Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Ohio Changes Pro Hac Rules

From the web page of the Ohio Supreme Court:

The Supreme Court of Ohio today announced the adoption of amendments governing out-of-state attorneys who want to appear temporarily in a proceeding in Ohio (pro hac vice). The amendments, which were adopted by a 6-1 vote by the Supreme Court, become effective Jan. 1, 2011.

Amendments to Gov. Bar R. XII of the Rules for the Government of the Bar will:

  • Centralize the administration of pro hac vice admission through the Supreme Court’s Office of Attorney Services. Pro hac vice is a privilege granted by a tribunal to out-of-state attorneys not admitted to practice law in Ohio to appear before the tribunal on a limited basis.
  • Establish basic criteria for appearing pro hac vice before a tribunal, including acknowledgement of Ohio’s attorney disciplinary rules and a statement that the attorney has not appeared more than three times in a calendar year in a pro hac vice capacity.
  • Permit the administrative revocation of privileges to practice pro hac vice if the attorney does not comply with certain provisions of the rule.
  • Require an out-of-state attorney to file an application and $100 annual registration fee before applying to appear pro hac vice.

Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer and Justices Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, Maureen O’Connor, Terrence O’Donnell, Judith Ann Lanzinger and Robert R. Cupp concurred in adopting the amendments. Justice Paul E. Pfeifer dissented.

View the new amendments.

(Mike Frisch)

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