Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Ohio Proposes Rule For Military Attorneys

The web page of the Ohio Supreme Court has this announcement:

The Ohio Supreme Court will accept public comment until August 7 on a proposed rule that would permit military attorneys stationed in Ohio to represent lower-ranking service members in Ohio tribunals.

To be considered for the Expanded Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) for Military Attorneys, attorneys would need to meet these criteria:

  • be admitted to practice in at least one other U.S. jurisdiction
  • be employed by, serving in, or assigned to the armed services at an Ohio military installation
  • and be authorized to provide legal assistance pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 1044.

Military attorneys seeking this status would need to file an application, submit certificates of good standing and admission, and provide an affidavit from their commanding officer with the Office of Attorney Services. They also would need to meet all the requirements governing the practice of law in Ohio, including continuing legal education requirements. ELAP attorneys would not be required to pay biennial registration fees under Gov. Bar R. VI and would be prohibited from seeking or receiving compensation for their services.

Access the text of the proposed changes to the Rules for the Government of the Bar of Ohio.

Comments should be submitted in writing to:

Susan Christoff, director, Attorney Services Division
Supreme Court of Ohio
65 S. Front St., Fifth Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215

(Mike Frisch)


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