ACC Objects to Washington State In-House Rule

, Corporate Counsel


Washington State is considering a new rule to require in-house counsel there—already licensed to practice in another state—to register with the state bar. The Association of Corporate Counsel, for one, doesn't like it one bit.

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  • Publicus

    Call it what it is - a naked move by the Washington Bar to protect its turf and guarantee more business for its own attorney membership by throwing roadblocks into corporations' use of in-house counsel. Provincialism and greed at its best.

  • Bowen Tucker

    I cannot imagine being part of a corporate law department located in a state in which I was not admitted to practice. That has been the expectation and requirement of the corporations where I have worked. If you are practicing law within a state you should expect to be subject to the rules and professional requirements of that state. The position taken in this letter and article is exactly why corporate counsel are viewed as second-class lawyers not entitled to the same privileges as other lawyers in the state. If you plan to practice law, then live up to the standards for admission to the bar.

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