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Questions about applying for admission on motion

I am already a licensed attorney, but I am considering apply bigboy09/25/18
I just got into Florida bar (its my third bar admission) and nycatt09/26/18
That is surprising considering that Florida is known for bei bigboy09/26/18
My understanding is they just ask the ten people you list fo nycatt09/27/18
F-ck no. Most states WILL contact your current employer a dingbat09/25/18
I think they pretty much all require a reference from your c drewprocess09/26/18
The thing to keep in mind with reciprocity is that you usual onehell10/08/18
bigboy (Sep 25, 2018 - 5:39 pm)

I am already a licensed attorney, but I am considering applying to the bar of some other states. I have noticed a couple of problems that make applying to other states a bad bargain.

1. Does anyone know of any states where you can apply for admission, but they will agree not to contact your current employer? Nevada is the only state I know of that will agree not to contact your current employer upon request, but I don't believe they allow for admission on motion.

And if even if one is currently unemployed, pretty much all states require you to update your application. So if you are unemployed and apply for admission on motion, and then get a job, you have to notify the bar of your new job, and then the bar tells your current employer that you applied to the bar in State X. I wouldn't want my employer to know I'm applying to the bar in another state.

2. Does anyone know of any states that will process an application for admission on motion quickly? When I applied to Alabama by "UBE transfer", they took seven months to process the application. Seven months! That is ridiculous. How are people supposed to earn a living just sitting around waiting that long for a bar application to process?

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nycatt (Sep 26, 2018 - 3:29 pm)

I just got into Florida bar (its my third bar admission) and they didn't contact my employer as far as I know. My employer knows I took the bar though, and maybe wouldnt have told me, but my buddy from my old firm (100 attorney firm) also took florida bar in secret and the firm definitely didnt find out, because he would have been fired if they did. You cant waive into Florida though.

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bigboy (Sep 26, 2018 - 7:10 pm)

That is surprising considering that Florida is known for being the strictest state when it comes to C & F investigations. When did you and your buddy apply to Florida? Did your buddy tell the Florida bar in advance that he didn't want them to contact his employer, or did he just get lucky?

Maybe I should consider Florida. On the other hand, I have heard horror stories about their C & F committee. If they denied me or gave me a hard time, that could harm my reputation and mess up future subsequent bar applications.

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nycatt (Sep 27, 2018 - 6:54 pm)

My understanding is they just ask the ten people you list for references - five past colleagues and five friends. You can find the answer perhaps in their rules.

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dingbat (Sep 25, 2018 - 9:44 pm)

F-ck no.

Most states WILL contact your current employer as part of C&F. I can’t imagine why Nevada would agree not to.

If you apply for admission on motion and get a new job, you can tell your employer you thought about moving, but your new job is so fantastic you’d rather stay there

2) tough sh-t. Nobody cares about you. One of my bar admissions took 6 months. It is what it is.

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drewprocess (Sep 26, 2018 - 3:45 pm)

I think they pretty much all require a reference from your current employer. Sometimes you can get away with someone other than your boss as an employer reference, but you would always need someone there.

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onehell (Oct 8, 2018 - 2:03 pm)

The thing to keep in mind with reciprocity is that you usually must demonstrate not just a license in good standing from another state, but you ALSO have to verify that you were actively practicing during that time. Standards vary, but a common one is that you have to show that you were actively practicing in the other state for at least 5 out of the last 7 years.

As a practical matter, that would often be impossible to prove without contacting a current employer. So C&F is not the only reason that one's employment matters. It is relevant to eligibility as well.

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