My colleague, Paul Bekman, and I have sent this letter to Judge Wilner, Chairperson, Standing Committee on Rules of Practice & Procedure, and I thought I would share it with my readers...
We, members in good standing of the Maryland Bar, respectfully request that the Standing Committee on Rules once again consider recommending to the Court of Appeals mandatory continuing legal education (MCLE) for members of the Maryland Bar.
The challenges confronting the practice of law and our legal system today are more formidable than ever before. The law grows ever more complex, nourished by new statutes, new rules, new opinions by our distinguished courts, and new threats from forces that strain our traditional understanding of the rule of law and individual rights and liberties.
To meet the challenges of modern law practice, lawyers more so than ever before must be competent. The ABA Section of Legal Education and Admission to the Bar defines competency as basic skills, knowledge of the law and legal institutions, and the ability and skill to apply oneself to the task accepted with reasonable proficiency.