Rule 2090-1

Attorneys - Admission to Practice

(a) Bankruptcy Court Bar.  Any attorney admitted to practice before the United States District Court, District of Arizona, may practice before the bankruptcy court.

(b) Participation of a Local Attorney.  If an attorney is a member of the bar of this court but does not currently reside in Arizona, the court may require the association of resident local counsel.  If the nonresident attorney fails to respond to any order of the court, for appearance or otherwise, the associated local counsel will have the responsibility and full authority to act for and on behalf of the client in all matters in connection with the case or proceeding, including hearings, pretrial conferences, and trial.

(c) Pro Hac Vice  Practice.  An attorney who is not a member of the bar of the United States District Court, District of Arizona, but who is a member in good standing of the bar of another United States District Court may, upon application and court order, be permitted to appear and participate in a particular case.  Unless authorized by the Constitution of the United States or an Act of Congress, an attorney is not eligible for limited admission pursuant to this rule if (i) the attorney resides in Arizona, (ii) the attorney is regularly employed in Arizona or (iii) the attorney is regularly engaged in the practice of law in Arizona.  Unless otherwise ordered, the applicant shall designate in the application local counsel currently residing in Arizona with whom the court and opposing counsel may readily communicate regarding the conduct of the case.  The application shall also state, under penalty of perjury, whether the applicant has filed with this court any other applications for limited admission or pro hac vice applications within one year preceding the current application and if so, the title and case number of each case in which such application was filed, the date of each application and whether each application was granted or denied.  The application shall also contain the address, e-mail address, telephone number and written consent of the designated local counsel, if any. 

(d) Parties Appearing Without an Attorney.  Any party proceeding without an attorney will be expected to be familiar with and to proceed in accordance with the
rules of practice and procedure of this court and with the appropriate federal rules and statutes that govern the action. 

(e) Change of Address.  An attorney who changes office address must submit a written change of address to the clerk.  Completion and submission of this address change will update the attorney's address in the court’s electronic database.   In those cases where the attorney represents a party other than the debtor, this address change will not update the address on the mailing lists for those cases.  In those cases, to update the address on the mailing list and to give notice of the address change to other attorneys and parties, the attorney must file a notice of change of address in each case.  In cases where the attorney does represent the debtor, the address is updated in the database, and also updated on the mailing lists for those cases.

If the change of address is because the attorney has changed law firms, in each case in which the attorney has appeared and in which the former firm will continue to represent the debtor or other party, a notice must be filed stating that the attorney no longer represents the party and stating who in the firm now represents that party.  For those cases in which the attorney, at the new firm, will continue to represent the debtor or other party, the attorney will remain the attorney of record at the new firm and address.

(f) Student Practice.  Notwithstanding section (a) above, a student duly enrolled in an American Bar Association (ABA) - accredited law school may represent parties in bankruptcy cases or proceedings pending or contemplated to be filed in this court, and may appear in court on behalf of such parties, upon compliance with District Court LRCiv 83.4 “Student Practice Rule” of the United States District Court for the District of Arizona, subject to the following modifications:

(1) The knowledge required by District Court LRCiv 83.4(b)(3) shall include knowledge of the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, the Local Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure for the District of Arizona, and the General Orders of this court; and

(2) The consent form required by District Court LRCiv 83.4(f)(5) shall be filed with the Clerk of the Bankruptcy Court, under the caption of the case in which the student intends to appear, or otherwise presented to the judge presiding over such case, instead of the filing required by District Court LRCiv 83.4(f)(5).


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