Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Mandatory

If there is a case captioned West Virginia Mandatory Continuing Legal Education v. [insert your name], it is likely not an award for outstanding performance.

West Virginia issued a show cause to 113 attorneys for non-compliance with the educational requirements. The 65 who responded by demonstrating compliance had the order discharged. The rest (a total of 68 attorneys) will be suspended on August 8 unless compliance is shown.

The order sets out the obligations:

Pursuant to Chapter VII of the Rules and Regulations of The West Virginia State Bar, all
active members of The West Virginia State Bar were required to complete twenty-four credit hours
of approved continuing legal education, with at least three of those credit hours in the topical areas of legal ethics, office management, substance abuse and/or elimination of bias in the legal
profession, between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2010. Active members of The West Virginia State
Bar admitted between July 1, 2008 and June 30, 2009 were required to complete twelve approved
credit hours, with at least three of those credit hours in the topical areas of legal ethics, office
management, substance abuse and/or elimination of bias in the legal profession, prior to June 30,
2010. The Commission required all attorneys to report the completion of such requirements on
or before July 31, 2010, by completing a reporting form mailed to all active members of The West
Virginia State Bar by the Commission.

(Mike Frisch)

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