by Joe Forward
April 28, 2016
“Attorneys will be able to get up to six continuing legal education (CLE) credits per reporting period for doing qualified pro bono work, under a petition that was recently adopted by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, subject to minor language changes.
“The petition (15-05), filed by the State Bar of Wisconsin in 2015, also expands pro bono opportunities for Wisconsin-based in-house counsel attorneys who are “registered” with the Board of Bar Examiners (BBE), but do not possess a Wisconsin law license.
“The court also adopted a so-called cy pres petition (15-06), submitted by the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission, which will require a portion of unclaimed class action awards (residual funds) to be diverted to the Wisconsin Trust Account Foundation (WisTAF), which supports legal services to low-income and indigent persons.
“The court adopted the petitions at its April 13 administrative conference, where it also revived a seven-year-old petition related to expunction and record retention issues.
“Both petitions 15-05 (pro bono CLE/in-house counsel) and 15-06 (cy pres) are expected to take effect Jan. 1, 2017, after the court adopts final language and issues final orders.”