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CALL FOR COMMENTS: Rules for Continuing Legal Education

After several months of consideration and input from a variety of sources, the Wyoming State Bar Board of Continuing Legal Education is formally requesting that members of the Wyoming State Bar consider revisions to the following Rules For Continuing Legal Education:

Rule 4(a) is recommended for revision to identify the three categories of attorneys considered for continuing legal education purposes (active, new active, and emeritus), and to increase the annual requirement for ethics credits that must be earned per calendar year.

Rule 4(b) is recommended for revision to provide that new admittees have until the end of the calendar year subsequent to their admission to complete the Wyoming State Bar’s mandatory six-hour continuing legal education course, so that it can be better tracked pursuant to, and is more consistent with, CLE Rule 10.

Rule 4(g) is recommended for revision to eliminate reference to the Wyoming Pro Bono Organization, which does not exist as contemplated by the current rule, to broaden the types of cases for which an attorney can receive CLE credit for pro bono work, and to change the ratio of pro bono to CLE credit hours (from 5:1 to 2:1).

Rule 6(c) is recommended for revision to increase the amount of self-study hours allowed per calendar year from five to six in light of the changes to the Wyoming State Bar’s mandatory continuing legal education course for new admittees.

Rule 10 is recommended for revision to make it consistent with the revisions recommended in Rule 4(a).

Click here to view the full text of the proposed rule changes.

Persons are encouraged to send comments to Marie Ellis, CLE Director, Wyoming State Bar, 4124 Laramie Street, Cheyenne, WY 82001. Comments will be received until August 9, 2013.