Rule 5.5 MJP/UPL Current

A lawyer shall not:
(a) practice law in a jurisdiction where doing so violates the regulation of the legal profession in that jurisdiction; or

(b) assist a person who is not a member of the bar in the performance of activity that constitutes the unauthorized practice of law; or

(c) allow any person who has been suspended or disbarred and who maintains a presence in an office where the practice of law is conducted by the lawyer to have any contact with the clients of the lawyer either in person, by telephone, or in writing or to have any contact with persons who have legal dealings with the office either in person, by telephone, or in writing.

Comments to Rule 5.5

In House Counsel Rule

Hawaii does not have an exception for in house counsel acting without bar admission.

Pro Hac Vice

Pursuant to Hawaii Supreme Court Rule 1.9, an actively licensed nonresident attorney by the highest court of a state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia may be permitted to associate himself or herself with a member or members of the Hawaii bar in the presentation of a specific case at the discretion of the presiding judge or judges.

Admission on Motion

Hawaii does not allow for admission on motion.


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