Meredith Cohen is Lawline’s Director of Customer Experience. She manages relationships with state regulating agencies nationwide to bring the best and most relevant content to attorneys who need it. In this monthly column, she answers customers’ most pressing CLE questions.
My Illinois CLE deadline is coming up soon and I heard there was a rule change a couple of years ago while I was finishing up my last cycle. Is there anything new I need to know for this June 30?
Staying Fresh in IL
Dear Staying Fresh in IL,
Illinois did indeed modify their rules to include a specific minimum for Diversity and Inclusion (D/I) credits as part of their existing Professional Responsibility requirement. The new rule went into effect on July 1, 2017, and impacted all subsequent two-year reporting periods. That’s why you haven’t had to do this before - your last cycle ended the day before this new rule went into effect!
Now that you’re finishing up the reporting period that began on July 1, 2017 and ends on June 30, 2019, you have to comply with the new requirement. (For all you readers who are in an even-year reporting cycle, you’ll need to complete this new requirement by June 30, 2020.)
Meredith is the Director of Customer Experience at Lawline but has taken on a number of diverse roles within the company over the years, and has handled just about everything from managing customer databases to doing post-production work on courses. Since joining the Lawline team in 2012, she has gotten her MBA online, done some world traveling, and hand-fed an ostrich. She loves singing off-key in the car, shouting out the questions on ‘Jeopardy!’ and eating dessert first.