October 05, 2011

Corporate Admissions Standards

Court Rules Providing Admissions for In-house Counsel

AL No response
To be updated
Contact: Staff Attorney,
Gilbert Kendrick
(334) 269-1515
www.alabar.org
AK No corporate admission rule. Contact: Ethics Committee, Steven Van Goor
(907) 272-7469
www.alaskabar.org
AZ Ariz. Sup. Ct. R. 31
All attorneys are required to take the bar exam.
Contact: State Bar of Arizona, (602) 252-4804 www.azbar.org
AR No corporate admission rule.
An in-house attorney may council, but may not appear in court without a license.
Contact: Professional Conduct Committee,
Jim Neal
(501) 376-0313
www.arkbar.com
CA No corporate admission rule. Contact: Senior Staff Attorney, State Bar of CA,
(415) 241-2100
www.calbar.org
CO Rule pending early Feb. 1998
Supreme Court considering adopting laws to provide limited license to practice for short time in CO.
Contact: Ethics Committee, CO Bar Association
(303) 893-3394
www.cobar.org
CT CT Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 5.5 This rule discusses UPL. However, no formal rules or opinions have been issued in CT regarding in-house counsel and Bar Admission. Contact: Committee on Professional Ethics,
Jen Colmer
(860) 721-0025
www.ctbar.org
DE No corporate admission rule.
No case law, statute, or rule for UPL.
Contact: Ethics Committee, Mary Johnston
(302) 577-7042
www.ncsc.dni.us/court/Delaware/home.htm
OR
www.state.de.us
DC DC App.R. 49(c)(6) Contact: District of Columbia Bar,
(202) 331-3883
www.dcbar.org
FL Fla. Ct. R. ch. 17
Provides special registration allowing in-house counsel to relocate to Florida without taking bar examination.
Contact: General Counsel, Florida Bar,
(904) 561-5600
No web site located.
GA No corporate admission rule. Contact: Deputy General Counsel Georgia State Bar, Roman White,
(404) 527-8728
www.gabar.org
HI No corporate admission rule. Contact: Disciplinary Board,
(808) 521-4591
www.hsba.org
ID No corporate admission rule. Contact: Linda Pruet (Bar Commission Rules) or Annette Strouser (House Counsel) www2.law.cornell.
edu/cgibin/foliocgi.
cxe/rpc-idaho?
OR
www.idwr.state.id.us
IL Ill. Rule of Professional Conduct Rule 5.5 (A) (B) Contact: Illinois Supreme Court
John Cesari
(312) 565-2600
www.illinoisbar.org
IN Ind. Sup. Ct. R. 3 (admission & discipline ).
General rule states that one can appear in court with local counsel from the state of Indiana.
Contact: Legal Ethics Committee Mary Godsey
(317) 232-2552
www.ai.org/isba
IA No corporate admission rule. Contact: Iowa State Bar
(515) 243-3179
www.iowabar.org
KS Kan. Sup. Ct. R. 706
Allows in-house counsel licensed for at least five years to obtain temporary license without examination.
Contact: Kansas Bar Association, General Counsel, (913) 234-5696 www.ksbar.org
KY No response
To be updated
Contact: Ethics Committee,
Bob Hobsen
(502) 581-8000
www.kybar.org
LA No corporate admission rule. Contact: Ethics Advisory Board, (504) 566-1600 www.state.la.us
ME No corporate admission rule.
General statement which prohibits corporate counsel from practicing in the state without a license.
Contact: Assistant Gen. Counsel
Carlos Dias
(207) 626-8846
www.mainebar.org
MD Bus. Occ. & Prof. Code Ann. 10-206(d)
Admission without examination for in-house counsel must associate local counsel to appear in court.
Contact: Committee on Ethics, (410) 685-7878 www.msba.org
MA No corporate admission rule
Case by case basis. Attorney must contact clerk to ask procedure, but most often pro hoc vice (Chapter 221 sec. 46A).
Contact: Ethics Committee,
Bob Blume
(617) 557-1165
www.massbar.org
MI Mich. Bd. of L. Examiners R. 5
Allows admission without examination for certain in-house attorneys.
Contact: State Bar of Michigan, (517) 372-9030 www.michbar.org
MN Minn. Ct. Admission to Bar. R. VI
Provides a one-year license for out-of-state corporate counsel.
Contact: Consumer Protection Committee,
(612) 333-1183
www.mn.bar
MS Case: Darby v. Mississippi 185 S. 2nd 864 (1966)
Miss. Code Ann. sect. 73-51-1; Miss. Code sect. 73-3-55; 97-23-43
Contact: Mississippi State Bar, (601) 948-4471 www.msbar.org
MO Mo. Sup. Ct. R. 8.105
Provides special license for in-house counsel relocating to MO.
Contact: Chief Disciplinary Counsel
(314) 635-7400
www.mobar.org
MT No corporate admission rule Contact: State Bar of Montana,
(406) 442-7660
www.montanabar.org
NE No corporate admission rule.
Revised rule of Supreme Court of Nebraska (1996)
Governs admission of attorneys.
Contact: Nebraska State Bar,
(402) 475-7091
www.nebar.com
NV No corporate admission rule.
As long as the attorney is licensed, he/she can council. However, if the matter goes to court, the client must be represented by NV counsel.
Contact: State Bar of Nevada, Michael Warhola
(800) 254-2797
www.state.nv.us
NH No response
To be updated
Contact: Ethics Committee, Joseph Kerrigan
(603) 883-5501
www.nh.com/legal/nhbar
NJ N.J. Comm. on Unauthorized Practice of Law, Formal Op. 14 (1975).
In-house counsel working in NJ but not licensed in state not engaged in unauthorized practice of law.
Contact: Advisory Committee on Professional Ethics,
(609) 292-0694
www.njsba.com
NM Must be licensed member of the NM bar as of right now.
(case pending).
Contact: State Bar of NM,
Lee Brownfield
(505) 524-1788
Supreme Court, Santa Fe
(505) 287-4860
www.state.nm.us
NY No corporate admission rule.
Judiciary Law, Article 15, Sections 478, 484, 495 govern unauthorized practice of law.
Contact: State Bar Association, Kent MiKnari
(518) 463-3200
Committee on Professional Ethics, Counsel,
Kathleen Baker
e-mail: kbaxter@nysba.org
www.nysba.org
OR
gopher://lbdc.senate.state.ny.us:70/11/.laws/
NC State v. Pledger, 127 S.E. 2d 337 (1962)
Corporation may prepare document without license. (No rule or decision directly on point but In-house not held UPL.)
Contact: Ethics Committee,
(919) 828-4620
www.barlinc.org
ND N.D. Sup. Ct. R.. 3, 11.1.
Limited admission of non-resident attorneys. Non-resident attorney may appear in court with an associate attorney licensed to practice law in N.D.
Contact: Ethics Committee,
(701) 328-2221
www.court.state.nd.us/court/Rules/
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OH Ohio Gov. Bar R. VI, § 4
Allows corporate status registration.
Contact: Ohio State Bar Association,
(614) 487-2050
www.ohio.gov/ohio/index.htm
OK Okla. Stat. Ann. app. Tit. V, 6
Special temporary permit as long as in-house counsel works full time for corporation.
Contact: Legal Ethics Committee,
(405) 524-2365
www.onenet.net/oklegal
OR No corporate admission rule.
OR position is that you must be licensed by OR to practice.
Contact: Oregon State Bar,
Jeff Wyatt
(503) 620-0222 ext. 365
www.state.or.us
PA Pa. Comm. on Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility. InFormal Op. 86-63 (1986).
Non-resident attorney must retain local counsel to appear in court. No ethical prohibition from acting as general counsel.
Contact: Committee on Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility,
(717) 238-6715
www.pabar.org
RI No corporate admission rule.
See R.I. Code Ann., 11-27-1.
Contact: Ethics Advisory Panel, Elizabeth Dupree
(401) 222-3270
www.ribar.com
SC S.C. Sup. Ct. R. 405
Provides limited certificate of admission for in-house counsel.
Contact: SC Bar
(803) 799-6653
www.scbar.org
SD No corporate admission rule. Contact: State Bar of SD
(605) 224-7554
www.sdbar.org
TN No corporate admission rule.
Must have a license to practice in Tennessee.
Contact: Board of Law Examiners
(615) 741-3234
www.tba.org
TX No corporate admission rule. Contact: Steven Moyack
(512) 463-1463 ext. 2316
www.state.tx.us
Ethics reporter: www.lawlib.uh.edu/ethics/
UT No corporate admission rule. Contact: Utah State Bar,
Katherine Fox
(801) 531-9077
www.utahbar.org
VT Vt. Comm. on Professional Responsibility, Formal Op. 90-2 (1990) Contact: Chairman,
Clark Gravel
(802) 658-0220
www.vtbar.org
VA Va. Comm. on the Unauthorized Practice of Law, Formal Op. 160.
VA UPL Rules allows in-house counsel can do anything except go to court in which case, a licensed attorney must be hired.
Contact: VA State Bar,
Ann Mickey
(804) 775-0500
www.vsb.org
WA Rule pending amendment after April 1, 1998. Contact: Washington Bar Association,
Bob Welden
(206) 727-8232
www.wsba.org
WV W.Va. Sup. Ct. R. 8.0.
Must be licensed to practice in state. No exception for In-House counsel.
Contact: WV State Bar,
Tom Tinder
(304) 558-7993
www.wvbar.org
WI W.I. Comm. on Professional Conduct, Formal Op. 95-2 (1995), 89-8 (1989), 83-5 (1983), 65-2 (1965). Contact: State Bar of WI,
Tom Watson
(608) 257-3838
Ethics Counsel,
Keith Kaap
(608) 629-5721
www.wisbar.org
WY No corporate admission rule. Contact: WY State Bar, Tony Lewis (307) 632-9061 www.wyomingbar.org

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