On September 12, 2023, the Maryland Judiciary released a report recommending that Maryland adopt a minimum continuing legal education requirement for Maryland barred attorneys (MCLE). The recommendations are the product of a workgroup commissioned by the Supreme Court of Maryland in November 2022. The workgroup, chaired by the Honorable Stuart R. Berger of the Appellate Court of Maryland, consisted of 27 attorneys, judges, and legal academics from diverse backgrounds and locations throughout the state. Consistent with any significant measures that would impact the profession, the MSBA had the honor of appointing two of the representatives on the workgroup and were asked to consider appointing members from solo and small firm attorneys and diverse geographies.
With the release of the report, the Supreme Court of Maryland is soliciting feedback on the recommendations through November 10, 2023.
The recommendations are that Maryland should adopt MCLE to align with the 46 other jurisdictions currently requiring MCLE. More specifically, the report recommends:
The MSBA issued this statement in response to the report. As the report notes, the MSBA has had a mixed history with MCLE. In the early ‘90s, the MSBA proposed a rule to adopt MCLE in Maryland. The proposal came at a time when the American Bar Association was strongly advocating for universal adoption of MCLE and nearly 38 states had recently implemented MCLE. The MSBA’s proposal ultimately failed, and since that time the MSBA has shifted its focus to monitor MCLE developments and convene member feedback on the issue.
With the release of this report, the MSBA is committed to providing regular updates to members on any developments relating to MCLE in Maryland. To support this effort, the MSBA has developed this dedicated webpage containing the latest information that will circulate timely updates via its blog, eWeekly newsletter or social media channels.
After a thorough discussion of the Judiciary’s report at our Board of Governors meeting on September 20th, 2023, the MSBA Board adopted a plan for the organization’s response.
The MSBA will strive to be the voice of the practitioners throughout this process, as well as the source of knowledge about what this will mean to the profession in Maryland.
The MSBA Board of Governors has tasked the MBSA to gather feedback from our members so that as an organization, we can prepare comments on the association’s behalf for submission to the Maryland Judiciary in advance of their comment deadline.
Please submit your thoughts below regarding a minimum continuing legal education requirement for Maryland attorneys: