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New Iowa CLE requirements in 2021
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The Iowa Supreme Court has adopted the recommendation of the Commission on Continuing Legal Education that attorneys be required to take one hour of attorney wellness or diversity and inclusion each year. This adoption comes in light of national efforts, particularly by the American Bar Association, to encourage all states to require their lawyers to take courses in diversity and mental health and substance abuse. Learn more about the new
CLE requirements here
Iowa Court Rule 41.3(2)
attorneys will be required to take one hour of attorney wellness CLE or one hour of diversity and inclusion CLE as part of their 15-hour annual CLE requirement. Attorneys will also be required to take one hour of “traditional” legal ethics.
The new requirement is in effect for the calendar year 2021 reporting period, beginning Jan. 1, 2021, and ending Dec. 31, 2021. No courses offered or activities taken prior to Jan. 1, 2021, will be eligible for the new attorney wellness or diversity and inclusion CLE requirement. Attorneys will submit the CLE they attended in calendar year 2021 on their 2022 CLE Reports, which must be filed on or before March 10, 2022.
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