Lawyer Ingenuity Strikes Again!

Lawyers continue to answer the call. We asked State Bar of Texas lawyers for suggestions to help our practices and you have responded. New ideas, innovations, and improvements from our members are making our professional and personal lives better.

I want to spotlight one idea that could impact every lawyer who attends a CLE course and reports those hours for MCLE purposes. Former State District Court Judge Dan Hinde believed there was a technologically quicker way to log in to the State Bar website to report CLE attendance—thereby securing MCLE credit. He called me (my cellphone number is below) suggesting use of smartphone technology. That idea was passed on to our State Bar professionals and they went to work.

In just a couple of months, the State Bar has developed and now unveiled an easy three-step process to quickly report CLE attendance:


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Above: A sample QR code that most smartphones can automatically read by placing your camera over it.

1. Scan the QR code for your CLE course (these special codes will be available to all accredited CLE providers). Most smartphones will automatically read the code once you place your camera over it.

2. Tap the link that appears, which will take you to the MCLE login page (My Bar Page) on the State Bar website. Log in with your username and password.

3. All CLE course information will be pre-populated. Just check the box to certify the information is correct and click the “submit” button to report your attendance.

Boom! You are done in less than a minute. And if an attendee does not attend the entire program, the reportable hours are easy to adjust as well.

I have to commend and thank all the State Bar professionals who have proven to me time and time again that they are on our side. They maintain a customer service mentality and relish new challenges. They are ready for more ideas and advances. I also want to thank all of the lawyers who have responded to the call. This column notes one idea (thank you, Judge Hinde), but many more have been submitted.

With a membership of over 105,000 lawyers and growing, we cannot and will not become a stagnant organization. With your help, let’s continue the positive State Bar member benefits momentum and look for ways to continue to make changes for the better.

Randy Sorrels

2019-2020 President, State Bar of Texas

Randy Sorrels can be reached by email at or or by phone at (713) 222-7211 (office) or (713) 582-8005 (cell).


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