Connecticut may soon be the latest state to join the list of those requiring mandatory continuing legal education of its attorneys. Currently only Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, and South Dakota do not have a CLE requirement.
This isn't the first time the idea was introduced. In 2007, the Connecticut Bar Association's (CBA) House of Delegates approved a proposal for a mandatory CLE requirement. At that time, the New Haven County Bar Association (NHCBA) performed two in-depth email surveys and held town meetings to obtain member feedback, and in August of 2008 submitted a letter and documentation to Justice Peter Zarella indicating the majority of members' negative point of view on the proposal.
The NHCBA officers met with CBA leadership on May 9, 2011 to talk about how to work together on the concept of introducing MCLE to the Connecticut legal community. The CBA plans to reintroduce the 2007 MCLE Proposal to the Rules Committee within the year and is asking the metro county bars for input and assistance in crafting an appropriate framework for the program.
Maryland is also exploring the idea of adding a mandatory CLE requirement for its attorneys. Look for another post soon with an update.