In re Rules of Supreme Court for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education, 010620 OKSC, SCBD-3319

Docket Nº:SCBD-3319
Party Name:IN RE: Rules of the Supreme Court for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education [Rule 7, Regulations 3.6 and 4.1.3]
Judge Panel:Gurich, C.J., Kauger, Winchester, Edmondson, Colbert, Combs and Kane, JJ., concur; Darby, V.C.J. and Rowe, J.,
Case Date:January 06, 2020
Court:Supreme Court of Oklahoma
 
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2020 OK 1

IN RE: Rules of the Supreme Court for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education [Rule 7, Regulations 3.6 and 4.1.3]

No. SCBD-3319

Supreme Court of Oklahoma

January 6, 2020

ORDER

This matter comes on before this Court upon an Application to Amend Rule 7, Regulations 3.6 and 4.1.3 of the Rules of the Supreme Court for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (hereafter "Rules"), 5 O.S. ch. 1, app. 1-B as proposed and set out in Exhibit A attached hereto.

This Court finds that it has jurisdiction over this matter and the Rules are hereby amended as set out in Exhibit A attached hereto, effective January 1, 2021.

DONE BY ORDER OF THE SUPREME COURT IN CONFERENCE this 6th day of January, 2020.

Gurich, C.J., Kauger, Winchester, Edmondson, Colbert, Combs and Kane, JJ., concur;

Darby, V.C.J. and Rowe, J., not voting.

Exhibit A

RULES OF THE SUPREME COURT OF OKLAHOMA FOR MANDATORY CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION

RULE 7. REGULATIONS

The following Regulations for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education are hereby adopted and shall remain in effect until revised or amended by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission with approval of the Board of Governors and the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

Regulation 1.

1.1 The Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission shall consist of eleven (11) members as provided by Supreme Court rule. The Executive Director of the Oklahoma Bar Association and the Director of Continuing Legal Education of the Oklahoma Bar Association shall be ex-officio members without vote. Nine (9) members of the Commission shall be appointed by the President of the Oklahoma Bar Association with the consent of the Board of Governors. Initially three (3) appointed members shall serve one-year terms, three (3) appointed members shall serve two-year terms, and three (3) appointed members shall serve three-year terms. Thereafter, at the expiration of the stated terms, all members shall serve three-year terms. Members shall not serve more than two successive three-year terms.

1.2 The President of the Oklahoma Bar Association shall appoint the Chairman of the Commission on Mandatory Continuing Legal Education. The Commission on Mandatory Continuing Legal Education shall elect a Vice Chairman and Secretary from among its members.

1.3 The Commission may organize itself into committees of not fewer than four (4) voting members for the purpose of considering and deciding matters submitted to them, except five (5) affirmative votes shall be necessary for any action under Rule 6 of the Rules of the Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education.

1.4 Members of the Commission shall be reimbursed for their actual direct expenses incurred in travel when authorized by the Board of Governors or the President.

1.5 Support staff as may be required shall be employed by the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Bar Association in the same manner and according to the same procedure as other employees of the Oklahoma Bar Association within the funds available in the budget approved by the Supreme Court.

1.6 As used herein "MCLEC" and the "Commission" shall mean the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission. "CLE" shall mean Continuing Legal Education. "MCLE" shall mean Mandatory Continuing Legal Education. "Rules" referred to shall mean and are the Rules of the Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education.

Regulation 2.

2.1 Nonresident attorneys from other jurisdictions who are temporarily admitted to practice for a case or proceeding shall not be subject to the rules or regulations governing MCLE.

2.2 An attorney who is exempt from the MCLE requirement under Rule 2 shall endorse and claim the exemption on the annual report required by Rule 5 of said rules.

Regulation 3.

3.1 Attorneys who have a permanent physical disability which makes attendance of CLE programs inordinately difficult may file a request for a permanent substitute program in lieu of attendance and shall therein set out continuing legal education plans tailored to their specific interest and physical ability. The Commission shall review and approve or disapprove such plans on an individual basis and without delay. Rejection of any requested substitute for attendance will be reviewed by the...

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