(a) Admission Requirements; Procedures. Except as otherwise
provided in these rules, an attorney who appears on behalf of
a party or an amicus curiae in any capacity must be admitted
to practice before this court, or have pending an application
for admission, and must file a Notice of Appearance in
accordance with LR 12.3.
(1) Applying for Admission. To request admission to the bar
of this court, an attorney must complete an application
(A) the attorney admission application;
(B) the attorney admission oath; and
(C) the sponsorís motion for attorney admission.
(2) Renewal of Admission; Failure to Renew; Inactive Status. An attorney is admitted for a
period of five years, and must renew admission every five
years for an additional five-year period. Renewal requires
submission of an attorney admission renewal application. An attorney who
fails to renew admission within one month after the
expiration of the five-year period is placed in inactive
status. An attorney in inactive status must complete the
renewal process to practice before the court. After 12
months in inactive status, an attorney is removed from
the courtís admission roll and must reapply for admission
in accordance with (a)(1).
(3) Submission of Admission or Renewal Application. An attorney must
submit an admission or renewal application electronically in accordance with
the CM/ECF instructions posted on the Court's website.
(A) Registration in CM/ECF. Prior to submitting an admission application, an attorney must register as a Filing User in CM/ECF.
(B) Signature. The provision governing a Filing Userís signature under LR 25.1(f) applies to submission of an attorney admission or renewal application.
(C) Certification. Electronic submission of an attorney admission application constitutes certification that the sponsorís motion for attorney admission and certificate of standing attached to the application are true and correct copies and that the applicant is maintaining the originals for production to the court upon request.
(D) Exemption. Upon an attorneyís showing of extreme hardship or exceptional circumstances by letter, the clerk may exempt counsel from the electronic filing requirements under this rule.
(b) Change in Contact Information. An attorney admitted to
practice in this court must promptly notify the clerk of a
change in any of the contact information required on the
attorney admission data form.
(c) Fee. An attorney applying for admission or renewal of
admission must pay to the clerk electronically in accordance with the
instructions posted on the Court's website the fee set by the court and
posted on the courtís website.
(d) Pro Hac Vice Admission. An attorney may be admitted pro
hac vice to appear in a particular proceeding without formally
applying for admission or paying the admission fee. Pro hac
vice admission will be considered on submission of a written
motion to the court before filing a notice of appearance. To
qualify, the attorney must be a member in good standing of a
state or the District of Columbia bar and must be one of the
(1) a member of the bar of a district court within the
circuit who has represented a criminal defendant at trial
and appears for that defendant on an appeal taken under 18
U.S.C. ß 3006A;
(2) acting for a party proceeding in forma pauperis; or
(3) able to demonstrate exceptional circumstances justifying
admission for the particular proceeding.
(e) Appearance and Argument by Eligible Law Students.
(1) Law Student Appearance. The court on motion may, with
sufficient consent of the party or (for a government entity)
counsel of record, permit an eligible law student to appear
in this court under the supervision of an attorney.
(2) Supervising Attorney. The supervising attorney must be a
member of the bar of this court and, with respect to the law
studentís proposed appearance before this court, must:
(A) file with this court the attorneyís written consent to
supervise the student;
(B) assume professional responsibility for the studentís
(C) assist the student to the extent necessary; and
(D) introduce and appear with the student in all
proceedings before this court and be prepared to
supplement any written or oral statement made by the
student to this court or opposing counsel.
(3) Law Student Eligibility. A law student is eligible to
(A) the student is enrolled in an ABA-accredited law
school and has completed at least four semesters of legal
studies, or has graduated and is awaiting the results of
the first bar examination or bar admission process of any
(B) the law school certifies that the student is qualified
to provide the legal representation permitted by this rule;
(C) the client does not pay any compensation or
remuneration for the studentís services; and
(D) the student certifies in writing that the student is
familiar and will comply with the ABAís Model Rules of
Professional Conduct, FRAP, the rules of this court, and
any other federal rules relevant to the appeal in which
the student is appearing.
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