Monday, April 3, 2017

Amendments to Illinois CLE requirements

Earlier today, the Illinois Supreme Court amended the Illinois rule that imposes a minimum number of hours of CLE dedicated to Professional Responsibility.  The Rule will still require Illinois lawyers to complete 6 hours of professional responsibility CLE every reporting period, but effective July 1, 2017, of those 6 hours, one hour must be devoted to issues of diversity and inclusion, and one hour must be devoted to mental health and substance abuse.  

You can read the Court’s press release here and the revised Rule here. The Commission on Professionalism has also answered some FAQs for both attorneys and providers regarding this upcoming requirement, including effective dates, application procedures and eligible courses and activities.

I am not sure I like this rule.  I don't understand why require certain topics and not others.