MULTIPLE STATES ADJUST IN-PERSON CLE REQUIREMENTS/FILING DEADLINES

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many states are temporarily lifting the requirements on the number of in-person/live CLE credit hours and allowing on-demand/distance credits, and extending their filing deadlines. The list of these changes, as of March 31, 2020, are in the table below. NABL will update this chart as new information becomes available. You can also check your state’s website for more information.

 

State Temporary Change 
Delaware  The Supreme Court of the State of Delaware issued an order temporarily waiving the Live credit requirement for attorneys who have not yet completed their 2019 requirement. If you qualify for this, you must (1) verify your transcript and plan to make up your deficiency by April 30, 2020, (2) complete the plan by May 31, 2020, and (3) report completion by June 15, 2020.
Florida The Florida Bar issued an order extending CLE reporting deadlines for February, March, April and May 2020 to August 31, 2020. All other annual compliance deadlines remain the same.
Georgia The Supreme Court of Georgia has issued a temporary order waiving the 6-hour in-person CLE requirement. If you are completing your 2019 CLE requirement, you can complete all 12 hours online. You must complete them by March 31, 2020, when the temporary order ends.
Iowa The Iowa Supreme Court has issued a temporary order waiving the 6-hour cap of unmoderated CLE. Until further order of the court, Iowa attorneys can complete their entire 15 credit hour CLE requirement through on-demand online courses.
Maine Due to significant changes in Maine Bar Rule 5, the Board has extended the CLE reporting deadline to May 1, 2020. The in-person CLE requirement has also been waived and all 12 CLE can now be completed online until further notice. In addition, the Board of Overseers of the Bar for the State of Maine has extended the reporting deadline to May 1, 2020 and will not impose any late fees for the 2018-2019 reporting period.
Minnesota The Supreme Court of Minnesota has issued a temporary order waiving the 30-hour in-person CLE requirement. If you are in Category 3 with a August 31, 2020 reporting deadline for the compliance period ending June 30, 2020 you can complete all 45 hours online.
Missouri The Supreme Court of Missouri has extended the CLE compliance deadline until September 30, 2020 and has extended the reporting deadline until October 31, 2020 (but MO will not assess any late fees for courses completed and reported on or before December 31, 2020.)
Nebraska The Supreme Court of Nebraska has issued a temporary order waiving the 5-hour in-person CLE requirement. If you are completing your CLE requirement, you can complete all 10 hours online. You must complete them before January 20, 2021, when the temporary order ends.
New Jersey The Supreme Court of New Jersey has suspended the requirement for in-person CLE due to COVID-19. All 24 required CLE hours may be fulfilled through online courses until further notice. (No end date currently set)
New Mexico

The Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico has issued an order extending the MCLE late reporting deadlines by 30 days. The new deadlines are as follows: April 30, 2020: 2019 credits reported and $100 late fees due; May 31, 2020: 2019 credits reported and $350 late fees due; June 1, 2020: The list of non-compliant attorney names will be sent to the Supreme Court.

New York The New York CLE Board has issued an order temporarily allowing Newly Admitted Attorneys (those admitted to the New York State Bar for two years or less) to complete their live Skills requirement via live webcast, teleconference, and videoconference. This change is effective through June 30, 2020.
North Dakota 

North Dakota has "suspended the live CLE requirement until further notice. Attorneys in Group 3 with a June 30, 2020 compliance deadline can earn all 45 required credits through self-study." Three ethics CLE hours will still be required. 

Montana The Supreme Court of Montana Commission of Continuing Legal Education will not assess any late fees as long as the required credits are earned and reported by May 15, 2020.
Ohio The Commission on Continuing Legal Education has extended the late deadline for the 12/31/2019 compliance deadline until June 29, 2020. They have also waived the self-study cap for the 2019 late compliance cycle only.
Pennsylvania The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has extended the April 30, 2020 CLE compliance deadline until August 31, 2020.
South Carolina The Supreme Court of South Carolina has issued a temporary order waiving the 6-hour in-person CLE requirement. If you are completing your 2019 CLE requirement, you can complete all 14 hours online. You must complete them by the April 15, 2020 suspension date.
Tennessee The Tennessee Supreme Court has issued an order temporarily waiving the 8-hour distance learning CLE limitation. TN attorneys can complete any portion of the 2020 requirement through approved distance learning until December 31, 2020. Attorneys seeking to reactivate or reinstate their license in 2020 can also take advantage of this temporary change.  Previously, the TN Supreme Court issued a similar order waving the distance learning CLE limitation for the 2019 requirement.
Texas The State Bar of Texas has granted the following automatic extensions for their CLE requirement: (1) A 60 day extension for attorneys with March, April, or May 2020 compliance deadlines; (2) A 60 day extension for missed January or February 2020 compliance deadlines, to prevent the assessment of further fees; (3) A one month extension for attorneys subject to suspension for failure to comply with MCLE requirements in November or December 2019.
Utah The Supreme Court Board of Continuing Education has suspended the requirement for in-person CLE due to COVID-19. Any Utah attorney with a June 30, 2020 deadline can complete all 24 required CLE hours online.
Puerto Rico

The Supreme Court of Puerto Rico determined that all terms provided in the Regulations of the Continuing Legal Education Program that expire between Monday, March 16, 2020 and Tuesday, April 14, 2020, will run through Thursday, April 30, 2020. During this period, the PEJC will not issue notices of non-compliance against the lawyers whose period of compliance expires on or before April 30, 2020.

Vermont The Vermont Supreme Court has issued an order temporarily waiving the 10-hour limitation on self-study CLE for the 2018-2020 reporting period. Vermont attorneys with an upcoming deadline on June 30, 2020, can complete their entire requirement through approved self-study courses.
West Virginia The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia has suspended the requirement for in-person CLE due to COVID-19. Any West Virginia attorney with a June 30, 2020 deadline (2018 - 2020 reporting period) can complete all 24 required CLE hours online.
Wisconsin  The Supreme Court of Wisconsin issued an order temporarily increasing the number of On-Demand CLE credits lawyers can take to satisfy their requirement through December 31, 2020. Attorneys with a December 31, 2020 deadline and those working to make up a deficit from their December 31, 2019 deadline may now take 30 hours of On-Demand programming, however, the legal ethics requirement needs be taken via live online programming or in-person courses.