Beginning June 1, 2010, the definition of “participatory” will no longer be a requirement of accreditation for CLE programs. Instead, the content of the activity will determine if the program is “accredited” – the new standard for the requirements. CLE Sponsors will be able to receive accreditation for formats from the traditional live events, to online webcasts and on demand programs, to downloadable podcasts and other non-interactive audio/video programs.
Under the current regulations, attorneys must complete 15 hours of CLE each year. Of the 15 hours, at least 10 of these must be “participatory” credits. Texas attorneys must still complete 15 hours each year, but beginning June 1, 2011, a minimum of 12 of the 15 hours must be completed through attendance at “accredited CLE” activities in order to be in compliance with the MCLE requirements. The remaining 3 hours of CLE may be completed through self-study.
For more information, see the Texas State Bar website.
Also available from the Texas State Bar are red-line versions of the changes affecting the types of programs that may be accredited, the 2011 changes to the compliance requuirements, and FAQs regarding the changes.