• Massachusetts In House Lawyers Now Required to Register
  • May 15, 2008
  • Law Firm: Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP - Chicago Office
  • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rule 4:02(9)

    Brief Summary
    Two years after allowing in-house practice under Rule 5.5, Massachusetts has adopted S.J.C. Rule 4:02(9), an annual registration requirement for in-house lawyers. 

    Complete Summary
    The new rule takes effect June 1, 2008, and lawyers will have until July 15, 2008, to register.

    Registering lawyers must still meet the criteria of Rule 5.5(d). In addition, the application must contain certificates of good standing from each jurisdiction in which the attorney is licensed or explain why the attorney is not in good standing. The rule also requires in-house attorneys to limit their Massachusetts practice to in-house work. An authorized representative of the client organization must also sign the registration statement.

    An attorney who subsequently terminates employment with a particular organization must file a supplemental statement of change under Rule 4:02(1), regardless of whether the attorney intends to continue to practice law in Massachusetts.

    Significance of Rule
    This rule is consistent with the important trend toward broader reciprocal admissions. It also allows Massachusetts to keep closer tabs on in-house lawyers.