Mike Frisch at the Legal Profession "Blawg" has this important cautionary story about a California District Attorney who mangled her annual CLE and dues re-registration and the consequences:
"[Heather Trapnell, an Imperial County Deputy District Attorney] was suspended for one year, stayed, placed on one year of probation with a 30-day actual suspension and was ordered to take the MPRE within one year. The order took effect Nov. 13, 2009.
[Attorny Trapnell] was suspended in 2005 for not completing her MCLE requirements, and although she received notices from the State Bar, she did not check her mailbox. As a deputy district attorney for Imperial County, she made numerous court appearances while suspended.
In mitigation, as soon as she became aware of her status, she took corrective action and she advised her superiors of the situation. [Trapnell] cooperated with the bar’s investigation and she submitted character references establishing her good character."
As Mike Frisch warns, it's that time of year when bar dues and CLE compliance filings need to be attended to, pay attention!