Pro Hac Vice -- Not for Locals Anymore!

Question:  Can an attorney who lives and practices in South Florida seek pro hac vice admission to the SD FL?

Answer:  Not really.
Ms. Centorino certifies that she is a member in good standing of the Florida state bar but not a member of the bar of this Court. D.E. 41 at 4. However, the Court notes that Ms. Centorino also resides and practices within this District. Rule 4 of the Special Rules Governing the Admission and Practice of Attorneys before this Court specifically provide that “[a]ttorneys residing and practicing within this District are expected to be members of the bar of this Court.” Ms. Centorino has not demonstrated why the Court should depart from this rule in her case, and therefore, the Court DENIES her pro hac vice motion.
Hmm, but what if your practice is limited to state court and you only appear in federal court infrequently?

You still have to pay the $201 admission fee (but no test anymore!).

In other news, now you have to be civil to each other.

"I guess what I'm trying to say is, if I can change, and you can change, everybody can change!"


  1. I respectfully dissent. The Rule doesn't say that attorneys residing and practicing in this district must be members of the S.D. Fla. and may not appear pro hac vice. It states only that they are expected to be members of the bar. This attorney may be out of a client now, which would be unfortunate.

    A more equitable order would be to permit the attorney to appear pro hac vice but require her to become a member of the bar by a certain date. Additionally, the S.D. Fla. just lost a couple hundred bucks.

  2. Seems mean spirited.

  3. I do not have to be civil to anyone. Especially the idiot dwarf Scalia. "If we can't have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we against murder?"

    Great legal mind? This turd would be stumped by Sesame Street's "One of these things is not like the other" song.

  4. I always luv the comments left by Godwhacker!!

  5. "The idiot dwarf" should now be the permanent prefix to Scalia's name.

  6. No offense meant to non-idiot dwarfs.

  7. Not a huge Dershowitz fan, but he nailed it on Bush v. Gore, perhaps the low point of Scalia's legacy (and that's saying a lot):

    "[T]he decision in the Florida election case may be ranked as the single most corrupt decision in Supreme Court history, because it is the only one that I know of where the majority justices decided as they did because of the personal identity and political affiliation of the litigants. This was cheating, and a violation of the judicial oath."

  8. Correction, that should be "perhaps the low point of the idiot dwarf Scalia's legacy"

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