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In re Rules Governing Admission to Bar

Supreme Court of Arkansas

March 7, 2019

IN RE RULES GOVERNING ADMISSION TO THE BAR: RULE XVII. MILITARY SPOUSE TEMPORARY ADMISSION

          PER CURIAM

         The Arkansas Supreme Court hereby adopts and publishes Rule XVII of the Rules Governing Admission to the Bar to be effective immediately: Rule XVII. Military Spouse Temporary Admission.

         A. An applicant who meets the requirements of this Rule may, upon motion, be admitted to the temporary practice of law in this jurisdiction. The Applicant shall:

         (1) Have been admitted to practice law in another jurisdiction in the United States or territory; (2) Establish that the applicant satisfies the educational requirements of Rule XII of these Rules.

         (3) Establish that the Applicant is not currently subject to lawyer discipline or the subject of a pending disciplinary matter in any other jurisdiction;

         (4) Submit evidence that the Applicant is a dependent spouse of a service member of the United States Uniformed Services as defined by the Department of Defense;

         (5) Submit evidence that the service member is on full time, active duty pursuant to military orders in the State of Arkansas, which shall not include duty as a member of the Active Guard and Reserve;

         (6) Submit evidence that the Applicant is residing in Arkansas due to the service member's full time, active duty pursuant to military orders in this state;

         (7) Not have failed the Arkansas bar examination within five years of the date of filing an application under this rule;

         (8) Not have been previously denied admission to the practice of law in Arkansas; and

         (9) Agree to advise all clients, prior to providing representation of services, that the attorney is temporarily admitted under the military-spouse exception.

         B. Filing Requirements. An applicant under this rule shall file an application for military-spouse certification. An applicant under this rule shall:

         (1) Demonstrate presence in Arkansas as a spouse of a service member by filing a copy of the certification of legal relationship, such as a marriage or civil union license, and a copy of the service member's military orders reflecting ...


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