Update on the CBA’s CLE Proposal

On October 20th, 2008 the Superior Court Rules Committee considered the CBA CLE proposal.  The following is an excerpt from item 2 of the minutes of the Oct 20 meeting:

Among the issues discussed were the need for minimum continuing legal education in Connecticut, the cost of administering the proposal, how the administrative costs would be raised, whether courses would be offered that would be useful to attorneys with different levels of experience and different areas of expertise, and how providers and courses would be accredited.

After discussing the proposal, the Rules Committee advised the representatives from the Connecticut Bar Association that it would consider the matter further and would get back to Attorneys Barndollar and Diemond with any questions.

Source:  Minutes of the Superior Court Rules Committee Meeting, October 20, 2008

Editor’s Note: It is beyond debate that CLE is an essential part of being a responsible and competent lawyer. The question is whether the government should regulate it.  We think it might be better for the CBA, local bar associations, and firms to adopt best practices and standards and publicize them.