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LR83_15. Local Counsel: Designation for Service

(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, and other documents and promptly notifying the nonresident attorney of their receipt  and contents. In emergencies, 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

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