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Rules Adopted by the Supreme Court

Continuing Legal Education

Rule 802
Continuing Legal Education


(a) “Active practitioner” means an attorney who is required to pay the annual registration fee imposed by Supreme Court Rule 208 for the current registration period and who is not on inactive status or suspended or disbarred by the Supreme Court from the practice of law.

(b) “Approved program” means a continuing legal education program that has been accredited by the Commission.

(c) “CLE Commission” or “ Commission” means the governing body created by Rule 801(a).

(d) “Compliance period” means the period of 1 year from July 1 through June 30.

(e) “Continuing legal education program” or “CLE program” means a legal educational program, course, or activity designed to maintain or improve the professional competency of practicing attorneys.

(f) “Ethics” means the standards set by the Kansas Rules of Professional Conduct with which a lawyer must comply to remain authorized to practice law in Kansas and in good standing.

(g) “Guidelines” means a Commission document that:

(1) prescribes administrative requirements for CLE programs which are not set forth in these rules; and

(2) is available to attorneys on the Commission’s website.

(h) “Inactive practitioner” means an attorney who has elected inactive status pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 208 and has registered as an inactive attorney with the CLE Commission.

(i) “In-house CLE program” means traditional programming given for a select private audience from the same law firm, corporation, or single governmental entity, and not open for attendance by other members of the legal community generally. The term includes a program offered by invitation and a program not advertised to a broad attorney population.

(j) “Law practice management programming” means programming specifically designed for lawyers on non-substantive topics that deal with means and methods for enhancing the quality and efficiency of an attorney’s service to the attorney’s clients.

(k) “Nontraditional programming” means CLE programming accessed solely by an individual attorney, including: teleconference, internet-based conference, audiotape, videotape, CD, podcast, CD-ROM, DVD, or another format approved by the Commission and defined in its Guidelines for Nontraditional Programming.

(l) “Professionalism” means conduct consistent with the tenets of the legal profession by which a lawyer demonstrates civility, honesty, integrity, character, fairness, competence, ethical conduct, public service, and respect for the rules of law, the courts, clients, other lawyers, witnesses, and unrepresented parties.

(m) “Rules” means the Rules Relating to Continuing Legal Education, together with any amendments thereto, adopted by the Kansas Supreme Court.

(n) “Traditional programming” includes:

(1) “Live Classroom Setting” - A CLE program presented in a suitable classroom setting devoted to the program.

(2) “Satellite” - A live CLE program broadcast to a classroom setting or a central viewing or listening location advertised to a broad attorney population. There must be a live connection to the speaker to comment and answer questions. As long as the program is advertised, there is no minimum attendance requirement.

(3) “Video Replay” - A recorded CLE program presented in a suitable classroom setting or in a central viewing location advertised to a broad attorney population. The attorney must be able to contact the moderator, either in-person or by telephone or email, to comment or ask questions. As long as the program is advertised, there is no minimum attendance requirement.

See also: Rule 1001 - Electronic and Photographic Media Coverage of Judicial Proceedings