One of the biggest challenges I face, as someone who accredits programs nationally in all 45 US states with MCLE requirements, is keeping up with rule changes. How to identify a change? What is the impact on us as a provider and our customers as attorneys? How to implementing processes to incorporate the changes to ensure we are following the newest and most up-to-date rules?
Recently there have been a couple of big rules changes, in Illinois and New Jersey, that were implimented to be effective immediately upon passage by the Court. This presents even more challenge than any other type of rule change as there often is no "warning" and requires adjustments to processes and procedures to be created and incorporated right away.
I have been working on a process for regular auditing of the state rules, requirements, FAQs, and court orders to ensure that identification of changes happens much more quickly and that changes are not missed. While this can be a time consuming process, regular searching of the state's accrediting authority's website has given me information about not only rule changes, but other news that impacts MCLE such as extension of deadlines or compliance announcements.
How are you keeping up with rule changes? Do you have a regular process in place or are you relying upon notification elsewhere? From the regulators themselves? From this site?