The ACBA is nationally recognized for its excellence in providing continuing legal education programs. The bar association conducts more than 100 live webinar programs a year, including in-person courses (when it is safe to hold them) and real-time webinars. The ACBA also has a robust video library with more than 100 previously recorded CLEs in dozens of practice areas, allowing lawyers to earn distance learning credits 24/7 from anywhere. Additionally, when it is safe to hold them, the ACBA offers Live Video Replay CLEs, where lawyers can earn in-person credit by coming into the ACBA offices and watching recordings of previous CLEs. And now, all of our CLE programs will be approved for both Pennsylvania and West Virginia CLE credit.
Ethics and substantive programs are developed by the ACBA CLE Department and by various ACBA Committees, Divisions and Sections. Speakers range from ACBA members to non-member attorneys to expert witnesses and knowledgeable legal service providers; these speakers range from the county, state and national levels.
2021 CLE Requirements
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has ruled that attorneys may earn all 12 of their credits for the year via distance learning in 2021. Synchronous CLEs – such as ACBA Live Webinar CLEs – count as “live” programs, and the credits earned from those programs can be carried over to future compliance periods, following the same rules as traditional classroom CLEs. The credits earned from previously recorded online programs – such as the ACBA’s online CLEs – can be used to satisfy all 2021 requirements, but those credits cannot be carried over to future compliance periods.
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The ACBA maintains an inventory of current CLE materials at the bar association headquarters. These are available for purchase at the ACBA offices by all member attorneys. Contact Christina Daub at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
To assist lawyers in good standing at the bar of Allegheny County who maintain their principal office in Allegheny County and are experiencing financial difficulty in acquiring the hours of required continuing legal education, the Allegheny County Bar Foundation Lawyers Fund has adopted a program that provides limited scholarship assistance to applicants who qualify. For further information about this program, contact the bar association at 412-261-6161.
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