Expanded military representation rule adopted

Effective Jan. 1, 2013, military attorneys stationed in Ohio will be able to represent lower-ranking service members in Ohio tribunals, after the adoption of a new rule by the Supreme Court of Ohio.

To be considered for the Expanded Legal Assistance Program (ELAP) for Military Attorneys, attorneys would need to meet these criteria:

  • Be admitted to practice in at least one other U.S. jurisdiction;
  • Be employed by, serving in or assigned to the armed forces at an Ohio military installation; and
  • Be authorized to provide legal assistance pursuant to 10 U.S.C. 1044.
Military attorneys seeking this status will need to file an application, submit certificates of good standing and admission and provide an affidavit from their commanding officer with the Office of Attorney Services. They also will need to meet all the requirements governing the practice of law in Ohio, including continuing legal education requirements.

ELAP attorneys would not be required to pay biennial registration fees under Gov. Bar R. VI and would be prohibited from seeking or receiving compensation for their services.

Read the text of the new rule.

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