In re Comm'n on Mandatory Continuing Legal Educ., 89-R-99011-SCT

CourtUnited States State Supreme Court of Mississippi
Writing for the CourtLeslie D. King, Presiding Justice
PartiesIN RE: COMMISSION ON MANDATORY CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION
Docket Number89-R-99011-SCT
Decision Date10 November 2022

IN RE: COMMISSION ON MANDATORY CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION

No. 89-R-99011-SCT

Supreme Court of Mississippi

November 10, 2022


Serial: 244013

EN BANC ORDER

Leslie D. King, Presiding Justice

Before the Court is the Petition of the Mississippi Commission on Continuing Legal Education ("the Commission") to temporarily "waive the in-person requirement for attorneys' continuing legal education obligation for the 2022-2023 reporting year so that attorneys will be allowed to earn CLE credits in the method of their choosing, either online, webinars or live, in-person programs."

After due consideration, the Court finds the Commission's petition should be granted. Moreover, the Court finds the following additional actions are warranted:

(A) The requirements for newly licensed attorneys set forth in Rule 3b shall be temporarily amended to allow such attorneys to complete the new lawyer program through the method of their choosing, either online, webinars or live, in-person programs, as approved by the Commission.
(B) Any attorney who is unable to complete the temporarily amended requirements set forth in this Order may seek a hardship exemption and/or extension from the Commission.

IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that the Petition of the Mississippi Commission on Continuing Legal Education is hereby granted. For the 2022-2023 CLE reporting year, attorneys may complete their CLE obligations set forth in Rule 3 through online, webinars or live, in-person programs. Such CLE courses must comply with the

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remaining provisions of Rules 3 and 4. Any attorney who is unable to comply with the temporary amendments may seek a hardship exemption and/or extension from the Commission.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the new lawyer program set forth in Rule 3b shall be temporarily amended to allow newly admitted lawyers who are to complete the program by July 31, 2023, to complete the required courses through online, webinars or live, inperson programs, as approved by the Commission. Any newly admitted attorney who is unable to comply with the temporary amendments may seek a hardship exemption and/or extension from the Commission.

SO ORDERED.

ALL JUSTICES AGREE.

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