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3.1 Attorneys who have a permanent physical disability which makes attendance of CLE programs inordinately difficult may file a request for a permanent substitute program in lieu of attendance and shall therein set out continuing legal education plans tailored to their specific interest and physical ability. The Commission shall review and approve or disapprove such plans on an individual basis and without delay. Rejection of any requested substitute for attendance will be reviewed by the Board of Governors of the Oklahoma Bar Association prior to any sanction being imposed.
3.2 Other requests for substituted compliance, partial waivers, or other exemptions for hardship or extenuating circumstances may be granted by the Commission upon written application of the attorney and may likewise be reviewed by the Board of Governors of the Oklahoma Bar Association. Other substitute forms of compliance may be granted for members with permanent or temporary physical disabilities (based upon a written confirmation from his or her treating physician) which makes attendance at regular approved CLE programs difficult or impossible.
3.3 Credit may be earned through teaching in an approved continuing legal education program, or for a presentation substantially complying with the standards of Regulation 4 in a program which is presented to paralegals, legal assistants, and/or law clerks. Presentations accompanied by thorough, high quality, readable, and carefully prepared written materials will qualify for CLE credit on the basis of six (6) hours of credit for each hour of presentation.
4.1.1 The following standards will govern the approval of continuing legal education programs by the Commission.
4.1.2 The program must have significant intellectual or practical content and its primary objective must be to increase the participant's professional competence as an attorney.
4.1.3 The program must deal primarily with matters related to the practice of law, professional responsibility or ethical obligations of attorneys. Programs that cross academic lines may be considered for approval.
4.1.4 The program must be offered by a sponsor having substantial, recent, experience in offering continuing legal education or demonstrated ability to organize and present effectively continuing legal education. Demonstrated ability arises partly from the extent to which individuals with legal training or educational experience are involved in the planning, instruction and supervision of the program.
4.1.5 The program itself must be conducted by an individual or group qualified by practical or academic experience. The program, including the named advertised participants, must be conducted substantially as planned, subject to emergency withdrawals and alterations.
4.1.6 Thorough, high quality, readable, and carefully prepared written materials must be made available to all participants at or before the time the course is presented, unless the absence of such materials is recognized as reasonable and approved by the MCLE Administrator. A mere outline without citations or explanatory notations will not be sufficient.
4.1.7 The program must be conducted in a comfortable physical setting, conducive to learning and equipped with suitable writing surfaces.
4.1.8 Approval may be given for programs where audiovisual recorded or reproduced material is used. Video programs shall qualify for CLE credit in the same manner as a live CLE program provided:
- the original CLE program was approved for CLE credit as provided in these regulations or the video program has been approved by the Commission under these rules, and
- each person attending the video program is provided written material as required in Regulation 4.1.6 and
- each program is conducted in a location as required in Regulation 4.1.7 and
- there are a minimum of five (5) persons enrolled and in attendance at the presentation of the video program unless viewed at the Oklahoma Bar Center or sponsored by a county bar association in Oklahoma.
4.1.9 Approval for credit may also be granted for the following types of electronic-based CLE programs:
- Live interactive webcast seminars, webcast replay seminars, live teleconferences and teleconference replays. If approved, an attorney may earn credit for seminars provided by these various delivery methods without an annual limit.
- Online, on-demand seminars and downloadable podcasts. If approved, an attorney may receive up to six approved credits per year for these types of electronic-based programs.
Such programs must also meet the criteria established in the Rules of the Oklahoma Supreme Court for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education, Rule 7, Regulation 4, subject to standard course approval procedures and appropriate verification from the course sponsor.
- The target audience must be attorneys.
- The course shall provide high quality written instructional materials. These materials may be available to be downloaded or otherwise furnished so that the attorney will have the ability to refer to such materials during and subsequent to the seminars.
- The provider must have procedures in place to independently verify an attorney's completion of a program. Verification procedures may vary by format and by provider. An attorney affidavit attesting to the completion of a program is not by itself sufficient.
- If an online, on demand seminar is approved, it is approved only for twelve (12) months after the approval is granted. The sponsor may submit an application to have the course considered for approval in subsequent years.
4.2 Continuing legal education programs sponsored by the following organizations are presumptively approved for credit, provided that the standards set out in the Regulations 4.1.2 through 4.1.7 are met:
- All-Star Tax Series
- American Association for Justice
- American Bankruptcy Institute
- American Bar Association and Bar Sections
- American College of Real Estate Lawyers
- American Health Lawyers Association
- American Immigration Lawyers Association
- American Law Institute
- Canadian County Bar Association
- Cannon Financial Institute
- Center for American & International Law
- Child Support Services, Oklahoma Department of Human Services
- Clear Law Institute
- Cleveland County Bar Association
- Council Oak / Johnson – Sontag American Inn of Court
- CT Corporation
- Defense Research Institute
- Delaware County Bar Association
- Energy Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association
- Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
- Federal Public Defender
- Federalist Society, The - Tulsa Chapter
- Garfield County Bar Association
- Garvin County Bar Association
- HB Litigation
- Hudson Hall Wheaton American Inn of Court
- International Municipal Lawyers Association
- Kingfisher County Bar Association
- LawProse Inc.
- Law Seminars International, Inc.
- Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma. Inc.
- Likeable Lawyer, The
- Luther Bohanan American Inn of Court
- Mayes County Bar Association
- Mediation Institute
- Muscogee (Creek) Nation District Court
- Muskogee County Bar Association
- National Association of Attorneys General
- National Association of College and University Attorneys
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
- National Business Institute, Inc (NBI)
- National Constitution Center Conferences
- National District Attorneys Association
- National Employment Law Institute
- National Employment Lawyers Association
- National Institute of Trial Advocacy
- National Judicial College
- National Legal Aid and Defender Association
- New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies
- NSBA Council of School Attorneys
- Office of the Oklahoma Attorney General
- Oklahoma Academy of Collaborative Professionals
- Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel
- Oklahoma Association for Justice
- Oklahoma Association of Municipal Attorneys
- Oklahoma Bar Association
- Oklahoma Bar Association Continuing Legal Education
- Oklahoma City Commercial Lawyers Association
- Oklahoma City Mineral Lawyers Society
- Oklahoma City Real Property Lawyers Association
- Oklahoma City University Law School
- Oklahoma County Bar Association
- Oklahoma County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
- Oklahoma County Public Defenders Office
- Oklahoma Criminal Defense Lawyer's Association
- Oklahoma District Attorneys Council
- Oklahoma Indian Legal Services, Inc.
- Oklahoma Municipal Judges Association
- Oklahoma Planned Giving Council
- OSU Tax Schools
- Practicing Law Institute
- Robert J. Turner American Inn of Court
- Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
- Ruth Bader Ginsberg American Inn of Court
- South Oklahoma City Lawyers Association
- State Bar of Texas
- Sterling Education Services
- Strafford Publications
- Tax Forum
- TRTCLE, Inc.
- Tulsa County Bar Association
- Tulsa Estate Planning Forum
- Tulsa Pension Attorneys
- Tulsa Tax Club
- Tulsa Title and Probate Lawyers Association
- U.S. Air Force - Judge Advocate General School
- U.S. Army - Judge Advocate General School
- U.S. Department of Justice - Office of Legal Education
- University of Oklahoma College of Law
- University of Texas School of Law
- University of Tulsa College of Law
- Washington County Bar Association
- WealthCounsel, LLC
- West Professional Development
- Woodward County Bar Association
- Young Lawyers Division of the Oklahoma Bar Association
- All other county bar associations in Oklahoma presenting seminars or programs that are co-sponsored by an organization that has presumptive approval as a CLE sponsor.
4.3 Approved seminars may be advertised in informational brochures and program materials provided by the sponsoring body. Organizations listed in Regulation 4.2 whose programs are presumptively approved shall give adequate notice that a program or seminar it conducts is not approved for MCLE credit in the event the program or seminar does not meet the standards set forth in Regulations 4.1.1 through 4.1.7.
4.4 The Commission may at any time re-evaluate and grant or revoke presumptive approval of a sponsor.
4.5 Any organization not included in Regulation 4.2 above, desiring approval of a course or program shall apply to the Commission by submitting an application on a form to be obtained from the Commission and supporting documentation at least forty-five (45) days prior to the date for which the course or program is scheduled. The Commission will advise the applicant in writing by mail within ten (10) days of the receipt of the completed application whether the program is approved or disapproved. Applicants denied approval of a program may appeal such a decision by submitting a letter of appeal to the Commission within fifteen (15) days of the receipt of the notice of disapproval.
4.6 An attorney desiring approval of a course or program which has not otherwise been approved shall apply to the Commission by submitting an application on a form to be obtained from the Commission and supporting documentation as follows: If approval is requested before the course or program is presented the application and supporting documentation shall be submitted at least forty-five (45) days prior to the date for which the course or program is scheduled. If approval is requested after the applicant has attended a course or program the application and supporting documentation shall be submitted within ninety (90) days after the date the course or program was presented or prior to the end of the calendar year in which the course or program was presented, whichever is earlier. The Commission will advise the applicant in writing by mail within ten (10) days of the receipt of the completed application whether the program is approved or disapproved. Applicants denied approval of a program may appeal such a decision by submitting a letter of appeal to the Commission within fifteen (15) days of the receipt of the notice of disapproval.
4.7 The sponsor of an approved continuing legal education program may announce or indicate as follows: This course has been approved by the Oklahoma Bar Association Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for _____ hours of CLE credit, including ______ hours of legal ethics credit.
4.8 As soon as practicable but in any event on or before the earlier of (1) thirty (30) days following an approved legal education program or (2) January 10 of the succeeding year, the sponsor shall furnish to the Commission such attendance information in such format as the Commission shall direct.
3.4 Credit may also be earned through teaching a course in an ABA accredited law school or a course in a paralegal or legal assistant program accredited by the ABA. The Commission will award six (6) hours of CLE credit for each semester hour of academic credit awarded by the academic institution for the course.
3.5 Credit may also be earned through auditing of or regular enrollment in a college of law course at an ABA or AALS approved law school. The MCLE credit allowed shall equal a sum equal to three (3) times the number of credit hours granted by the college of law for the completion of the course.
3.6 The number of hours required means that the attorney must actually attend twelve (12) instructional hours of CLE per year with no credit given for introductory remarks, meal breaks, or business meetings. Of the twelve (12) CLE hours required the attorney must attend and receive one (1) instructional hour of CLE per year covering the area of professional responsibility or legal ethics or legal malpractice prevention. An instructional hour will in all events contain at least fifty (50) minutes.
3.7 Hours of credit in excess of the minimum annual requirement may be carried forward for credit only in the succeeding calendar year. Such hours must, however, be reported in the annual report of compliance for the year in which they were completed and in the year for which they are being claimed and must be designated as hours being carried forward.