Ohio Supreme Court Adopts New Out-of-State Attorney Admission Rule

The Ohio Supreme Court has approved a rule that will allow attorneys who have been admitted in another state to practice law in Ohio while their request for admission to the Ohio bar without examination is pending. The rule includes several requirements, including that the applicant must: possess a clean disciplinary record; be in good standing in all jurisdictions in which they are admitted; have not been previously denied admission in Ohio in the last five years; and consent to be bound by the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct. The applicant must also associate with an active Ohio attorney. If the applicant is approved to practice while waiting on admission, the applicant may only do so for 365 days, unless permission is granted to extend that period. The rule goes into effect September 2, 2019. The new rule may be viewed here.

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