Public Interest Environmental Law Conference
University of Oregon School of Law
Eugene, Oregon
Continuing Legal Education Information

If you are an attorney, the Conference provides a wide variety of panels, workshops, and plenary speeches that may partially or fully satisfy Continuing Legal Education requirements in your state. The number of CLE credits you may earn depends on how many panels and/or workshops you attend. Credits vary among states, and credits given by any one state may vary from year to year. If you have general questions on CLE credits, please contact the CLE Department of your state bar.

We anticipate CLE credit approval from the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. If your state is not listed here, we may retroactively apply for CLE credits if a sufficient number of attorneys from your state sign in at the CLE table during the Conference.

Frequently Asked Questions About CLEs

How Do I Get CLEs?
Sign in on the sheet at the Registration table for the state where you are a bar member. Pay your registration fee and get a Certificate of Attendance. When you attend any panel, workshop or ethics session, be sure to sign the attendance sheet if one is passed around (if not, then we've already determined that the panel does not qualify for CLE credit). Fill out the PIELC Certificate of Attendance and keep it in your files after the conference.

What Is the Procedure for Ethics Credits?
To receive ethics credits, you must attend the Ethics seminar. There is a separate sign-in sheet for the Ethics seminar, which you will need to sign at the seminar. If your state is not one of those we plan to apply to, you must apply individually to your state in order to claim ethics credits.

How Many Credits Has My State Approved?
We apply for group approval of credit after the conference in Oregon, Washington, Colorado and any other state that has more than 10 participants. California and Arizona grant credit as long as Oregon approves credit for the Conference. As each state bar approves credits, we will post them on the PIELC website at

How Do I Know Which Panels and Workshops Will Get Credit?
You don't, at least not yet. We don't know yet either. The conference will be awarded a fixed amount of general credit, and some panels may be awarded additional credit. General credit awarded in previous years by state is listed at The Ethics workshop will qualify for CLE credit for most states.

Why Won't You Apply to My State for Credit?
Unless a minimum of ten attorneys from a state claim credit for the conference, limited resources mean that we probably will not apply for credit from that state. However, the process for individually applying for credit is generally listed on each state bar’s website. It is usually straightforward as long as you save your certificate of attendance, sign in at all the workshops you attend, keep a conference brochure (or access it via our website), and, if your state requires them, save any written materials you receive at workshops.

Does Land Air Water Keep the Sign-In Sheets?
We do keep the sign-in sheets as per state bar rules. However, we cannot provide attendance certification for past conferences unless dire emergency strikes, so please make sure to keep your Certificate of Attendance until you claim credit from your state bar.

I Still Have Questions!
Contact the PIELC CLE Coordinators.

Please review past CLE credit allowance.


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