years or more, attained the age of 65 years, and are engaged in less than the full-time practice of law, in the discretion of the Board. Any individual may be exempted from all or part of the requirements of this rule upon a showing of hardship or disability.
Q: When do CLE credits need to be reported?
A: CLE credits earned in each calendar year are reported to the Board of Overseers in June/July of the following year in connection with the filing of the annual registration statement.
Q: How do I get credit for attending a MSBA Program? Are there forms to fill out?
A: MSBA provides a certificate of attendance to persons who attend its programs. In addition, MSBA provides each attorney with an annual report (mailed late spring) of all programs attended. Note the MSBA has no records of programs presented by other CLE providers. The Board of Overseers of the Bar provides members of the bar with a summary report on all credits on file in connection with the filing of the annual registration statement.
Q: Can credits be carried over from year to year?
A: The MCLE Rule states: "An attorney who completed more than 11 credit hours in a calendar year may carry forward up to 11 such additional hours to satisfy the requirement of the following year, provided that the professional responsibility requirement is satisfied for each calendar year.
Q: Can I earn self-study credit from the Maine State Bar Association?
A: Yes. MSBA textbooks, audio and video packages, and our on-line university qualify for self-study credit.
Q: Where can I find a copy of, or more information about, the MCLE Rule?
A: The mandatory CLE rule is available on-line at the Board of Overseers of the Bar's CLE web site at www.mebaroverseers.org. For more questions about the MCLE Rule, including those dealing with exemptions from the rule, or specifics about accreditation of programs, contact the Board of Overseers of the Bar at 207-623-1121.