July 16, 2017 civil procedure

The Perils in Appearing Pro Hac Vice

By Charles S. Fax

Admission of counsel pro hac vice is a common occurrence in most courts throughout the country. The rules vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, and in-state counsel and pro hac counsel must be thoroughly familiar with the precise requirements in their locale. Even that knowledge may be insufficient, however, as courts have discretion to impose special conditions on pro hac appearances. For example, some courts impose the stringent requirement that local counsel be prepared to handle the case, including trial, if the attorney admitted pro hac cannot appear on a scheduled court date.

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