MAY 2021

OARC Update

A bimonthly newsletter of the
Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel


In this month’s What You Need to Know, we profile new rules recently adopted by the Colorado Supreme Court.
Continuing Legal and Judicial Education Rules and Regulations
On April 15, 2021, the Colorado Supreme Court adopted amendments to the rules and regulations governing continuing legal and judicial education in Colorado, effective July 1, 2021.  Starting with attorneys with the three-year CLE compliance period that began January 1, 2021 and will end December 31, 2023, Colorado attorneys will need to complete at least two credit hours in equity, diversity and inclusivity (EDI) and at least five credit hours in legal ethics or legal professionalism.  However, the total number of required CLE credit hours remains 45.

Questions about how the new rule works?  About what CLE qualifies for EDI credit?  About how this works if you also comply with another state’s CLE requirements?  Or generally about the alternative ways of getting CLE credit?  We have summarized the new rule and regulation changes on our CLE website.  We also have FAQs on other topics, including how pro bono work can qualify for CLE credit.
On April 15, 2021, the Colorado Supreme Court adopted amendments to the attorney admissions rules that affect attorneys licensed elsewhere or who took a uniform bar exam elsewhere who are seeking to be admitted in Colorado, effective July 1, 2021.  The amendments pertain to Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure 203.2, 203.3, 203.4, 205.3, 205.4, 205.6, 208.2, and 209.5 , and, among other things:

  • Eliminate the requirement for reciprocity for on-motion applicants as long as they have been admitted through a bar examination in another United States jurisdiction;
  • Extend the duration of validity for an MPRE score for all applicants from two years to five years, and allow applicants with 15 years or more of practice time to not have to retake the MPRE to be admitted in Colorado; and
  • Allow an attorney licensed in another state who has applied for admission in Colorado and been authorized for practice pending admission to appear in state courts or state agencies without having to seek pro hac vice permission if that attorney is employed by a state or local governmental agency or nonprofit legal services provider.

The proposed changes also would have modified requirements for applicants who receive their law degree from a foreign school to allow admission based on educational equivalency rather than limiting admission to those who are from English-speaking common law countries.  Based on public feedback received, OARC is continuing to refine this part of the proposal.


OARC’s Annual Report was issued this month. The report covers each division of our office, our annual statistics, and the results of the demographic survey. This year, our introduction profiles diversity with a focus on lawyers by geographic region in Colorado, including a discussion about our state’s “legal deserts.” To learn more, click here.


As we start to emerge from the pandemic and many of us are asking how we can get more involved in the profession, mentoring remains an important way we can give back and stay connected. In this article, Ryann Peyton, the Executive Director of the Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program, discusses the importance of the psychosocial function of the mentor relationship and six tips to be a psychosocial mentor


For the first time, the Colorado Bar Exam was administered remotely on February 23 and 24, 2021. 313 applicants sat for the exam, at the location of their choice, using secure testing software. Exam results for the February exam were released on May 6. For information regarding the bar passage statistics and the law school statistics, click here.

The July exam will also be administered remotely, and is scheduled for July 27 and 28. For more information regarding the July exam, click here.


May 6 February 2021 bar exam results posted
May 10 Practicing with Professionalism, CBA-CLE webinar
May 18 CBA Presidential Visit Continental Divide Bar Association webinar (Jessica Yates)
May 31 CLE reminder: Make-up plan CLE programs to be completed no later than May 31st
June 2 Moderator for Panel on The Model Rules and First Amendment Freedoms: An exploration of Model Rules 8.2 and 8.4(g), ABA National Conference on Professional Responsibility, webinar (Jessica Yates)
June 14 CLE reminder: Full completion of the make-up plan shall be reported no later than June 14th
June 18 Pandemic Succession Planning: Five Easy Steps and One Hard One, Solo-Small Firm Institute, CBA-CLE webinar (Jon White presenting with Erika Holmes and Gerald Pratt)
June 18 CBA Board of Governors Update (Jessica Yates)
June 21 Practicing with Professionalism, CBA-CLE webinar
June 25 Lawyers as Leaders, CBA Virtual CLE Program Series, webinar (Jessica Yates)
July 16 Trust Account School, hosted by OARC, remote via Zoom
July 20 Ethics Webinar, Nonprofit Legal Audit Clinic, webinar (Jessica Yates)
July 21 Successfully Launching and Running Your Own Practice: The Essential Guide: Day 1 On Your Own: Getting Started, CBA-CLE webinar (April McMurrey presenting with Kirby Joseph)
July 21 Successfully Launching and Running Your Own Practice: The Essential Guide: Trust Accounts, CBA-CLE webinar (Greg Sapakoff)
July 27-28 July 2020 Bar Exam
July 29 Practicing with Professionalism, CBA-CLE webinar

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