Following the June announcement of the new mentoring program in Illinois, the Courts and MCLE Commissions determined that amendments to several rules were necessary in order to allow new admittee mentees to claim the professional responsibility credit offered toward their Newly-Admitted Attorney Requirement.
While I haven't had time to fully digest all of the changes (and there are many!), some of the ones that stood out for me:
- Major overhaul of Rule 793 - Basic Skills Course requirement has been changed to a Newly-Admitted Attorney requirement and details a three-element approach to fulfillment:
- 6 credit Basic Skills course on professional responsibility topics. This portion may be satisfied through participation in an approved mentoring program.
- 9 additional hours of MCLE, which may include additional professional responsibility hours.
- Reporting to the MCLE Board.
- Carryover credits - prior to these amendments, professional responsibility credits were not eligible for carryover into subsequent periods. Now, attorneys may carry over additional professional responsibility credits which may be used to satisfy the PR requirement of the next period. Newly admitted attorneys may also now carryover up to 15 credits, rather than the previous limit of 10, if the credits were earned after admission to the bar and before the start of the attorney's first two-year reporting period.
- More detailed clarification of the standards required for attorneys to self apply for individual out-of-state programs for which the provider has not sought Illinois approval.
There are many additional changes not mentioned above. I'll post more on these changes and the potential impact they may have on providers and attorneys in a subsequent post.