National Lawyers Need National Licensing For National Courts

By EJ Hurst II (March 20, 2018, 11:27 AM EDT) -- From coast to coast, national practitioners have tried to loosen cross-state restrictions on the practice of law. Just this February, a number of legal groups asked the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to strike its local rule requiring that, before seeking federal court admission, attorneys first be licensed by the state of California.

Every state can regulate the lawyers who practice its law, of course. Lawyers who practice in several states must be authorized in each state, whether by passing a bar examination, by a motion based on experience and reciprocity agreements, or by associating with a...

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