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NC Legal Ethics Update – Pro Hac Vice Statute

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On June 5th, a bill which would modify the UPL and pro hac vice statutes (§ 84-4 and 84-4.1) passed its third reading in the House. 

A copy of Senate Bill 303 can be reviewed HERE, starting on page 12. It appears that the proposed legislation would eliminate the requirement that out-of-state lawyers must be domiciled out of state to be admitted pro hac vice, it imposes some fairly stringent restrictions upon the number of times an out-of-state attorney may appear pro hac vice in a state court, and it spells out the prohibition against out-of-state attorneys advertising their legal services in NC. Some of the proposed changes mirror the federal pro hac requirements in the Eastern District of NC.