Seals of the Court of Appeals and Superior Court
District of Columbia Courts

Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law

The Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law investigates complaints against persons who are engaging in the unauthorized practice of law. See DC App. R. 49. It also monitors motions made by attorneys from other jurisdictions for permission to appear pro hac vice in the District of Columbia Courts. The Committee has twelve members, eleven of whom are members of the District of Columbia Bar. One member of the committee is a non-attorney, as required by Rule 49.

Forms for Unauthorized Practice Matters

Application for Admission Pro Hac Vice (Form 8) Download
Certification of Practice Pro Bono Publico (Form 9) Download

Articles

How Lawyers Can Avoid the Unauthorized Practice of Law: Simple Steps for Compliance With Rule 49 Download
Important Update: Avoiding the Unauthorized Practice of Law in DC (link to the DC Bar)  

DC App. Rule 49 and Rule 49 Opinions

DC App. Rule 49 and Commentary Download
Opinion 1-98: Compliance With Exception 49(c)(8) Download
Opinion 2-98: Procedure for Application for Admission Pro Hac Vice Under Exception 49(c)(7) Download
Opinion 3-98: Procedure for Practice Pro Bono Publico Under Exception 49(c)(9) Download
Opinion 4-98: Practice of Law by Organizations; Section 49(b)(2)(F) Download
Opinion 5-98: Notices to be Given by Lawyers Having Limited Authority to Practice Law in the District of Columbia: In Directory Listings, Marketing Material, Letterhead, Business Cards, Telephone Listings and the Like Download
Opinion 6-99: Permissible Conduct of Commercial Firms that Place Attorneys on a Temporary Basis With Legal Service Organizations Download
Opinion 7-99: Permissible Practice of Law During the 360 Day Period of Rule 49 (c)(8) Download
Opinion 8-00: Permissible Practice of Foreign Lawyers in the District of Columbia Download
Opinion 9-01: Pro Hac Vice Statements by Lawyers Practicing in the District of Columbia Pursuant to an Exception to Rule 49 Download
Opinion 10-01: Use of the Limited Duration Practice Exception by a Lawyer Who Has Previously Practiced in the District Under Another Exception to Rule 49 Download
Opinion 11-02: Amendments to Disclosure Requirements of Rule 49(c) Download
Opinion 12-02: Supervision of Attorneys Under Rule 49(c) Download
Opinion 13-04: Compliance With Exception 49(c)(4) for DC Government Employees Download
Opinion 14-04: Practice by Foreign Lawyers on an Incidental Basis Download
Opinion 15-05: Holding Out by Foreign Lawyers with Principal Offices in the District of Columbia Download
Opinion 16-05: Compliance with Rule 49 by “Contract” Lawyers in the District of Columbia Download
Opinion 17-06: The Scope of the Federal Court Practice Exception in Rule 49(c)(3) Download
Opinion 18-06: Provision of Pro Bono Services Under the Limited Duration Practice Exception in Rule 49(c)(8) Download
Opinion 19-07: Applicability of Rule 49 to US Legislative Lobbying Download
Opinion 20-08: Limitations on Notice of Bar Status Under Rule 49(c)(8) Download
Opinion 21-12: Applicability of Rule 49 to Discovery Services Companies Download
Opinion 22-17: Use of the Terms "Associate" or "Counsel" as "Holding Out" to Practice Law Download
Advisory Letter Concerning Executive Branch Lobbying Download

Committee Members

Chair
Charles Davant, IV

Vice Chair
Tami L. Taylor

Members
Geoffrey M. Klineberg
Theodore P. Metzler, Jr.
Cynthia Nordone
Matthew J. Herrington
Alexis P. Taylor
John Longstreth
Andres Echeverri
David C. Simmons
Jeff Bartos

Director, Committee on Admissions and the Unauthorized Practice of Law
Shela Shanks

 

Please send application and fee (cashier’s check, certified check or money order, if required) to:
The Committee on Unauthorized Practice of Law
430 E St., NW Rm. 123
Washington, DC 20001

If you have questions or concerns regarding the unauthorized practice of law in the District of Columbia, please email them to CUPL [at] dcappeals.govv.