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VSB computer goof: When 1 + 1 + 1 = 1

Did you get a nastygram from the Virginia State Bar in the mail last week? One that told you that you didn’t have enough CLE hours?

You’re not alone. I was one of the unlucky ones. But I was left pondering the VSB’s math.

According to the math I learned, 2 + 3 + 4.5 + 3 = 12.5.

That’s two carryover hours, plus the number of hours I earned this past year, giving me my required 12 hours, plus a half to carry into 2009.

But the nastygram said that 2 + 3 + 4.5 + 3 = 5. Say what?

I got a follow-up message from the VSB this morning, which said: “Please be advised that there was a problem with the program that created our Form 1, End of Year Reports, which resulted in some forms being printed with an incorrect number of total hours.”

Check the bar’s Web site, www.vsb.org, it continued. The site will reflect your correct number of hours and if it’s right, you don’t have to do anything.

Well, I checked that site last Friday after getting the nastygram and the onscreen total was correct. Glad to know they moved to get the word out fast, though.

By Paul Fletcher