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When can an attorney earn CLE credit for attending an Illinois Supreme Court Board, Commission, Committee, or Task Force Meeting?


Supreme Court Rule(s) cited in this FAQ: Rule 795.

An attorney appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to a qualifying Court entity (“appointed attorney”) earns one hour of general MCLE credit by attending a qualifying meeting of their board, commission, committee, or task force held on or after January 1, 2022.  “A qualifying meeting” is any meeting of that board, commission, committee, or task force, as well as any subcommittee, working group or another subgroup that the Court entity created to advance its work.  Rule 795(d)(12).

Credit for this attendance is limited to 12 hours in each two-year reporting period. There is no carryover of these credits to another two-year reporting period. Professional Responsibility credit is not available for Court committee meetings.

Claiming CLE Credit from a Qualifying Meeting
To claim CLE credit for attending a qualifying Court board, commission, committee, or task force meeting, the meeting chair or meeting chair’s designee must issue the appointed attorney a copy of the attendance roster from the qualifying meeting that includes the attorney’s name. 

Each appointed attorney must also report the CLE credit claimed for attending a qualifying meeting to the MCLE Board by adding it to the attorney’s My MCLE list of reported credits.

For an appointed attorney to add this type of credit to their online record, login to the MCLE Board's website here, then click the “I want to...” drop down menu in the upper right corner and select “Add Non-Traditional Credits”.  On the next page, select the “Attend Illinois Supreme Court Board, Commission, Committee, or Task Force Meeting” option and then follow the steps to input the requested information. 

During the process, the appointed attorney will need to upload the attendance roster issued by the meeting chair or meeting chair’s designee as proof of committee attendance.  After completing the submission process, CLE credit from this activity will appear on the attorney’s My MCLE list of reported credits.

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