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October 26, 2020

Live Webcasts Will Count Toward Live CLE Requirement in 2021

The recent Philadelphia Bar Association-backed decision by the CLE Board allows synchronous virtual programs to count toward live learning CLE requirements in 2021.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court Continuing Legal Education Board will allow live webcasts to be counted toward continuing legal education live learning requirements in 2021, a Philadelphia Bar Association-backed initiative that allows our community to continue to receive relevant, actionable programming and professional development while keeping safety paramount.

The decision extends the CLE Board's temporary policy enacted in the spring at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, which allowed lawyers to complete all of their 2020 CLE requirements via distance learning. The 2021 policy, which runs the full year, expands the definition for live learning to include synchronous virtual programming, such as webcasts or webinars, in additional to in-person events. Lawyers must earn six of 12 required CLE credits via live learning formats in 2021.

"We are very appreciative of the efforts of the CLE Board to allow for additional flexibility as to the classification of forms of live virtual learning during the coming year," says Judge A. Michael Snyder (ret.), chancellor of the Association. "This modification allows the Philadelphia Bar Association to continue to provide quality CLE programming in ways that are safe and flexible for all."

All of the Association's CLE programming is currently being held virtually and the majority is delivered via live webcasts. You can view a full listing of the Association's upcoming programming, including upcoming CLEs, on our website.

Read the CLE Board's 2021 Distance Learning Policy

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