Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Admission On Motion Denied

Does teaching in a law school clinical setting involve the active practice of law? No, according to a recent decision of the Vermont Supreme Court. An attorney who had served as assistant director and director of a clinical internship program at Suffolk University Law School sought admission on motion to the Vermont Bar. The court held that many of the clinic duties were administrative in nature rather than practice related. "Underlying the active practice requirement is the reasonable assumption that lawyers who have been able to sustain themselves for the requisite period of years by representing clients...or by working in the judicial decision-making process as judges or law clerks, necessarily possess the skills required to practice law within the State of Vermont." The court also rejected a number of claims that its admission-on-motion rules were unconstitutional. (Mike Frisch)


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