CLE Sponsors/Provider Information
The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE providers or individual programs. Therefore, a provider is not required to submit any information regarding the seminar, or subsequent attendance lists.
The State Bar does not retain or track CLE records for members and registrants other than CLE taken through the State Bar. For CLE taken with other providers, it is the responsibility of each member/registrant to keep documentation such as the event/seminar/training material and the certificates of attendance to support the hours and events claimed on their annual affidavit.
The filing of the annual affidavit demonstrating compliance is predicated on the assumption that members and registrants will evaluate CLE activities based on the guidelines set forth in the MCLE Regulations. An extract of pertinent regulations is provided in this document.
Yearly CLE Requirements
At least 15 hours of CLE are required each year, of which at least three hours must be professional responsibility. Reference Supreme Court Rule 45 extract in this document re subjects included in professional responsibility.
Specialists are required to attend advanced level programming in their specialization field. Their yearly requirement is at least 12 hours of substantive/advanced level CLE in their area of specialty, plus three hours of professional responsibility. Eight areas of law are currently recognized as specialization: Bankruptcy, Criminal, Estate and Trust Law, Family Law, Injury and Wrongful Death Litigation, Real Estate, Taxation, and Workers' Compensation.
Arizona utilizes a base credit-hour calculation of a 60-minute hour of instruction, omitting breaks and introductory remarks that do not substantively relate to the topic of the activity.
Advertising of CLE Events
The following language must be included for general CLE events:
"The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This activity may qualify for up to _____ hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including _____ hour(s) of professional responsibility.
The following language must be included for advanced level CLE events:
"The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirements of specialists. This activity may qualify for up to _____ hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including _____ hour(s) of professional responsibility and including _____ hours of advanced level training in the area of __________________________________________." (Indicate applicable area: Bankruptcy, Criminal Law, Estate and Trust Law, Family Law, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Law, Real Estate Law, Tax Law, or Workers' Compensation.)
Certificates of Attendance
Certificates of attendance must be provided to Arizona attendees. The sample certificate may be used, or a similar format used by the provider that contains the same information.
MCLE Regulations Extracts
REGULATION 101. DEFINITIONS
G. "Interactive CLE" means (i) attendance at a CLE program administered by live faculty; (ii) attendance at a CLE program sponsored by a single private law firm, a single corporate law department, or a single department or office of a federal, state, or local government entity, attended by no fewer than five attorneys, including the instructor, who are active bar members in any jurisdiction; and (iii) a computer-based or on-line CLE program where the order of presentation or the content of the course material is dependent on the member's response and the member has an opportunity to respond to prompts initiated by the faculty or placed within the course material.
J. "Records" means course outlines, written materials, verification of attendance, and other evidence of a CLE program identifying the course, sponsor, and date and place of presentation and/or publication.
L. "Self-study" means any course of legal study meeting the standards of Regulation 104 undertaken by an Active member for the member's own benefit, and may include listening to audio reproductions or viewing video reproductions of course materials, but does not include reading. "Self-study" includes a computer-based or on-line CLE program where the member does not have the opportunity to respond to prompts initiated by the faculty or placed within the course material. "Self-study" also includes service on a legislative committee by a state or federal elected legislative member. Such service qualifies a member as a "lawyer/legislator" for the purposes of the Rule and these regulations. "Self-study" also includes service as an arbitrator under Rule 73, Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure. Such service qualifies for two hours of CLE activity in lieu of financial compensation otherwise available under A.R.S. § 12-133(g) or local rule for service as an arbitrator. "Self-study" also includes pro bono service to the poor or near poor through an approved legal services organization as defined in Rule 38(e), Ariz. R. Sup. Ct.
REGULATION 104. STANDARDS AND CALCULATION OF HOURS
CLE Activities that are claimed toward the annual requirement shall meet the following standards:
Significant Content. The activities shall have significant intellectual or practical content, have attorneys as the primary audience, and have as the primary objective the increase of the participant's professional competence as a lawyer.
Organized Program. The activities shall constitute an organized program of learning, deal with matters directly related to the practice of law, professional responsibility, professionalism, or ethical obligations of lawyers, and follow the agenda defined by the written materials or exercises distributed as part of the activities.
Appropriate Setting. The activities shall be conducted in a setting physically suitable to the educational activity of the program.
B. Calculation of Credit Hours.
2. Interactive CLE Hours
a. Calculation of credit hours for Interactive CLE shall be determined by dividing the total minutes of instruction or participation by sixty, and rounding down to the nearest quarter hour. Breaks shall not be included in calculating the credit hours.
b. Written materials or exercises must be in the possession of the member participating in the Interactive CLE. The member claiming Interactive CLE credit must have future access to the written materials or exercises (such as in a personal, firm or public library).
3. Teaching Hours. Credit may be earned for teaching at a CLE Activity, teaching at an American Bar Association accredited law school, or teaching a law course at any accredited American university or any American community college, or any ABA approved paralegal school or institute, whether the teaching is computer-based, on-line or in a classroom.
a. Speakers whose presentations are accompanied by original written materials prepared, augmented, or updated by the speaker may earn teaching credit, as follows:
For the original presentation: First hour of presentation x 6 = total credit hours
Additional hours of presentation x 2 = total credit hours
Repeat live presentations hours x 1 = total credit hours
b. Speakers, including college of trial advocacy educators, whose presentations are not accompanied by original written materials prepared, augmented, or updated by the speaker may earn teaching credit as follows:
Each hour of presentation x 1 = total credit hours
5. Self-study Hours. Credit may be earned for participation in activities defined as self-study in regulation 101.
a) Credit hours earned by Self-study of CLE program materials shall be equal to the hours of presentation of the seminar on which the materials are based, or the actual time spent in Self-study, whichever is less.
b) An Active member may not receive credit for both attendance at a CLE program and Self-study of course materials from that program.
c) Credit hours earned through Self-study may be reported to satisfy a maximum of 5 credit hours each Year. This maximum does not apply to lawyers who are legislators.
d) Written material must be in the possession of the Active member viewing the video reproduction or listening to the audio reproduction of a live CLE program at the time of such viewing/listening. The Active member claiming Self-study credit must have future access to the written material (such as in a personal, firm or public library).
e) Verification of Self-study would include the purchase or rental agreement, if applicable, notes made while viewing/listening, and file notes establishing the date of Self-study, name of program, and sponsor of the program.
f) Verification of non-compensated arbitration will be a copy of the appointment as arbitrator and a copy of the decision.
g) Verification of pro bono service hours will be a document produced by the attorney or legal services organization (LSO) to include the name of the LSO, date(s) of service, the number of service hours provided, the number of self-study hours being claimed, signed by a representative of the LSO affirming the attorney’s service. Attorneys may claim one (1) self-study CLE hour for every five (5) hours of pro bono service.
Supreme Court Rule 45 Extract
Rule 45. Rules of the Supreme Court of Arizona
(a) Continuing Legal Education Requirements.
2. A minimum of three hours of continuing legal education activity each educational year shall be in the area of professional responsibility. Professional responsibility includes instruction in legal and judicial ethics, professionalism, and malpractice prevention, and may include such topics as substance abuse, including causes, prevention, detection and treatment alternatives, attorneys' fees, client development, law office economics and practice, alternatives to litigation for managing conflict and resolving disputes, stress management, and the particular responsibilities of public lawyers, judges, and in-house counsel, to the extent that professional responsibility is directly addressed in connection with these topics.