The MCLE rules for all of the US jurisdictions: They wander, they roam, they each have a separate character and action. Like herding cats - just when I think I’ve got a handle on where they are and what they’re doing – they move and change.
Reqwired, one of our product lines which provides compliance tracking software to law firms, corporations, and the government, has a resource section that may be helpful to CLE providers and administrators. The resources include rule summaries for each jursidiction, formatting them so that each is detailing information in the same way.
I recently completed an audit of all of the rules and regulations for each of the US states. This included going line-by-line through each state document and compiling them for the Reqwired summary categories.
In reading through the rules and regulations for each jurisdiction, and seeing them laid out in the summaries with the same categories, I was reminded how varied and unique each rule set is for US states. This is, of course, what makes seeking CLE credit in multiple states so challenging. It is also, in large part, why I enjoy what I do. Taking these variations and creating a cohesive accreditation strategy has motivated, tested, frustrated, and even inspired me at various times throughout my career.
One moment of frustration came recently at what I thought was the end of my audit. Having completed my review of all of the rules and regulation documents for each state, I was a bit dismayed to find that, for Kansas at least, additional regulatory instruction may be found on the state website’s FAQ section. In particular, Kansas has noted additional credit formats for which carry forward is not available. While the rules disallow carry forward for guardian ad litem, teaching, and authorship, the FAQs also state that carry forward is not allowed for in-house or alternative credit formats.
While this discovery doesn’t mean that I’ll have to start over with my audit, it does mean that I now must review all of the state websites’ FAQ sections to ensure that there are no more additional regulations for any other state.
I thought my cats were in the corrale. Turns out I left the gate open and have to get them all back in again. Today, being a cat wrangler wasn’t much fun!