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2005 Press Releases

(504) 310-2590

MARCH 8, 2005



Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Pascal F. Calogero, Jr. announced the promulgation of changes to Rules 5.5 and 8.5 of the Louisiana Rules of Professional Conduct, as well as the adoption of a new "in-house counsel" rule. The Louisiana Rules of Professional Conduct regulate the ethical conduct of lawyers. The changes to the Rules of Professional Conduct, which were recommended by the Louisiana State Bar Association and its Multijurisdictional Practice Committee:

  • provide limited exceptions to the unauthorized practice of law prohibitions in recognition of the realities of modern day law practices;
  • clarify which state's rules apply when a lawyer's conduct crosses jurisdictional boundaries;
  • clarify the lawyer disciplinary authority of the Supreme Court of Louisiana; and
  • allow lawyers admitted in other jurisdictions to provide certain legal services exclusively to their employer, provided these lawyers obtain a limited license pursuant to the new in-house counsel rule.

The in-house counsel rule establishes a process for non-admitted lawyers who are employed by corporate or associational clients to receive a limited license to allow them to perform legal work for their employers. However, the rule does not allow in-house counsel to make appearances in court as lawyers.

The rule changes become effective on April 1st . However, lawyers who are subject to the in-house counsel rule will have until July 1st to submit their applications.

In-house lawyers who are governed by the new in-house counsel rule should contact Denise Leeper, Administrator of the Committee on Bar Admissions, in order to obtain an application and related materials.

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