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Thursday, September 15, 2005

Supreme Court of Ohio Issues Order Concerning Attorneys Affected by Katrina

The following orders were issued today by the Supreme Court of Ohio concerning displaced attorneys from the areas stricken by Hurricane Katrina and possible late registrations by Ohio lawyers who live and/or work in that area:

In re: Emergency Order Regarding
the Practice of Law from Ohio by
Lawyers Displaced Due to Hurricane
Katrina
ORDER
In view of the displacement of lawyers in Louisiana, Mississippi, and
Alabama by Hurricane Katrina, making it impossible to practice law in the affected
areas, this court temporarily suspends the applicable provisions of the Rules for the
Government of the Bar of Ohio as set forth below.
IT IS ORDERED that lawyers who have been admitted to practice in the
highest courts of law in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, who are in good
standing in their respective states, and who have been displaced due to Hurricane
Katrina, shall be permitted to practice law from Ohio upon providing the Supreme
Court of Ohio, Attorney Registration and Continuing Legal Education Section,
with an application in which the lawyer certifies that he or she is in good standing
with the authority regulating the practice of law in their state and, further, that they
will practice in association with an Ohio lawyer who is in good standing. No fee
shall be required of the lawyer subject to this order. The temporary authority to
practice law from Ohio will be valid until midnight, March 15, 2006.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk of this court is directed to
docket this order and the Attorney Registration and Continuing Legal Education
Section is directed to send copies of this order to the Supreme Courts and state bar
associations in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.


In re: Late Registration of Lawyers
Residing or Practicing in Louisiana,
Mississippi, and Alabama
ORDER
In view of the displacement of lawyers in Louisiana, Mississippi, and
Alabama by Hurricane Katrina, this court finds that Gov.Bar R. VI(6) shall be
temporarily waived as set forth below.
IT IS ORDERED that the September 1, 2005, deadline for filing Certificates
of Registration for the 2005/2007 attorney registration biennium for attorneys who
are admitted to the practice of law in Ohio and who either work or live in
Louisiana, Mississippi, or Alabama be extended to January 3, 2006. It is further
ordered that if such attorneys file their registrations on or before January 3, 2006,
they will not be assessed the $50 late fee and will not be suspended from the
practice of law in Ohio. See Gov.Bar R. VI(6)(A) and (B).

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