Monthly Archives: December 2010

Muni-mail – Increased Credits for New Attys by 12/31 !

Continuing Legal Education Requirement for Newly Admitted New Jersey Lawyers (Admitted in 2009 and Later)

A “newly admitted lawyer” is defined by the Board on Continuing Legal Education as a lawyer
who becomes an active member of the New Jersey bar for the first time.

Commencement of the compliance reporting period for newly admitted lawyers is deferred until
January 1 of the year immediately following admission to the New Jersey Bar. Newly admitted
lawyers will automatically be assigned to a compliance group based on their respective

Every active lawyer is required to complete twenty-four credit hours of continuing legal
education every two years. Of those twenty-four credits, at least four credits must be in ethics
and/or professionalism. In addition to that general requirement, a newly admitted lawyer must
obtain fifteen credit hours in any five of the following nine subject areas during the newly
admitted lawyer’s first compliance period: New Jersey basic estate administration; New Jersey
basic estate planning; New Jersey civil or criminal trial preparation; New Jersey family law
practice; New Jersey real estate closing procedures; New Jersey trust and business accounting;
New Jersey landlord/tenant practice; New Jersey municipal court practice; and New Jersey law
office management.

A lawyer who has completed at least the first full year’s requirements of the Skills and Methods
Course will be considered to have met the requirement for a newly admitted lawyer.

New Jersey attorneys are permitted to take up to one-half of their continuing legal education
credit hours in a compliance period through courses offered in alternative verifiable learning
formats. Alternative verifiable learning format courses shall mean any videotape, audiotape,
remote place viewing or on-line internet computer presentations, satellite simulcast,
teleconferencing, videoconferencing, internet computer self-study, or other type of remote
learning format authorized by the Board.

For lawyers who were admitted to the New Jersey bar in 2009, your continuing legal education
requirement began on January 1, 2010. If your birthday is during the period from January 1
though June 30, you are in Compliance Reporting Group 1. You must obtain 24 credit hours by
December 31, 2011 and will certify your compliance on the 2012 Annual Attorney Registration
Statement. At least four credits must be in ethics and/or professionalism, at least fifteen credits
must be in any five of the nine NJ subject areas for newly admitted lawyers, and the balance of
credits in any legal, judicial, or other educational activity accredited by the Board. Lawyers
whose birthdays are during the period from July 1 to December 31 are in Compliance Reporting
Group 2. Lawyers in Compliance Group 2 must obtain 17 credit hours by December 31, 2010
and will certify compliance on the 2011 Annual Attorney Registration Statement. Two credits
must be in ethics and/or professionalism and fifteen credits in any five of the nine NJ subject
areas for newly admitted lawyers. No more than one-half of the total requirement can be in
alternative formats.

During the first compliance period, a newly admitted lawyer may obtain credit for continuing
legal education courses taken after his or her graduation from law school but before admission to
the NJ bar, so long as those courses were not taken more than 12 months prior to the lawyer’s
date of admission to the New Jersey bar.

Newly admitted lawyers may refer to the chart below to assist you in determining your continuing legal education requirement based on your date of admission to the NJ bar and compliance group.

Year Admitted Requirement Begins Compliance Group 1 Compliance Group 2
2009 January 1, 2010 24 Credits by 12/31/11 17 Credits by 12/31/10
2010 January 1, 2011 17 Credits by 12/31/11 24 Credits by 12/31/12
2011 January 1, 2012 24 Credits by 12/31/13 17 Credits by 12/31/12
2012 January 1, 2013 17 Credits by 12/31/13 24 Credits by 12/31/14
2013 January 1, 2014 24 Credits by 12/31/15 17 Credits by 12/31/14
2014 January 1, 2015 17 Credits by 12/31/15 24 Credits by 12/31/16

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Muni-mail – Seven-time DWI Offender Beats the Rap – State v. Hand

[12/04/10 – 10:01 pm] Last week, the Appellate Division ruled that the conviction of a seven-time DWI offender must be vacated and dismissed on double jeopardy grounds. In State v. Hand, the defendant was charged with the indictable offense of risking widespread injury or death by driving his motor vehicle on a hockey rink. He was also charged with drunk driving and related traffic tickets. The defendant entered a plea of guilty to the indictable offense in Superior Court and admitted his intoxicated operation of a motor vehicle in order to establish a factual basis for recklessness element on the indictable offense. Following the imposition of sentence in Superior Court, the defendant moved to dismiss his DWI charge on grounds of double jeopardy. The Appellate Division sustained the dismissal of the DWI case reasoning that the defendant’s indictable conviction was based upon the same evidence that would be used in the DWI case.

Download a copy of State v. Hand.

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