(a) Designation. An attorney not having an office within
this District (“nonresident attorney”) may appear
before this Court only upon having designated as local counsel a member of the bar of this Court
having an office within
this District upon whom service
of papers may be made. Such designation shall be made at the time
the initial notice or
pleading is filed by the nonresident attorney. Local counsel shall file an appearance but is not required to participate in the case
beyond performance of the duties identified in section (c).
(b)Penalties. Where a nonresident attorney tenders documents without
the required designation of local counsel,
the Clerk shall process them as if the designation were filed
and shall promptly notify the
attorney in writing that the designation must be made within 30 days.
If the attorney fails to file the designation within that time, the documents filed
by the attorney may be stricken
by the court.
(c) Duties of Local Counsel. Local counsel shall
be responsible for receiving service of notices, pleadings,
other documents and promptly
notifying the nonresident attorney of their receipt and contents.
local counsel may appear on behalf of the nonresident attorney. This
rule does not require local
counsel to handle any substantive
aspects of the litigation. Nor does the rule require
local counsel to sign any pleading,
motion or other paper (See Fed.R.Civ.P. 11).
Amended December 23, 2016