CHAPTER SCR 31
CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION
SCR 31.01   Definitions.
SCR 31.02   Attendance requirement.
SCR 31.03   Reporting requirement.
SCR 31.04   Exemptions.
SCR 31.05   Approved hours.
SCR 31.06   Attendance and reporting requirements for persons upon
  reactivation or reinstatement.
SCR 31.07   Standards for approval of CLE activities.
SCR 31.08   Procedure for approval of CLE activities.
SCR 31.09   Delegation, determinations and review.
SCR 31.10   Noncompliance.
SCR 31.11   Reinstatement.
SCR 31.12   Extensions and waivers.
SCR 31.13   Service; filing.
SCR 31.14   Rule-making authority.
APPENDIX   Rules of the Board of Bar Examiners.
Effective date note Note: SCR Chapter 31 was adopted November 21, 1975, eff. January 1, 1977; amended November 18, 1977; December 11, 1979; July 1, 1986; May 10, 1988; January 1, 1989; October 17, 1990; January 1, 1991; February 1, 1991; October 24, 1991; December 10, 1992; May 3, 1994; November 17, 1994; November 18, 1994; November 14, 2001; April 1, 2002; January 29, 2007; January 11, 2008; December 3, 2008; January 6, 2009; June 1, 2009; September 10, 2009; June 14, 2013; January 1, 2017; July 1, 2017.
31.01 SCR 31.01 Definitions. In this chapter:
31.01(1) (1) “Board" means the board of bar examiners.
31.01(1m) (1m) “CLE" means continuing legal education.
31.01(2) (2) “Committee" means a panel comprising at least 3 members of the board.
31.01(4) (4) “Hour" means a period of approved continuing legal education consisting of not less than 50 minutes.
31.01(5) (5) “Inactive member" means an inactive member of the state bar under SCR 10.03 (3) and the bylaws of the state bar.
31.01(6) (6) “Lawyer" means an active member of the state bar under SCR 10.03 (3) and the bylaws of the state bar and includes an active member under suspension other than a person under a form of suspension that will terminate only on order of the court or a person suspended pursuant to SCR 31.10 (1).
31.01(6m) (6m) “Repeated on-demand program" means an on-line program delivered over the Internet, consisting of a program previously approved by the board.
31.01(7) (7) “Reporting period" means the two-year period ending December 31 during which a lawyer must satisfy the Wisconsin continuing legal education requirement of SCR 31.02. The reporting period for a lawyer is determined by the year of his or her admission to the practice of law in Wisconsin. The reporting period for a lawyer admitted in an even-numbered year shall end on December 31 of each even-numbered year; the reporting period for a lawyer admitted in an odd-numbered year shall end on December 31 of each odd-numbered year.
31.01(8) (8) “State bar" means the state bar of Wisconsin.
31.01(9) (9) “Electronic CLE reporting system" means a web-based system established by the board of bar examiners through which lawyers may electronically file an original or amended report of their CLE compliance.
31.01(10) (10) “Electronic signature" means an electronic sound, symbol, or process attached to or logically associated with an electronically-filed CLE report that can be executed or adopted by the reporting lawyer with the intent to sign the document under oath or affirmation.
31.01(11) (11) “Pro Bono legal services" means direct legal services provided without fee or expectation of fee to persons of limited means through a qualified pro bono program or pursuant to an appointment by a state or federal court.
31.01(12) (12) “Qualified pro bono program" means:
31.01(12)(a) (a) A pro bono program operated by a nonprofit legal services organization that receives funding from the Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation;
31.01(12)(b) (b) A pro bono program operated by a Wisconsin law school;
31.01(12)(c) (c) A pro bono program existing on the date that this rule is adopted that is operated by a Wisconsin bar association; or
31.01(12)(d) (d) A program approved by the board as a qualified pro bono program.
SCR 31.01 History History: Sup. Ct. Order No. 94-15, 188 Wis. 2d xv (1994); Sup. Ct. Order No. 05-09, 2007 WI 14, 293 Wis. 2d clxxxvii; Sup. Ct. Order No. 08-04, 2008 WI 127, filed and eff. 12-3-08; Sup. Ct. Order No. 08-23, 2009 WI 93, 317 Wis. 2d xiii; Sup. Ct. Order No. 15-05, 2016 WI 77, filed 7-21-16, eff. 1-1-17.
31.02 SCR 31.02 Attendance requirement.
31.02(1)(1) A lawyer shall attend a minimum of 30 hours of approved CLE during each reporting period.
31.02(2) (2) A lawyer shall attend a minimum of 3 of the 30 hours required under sub. (1) on the subject of legal ethics and professional responsibility in every reporting period.
31.02(3) (3) A lawyer may attend a maximum of six (6) hours of the 30 hours required under sub. (1) on subjects designed to enhance a lawyer's awareness and understanding of substance abuse/dependence disorders, mental illness, stress management, and work/life balance relating to the practice of law.
Effective date note Note: Sub. (3) is created eff. 7-1-17 by Sup. Ct. Order No. 16-06.
31.02(4) (4) A lawyer may attend a maximum of six (6) hours of the 30 hours required under sub. (1) on the subject of law practice management, which may include topics such as client communications, trust accounting, record keeping, applications of technology, and other subjects essential to the practice of law. Courses or portions of courses dealing primarily with profit enhancement or marketing of services will be denied credit.
Effective date note Note: Sub. (4) is created eff. 7-1-17 by Sup. Ct. Order No. 16-06.
31.02(5) (5) A lawyer may not claim credit for attending the same course more than one time during a reporting cycle.
Effective date note Note: Sub. (5) is created eff. 7-1-17 by Sup. Ct. Order No. 16-06.
SCR 31.02 History History: Sup. Ct. Order No. 94-15, 188 Wis. 2d xv (1994); Sup. Ct. Order No. 08-04, 2008 WI 127, filed and eff. 12-3-08; Sup. Ct. Order No. 16-06, 2017 WI 23, filed 3-20-17, eff. 7-1-17.
31.03 SCR 31.03 Reporting requirement.
31.03(1)(1) A lawyer shall file a written report under oath or affirmation on designated CLE Form 1 with the board on or before the February 1 following the last day of the reporting period. The written report shall establish compliance with the attendance requirement of SCR 31.02.
31.03(2) (2) A lawyer who has not satisfied SCR 31.02 and completed the reporting requirement under sub. (1) by the close of business on the February 1 following the last day of the reporting period shall be assessed a late fee of $100.
31.03(3) (3) Lawyers may satisfy the reporting requirements of sub. (1) through the electronic CLE reporting system. Reports filed electronically must include the reporting lawyer's electronic signature, by which the lawyer avers under oath or affirmation that the information contained in the report is true.
31.03(4) (4) Electronically-filed reports are deemed filed when they are submitted to the electronic CLE reporting system, except that a late-filed report is deemed filed upon receipt of payment of the late fee.
SCR 31.03 History History: Sup. Ct. Order No. 94–08, 183 Wis. 2d xv (1994); Sup. Ct. Order No. 94-15, 188 Wis. 2d xv (1994)i; Sup. Ct. Order No. 08-04, 2008 WI 127, filed and eff. 12-3-08; Sup. Ct. Order No. 08-23, 2009 WI 93, 317 Wis. 2d xiii.
31.04 SCR 31.04 Exemptions.
31.04(1)(1) A lawyer is exempt from the attendance and reporting requirements of this chapter in the year of his or her admission to the practice of law in Wisconsin.
31.04(2) (2) A lawyer who does not engage in the practice of law in Wisconsin at any time during the reporting period is exempt from the attendance requirement of SCR 31.02 but shall comply with the reporting requirement of SCR 31.03.
31.04(3) (3) A lawyer whose practice is principally in another jurisdiction that has mandatory CLE requirements and who is current in meeting those requirements is exempt from the attendance requirement of SCR 31.02, but shall comply with the reporting requirement of SCR 31.03.
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