BANKRUPTCY RULE 9010-2

ATTORNEYS

 

(A)    Admission to Practice

The bar of this court shall consist of those attorneys who are admitted to practice and who remain in good standing before the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota. Except to the extent modified by this rule, the standards and requirements of D.N.D. Gen. L.R. 1.3 shall apply.

(B)     Pro Hac Vice Admission

(1)           An attorney who is not admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota may be admitted to practice in a particular bankruptcy case or proceeding pro hac vice by filing a motion with this court seeking admission pro hac vice. Prior to filing the motion the attorney should submit a completed ECF registration form. Guidance on pro hac vice admission is located in the ECF User's Manual.

The filing of a motion to appear pro hac vice is deemed consent to submit to the jurisdiction of the court in matters of discipline and an agreement to comply with the local rules and ECF Administrative Procedures. In addition, the attorney must pay the admission fee listed on the court's fee schedule. Admission to appear pro hac vice is for the limited purposes of a particular case.

(2)           Any attorney representing the United States or any federal agency may practice before this court in any action or proceeding without seeking pro hac vice admission if the attorney is admitted to practice in another federal or state court. The attorney must submit a completed ECF registration form.

(C)    CM/ECF Access Without Admission

An attorney may obtain access to CM/ECF for purposes of monitoring a specific case. Procedures for this limited access are located on the court's website at www.ndb.uscourts.gov.

(D)    Substitution and Withdrawal

Rule 1.3(F), D.N.D. Gen. L.R., shall apply. Guidance on withdrawal or substitution of attorney is available in the ECF User's Manual.

(E)    Appearance Without an Attorney

An entity that is not an individual, including a corporation, partnership or trust, may not file a petition for relief or participate as a debtor, creditor or interested party in any proceeding involving presentation of evidence or argument to the court, without an attorney. This rule does not prohibit an authorized representative of a corporation, partnership or trust from appearing at a meeting of creditors, filing a claim, voting on a Chapter 11 plan or voting to elect a trustee without an attorney.

(F)    Former Law Clerks

An attorney who has been a law clerk to a judge shall not work on a case which was pending before the judge during the clerkship. Breach of this rule may disqualify the attorney and the firm. The employer shall implement procedures so the attorney does not work on cases pending during the clerkship. For one year after a clerk leaves the judge's employ, the clerk shall not work on any newly-filed case assigned to the judge.