Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Cross-Jurisdictional Legal Practice Rules (Updates)

A few interesting articles point out continuing discussion and consideration of cross-jurisdictional practice issues. See the following posts as background here and here. These issues are important as they shape where lawyers are authorized to practice law (regardless of where they are physically located):
  •  Texas -- The Texas State Bar Professional Ethics Committee issued an opinion (597) confirming that Texas law firms can include out-of-state lawyers based in other offices, and that those remote lawyers may work in the firm's Texas office, so long as that work is limited and intermittent: "[A] contrary interpretation would require the obviously erroneous conclusion that Texas attorneys are barred from practicing in any law firm having a partner or member who is licensed in another state but who is not licensed in Texas."
  • Arizona -- [via Hinshaw] -- Arizona Enforces Hurdles for Multi-jurisdictional Practice -- “A non-Arizona lawyer who resides in Arizona cannot practice the law of the jurisdiction in which he or she is admitted. Also, a non-Arizona lawyer who is temporarily admitted to practice with a legal services organization in Arizona must remain active in at least one jurisdiction in which the lawyer is admitted." 

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