OARC Updates CLE Requirements With New Rule

Rule 250 replaced Rule 260 July 1

Jessica Yates (left) and Dawn McKnight (right)

With a new addition to the Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure that took effect July 1, the Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel is hoping to create awareness among the state’s lawyer population about the guidance that regulations provide for continuing legal and judicial education requirements.

Deputy regulation counsel Dawn McKnight said the process originally started with the intention by the Supreme Court’s Continuing Legal and Judicial Education Committee of amending Rule 260, but the changes ended up so significant that ultimately Rule 250 completely replaced it.

“The rules set the framework, and the regulations really provide more of the guidance,” McKnight said. The OARC recently published a list of frequently asked questions about Rule 250 to highlight the guidance attorneys can get from regulations. While the rule itself provides an overall compliance structure and mandates continuing legal education, the regulations provide guidance on how continuing legal education is accredited and lay out the types of activities for which attorneys can receive credit.

As Attorney Regulation Counsel Jessica Yates put it, noncompliance with the rule is what can lead to an administrative suspension, while regulations lay out how attorneys can obtain their CLE credit to stay in compliance.

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