ACC Supports Expanding Right to Practice Pro Bono in Kansas, District of Columbia

ACC filed comments in Kansas and the District of Columbia, supporting the expansion of opportunities for in-house counsel to participate in pro bono activities.

In the District of Columbia, ACC and its National Capital Region chapter submitted comments to the D.C. Court of Appeals on proposals from the Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law and the DC Access to Justice Commission to amend Rule 49(c)(9). ACC formerly submitted comments on Rule 49 in 2015 and 2016. In its letter, ACC again asked the court to remove the requirement that in-house counsel licensed outside DC be affiliated with a non-profit legal service provider and be supervised by an active member of the DC bar in order to offer pro bono services.

In Kansas, ACC and its Mid-America chapter submitted comments to the state Supreme Court supporting the amendment of Supreme Court Rule 712, which would allow in-house counsel practicing on a restricted license to provide pro bono services. ACC encouraged the Kansas Supreme Court to further increase access to justice by removing restrictions in the rule that require in-house counsel to provide pro bono services through a court-approved non-profit legal services provider or law school clinic.

To read ACC’s DC letter, click here.

To read ACC’s Kansas letter, click here.