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May 09, 2018

Chancellor Mary F. Platt Lauds Pilot Program Allowing CLE Credit for Pro Bono Service

Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor Mary F. Platt today issued the following statement lauding the pilot program allowing CLE credit for pro bono service:

“We applaud the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the Continuing Legal Education Board for approving the creation of a new continuing legal education (CLE) pilot program that will allow licensed Pennsylvania lawyers to earn CLE credit for approved pro bono service.

“In 2005, then-Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor-Elect Alan M. Feldman established a Task Force on CLE and Pro Bono Service that was charged with investigating the concept of providing CLE credit for pro bono service. During Feldman’s term as Chancellor in 2006, the eight-member Task Force, chaired by Joseph A. Sullivan, Special Counsel and Director of Pro Bono Programs at Pepper Hamilton, LLP, provided a thorough analysis and submitted recommendations for a pro bono CLE pilot program to the Pennsylvania CLE Board and Supreme Court. The CLE Board, then chaired by Robert C. Heim, adopted a resolution supporting the Task Force’s recommendations for the pro bono CLE pilot program.

“We are delighted that the Supreme Court’s new pilot program closely reflects the recommendations of the Association’s Task Force. The Court’s pilot program will allow registered Pennsylvania lawyers to receive one CLE credit for every five hours of pro bono legal work completed, and permits lawyers to earn a maximum of three credits per year toward their annual twelve-credit CLE requirement by participating in the program.

“We commend Justice Sallie Updyke Mundy and the other justices on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, as well as the Continuing Legal Education Board, for their commitment to providing access to justice for all through a CLE pilot program that will encourage lawyers to provide pro bono services to low-income Pennsylvanians. We also thank former Chancellor Feldman and former CLE Board Chair and former Chancellor, Robert C. Heim, for their enduring efforts to make this pilot program a reality.”

The Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts issued a press release regarding the CLE Pro Bono decision on May 2nd.

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