Alabama

Rule 5.5 MJP/UPL Current

A. A lawyer shall not:

1. practice law in a jurisdiction where doing so violates the regulation of the legal profession in that jurisdiction; or

2. assist a person who is not a member of the bar in the performance of activity that constitutes the unauthorized practice of law.

B. Subject to the requirements of Rule VII, Rules Governing Admission to the Alabama State Bar (Admission of Foreign Attorneys Pro Hac Vice), a lawyer admitted in another United States jurisdiction but not in the State of Alabama (and not disbarred or suspended from practice in that or any jurisdiction) does not engage in the unauthorized practice of law when the lawyer represents a client on a temporary or incidental basis (as defined below) in the State of Alabama. Services for a client are within the provisions of this subsection if the services:

1. are performed on a temporary basis by a lawyer admitted and in good standing in another United States jurisdiction, including transactoinal, counseling, or other litigation services that arise out of or are reasonably related to the lawyer’s practice in a jurisdiction in which the lawyer is admitted to practice;

2. are in or reasonably related to a pending or potential arbitration, mediation, or other alternative dispute resolution proceeding held or to be held in this or in another jurisdiction; or

3. are performed by an attorney admitted as an authorized house counsel under Rule IX of the Rules Governing Admission to the Alabama State Bar and who is performing only those services defined in that rule.

C. A lawyer admitted to practice in another jurisdiction but not in the State of Alabama does not engage in the unauthorized practice of law in the State of alabama when the lawyer renders services in the State of Alabama pursuant to other authority granted by federal law or under the law or a court rule of the State of Alabama.

D. Except as authorized by these Rules or other law, a lawyer who is not admitted to practice in the State of Alabama shall not (1) establish an office or other permanent presence in this jurisdiction for the practice of law, or (2) represent or hold out to the public that the lawyer is admitted to practice law in Alabama.

E. Practicing law other than in compliance with this rule or Rule VII or Rule VIII of the Rules Governing Admission to the Alabama State Bar, or other rule expressly permitting the practice of law, such as the Rule Governing Legal Internship by Law Students, shall constitute the unauthorized practice of law and shall subject the lawyer to all of the penalties, both civil and cirminal, as provided by law.

Comments to Rule 5.5

In-House Counsel Rule

Since October 1, 2006, lawyers serving as house counsel in Alabama and not licensed members of the Alabama State Bar must register to become authorized house counsel. The purpose of the rule is to facilitate the relocation of individuals who are employed by and provide legal services exclusively for business organizations in Alabama without the necessity of taking and passing the Alabama bar exam.

The requirements of the authorized house counsel rule promulgated by the Alabama Supreme Court are covered under Rule VIII of the Alabama State Bar Rules Governing Admission.

For more info, application, and checklist check the Rule VIII web pages.

Pro Hac Vice

An attorney not licensed in Alabama, but currently a member in good standing of the bar of another state or the District of Columbia, may appear as counsel pro hac vice in a case before any court or administrative agency in Alabama by complying with Rule VII of the Rules Governing Admission to the Alabama State Bar.

For information and applications contact:

The Alabama State Bar
Pro Hac Vice Admissions
(334) 269-1515
E-mail: phv@alabar.org

Admission on Motion

You may practice and be admitted to the Alabama State Bar without sitting for the Alabama State Bar exam by complying with the requirements of Rule III of the Rules Governing Admission to the Alabama State Bar.

Contact

Alabama State Bar
415 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36104
Phone (334) 269-1515
Fax (334) 261-6310

Alabama State Bar Admissions Office
P.O. Box 671
Montgomery, AL 36101
Phone (334) 269-1515 or (800) 354-6154 (toll-free)