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Message from NJSBA President Allen A. Etish on Mandatory Continuing Legal Education

Dear Colleagues:

The New Jersey Supreme Court today released its much-anticipated proposed rule and administrative determinations in connection with mandatory continuing legal education.

As expected, the Court proposes that all attorneys and judges must earn 24 continuing legal education credits during a two-year cycle. The target start date is Jan. 1, 2010. Previously, the Court said attorneys could start banking credits for courses taken after Jan. 1, 2009.

The New Jersey State Bar Association is pleased the proposed requirements take into consideration some of our recommendations – most notably that lawyers should be allowed to self-report compliance.

I want to assure you that we will evaluate this proposed approach and expect to provide the Court with additional comments. We will keep you up-to-date of the developments on this very important issue.

To review the report and recommendations about MCLE click here:

To review the proposed new Rule 1:42 and the proposed deletion of Rule 1:26 (Skills and Methods Course) click here:

Very truly yours,

Allen A. Etish