CLE Rules

Recruiting new and retaining existing volunteers is often the focus of pro bono programs. To encourage recruitment and retention, a number of states have  implemented rules that permit attorneys who take pro bono cases to earn credit toward mandatory CLE requirements. Currently 11 states have adopted such rules. Although there is some variation among these states, the amount of CLE credit that lawyers are allowed to claim for pro bono service averages out to 3 hours per year. The most common rate that is used for earning such credits is 5 hours of service for each CLE credit. 



    
 

Arizona

Supreme Court Rule 45(a)(5)

One CLE credit hour for every five hours of pro bono service, capped at five credit hours per year.

Colorado

Rule of Civil Procedure 260.8

One CLE credit hour for every five hours of pro bono service, capped at nine credit hours every three years.

Delaware

Rule for CLE 8(D)

One CLE credit hour for every six hours of pro bono service, capped at six credit hours every two years


Louisiana

Sup. Court Rule XXX, Rule 3, Reg 3.21

One CLE credit for every five hours of pro bono, capped at three hours of CLE credit per year.

Minnesota

State Board of CLE, Rule 6D

One CLE credit hour for every six hours of pro bono service, capped at six credit hours every three years

New York

CLE Board Regs Section 3D(11)

One CLE credit hour for every two hours of pro bono service, capped at ten CLE credits for each two year reporting period.

North Dakota

CLE Policy 1.19 of Section 1

One CLE credit for every six hours of pro bono service, capped at three credit hours every three years.

Ohio

Sup Court Rule X, Section 5(H)

One CLE credit hour for every six hours of pro bono service, capped at six CLE credit hours every two years

Oregon

Rule 5.13(b)

One CLE credit hours for every two hours or pro bono service capped at six credit hours every three years.

Tennessee

Sup Court Rule 21, Section 4.07(c)

One CLE credit hour for every five hours of pro bono service, capped at three credit hours every year.

Washington

State Court Rule 11.2(a)(4)

Six CLE credit hours awarded each year for two hours of pro bono training and four hours of pro bono service

Wisconsin

SCR Chapter 31.05(7)

One CLE credit for every five hours of pro bono service, capped at six credit hours per reporting period.

 

Wyoming

CLE Rule 5(d)

One CLE credit for every five hours of pro bono service, capped at three credit hours per year

 

Updated October 2017

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