In the Matter of Amendments   )   ORDER NO. 01-065
to the MINIMUM   )  
  )   AND 5.5

The Oregon State Bar Board of Governors submitted to the court proposed amendments to Minimum Continuing Legal Education Rules 3.3, 5.2, and 5.5. The court considered the proposed amendments at its public meeting on March 13, 2001, at which time the court voted to approve the proposed amendments.

IT HEREBY IS ORDERED that MCLE Rules 3.3, 5.2, and 5.5 are amended as set out below, effective the date of this order (deleted text in brackets and italics; new text in boldface).

3.3 [Ethics] Professional Responsibility.

(a) At least [six] nine of the 45 credit hour requirement shall be devoted to accredited CLE activities in [legal ethics] professional responsibility. Professional responsibility includes legal ethics and professionalism and education activities pertaining to the role of lawyers concerning racial and ethnic issues, gender fairness, disability issues, and access to justice. Six of the nine credits shall be devoted to legal ethics or professionalism. The other three credits shall pertain to other aspects of professional responsibility referred to above.

(b) [This requirement shall be prorated for any] [a]Active members who have a reporting period of less than three years shall be required to complete only two credits in ethics and professionalism and one credit in the other aspects of professional responsibility unless required otherwise at the time of admission, reinstatement or resumption of the practice of law.

(c) For reporting periods ending December 31, 2000 and thereafter, one ethics credit hour in each reporting period shall be on the subject of a lawyer's statutory child abuse reporting obligation.

(d) The requirement for credit hours in professional responsibility in addition to legal ethics and professionalism shall be effective for the reporting period that begins on January 1, 2002 and ends on December 31, 2004, and thereafter. Active members whose reporting periods end before December 31, 2004 are required to complete six hours of legal ethics or professionalism credits and 39 general credits.

5.2 Other CLE Activities.

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(e) Legal Ethics Service. A member serving on the Oregon State Bar Legal Ethics Committee, Client Security Fund Committee, Commission on Judicial Fitness & Disability, Local Professional Responsibility Committees, State Professional Responsibility Board, and Disciplinary Board, or serving as volunteer bar counsel in Oregon disciplinary proceedings may earn two [legal ethics] professional responsibility credits for each twelve months of service.

5.5 [Legal Ethics] Professional Responsibility.

(a) In order to be accredited as a [legal ethics] professional responsibility activity, an activity shall be devoted to the study of judicial or legal ethics and professional responsibility or professionalism, and shall include discussion of applicable judicial conduct codes, disciplinary rules, or statements of professionalism.

(b) Portions of activities also may be accredited for purposes of satisfying the [legal ethics] professional responsibility requirement, if the [ethics] professional responsibility content of the activity is clearly defined.

DATED this 12th day of April, 2001

Wallace P. Carson, Jr.
Chief Justice

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