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Mandatory technology: Florida becomes first state to require tech CLEs

Monday, October 10, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Chris Fritz
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The Florida Bar became the first in the country to mandate that attorneys take continuing legal education courses in technology. The Florida Supreme Court approved the changes last Thursday.

Florida attorneys were previously required to have 30 hours of CLE credits every three years, but the ruling increases that requirement to 33 hours, with those additional hours in technology-related courses.

"Lawyers must be knowledgeable on the benefits and risks associated with technology in their practice areas,” explained John M. Stewart, who chaired The Florida Bar Board of Governors Technology Committee. That committee did a three-year study on the future practice of law before making this recommendation.

No such similar move has been proposed in Iowa at this time. 

Read the entire opinion from the Florida Supreme Court.

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