Kentucky

RULE 5.5 MJP/UPL CURRENT

(a) A lawyer shall not practice law in a jurisdiction in violation of the regulation of the legal
profession in that jurisdiction, or assist another in doing so.

(b) A lawyer who is not admitted to practice in this jurisdiction shall not:

(1) except as authorized by these Rules or other law, establish or maintain an office or
other presence in this jurisdiction for the practice of law; or

(2) hold out to the public or otherwise represent that the lawyer is admitted to practice
law in this jurisdiction.

(c) A lawyer admitted in another United States jurisdiction, and not disbarred or suspended from practice in any jurisdiction, may provide legal services on a temporary basis in this jurisdiction if such services:

(1) comply with SCR 3.030(2), or they do not require compliance with SCR 3.030(2) due
to federal statute, rule or regulation; or

(2) are in, or reasonably related to, a pending or potential proceeding before a tribunal or
alternative dispute resolution proceeding in another jurisdiction for a client, or prospective
client pursuant to Rule 1.18, if the services arise out of, or are reasonably related to, the
lawyer’s practice in a jurisdiction in which the lawyer is admitted to practice and are not
services for which the forum requires pro hac vice admission pursuant to SCR 3.030(2);
or

(3) are not within paragraph (c) (2) and arise out of, or are reasonably related to, the
representation of the lawyer’s client in the jurisdiction in which the lawyer is admitted.

(d) A lawyer admitted in another United States jurisdiction, and not disbarred or suspended from practice in any jurisdiction, may provide legal services in this jurisdiction that:

(1) comply with SCR 2.111 regarding a Limited Certificate of Admission to Practice Law
in this jurisdiction; or

(2) are services that the lawyer is authorized to provide by federal law or other law of this
jurisdiction.

(e) A lawyer authorized to provide legal services under this Rule shall be subject to the Kentucky Rules of Professional Conduct and shall comply with SCR 3.030(2) or, if such legal services do not require compliance with that Rule, the lawyer must actively participate in, and assume responsibility for, the representation of the client.

Amended by Order 2012-01, eff. 3-1-12; prior amendment eff. 7-15-09 (Order 2009-05), adopted by Order 89-1, eff. 1-1-90

In-House Counsel Rule

Kentucky Supreme Court Rule 2.111 provides a limited certificate of admission for in-house counsel who graduated from an accredited law school and who is admitted to practice in the highest court of another U.S. jurisdiction, provided that counsel limits legal work to his or her employer or related entity. The limited certificate terminates if counsel leaves the corporate employer unless he or she takes a similar post at another Kentucky organization within thirty days. The applicable fee is $1,000.

Pro Hac Vice

Pro Hac Vice Certification in Kentucky is governed by Supreme Court Rule 3.030 Membership, Practice by Nonmembers and Classes of Membership.

Admission on Motion

Pursuant to Kentucky Supreme Court Rule 2.110, Kentucky has a provision for admission without taking the bar examination for attorneys who have been admitted to practice law in a state which has reciprocity with Kentucky. The attorney must have practiced law for five of the seven years preceding the filing of an application and meet all other requirements for admission under this rule, including submitting a fee of $1,200.

Contact

Kentucky Court Rules

Kentucky Bar Association
514 West Main Street
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-1883
Phone (502) 564-3795
Fax (502) 564-3225
Ethics Committee (502) 564-3795
Bar Admissions (859) 846-2381