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Section/Rule:15.01
Subject: Rule 15 - Rules Governing the Missouri Bar and the Judiciary - Continuing Legal Education Publication / Adopted Date:December 2, 1986
Topic:DefinitionsRevised / Effective Date:January 1, 2010

15.01. Definitions

As used in this Rule 15 the following terms mean:

(Adopted Dec. 3, 1986, eff. Jan. 1, 1987. Amended Jan. 22, 1988, eff. July 1, 1988; Oct. 18, 1988, eff. Nov. 1, 1988; June 21, 2005, eff. Jan. 1, 2006; Nov.16, 2009, eff. Jan. 1, 2010.)
Regulation 15.01. Definitions

As used in Rules 15.01 through 15.06 and Regulations 15.01 through 15.06:

1. Accredited programs, seminars, or activities include:

2. Minutes of instruction or the equivalent do not include introductory remarks, coffee or meal breaks or business meetings.

3. The number of credit hours of continuing legal education completed in any approved program, seminar, or activity by a lawyer shall be computed by determining the total minutes of instruction or the equivalent; dividing the total by fifty (50); and rounding the quotient up or down to the nearest one-tenth (1/10) of an hour.

4. An accredited sponsor is a sponsor all of whose programs, seminars, or activities are accredited.

5. An identified sponsor is a sponsor approved to offer a single accredited program, seminar, or activity.

6. Professionalism Programs, Seminars, or Activities.

Programs, seminars, and activities devoted to professionalism include but are not limited to programs, seminars, and activities or designated portions thereof with instruction concerning legal or judicial ethics; the duties of attorneys to the judicial system, courts, public, clients, and other attorneys; the concept of a profession; history of the legal profession; rules of professional conduct; comparison of the legal professions in different nations; and jurisprudence and philosophy of law.

7. Legal or Judicial Ethics Programs, Seminars, or Activities. (a) Programs, seminars, and activities devoted to legal or judicial ethics include but are not limited to programs, seminars, or activities or designated portions thereof with instruction concerning Rules 2 and 4 of the Supreme Court Rules and the American Bar Association Model Rules of Professional Conduct and Code of Judicial Conduct.

(b) Legal or judicial ethics programs, seminars, or activities do not include programs, seminars, or activities or designated portions thereof with instruction on topics such as attorneys fees, client development, law firm administration, marketing or advertising, law office economics and practice systems, except to the extent that the topics set forth in (a) above are directly and substantially discussed in relationship with such topics.

8. Malpractice Prevention Programs, Seminars, and Activities.

Programs, seminars, and activities devoted to malpractice prevention include but are not limited to programs, seminars, or activities or designated portions thereof with instruction concerning law office systems and procedures which reduce the possibility of professional errors and omissions and instruction concerning the malpractice potential in substantive areas of law.

9. Professionalism Compliance Period.

(a) For purposes of the requirement of subdivision (f) of Rule 15.05, the compliance period shall be three reporting years for reporting years from July 1, 1990 through June 30, 2009. The initial professionalism compliance period shall begin July 1, 1990 and end June 30, 1993. Subsequent three year professionalism compliance periods shall be each sequential three reporting-year period thereafter.

(b) For reporting years beginning on or after July 1, 2009, the compliance period shall be one reporting year.

10. An accredited program, seminar or activity is not required to have a designated portion or portions devoted exclusively to professionalism, legal or judicial ethics or malpractice prevention. An accredited program, seminar or activity devoted exclusively to professionalism, legal or judicial ethics or malpractice prevention must include at least fifty (50) minutes of instruction or the equivalent, as required by Regulation 15.04.1 (d). If an accredited program, seminar or activity is not devoted exclusively to professionalism, legal or judicial ethics or malpractice prevention, to satisfy the requirements of subdivision (e) or (f) of Rule 15.05 the designated portion or portions of an accredited program, seminar or activity devoted to such topics must include at least twenty-five (25) minutes of instruction or the equivalent.

(Approved eff. July 1, 1988. Amended eff. July 1, 1990; July 1, 1992; Nov. 1, 2009)