Manuel Jimenez was surprised and a little nervous when he got a notice that he was being audited for Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) compliance in 2012.
“I keep pretty good records, but it still scared the heck out of me,” said Jimenez, who happens to be a senior attorney in the State Bar’s own Office of Chief Trial Counsel. “I knew I had all the credits, but now somebody was going to go through my documents to make sure.”
About 5,200 other attorneys may face similar feelings next week when a new round of audit letters goes out.
This is the fifth year that the State Bar has conducted audits that could potentially result in disciplinary action. The sample represents about 10 percent of attorneys in MCLE group 2 (last names begin with the letters H through M) who reported compliance with MCLE requirements this cycle.
Attorneys will be asked to provide certificates of course completion or prove they are statutorily exempt by Aug. 21. The State Bar requires active attorneys to take 25 hours of continuing education courses every three years. Lawyers must keep their documentation for at least a year after their compliance is due.
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