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Attorney Admission Pro Hac Vice Procedures

A.        Requirements

An attorney seeking admission pro hac vice must file the following with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court:

1.         motion to appear pro hac vice with a proposed order

2.         notice of appearance/designation of local counsel

3.         certificate of good standing from a federal district court

4.         list of cases filed in this district in which petitioner has appeared as counsel

5.         $200 fee made payable to Clerk, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, or the moving attorney may pay the fee electronically via with the filing of the motion.

B.         Applicable Local Rules of the U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts. 

LBR 2090-1 Admission of Attorneys

  (a) Any attorney who is admitted to the bar of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Georgia pursuant to Rule LR 83.3 of the District Local Rules for Attorneys is admitted to the bar of the Bankruptcy Court.

  (b) Any attorney who is not admitted pursuant to subparagraph (a) shall be permitted to appear and participate in a bankruptcy case or proceeding only upon compliance with Rule LR 83.4 of the District Local Rules for Attorneys, and payment of the prescribed fee for admission pro hac vice as set from time to time by the District Court.

LR 83.4 Permission to Practice in a Particular Case

(a) Georgia bar members who reside in this district or maintain their principal place of business in this district shall not appear before this Court via pro hac vice admission, but instead must join this Court's bar, even to represent someone in one (or an occasional) case.

(b) Any attorney not subject to LR 83.4(a), but who is in good standing with the bar of another federal district court, may be permitted to appear and participate in a particular case before this Court, whether civil or criminal, with the prior approval of this Court, subject to the following conditions:

(1)  pro hac vice counsel must designate, by a writing filed in the case in which appearance is sought, some willing member of this Court's bar upon whom motions and papers may be served and who shall be responsible for and have full authority to act for and on behalf of the client in all proceedings related to the case including hearings, pretrial conferences, and trials, should the petitioner fail to respond to any court order for appearance or otherwise.  For that designation to be effective, such local counsel must enter a written appearance in the case.

(2)  pro hac vice counsel also must: (i) certify, in a writing filed with this Court, membership in good standing of a federal district court; (ii) file with the Clerk of this Court a certificate of good standing from that court; and (iii) provide a list of all cases filed in this Court in which petitioner has appeared as counsel.

(c)  Any attorneys representing the United States Government, or any agency thereof, may appear and participate in particular actions or proceedings in an official capacity without a petition for admission, provided the attorney is a member of a federal district court's bar.  Any such attorney so appearing shall certify to the Court in writing that he or she has read and is familiar with the local rules.  Further, unless excused from doing so by the presiding judge, any such attorney shall be accompanied at hearings and trials by an Assistant United States Attorney of this district who shall also review and sign pleadings.