About UK/CLE

Staff Directory

Kevin P. Bucknam

Director, UK/CLE
660 South Limestone Street
Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0417
859-257-2921
859-323-9790 fax
kbucknam@uky.edu

Tracy J. Taylor

Assistant Director / Director of Publications
660 South Limestone Street
Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0417
859-257-1083
859-323-9790 fax
tracy.taylor@uky.edu

Melinda Rawlings

Business Manager
660 South Limestone Street
Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0417
859-257-2922
859-323-9790 fax
merawl0@uky.edu

Elizabeth Stewart

Graphic Designer / Editorial Assistant
660 South Limestone Street
Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0417
859-257-4287
859-323-9790 fax
smstew1@uky.edu

Benjamin Distler

Technical Services Manager
660 South Limestone Street
Lexington, Kentucky 40506-0417
859-257-6207
859-323-9790 fax
ben.distler@uky.edu

Not sure whom to contact?

859-257-2921 main line
UKCLE@uky.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

Definitions

What is the CLE Reporting Year?

The CLE reporting year in Kentucky is the 12-month period that runs from July 1 to June 30. SCR 3.6000(7).
E.g., July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 is the 15-16 Reporting Year.

What counts as a "live program"?

A "live program" is one attended in person that provides live presentations in real time. In addition, an accredited video replay program that has an attorney facilitator available for the purposes of answering questions and leading discussions is also considered a "live program". SCR 3.655(2)(b).
E.g., UK/CLE's Last Chance Video program counts as "live program" CLE credit because it is accredited with the KBA and provides an attorney facilitator along with each video.

What counts as a "self-study program"?

A "self-study program" is a non-live, technologically transmitted program that you complete at your own pace. SCR 3.600(12). UK/CLE offers self-study courses in high-quality HD streaming video and audio CD formats. SCR 3.650(k). All UK/CLE self-study programs are accredited with the KBA.

How is CLE credit calculated for a program?

Kentucky is a "60 minute state", which means that for every 60 minutes spent on accredited CLE programs, one CLE credit is earned. SCR 3.655(2)(a). Some neighboring states are "50 minute states", e.g. Missouri and West Virginia. In these cases, any UK/CLE programs accredited by the relevant Bar Associations would be worth more credits.

CLE Credit Requirements

How many CLE credits must Kentucky attorneys earn each Reporting Year?

The annual requirement is 12.0 CLE credits. A minimum of 2.0 of these credits must be designated as Ethics credits. Further, 6.0 of these credits must be for live programs; the remaining 6.0 may be either for live programs or for self-study. SCR 3.645(1).

How many Ethics credits must Kentucky attorneys earn each Reporting Year?

A minimum of 2.0 of the total 12.0 credits earned during each 12-month reporting period must be designated as Ethics credits. SCR 3.645(1), SCR 3.600(8).

How many self-study CLE credits may Kentucky attorneys earn each Reporting Year?

A maximum of 6.0 of the total 12.0 credits earned during each 12-month reporting period may be earned through the completion of accredited self-study programs. NOTE: Self-study program CLE credit must be applied to the Reporting Year in which it was completed; self-study CLE credit cannot carry forward. SCR 3.655(2)(b).

Where can I find out how many CLE credits I have earned in the current Reporting Year?

Such information is private and only held by the Kentucky Bar Association. An attorney must contact the Bar directly for this information. Call the KBA at 502-564-3795 or check CLE transcripts online (login required). UK/CLE neither tracks nor has access to this information.

Deadlines

What is the deadline for completing an accredited program or activity to claim CLE credit for that Reporting Year?

To claim credit, attorneys must complete the accredited program or activity by June 30 of the Reporting Year for which they wish to receive credit. SCR 3.645(1).
E.g., all accredited programs and activities for the 15-16 Reporting Year must be completed by June 30, 2016, to be eligible for credit in the 15-16 Reporting Year.

What is the deadline for claiming CLE credit for a Reporting Year?

Claim forms (KBA Form 3) must be received by the KBA no later than August 10 that follows the end of the Reporting Year. SCR 3.645(2).
E.g., all claims for the 15-16 Reporting Year must be received by the KBA no later than August 10, 2016.

What happens if an attorney fails to complete the annual CLE requirement by June 30 or does not turn in claim forms by August 10?

An attorney in either situation should contact the KBA immediately at 502-564-3795 to make arrangements for setting things right. Not completing CLE requirements can have grave consequences ranging from fines to suspension from the practice of law. SCR 3.675.

Is it possible to have the deadline extended?

Attorneys may apply for extensions (KBA Form 8). Application fees may apply. The KBA is solely responsible for granting extensions. SCR 3.670.

Is it possible to be exempt from CLE requirements?

Yes. SCR 3.665(1)-(2) details who may be exempted from annual CLE requirements. Attorneys must apply to be granted an exemption (KBA Form 7).

Other Ways to Earn CLE Credit

Can I earn CLE credit for presenting at a program or authoring a book or chapter?

Yes. Researching, writing, or editing material for a presentation; teaching, leading a seminar, or participating in a panel at a program; attending and completing a law school class; and published, qualified legal writing can all earn CLE credit. SCR 3.650. How much credit specific activities are worth is set forth in SCR 3.6559(2).

How does an attorney volunteer to present or write for UK/CLE?

Attorneys interested in exploring volunteer posibilites with UK/CLE should contact Director Kevin Bucknam at 859-257-2921 or kbucknam@uky.edu.

Miscellaneous

Can attorneys carry forward CLE credit to the next Reporting Year?

Yes. An attorney who earns more than 12.0 CLE credits in one reporting period may carry forward up to 24.0 credits, 4.0 of which may be designated Ethics credits, to be used over the next two Reporting Years. Credits in excess of the 24.0 credit limit cannot be carried forward. SCR 3.645(3).

NOTE: Self-study program CLE credit must be applied to the Reporting Year in which it was completed; self-study CLE credit cannot carry forward. SCR 3.655(2)(b).

Can attorneys carry forward Ethics credit to the next Reporting Year?

Yes. An attorney who earns more than 12.0 credits in one reporting period may carry forward up to 4.0 designated Ethics credits to be used over the next two Reporting Years, providing these credits are counted as part of a 24.0 credit carry over limit. SCR 3.645(3).

NOTE: Self-study program CLE credit must be applied to the Reporting Year in which it was completed; self-study CLE credit cannot carry forward. SCR 3.655(2)(b).

Where can all the different KBA CLE forms be found?

The KBA website is a fantastic resource and every form you might need for CLE can be downloaded from their CLE Forms page:
http://www.kybar.org/?Copyofcleforms

If an attorney is also licensed in another state, can she claim CLE credit for that state? (I.e., does UK/CLE get their programs approved in other jurisdictions?)

UK/CLE often has its live programs accredited in surrounding states. Please contact our office to find out if the live program you are interested in has been accredited in a jurisdiction other than Kentucky.

UK/CLE self-study programs are only accredited in Kentucky. The application process to have a program accredited is different for every Bar Association and usually carries a small fee with it. Attorneys are welcome to submit UK/CLE self-study programs for accreditation in their state, but UK/CLE cannot guarantee that self-study programs will be accepted by other Bar Associations.

NOTE: UK/CLE self-study programs do not meet the technological requirements put forth by the Ohio, Indiana, and Tennessee for self-study CLE, and cannot be accredited in those states. See Ohio Gov. Bar R. X and Regulation 409.1(H); Indiana Rule 29 Mandatory Continuing Legal Education and Mandatory Judicial Education Guidelines, Section 3(b)(6)(ii); and Tennessee Rule 21, Section 5.01(g).

UK/CLE History

The Office of Continuing Legal Education at the University of Kentucky College of Law (UK/CLE) is a separately budgeted, completely self-supporting unit of the College. UK/CLE offers instructional services and publications to maintain the professional development of practicing lawyers, law school faculty, the judiciary, and law students. Created in 1973 as the first continuing legal education entity in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, its stated purpose is to assist the legal profession in: (1) keeping abreast of changes in the law resulting from statutory enactments, court decisions and administrative rulings; (2) developing and sustaining practical lawyering skills and; (3) maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the practice of law. In addition to the statewide commitment to provide quality professional development services in Kentucky, UK/CLE has established regional reputations in many of its program and publications offerings, and is recognized as the nation's leading resource in equine law.

UK/CLE has a tradition of firsts, starting with the initial observation that it was the first continuing legal education organization in Kentucky. Other firsts have included Kentucky's first intensive skills training course (10 days in trial advocacy); the nation's first annual conference dedicated to equine law; Kentucky's first (and only) complete library of practice publications; Kentucky's first origination of live satellite broadcasting to multiple statewide locations, the first use of two-way live video ("distance learning") for continuing legal education in Kentucky; and the first offering of streaming audio and video self-study programs by a Kentucky CLE provider.

UK/CLE subscribes to the ACLEA Standards in Continuing Legal Education as revised and adopted in 1992, and the Standards of Fair Conduct and Voluntary Cooperation administered under the auspices of the American Law Institute-American Bar Association Committee on Continuing Professional Education. UK/CLE's association with national and international CLE professionals affords it the opportunity to continually reassess instructional methods, quality in publications and alternative methods of delivering professional development services. UK/CLE operates with a small but dedicated staff which takes pride in what they accomplish and the services they provide. Their efforts are combined daily with the expertise of hundreds of attorneys who voluntarily contribute to UK/CLE's professional development services. Thanks to these individuals' willingness to work in a joint public sector/private sector effort, the educational opportunities available to Kentucky lawyers, judges, and law students are recognized as being among the best in the nation.

UK/CLE provides numerous benefits for the College of Law, both tangible and intangible. Professors lecture, write, and attend programs giving them an opportunity to contribute to the legal profession and to relate with members of the practicing bar. Law students attend programs and utilize UK/CLE publications in ever increasing numbers. Many alumni view our services as indispensable to improving their practice as well as a key means of maintaining contact with the College of Law. This gives them and other friends of the law school a personal reason to contribute their time as well as their financial assistance to the activities of the law school. The legal profession as a whole holds our services in high regard and looks to the University of Kentucky as a critical resource for the maintenance of their post law school professional development. UK/CLE remains an integral component of the overall mission of the University of Kentucky College of Law through its commitment to lifelong learning, legal knowledge, the profession of law, and service to society.

Contact our office to register for live CLE programs, to purchase UK/CLE publications, or if you have any questions: 859-257-2921.