Commission On Multijurisdictional Practice Chair Update - Center for Professional Responsibility




To: Members of the Judiciary, Presidents of State and Local Bar Associations, Chairs of ABA Entities, Chief Disciplinary Counsel, Bar Regulators, Members of the Legal Academy, Members of the Public and other interested parties and individuals

From:  Wayne J. Positan, Chair, Commission on Multijurisdictional Practice

Date: April 12, 2001

Re: Inventory of Selected Issues on Multijurisdictional Practice (MJP)

I am writing to update you on the work of the ABA Commission on Multijurisdictional Practice and to provide an additional resource to assist you or your entity in submitting your comments or positions on the multijurisdictional practice of law to the Commission by June 15, 2001 .

On March 30, 2001, the Commission conducted its fourth day of public hearings at the Fordham University School of Law in New York City. The transcript of the public hearing and submitted written comments can be found at the Commission’s website: The Commission will conduct additional public hearings/roundtable discussions: Friday, April 27, 2001, Kansas City, MO; Friday, May 18, 2001, Atlanta; Friday, June 1, 2001, Miami (in conjunction with the 27 th National Conference on Professional Responsibility) and Friday and Saturday, August 3 and 4, 2001, Chicago (in conjunction with the ABA Annual Meeting). Further information about the public hearings/roundtable discussions can be found at the Commission’s website.

While the Commission has requested that interested entities or individuals submit their comments or positions on multijurisdictional practice by June 15, 2001, we do not mean to foreclose or discourage further commentary or dialog after that date. The Commission will issue an Interim Report in November 2001 and will submit its Final Report at the 2002 ABA Annual Meeting. Between now and the 2002 Annual Meeting, we actively seek the input of any group or individual on this important topic. The Commission remains open to input at any stage of its work and deliberations.

Finally, to assist entities and individuals that are studying multijurisdictional practice, the Commission has prepared the attached Inventory of Selected Issues on Multijurisdictional Practice (MJP). The inventory is intended to organize some, but not all, of the themes surrounding these issues, with the goal of focusing and advancing the discussion. It is not intended as a complete list of themes, nor does it resolve what, if any, solutions are appropriate in response to issues raised.

Thank you for your continued interest in our initiative.