Florida lawyer CLE reporting deadlines for March, April, May, June, and July 2020 extended to August 31, 2020

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert, which will discuss the recent decision The Florida Bar’s BOG to further extend the February, March, April, May, June, and July 2020 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) reporting deadlines for Florida lawyers to August 31, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Florida Bar News article is here:  https://www.floridabar.org/the-florida-bar-news/428150/

The reporting deadline extension was already in place for those lawyers who were required to report in February, March, April, and May 2020 and has now been expanded to those lawyers with deadlines in June and July 2020.

Many (if not all) upcoming in-person CLE programs have been canceled and the processing and shipping of orders for Bar CLE CDs and CLE DVDs have suspended; however, The Florida Bar’s on-demand CLE remains available and the link to those CLE programs is here:  https://tfb.inreachce.com/

In addition, The Florida Bar’s Practice Resource Center (LegalFuel) offers 90 free CLE programs online with 119.5 hours of general CLE credit.  Those CLE programs include 5 hours of ethics, 71 hours of technology, 8 hours of mental-health awareness, and 5 certification credits. The link to those programs is here: www.legalfuel.com/free-cle.

Bottom line: In another move caused by the pandemic, The Florida Bar has extended the deadlines for reporting CLE to August 31, 2020.  As I also previously reported, as a result of the pandemic, the Florida Supreme Court issued an Order on March 20, 2020 (amended April 9, 2020) suspending all time periods and deadlines for the following:

  1. Chapter 3 (Rules of Discipline), the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar for all Florida Bar discipline cases,
  2. Chapter 10 (UPL) for all unlicensed practice of law cases, and the filing and
  3. Lawyer advertisement evaluation requirements under Rule Regulating the Florida Bar 4-7.19 (Evaluation of Advertisements).

The link to the April 9, 2020 amended Order is here:  https://www.floridasupremecourt.org/content/download/633617/7199394/file/sc20-392.pdf

Stay safe and healthy and be careful out there.

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Joseph A. Corsmeier, Esquire

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Joseph A. Corsmeier is an “AV” rated attorney practicing in Clearwater, Florida. He concentrates his practice primarily in the areas of defense of attorney disciplinary matters before The Florida Bar, attorney admission matters before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, and professional license and disciplinary matters before the Boards of the State of Florida. He provides expert analysis and opinion on conflict of interest and other attorney disqualification and legal malpractice issues and he testified as an expert in the Florida courts. He served as an Assistant State Attorney in the Sixth Judicial Circuit from 1986 to 1990 where he prosecuted felonies exclusively from June 1987, and as Bar Counsel for The Florida Bar’s Department of Lawyer Regulation from 1990 to 1998. He also practices in the areas of estate planning and Medicaid qualification, workers’ compensation, and labor law. Mr. Corsmeier is the author of numerous articles for various bar publications, has spoken at numerous local and statewide seminars on various topics, including ethics and professionalism, and was an instructor of legal ethics for paralegals at Rollins College until the Tampa campus closed. He received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University and his J.D. from Mercer University. He is admitted to practice in all Florida Courts, the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the Middle District of Florida. He is a member of The Florida Bar, American Bar Association, the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, and the Clearwater and St. Petersburg Bar Associations.
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