ABA Adds Mental Heath, Alcohol Abuse To CLE Model Rules

By Carolina Bolado (February 6, 2017, 9:31 PM EST) -- The American Bar Association's House of Delegates voted Monday to approve changes to the model rules for continuing legal education requirements that include recommending regular education on substance abuse and mental health, after a study found lawyers particularly susceptible to these problems.

The delegates, convened in Miami for the ABA's Midyear Conference, approved the addition of one credit hour every three years on mental health and substance abuse issues to the model rules that the national organization offers to state bars as templates for setting their own CLE requirements.

The focus on mental health and substance abuse is a response to...

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