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The Supreme Court of Kansas requires all active attorneys to attend 12 hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE), including at least 2 hours in the area of professional responsibility, each year. The CLE year is July 1 through June 30. Attorneys have a grace period from the date they are admitted until the first July 1 following admission.

Beginning with the 1999-2000 compliance period, the Supreme Court Rules will allow a one-year carryover of credit hours to the next reporting period. No more than ten general credit hours may be carried forward. The rule does not allow CLE credits to be carried forward more than one year. To do so would defeat the purpose of continuing, legal education - to enhance professional skills with current updates. Hours credited for in-house, guardian ad litem and professional responsibility programs, and credit for teaching and authorship will not be eligible for carry forward.

To be eligible for the carry forward option, affidavits must be filed within thirty (30) days after the June 30 end of the compliance period for which the hours were earned. For example, an attorney who attends 20 hours of general CLE credit and 2 hours of professional responsibility credit during the 1999-2000 compliance period must file applications or affidavits for those hours on or before July 31, 2000, to comply with the 12 hours of required CLE (including 2 hours of professional responsibility) during the 1999-2000 compliance period and carry forward 10 hours into the 2000-2001 compliance period.

The benefit to the attorney will be the ability to "bank" CLE credits during a compliance period to be applied to the next compliance period in case, for business or personal reasons, compliance becomes a hardship. Hours eligible for carry forward credit will be automatically calculated and applied to the next compliance period. No action by the attorney is necessary in order to get carryover treatment.

Another rule change is that the Commission will no longer grant extensions of time to complete the hourly requirement. An attorney who is in noncompliance thirty (30) days following the June 30, 2000,  deadline for the 1999-2000 compliance period will have thirty (30) days from that date to comply or show good cause. All attorneys submitting required paperwork for the 1999-2000 compliance period after July 31, 2000, will be assessed a late fee of $50.

The Kansas CLE Commission will continue to issue two interim transcripts each compliance period to all attorneys responsible for hours. These transcripts provide attorneys with updates on their CLE compliance status. In addition, a final report is issued by the Commission thirty (30) days following the end of the compliance period. The CLE Commission encourages all attorneys to maintain a permanent CLE file in their office. This file should include all information relevant to CLE compliance.

Anyone who has questions concerning Kansas CLE requirements may call the Kansas CLE Commission at (785) 357-6510, email comments to or write to the Commission at 400 S. Kansas Ave., Suite 202, Topeka, KS 66603.