ON DEMAND vs. ONLINE ACCREDITED COURSES AND THE IMPORTANCE OF SCREENING CLE COURSE PROVIDERS: Some CLE course providers may advertise that their remote courses or webinars are approved for credit in Missouri, but unless their courses meet the Missouri standard for accreditation, you may be paying for a product you do not really want. To be fully accredited, a remote course or webinar must have a designated date in which to access the program, a designated start and stop time and it must have a qualified instructor present (live or via chat) to answer questions from participants. If you are able to access a remote course or webinar at any time of your choosing, that course is an on-demand course, which is not fully accredited in Missouri and can only be reported as a self-study activity. Self-study activities are capped at six hours per year and do not include ethics or elimination of bias credit. Please screen your courses and course providers carefully to ensure that your CLE dollars are well-spent.
LAWYERS RECENTLY ASSESSED AN MCLE LATE FEE: To establish full compliance for the 2020-21 MCLE reporting period, all CLE educational requirements must first be reported in the online MCLE annual report. Upon submission of all required CLE credits, a payment button will appear on the main reporting menu, allowing payment online by credit or debit card, or providing instructions for payment by check. Full compliance will generate a separate email to the email address on file with The Missouri Bar, confirming that compliance for the 2020-21 MCLE reporting year has been met. Please note that failure to meet full compliance by Sept. 30, 2021, will result in the assessment of an additional $50 late fee, with an increase of $50 assessed at the conclusion of each successive month in which compliance has not been met.
LATE FEE ASSESSMENT FOR THE 2020-2021 REPORTING PERIOD: In accordance with Rule 15.06(c), a late fee of $200 will be assessed on Aug. 31, 2021, to any lawyer who did not file a deficiency plan by July 31, 2021 and who is not in compliance with Rule 15 for the 2020-2021 MCLE reporting period. Pursuant to Rule 15, an additional late fee of $50 will be assessed at the end of each successive month in which the MCLE delinquency is not remedied. Please be aware that pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 15.06, a list of lawyers who are not in compliance with Rule 15 will be submitted to the Supreme Court of Missouri no later than March 1, 2022. Lawyers included on the delinquency list will be automatically suspended from practice. See Rule 15.06(f).