To earn CLE credit for completing the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program you must have:
- Completed the Orientation (mentoring term start date)
- Completed the Mentoring Agreement
- Met the minimum eight (8) meetings requirement**
- Completed an action item from each of the five (5) sections of the Mentoring Plan
- Participated in the program for at least 365 days since your Orientation date
Completion of the year-long mentoring program through an approved organization qualifies the participating mentor and mentee attorneys each to receive 6.0 hours of professional responsibility CLE credit pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 795(d)(11), which includes one hour in the area of diversity and inclusion and one hour in the area of mental health and substance abuse, pursuant to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 794(d)(2).
Both mentors and mentees must submit the online Mentoring Attestation and CLE Certification form to obtain credit. The credit hours are earned in total upon the completion of the mentoring term year. No partial credit is awarded.
The Rule 793(c) Requirement for Newly-Admitted Attorneys states completion must be one year after admission to practice in Illinois; however, if the Newly-Admitted Attorney is involved in a mentoring program that will not complete its term until after the one-year deadline, the mentoring credits still may be used to satisfy this requirement. (More information may be found on the MCLE website.)
There are two options for satisfying a portion of the 15-hour Requirement for Newly-Admitted Attorneys with credit for completion of the year-long mentoring program. These new attorneys may complete:
- Mentoring Program (6 PR CLE) + Basic Skills Course (6 CLE) + 3 hours CLE = 15 hours
- Mentoring Program in lieu of the Basic Skills Course (6 PR CLE) + 9 hours CLE = 15 hours
Apply for Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring professional responsibility CLE credit:
**In-Person Meetings Exception (Virtual Meetings Allowed)
As an organization dedicated to promoting professional responsibility in the legal and judicial communities, the well-being of those we serve is our highest priority. We want to make it easy for those participating in our mentoring program to connect during this time when social distancing is being urged.
Therefore, due to concerns about COVID-19, and in accordance with guidance from the Illinois Supreme Court, those participating in our lawyer-to-lawyer mentoring program may hold any or all of their required minimum eight in-person meetings over the one-year term through video conference. This exception will be valid through December 31, 2020.
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