Earlier this month, the Ohio Supreme Court's Commission on Continuing Legal Education began distributing a survey to all judges and attorneys in the state.
According to the Supreme Court of Ohio and Ohio Judicial System website, the survey will only take a few minutes to complete and seeks input on a voluntary and anonymous basis.
In a speech to the Ohio State Bar Association in May in which she discussed the intent of the request for feedback, Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor called it a “Goldilocks” survey in that “we want to know if you think the way CLE is structured and reported is too much, too little or just right.”
The commission hopes to receive feedback on the following topics, among others:
- How CLE is delivered and earned.
- Should self study course credit be capped, is the current six-hour cap sufficient or should it be expanded?
- Are rules that preclude an event from CLE credit if food is consumed still relevant?
- Would attorneys engage in more pro bono activity if they received CLE credit for such work?
The survey is part of a review by the Commission of Rule X of the Rules for the Government of the Bar and Rule IV of the Rules for the Government of the Judiciary, which set forth CLE requirements as well as regulations for attorney and judge CLEs.
During her speech in May, Chief Justice O’Connor also stated that she viewed the process of reforming CLE “as part of the particular obligation that we as lawyers have to support education in the law.”
It will be interesting to find out the results of the survey, particularly the questions surrounding the self study limits, which haven't changed in the more than 10 years in which I've been involved in CLE. Watch here for more information as it becomes available.