July 25, 2017 Top Story

New Pro Hac Vice Rule Increases Scrutiny of Non-Resident Lawyers

Rule limits number of appearances and allows trial court to examine non-resident lawyer

By Christina M. Jordan

The Arkansas Supreme Court's overhaul of its rule governing pro hac vice admission creates a new bright-line test and increases scrutiny of non-resident lawyers.

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Courts shall deny a pro hac motion if the non-resident attorney has entered an appearance pro hac vice in three cases within the preceding 12 months. The rule includes new terms giving the trial court the right to examine the non-resident attorney, wherein the court may deny the pro hac motion for reasons including good cause.

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