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"I am well familiar with the problem that the petition addresses. Based on that experience, I support the view that experienced lawyers who are moving their law practices to another state should be able to gain admission to the bar without sitting for the bar examination if they have sufficient experience and are in good standing in their home states. The considerations that led the ABA to develop its model Admission by Motion rule are as relevant today as their were in 2002. Most states now have a comparable rule, and it is important that efforts be made, as you are now doing, to bring this issue to the attention of the courts of the remaining states."
Professor of Law
Suffolk University Law School
Andrew Perlman, a professor at Suffolk University Law School who served as chief reporter for Ethics 20/20. "These restrictive rules really serve no public policy purpose. In my view they are indefensible from the standpoint of public and client protection and should be eliminated." Professor Perlman is rooting for the NAAMJP lawsuits to succeed. See also Professor Perlman, “A Bar Against Competition: The Unconstitutionality of Admission Rules for Out-of-State Lawyers,” 18 GEORGETOWN JOURNAL OF LEGAL ETHICS 125 (2004) Photo courtesy of Suffolk University Law School.
Professor of Law
Fordham University Law School
Reporter to the ABA Commission on Multijurisdictional Practice
“Requirements by federal district courts for
local admission are vestiges of time long gone
and their major effect is to protect locally
admitted lawyers from competition by those
admitted elsewhere. Such protection is
contrary to the policies of federal law, and
requirements that serve no other substantial
purpose should be abolished.”
William T. Barker
Partner, SNR Denton US LLP
Author, Extrajurisdictional Practice by Lawyers,
56 Bus. Law. 1501 (2001)
California bar exam is not a valid or reliable
test according to experts. There is even less
correlation between passing the exam and
practicing successfully as evidenced by the fact
that two out of three experienced attorneys are
failed. This test does not protect the public.
It simply protects California attorneys from
competition and perpetuates endless exam
application fees and test preparation fees from
experienced attorneys who must take the exam
multiple times to pass. This "industry" is
wasteful and must be stopped.”
Kenneth N. Klee
Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
Co-author of Business Reorganization in
Bankruptcy (West 1996; 2d ed. 2001; 3d ed. 2006)
and Fundamentals of Bankruptcy Law (ALI-ABA 4th Ed.
Partner, Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP
"The ABA, since 2002, has officially encouraged the adoption of a model rule on Admission by Motion. Europe has established a similar system without complications, and, given our modern, mobile society such a rule is an appropriate and realistic approach to our multijurisdictional nation."
Robert E. Lutz
Professor of Law
Southwestern Law School
Former Chairman of ABA International Law Section
"I wholeheartedly congratulate and support
NAAMJP’s efforts to expand multijurisdiction
practice in California and the nation.
Consumers in need of legal services will
greatly benefit by implementation of laws
similar to the American Bar Association’s
Model Rules for Multijurisdiction Practice,
which is a primary goal of NAAMJP."
California State Senator Bill Morrow
Vice-Chair Senate Judiciary Committee
Sponsor California Senate Bill 1782