Thursday, February 3, 2011

Illinois Supreme Court to consider eliminating mandatory CLE?

The Chicago Daily Law Bulletin is reporting today that a former member of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission Review Board and chairman of the Judicial Inquiry Board has filed a petition before the Illinois Supreme Court asking it to revoke its rules requiring minimum continuing legal education for the state's lawyers.

The petition argues that mandatory participation in CLE programs is a costly and ineffective exercise not shown to enhance professional competence and that there is no evidence that mandatory participation in CLE provides any public or professional benefit.

A pre-hearing conference before an ARDC Hearing Board panel member is set for May 6.

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