Tom Redington is okay to practice law in Missouri. The state's highest court gave him the okay to do so.
Redington, the Marion County prosecutor, was officially suspended by the Missouri Supreme Court Friday, March 1 for not reporting his annual Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits. He's not alone, 427 other attorneys were suspended for the same reason. But Redington sent his information in and he's been retroactively reinstated.
"All attorneys in the state of Missouri are required to take least 15 hours of continuing education," Beth Riggert, communications counselor for the Missouri Supreme Court, said. "You're allowed to get continuing education by reporting you've read opinions online or read Missouri Lawyer's Weekly. You're required to report credits at the end of our reporting year which runs July 1 through June 30."
"I forgot to file a form showing my Continuing Legal Education hours for the last year," Redington said Monday afternoon. "I faxed it to the Missouri Bar Association this (Monday) morning, they have already written a letter — I had three-times as many hours as you really need for Continuing Legal Education — and they've already written a letter to the Supreme Court saying I should be immediately reinstated retroactively."