Rule 14-412. Presumptively approved sponsors; presumptive MCLE accreditation.

(a) The Board may designate an individual or organization as a presumptively approved sponsor of accredited CLE courses or activities if they meet the following standards:

(a)(1) The sponsor must be either an approved law school or an organization engaged in CLE that has, during the three years immediately preceding its application, sponsored at least six separate courses that comply with the requirements for individual course accreditation under Rule 14-411. Status as a presumptively approved sponsor is subject to periodic review.

(a)(2) Presumptively approved sponsors are required to pay annual presumptive fees.

(a)(3) Within 60 days prior to offering a course, the sponsor must indicate on a Board-approved form that the course satisfies the provisions of Rule 14-411. The sponsor should also submit a copy of the brochure or outline describing the course, a description of the method or manner of presentation, and, if specifically requested by the Board, a set of materials.

(a)(4) The sponsor must submit the registration list in an approved format, and CLE fees if applicable within 30 days following the presentation of a course.

(a)(5) The sponsor must make its courses available to all lawyers throughout the state, unless it can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Board that there is good reason to limit the availability.

(a)(6) The sponsor must submit to all reasonable requests for information and comply with this article.

(b) Denial of presumptively approved sponsor status. Notwithstanding a sponsor's compliance with paragraphs (a)(1) through (a)(6), the Board may deny designation as a presumptively approved sponsor if the Board finds there is just cause for denial.

(c) Revocation of presumptive approval. The Board may audit any sponsor having presumptive approval and may revoke the presumptive approval if it determines that the sponsor is offering, as accredited, courses which do not satisfy the standards established under Rule 14-411.

Effective May 1, 2016.