The California State Bar has commenced a more aggressive approach to audit lawyer's MCLE compliance. In 2012, the goal is to audit 5%, which translates to 3,000-4,000 lawyers, and in 2013 10% or 7,000-8,000 lawyers. Letters requesting proof of compliance for 2012 will be mailed in June. Click here to read the letter detailing these audits.
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***State Bar MCLE Audit Alert from President Jon Streeter***
The State Bar is taking a more aggressive approach to auditing MCLE compliance. All California lawyers need to be aware of this change in the Bar's MCLE auditing process.
The result of the State Bar's recent 2011 MCLE audit of one percent or 635 lawyers has confirmed the need for increased auditing. Of the 635 audited attorneys, 539 provided the necessary documentation showing full compliance. Of the remaining 96 attorneys, five have been suspended due to their inability to show any compliance. Most of the remaining 91 attorneys had minor reporting deficiencies and received a cautionary letter from our MCLE compliance group about future compliance. Approximately 25 of the 91 are being referred to the Office to Chief Trial Counsel for disciplinary action. 15% of this reporting group were not in compliance.
This result is troubling and reaffirms the action being taken by the State Bar. In 2012, California attorneys can expect that five percent or roughly 3,000-4,000 lawyers to be audited. In 2013, the goal is to audit 10% which translates to 7,000-8,000 lawyers. Letters requesting proof of compliance for 2012 will be mailed in June.
The message is clear. California lawyers must fulfill and accurately document and report their MCLE requirements. No California attorney should be surprised if their compliance certificate is audited. For more information regarding MCLE requirements and reporting, visit the State Bar's MCLE web page. http://mcle.calbar.ca.gov