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  • JANUARY 1, 2018

    CLE Program RulesJOINT RULES of the APPELLATE DIVISIONS 22 NYCRR 1500

    NEW YORK STATE CLE BOARD

  • JANUARY 1, 2018

    CLE Program RulesJOINT RULES of the APPELLATE DIVISIONS 22 NYCRR 1500

    NEW YORK STATE CLE BOARD

  • CONTENTS

    SUBPART A. STRUCTURE OF PROGRAM

    1500.1 Scope 1

    1500.2 Definitions 1

    (a) Accredited Course or Program 1

    (b) Accredited Provider 1

    (c) Ethics and Professionalism 1

    (d) Skills 2

    (e) Law Practice Management 2

    (f) Areas of Professional Practice 2

    (g) Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias 3

    (h) Regulations and Guidelines 3

    1500.3 TheContinuingLegalEducationBoard 3

    (a) The Continuing Legal Education Board 3

    (b) Board Composition 3

    (c) Quorum 3

    (d) Term of Service 3

    (e) Duties and Responsibilities 4

    (f) Expenses 4

    (g) Confidentiality 4

    (h) Appeal of Determinations 4

    1500.4 Accreditation 5

    (a) Procedure 5

    (b) Standards 5

    (c) Accredited Provider Status 7

    (1) Procedure 7

    (2) Requirements 7

    (3) Duration of Accredited Provider Status 8

  • (4) Accredited Provider Reports 8

    (5) Renewal of Accredited Provider Status 8

    (6) Revocation 8

    (d) Provider List 9

    (e) Announcement 9

    1500.5 Waivers,ModificationsandExemptions 10

    (a) WaiversandModifications 10

    (b) Exemptions 10

    SUBPARTB.MANDATORYCONTINUINGLEGALEDUCATIONFORNEWLYADMITTEDATTORNEYS

    1500.10 Application 11

    1500.11 StatementofPurpose 11

    1500.12 MinimumRequirements 12

    (a) Credit Hours 12

    (b) Carry-Over Credit 12

    (c) Accredited Courses or Programs Only 13

    (d) Other Jurisdictions 13

    (e) Post-Graduation/Pre-Admission 13

    (f) Obligations of Attorneys exempt from the Program

    Requirements 13

    1500.13 ReportingRequirements 14

    (a) Attorney Obligations 14

    (b) Certification 14

    1500.14 WaiversorModifications 15

    1500.15 Noncompliance 16

    1500.16 EffectiveDate 16

  • SUBPARTC.MANDATORYCONTINUINGLEGALEDUCATIONFORATTORNEYSOTHERTHANNEWLYADMITTEDATTORNEYS

    1500.20 Application 17

    1500.21 StatementofPurpose 17

    1500.22MinimumRequirements 17

    (a) Credit Hours 17

    (b) Biennial Reporting Cycle 18

    (c) Carry-Over Credit 18

    (d) Course or Program Formats 18

    (e) Credit for Speaking and Teaching Activities 18

    (f) Credit for Teaching Law School Classes 19

    (g) Credit for Attending Law School Courses 19

    (h) Credit for Judging Law Competitions 19

    (i) Credit for Publications 19

    (j) Credit for Performing Pro Bono Legal Services 19

    (k) Accredited Courses, Programs and Activities Only 20

    (l) Individual Course Approval 20

    (m) Other Jurisdictions 20

    (n) Obligations of Attorneys exempt from the Program

    Requirements 20

    1500.23 ReportingRequirements 21

    (a) Attorney Obligations 21

    (b) Certification 21

    1500.24WaiversorModifications 22

    1500.25 Noncompliance 22

    1500.26 EffectiveDateandTransition 23

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    PART1500.MANDATORYCONTINUINGLEGALEDUCATION

    PROGRAM FOR ATTORNEYS IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK

    SUBPART A. STRUCTURE OF PROGRAM

    1500.1 Scope

    There shall be a mandatory continuing legal education program in

    the State of New York (hereinafter Program) which shall include a transitional

    legal education program for newly admitted attorneys, as set forth in Subpart B,

    and a legal education program for all other admitted attorneys, as set forth in

    Subpart C. A Continuing Legal Education Board shall accredit and oversee, as

    set forth in this Subpart, the courses, programs and other educational activities

    that will satisfy the requirements of the Program.

    1500.2 Definitions

    (a) Accredited Course or Program is a continuing legal education

    course or program that has met the standards set forth in 1500.4(b) and has received

    advance accreditation approval by the Continuing Legal Education Board.

    (b) AccreditedProvideris a person or entity whose entire continuing

    legal education program has been accredited by the Continuing Legal Education

    Board,andwhohasbeencertifiedbytheContinuingLegalEducationBoardas

    an accredited provider of continuing legal education courses and programs in

    accordance with 1500.4(c).

    (c) EthicsandProfessionalism may include, among other things,

    the following: the norms relating to lawyers professional obligations to

    clients (including the obligation to provide legal assistance to those in need,

    confidentiality, competence, conflicts of interest, the allocation of decision

  • - 2 -

    making, and zealous advocacy and its limits); the norms relating to lawyers

    professional relations with prospective clients, courts and other legal

    institutions, and third parties (including the lawyers fiduciary, accounting

    and record-keeping obligations when entrusted with law client and escrow

    monies, as well as the norms relating to civility); the sources of lawyers

    professional obligations (including disciplinary rules, judicial decisions, and

    relevant constitutional and statutory provisions); recognition and resolution of

    ethical dilemmas; the mechanisms for enforcing professional norms; substance

    abuse control; and professional values (including professional development,

    improving the profession, and the promotion of fairness, justice and morality).

    (d) Skills must relate to the practice of law and may include, among

    other things, problem solving, legal analysis and reasoning, legal research and

    writing, drafting documents, factual investigation (as taught in courses on areas

    of professional practice), communication, counseling, negotiation, mediation,

    arbitration, organization and trial advocacy.

    (e) LawPracticeManagement must relate to the practice of law

    andmay encompass, among other things, officemanagement, applications

    of technology, state and federal court procedures, stress management,

    management of legal work and avoiding malpractice and litigation.

    (f) AreasofProfessionalPractice may include, among other things,

    corporations, wills/trusts, elder law, estate planning/administration, real

    estate, commercial law, civil litigation, criminal litigation, family law, labor

    and employment law, administrative law, securities, tort/insurance practice,

    bankruptcy, taxation, compensation, intellectual property, municipal law,

    landlord/tenant, environmental law, entertainment law, international law, social

    security and other government benefits, and alternative dispute resolution

    procedures.

  • - 3 -

    (g) Diversity,InclusionandEliminationofBias courses, programs

    and activities must relate to the practice of law and may include, among other

    things, implicit and explicit bias, equal access to justice, serving a diverse

    population, diversity and inclusion initiatives in the legal profession, and

    sensitivity to cultural and other differences when interacting with members

    of the public, judges, jurors, litigants, attorneys and court personnel. [effective

    January 1, 2018]

    (h) Regulations and Guidelines refers to the Regulations and

    Guidelines of the Continuing Legal Education Board set forth in Part 7500 of

    Volume 22 of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations. [formerly 1500.2(g)]

    1500.3 TheContinuingLegalEducationBoard

    (a) TheContinuingLegalEducationBoard. The Continuing Legal

    Education Board (CLE Board) is hereby established.

    (b) BoardComposition. The CLE Board shall consist of 16 resident

    members of the bench and bar. Three (3) members shall be chosen by each

    of the Presiding Justices of the Appellate Divisions, and four (4) members

    shall be chosen by the Chief Judge of the State of New York. The Chief Judge

    shall designate the Chair. Board members shall serve at the pleasure of the

    Administrative Board of the Courts.

    (c) Quorum. Nine (9) members shall constitute a quorum of the

    entire CLE Board.

    (d) TermofService.The term of Board members shall be three years.

    Board members shall be appointed for no more than one three-year term.

  • - 4 -

    (e) Duties andResponsibilities. The CLE Board is authorized to:

    accredit providers of courses, programs, and other educational activities that

    will satisfy the requirements of the Program; determine the number of credit

    hours for which continuing legal education credit will be given for particular

    courses or programs; adopt or repeal regulations and forms consistent with

    these rules; examine course materials and the qualifications of continuing

    legal education instructors; consult and appoint committees in furtherance of

    itsofficialdutiesasnecessary;fosterandencouragetheofferingofaccredited

    courses and programs, particularly in geographically isolated regions; and

    report annually on its activities to the Chief Judge, the Presiding Justices of the

    Appellate Divisions and the Chief Administrator of the Courts.

    (f) Expenses. Members of the CLE Board shall serve without

    compensation but shall be reimbursed for their reasonable, actual and direct

    expensesincurredinfurtheranceoftheirofficialduties.

    (g) Confidentiality. The files, records and proceedings of the CLE

    Board, as they relate to an attorneys satisfying the requirements of this Part, shall

    beconfidentialandshallnotbedisclosedexceptinfurtheranceofthedu

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