General CLE Information

CLE General Information

Laws are constantly changing. In order to maintain their license in good standing all attorneys are required to take continuing legal educatioin annually. The State Bar of Arizona conducts classes, lectures, workshops and seminars covering all areas of law to meet this requirement.

The State Bar offers high-quality CLE seminars covering a wide range of skills based and substantive legal topics. Formats vary from lecture to panel to audience participation. In addition to live seminars, earn live and interactive credit through simulcasts, live webcasts, OnDemand and CLE2Go audio downloadable seminars. Up to five credit hours per year is available through self-study DVDs and audio CDs. Programs feature local and national speakers including lawyers, judges, physicians, professors and other subject matter experts.

MCLE Rules

In 1989, the Supreme Court of Arizona mandated that every active member of the State Bar must participate in 15 hours of continuing legal education annually, including three hours of professional responsibility.

While the Court requires MCLE, the State Bar is responsible for ensuring compliance. For each educational year (July 1 to June 30), members must submit a signed MCLE affidavit to the State Bar no later than September 15. In addition to recording the affidavits, the State Bar also carries out random MCLE audits.

The CLE Department is not the same as the MCLE department. The CLE department is the largest provider of continuing legal education programs in Arizona, while the MCLE department is the office to which you must report your credits earned each year. The CLE department does not approve courses for credit, nor does it report credits to the MCLE division.

For more information on Arizona's MCLE requirements and RULE 45. Mandatory Continuing Legal Education, of the Rules of the Supreme Court Of Arizona, visit:
www.azbar.org/CLEandMCLE/MCLE/Rule45,ArizrSupct

Specialization Credits

Specialists are required to complete 15 or more hours per year at one or more CLE activities that meet the standards stated in the Rules and Regulations of the Arizona Board of Legal Specialization, Section VIII B.2.

Information on State Bar Certified Specialists at http://www.azbar.org/Membership/LegalSpecialization.

Within the overall 15 hour CLE requirement, 12 of which must be substantive and three of which must be professional responsibility at least five hours must be earned by attendance at Interactive CLE and credit, at a maximum of five (5) hours, may be earned through Self-study.

For more information on CLE requirements for State Bar Certified Specialists, please visit http://www.azbar.org/cleandmcle/mcle/mcleregulations.

 

REGISTER for CLE Programs:

ONLINE: www.azbar.org/cle
CALL: 602.340.7231 (Phoenix) or 520.623.9944 (Tucson)
MAIL: CLE, State Bar of Arizona, 4201 N. 24th Street, Suite 100, Phoenix, AZ 85016
  Southern Regional Office, 270 N. Church Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701

ORDER CLE Publications:

ONLINE: www.azbar.org/pubs
CALL: 602.340.7318 (Phoenix) or 520.623.9944 (Tucson)
MAIL: CLE, State Bar of Arizona, 4201 N. 24th Street, Suite 100, Phoenix, AZ 85016
  Southern Regional Office, 270 N. Church Ave., Tucson, AZ 85701

CLE PROGRAM POLICIES

For our program and web policies, please visit our CLE Program Policies page at www.azbar.org/cleandmcle/cle/clepoliciesandregistrationinformation.


CLE ELECTRONIC MATERIALS

Growing demand from members to receive and store information in electronic libraries and recognition of the State Bar’s social obligation to reduce our carbon footprint helped prompt the move to electronic course materials. In addition, the move to electronic materials allows the CLE department to continue providing relevant and compelling CLE programming at registration rates set in 2008, despite rising production costs. 

Distributing the materials electronically prior to a seminar allows participants to review them, enhancing the learning experience. Access to electronic materials can be accomplished nearly anywhere and the content is easy to search and annotate. While materials are now available electronically, we continue to offer hard copy materials at an additional cost upon request.     

More information about the move to electronic materials is available on the State Bar’s website at: http://www.azbar.org/cleandmcle/cle/electronicmaterialsfaqs.


PUBLICATION GENERAL INFORMATION

The State Bar publishes comprehensive substantive law books. State Bar CLE Books are professionally produced legal publications, written by highly respected Arizona lawyers and judges. The books, ranging in length from 130 to more than 1,200 pages, are reviewed for organization and substance by our staff and editorial review committee. Most major publications are professionally edited and indexed. Books are supplemented regularly.

The State Bar of Arizona publishes books on Arizona law as a member service. Unlike for-profit operations, the State Bar spends only a modest amount on packaging, marketing and "window dressing." Our emphasis is on substance, so we invest our resources in editing, cite checking and professionally indexing our books. The prices for State Bar books reflect our nonprofit philosophy. Although we do not share the cost advantages of national publishers who print and sell thousands of copies of a book, we try to keep our prices at a reasonable level through careful cost control procedures. We also rely in large part on volunteer authors and reviewers to donate their valuable time and expertise to help us serve you.

  • Delivery and Rush Service

    Although you should allow two weeks for delivery, most books and products are in stock and are sent out within two working days. Orders are sent via FedEx for an additional charge. Simply request "Rush Service."

  • Return Privileges

    Return privileges apply on all books and products. If for any reason you are not satisfied with a book or product, simply return it in undamaged, unmarked condition within 30 days. Your money, less shipping and handling, will be refunded promptly. Note: We strongly recommend that you use UPS to ensure that we receive your package undamaged and to verify delivery.

  • Feedback and Suggestions

    Do you have an idea for a new CLE Book or a suggestion for improving an existing one? Have you found an error in one of our books? Would you like information on becoming an author or reviewer of a State Bar CLE book? Email your comments or requests to Ilona.Kukan@staff.azbar.org.

 

PUBLICATION SUPPLEMENTS

The State Bar supplements its books on an as-needed basis. If you own a State Bar CLE book, you will be notified when a supplement has been published. When you order a publication from the State Bar, your purchase includes the past supplements.

 

LOISLAW and FASTCASE

Many of the State Bar's CLE Publications are also available on Loislaw and Fastcase. Search multiple books at once, click on pop-up footnotes and supplements, and if you subscribe to the Loislaw Professional Library, move instantly from a citation in a book to the full text of the cited Arizona statute. For more information, go to www.loislaw.com or www.azbar.org/Fastcase.
The Loislaw and Fastcase Arizona law libraries contain Arizona primary law in the following databases. The databases are duplications of the law received from the Arizona Courts, Legislature, Office of Administrative Law or other sources.

  • Supreme Court case law from 1925 to present (from January 1998 the new official paragraph numbering is also included)
  • Court of Appeals case law from 1965 to present (from January 1998 the new official paragraph numbering is also included)
  • Court Rules (State and Federal)
  • Arizona Statutes
  • Current Acts
  • Administrative Rules
  • Arizona Bar CLE Publications
  • Hyperlinks to all cited state and Federal case law, statutes and administrative rules
  • Cite checking for cases and statutes

CLE SEMINAR SPONSORSHIP AND MARKETING OPPORTUNITIES

There are a variety of marketing opportunities at each of our seminars and lectures including vendor booths as well as breakout and meal sponsorships.
For specific information, contact:
Lisa Bormaster Fontes, Advertising Sales Manager
lisa.bormaster@staff.azbar.org or 602.340.7230