As 2010 draws to a close, it appears that, once again, thousands of attorneys just realized that they have a CLE requirement and that the deadline is approaching. I understand that as a population, attorneys have a higher incidence of procrastination than less educated individuals. In fact, when looking at trends in legal malpractice claims, the ABA created a category called "Procrastination in Performance" to track this type of alleged error.
Yet I'm frequently surprised by how many attorneys - even those who have practiced for many years - look to the last month (last week, last day) of the compliance period to obtain the entirety of there requirements. Even in states with a two- or three-year compliance period (and thus a high number of credits required in total), attorney procrastination is frequent.
In June, when 12 states ended their compliance year, West LegalEdcenter saw THOUSANDS of completions on the last day of the month. The number of program completions in December has grown each day. This happens each year at the end of every compliance period.
Is there a way to affect attorney behavior so that they aren't all waiting until the last minute? Having been in CLE for more than 9 years now - I doubt it!