New York’s New 2018 CLE Requirement on Diversity, Inclusion, & Elimination of Bias

Angelica Cesario | September 25, 2017

On January 1, 2018, a new category of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit will become effective in New York: Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias. The new rule, issued by the New York courts, states any programs falling under this category “must relate to the practice of law and may include, among other things, implicit and explicit bias, equal access to justice, serving a diverse population, diversity and inclusion initiatives in the legal profession, and sensitivity to cultural and other differences when interacting with members of the public, judges, jurors, litigants, attorneys and court personnel.”

The rule further clarifies the definition of this new category, stating “these programs may include, among other things, diversity, inclusion and elimination of bias based on, for example, race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age or disability.”

Experienced attorneys (anyone registered to the New York bar for more than two years) due to register on or after July 1, 2018 must complete one CLE credit within the new Diversity category. But rest assured - the new requirement will not change the total number of credits needed! The 24 credit requirement for experienced attorneys will not increase. As always, 4 of those credits must be ethics credits. CLE requirements for newly admitted attorneys will not change.

Questions? Check out our CLE requirements page or the guidelines on the New York Courts website. Browse our current Diversity and Inclusion programs for a sneak peek at what’s to come!

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Written by Angelica Cesario

Angelica Cesario is Lawline's Director of Attorney Education & Development. She graduated cum laude from Amherst College in 2008 and holds a B.A. in Women's and Gender Studies and a Certificate in Latino and Latin American Studies. She received her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2013 and is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey. Before joining Lawline, Angelica worked as a plaintiff-side labor & employment litigation attorney.


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