December 10, 2018 Policy & Initiatives

Policy & Initiatives

About Us

The Center Policy Implementation Committee provides assistance to jurisdictions on the review and implementation of adopted policy, promotion of policy to the bar and the public, and maintains a national clearinghouse of information on implementation efforts.

The ABA directly applies for and ordinarily receives CLE credit for ABA programs in AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DE, GA, GU, HI, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MN, MS, MO, MP, MT, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, VI, WA, WI, and WV. These states sometimes do not approve a program for credit before the program occurs. This course is expected to qualify for TBD CLE credit hours (including TBD ethics hours) in 60-minute states, and TBD credit hours (including TBD ethics hours) in 50-minute states. This transitional program is approved for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys in NY. Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission in other states. For more information about CLE accreditation in your state, visit or contact Annie Kuhlman at SCHOLARSHIPS: A limited number of scholarships are available to defray the tuition expenses for lawyers who are unable to attend the program due to financial hardship. Contact us at for details. Scholarship requests must be received by April 19, 2019.

Implementation Projects

Rules of Professional Conduct

ABA House of Delegates Approves Commission on Ethics 20-20 Resolutions

On Monday, February 11, 2013, the ABA House of Delegates voted to approve the following at the ABA Midyear Meeting in Dallas, Texas:

  • Revised 107A (Rule 5.5: Unauthorized Practice of Law; Multijurisdictional Practice of Law)
  • Revised 107B (Model Rule for Registration of In-House Counsel)
  • 107C as Amended (ABA Model Rule on Pro Hac Vice Admission)
  • 107D (Disciplinary Authority; Choice of Law)

On Monday, August 6, 2012 the ABA House of Delegates voted to approve the following:

Model Rule on Practice Pending Admission

Model Rule for Registration of In-House Counsel

Multijurisdictional Practice

More information on implementation of the policies of the Multijurisdictional Practice Commission, including the Model Rule for the Licensing and Practice of Foreign Legal Consultants and the Model Rule for Temporary Practice by Foreign Lawyers can be found here.

ABA Guidelines for an International Lawyer Regulatory Information Exchange

  • In August 2013, the House of Delegates adopted Resolution 104 setting forth ABA Guidelines for an International Lawyer Regulatory Information Exchange.  The Standing Committee on Professional Discipline and the ABA Task Force on International Trade in Legal Services developed Resolution 104 to facilitate international regulatory cooperation.

Model Code of Judicial Conduct

Model Court Rule on Provision of Legal Services Following Determination of Major Disaster (Rule)

Military Spouse Lawyer Admission Rule

  • February 2012 ABA House of Delegates Resolution and Report supporting changes in jurisdictional licensing rules for military spouses with law degrees.
  • July 2012 Conference of Chief Justices resolution for admission of military spouse lawyers without examination. You can read the resolution here.
  • Jurisdictional implementation of a military spouse admission rule.

Adopted Policy

The following policies have been adopted by the ABA House of Delegates:

Related Materials

The following related materials include commissions, task forces, reports and former codes and rules:


GATS/International Agreements

Judicial Code Revision Project

Ethics 2000 Commission

Links of Interest