Licensing Changes Made for Attorneys With Military Spouses

military attorneysIn late September, the state adopted Rule 15.1 which will reduce the licensing barriers for attorneys with military spouses in this specific sort of predicament.

The “Special Authorization for Military Spouse Attorneys” rule gives attorneys the okay to practice law in the state if they meet the following requirements:

  • he/she is a member in good standing of the Bar of another state;
  • he/she must practice under the direct supervision of a member of the Maryland Bar;
  • he/she has not failed the Maryland Bar exam or other attorney examination; and
  • he/she has not been denied an admission to the Maryland bar in the past based on character or fitness grounds.

Maryland is now the fifteenth jurisdiction to pass this ruling in the United States. Others states who have likewise followed suit include Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas, and Indiana.

However, Maryland is only one of the four states that requires some form of supervision by a local attorney. Under this provisional license, a military spouse attorney may practice law in Maryland for two years during their military assignment in Maryland or a contiguous state, as long as the military spouse is associated with an attorney licensed in Maryland.

The law will become effective on January 1, 2016.

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Erika Kubik

Erika Kubik

Former Communications Specialist at Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism
Erika is the former Communications Specialist for the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. She successfully developed strategies to increase 2Civility’s social presence across channels. As a recent graduate of Bradley University, Erika received her Bachelor of Arts studying Public Relations and Social Media Marketing where her passion for writing and brand development took flight. Outside of the office, Erika works to develop her own personal brand as she takes on Chicago for the first time having grown up just outside of the Greater St. Louis area. Though she may not be accustomed to the deep dish pizza as a Celiac, she has found the Windy City to be quite accommodating to her active lifestyle as a runner and fitness fanatic.
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