An advocacy group for lawyers is challenging how the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia admits out-of-state lawyers to the court's bar.
The National Association for the Advancement of Multijurisdiction Practice, a public benefit corporation based in Los Angeles, filed a complaint on Dec. 10 in the federal trial court in Washington challenging the rules for out-of-state lawyers. The association claims a rule limiting which lawyers can waive in—based on what other bars they belong to—is discriminatory.
The federal court in Washington allows lawyers to waive in if they belong to a federal court bar that allows members of the D.C. court to waive in. According to the court's website, 25 of the 94 U.S. district courts nationwide offer reciprocal admission to members of the D.C. court's bar. The 25 courts are located in 15 states.