Thursday, September 03, 2009
( 12:31 AM ) teahouse
So my birthday is coming up soon. To me, that means one thing:
It's almost time to report my CLE credits!
For those of you who don't know, CLE stands for Continuing Legal Education. It's the many hours of classes we lawyers are required to take regularly, to show that we are staying on top of recent developments in our practice.
In New York, those of us more than a couple of years out of law school (not "newly admitted") have to do 24 hours every 2 years, of which at least 4 must be in ethics/professionalism. The credits must be reported every other year, by the attorney's birthday.
Of course, many attorneys procrastinate, and those of us who do often find ourselves taking nonstop CLE classes in the days leading up to our birthdays, leading to constant eye glaze, fatigue and lack of motivation to do any work. Not fun.
Ethics credits are the most prized and the hardest to find. They're like the green M&Ms. They're like the middle, crustless brownie in the pan. They're like truffles. They don't come along so often. We hoard and covet our ethics credits.
I was adding up my credits last week, and for some reason I have 8 Ethics credits.
Huh? I must have planned poorly. Or else I'm now the most ethical attorney out there.
Another random CLE story - most attorneys I know pronounce all three letters - as in, "I need to go take my C-L-E."
But I once met someone who pronounced it as a word, like "cluh." Seriously.
It came up in conversation and scared the crap out of me. She said, "I'll meet you at noon. I have to go to a cluh."
I actually said, "What?" She replied, "A cluh!"
I thought she was clearing her throat. I actually said, "Bless you." #