November 6, 2009 - Issue #71
Oklahoma Supreme Court Enacts Rules Permitting Temporary Practice by Out-Of-State Attorneys and Law Professors – The Supreme Court of Oklahoma has adopted two rules granting temporary permits to practice law under specific circumstances. The first enables an out-of-state attorney to practice before Oklahoma courts or other tribunals solely for the purpose of participating in a proceeding in which he or she has been employed, including pro bono cases. When representing a pro bono client, the out of state attorney must associate with an Oklahoma attorney, among other requirements. The second rule provides that an Oklahoma law professor admitted to practice law in another state may be granted a Special Temporary Permit to practice law in Oklahoma, without examination, while the person is employed and devotes his or her full time to the teaching of law. The practice of law under the Special Temporary Permit is limited to assisting attorneys licensed in Oklahoma as a consulting or testifying expert, representing clients in a law school clinical program, or providing pro bono services. For more information, contact the Director of the ABA Center for Pro Bono at firstname.lastname@example.org
On November 5, 2009, the Senate passed the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies appropriations bill, which included a $10 million increase for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), providing $400 million for FY 2010. The bill also lifted the restriction on the use of non-LSC funds. In June, the House of Representatives passed its version of the bill, which provided $440 million for LSC in FY 2010 and lifted the restriction on receipt of statutorily-authorized attorneys fees. The two chambers will meet in conference to resolve differences in their versions of the bill before sending a final measure to the White House for the presidents signature. In the meantime, LSC will operate at its FY 2009 funding level of $390 million through Dec. 18, based upon the continuing appropriations resolution passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama on Oct. 30.
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