In May we reported that the D.C. Bar Board of Governors had submitted proposed amendments to certain provisions of Court of Appeals Rule 46. This Rule governs admission of non-ABA-accredited law school graduates, including foreign-educated individuals, to the D.C. Bar. Michael Rybak, Senior Staff Attorney of the Office of Regulation Counsel at the D.C. Bar has been in touch to inform ICLR members that on May 31, 2018, the D.C. Court of Appeals published a notice for public comment on the D.C. Bar’s proposed amendments to Rule 46. Written comments are invited from interested parties, including other legal regulators who may be particularly keen to address the following questions:
- (1) To what extent, if any, should considerations of reciprocity play a role in the admission of foreign-educated lawyers to the D.C. Bar?
- (2) Should the rules permitting admission to the bar of graduates of domestic law schools not accredited by the American Bar Association be different from the rules applicable to graduates of foreign non-accredited law schools?
Views must be submitted to the Court of Appeals by July 31, 2018.
Read the Court’s notice for public comment (M-261-18) and other relevant materials here.