Alaska

RULE 5.5 MJP/UPL CURRENT

(a) A lawyer shall not practice law in any jurisdiction unless authorized to do so by the laws of that jurisdiction.

(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 an office or other systematic and continuous 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 that:

(1) are undertaken in association with a lawyer who is admitted to practice in this jurisdiction and who actively participates in the matter;

(2) are in or reasonably related to a pending or potential proceeding before a tribunal in this or another jurisdiction, if the lawyer, or a person the lawyer is assisting, is authorized by law or order to appear in that proceeding or reasonably expects to be so authorized;

(3) are in or reasonably related to a pending or potential arbitration, mediation, or other alternative dispute resolution proceeding in this or another jurisdiction, 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; or

(4) are not within paragraphs (c)(2) or (c)(3) and arise out of or are reasonably related to the lawyer’s practice in a jurisdiction in which the lawyer is admitted to practice.

(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) are provided to the lawyer’s employer or its organizational affiliates and are not services for which the forum requires pro hac vice admission; or

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

(SCO 1123 effective July 15, 1993; rescinded and repromulgated by SCO 1680 effective April 15, 2009)

Comments to Rule 5.5

IN-HOUSE COUNSEL RULE

In-house counsel practice in Alaska is governed by Rule 5.5(d)(1).

Pro Hac Vice

Under Alaska Rule of Civil Procedure 81(a)(2), an attorney may appear pro hac vice upon filing a Rule 81 Motion to Participate. For further information see the Alaska Bar Association’s Page on pro hac vice.

Admission on Motion (Admission by Reciprocity)

Applicants must have actively practiced in a U.S. state, territory, or D.C. for at least five of seven years immediately preceding application, and have passed a written bar examination in a U.S. jurisdiction offering reciprocity to Alaska attorneys under conditions no more demanding than Alaska’s reciprocity rules. For more information please see Rule 2(2). See also the page on admission by reciprocity.

Contact

Alaska Bar Association
P.O. Box 100279
Anchorage, AK 99510

Street Address:
840 K Street, Suite 100
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
Phone (907) 272-7469
Fax (907) 272-2932
Email: info@alaskabar.org