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In re Regulations of Arkansas Continuing Legal Education Board

Supreme Court of Arkansas

March 7, 2019

IN RE REGULATIONS OF THE ARKANSAS CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION BOARD: RULE 4.04 APPROVED CLE ACTIVITIES

          PER CURIAM

         The Supreme Court herby amends, effectively immediately, Rule 4.04 of the Regulations of the Arkansas Continuing Legal Education Board. The changes are set out in "line-in," "line-out" fashion (new material is underlined; deleted material is lined through.)

         Rule 4.04 Approved CLE activities.

         (1)[Abolished, effective July 1, 1998.]

         (2)Authorship of Law Articles.

         In accordance with objective standards to be developed and applied by the Board, up to twelve (12) hours of credit may be earned through the authorship of a law related article published by an American Bar Association accredited law school, a state bar journal, an official publication of the American Bar Association, or through authorship of a published book on legal matters. Any attorney may petition the Board for credit for the authorship of an article or book. Entitlement to credit will accrue as of the date of publication of the article or documented date of acceptance for publication.

         (3) Law School Courses.

         Credit may be earned through part-time teaching, formal enrollment for credit, or official audit and attendance at a course offered by a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. Twelve (12) credit hours will be awarded for each academic credit hour taught, officially audited, or successfully completed, provided the applicant certifies attendance of at least seventy-five percent (75%) of the class sessions. For the purpose of this regulation, "part-time teaching" is defined as teaching one course which awards four or fewer hours of academic credit.

         (4)In-house Programs.

         In-house programs are available as a means of acquiring CLE credits provided: (a) The program complies with Rule 4(C) of the Arkansas Rules for Minimum Continuing Legal Education; and, (b) The application and documentation for in-house programs conducted in Arkansas must be submitted to the Secretary in advance of the scheduled event and be approved thirty (30) days before the scheduled event. In addition, private law firms which conduct in-house programs shall be subject to the following requirements: (c) A minimum of three (3) 'out-of-firm' attorneys must be allowed to attend such programs. Each firm may set reasonable limits on the total number of such 'out-of-firm' attendees. (d) Any "out-of-firm" attorney who desires to attend an in-house CLE program may be responsible for a proportionate share of the costs of the program; and, (e) Attorneys may receive a maximum of six (6) hours CLE credit for in-house programs conducted during any reporting period.

         (5)Satellite Programs. All satellite television programs which otherwise comply with the Rules may be approved.

         (6)Audio and Video Programs. Approval may be given for programs where audiovisual recorded or reproduced material is used. Audio and video CLE programs are an acceptable means of obtaining CLE credits, provided:

         (a)The original program upon which the video replay is based has been is approved by the Board, or the original program upon which the audio or video program is based has been approved by the Board;

         (b)The application and documentation for the audio or video program must be submitted to the Secretary in advance of the scheduled event and be approved at ...


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