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Supreme Court Adopts Military Spouse Attorney Rule

The Ohio Supreme Court today announced the adoption of amendments that enable an attorney spouse of an active duty member of the U.S. military temporarily stationed in Ohio to be admitted temporarily to the practice law under certain conditions. The amendments take effect July 1.

Changes to the Rules for the Government of the Bar of Ohio outline the eligibility and application requirements, the approval process, and the limitations of the designation. The Supreme Court noted the “unique mobility requirements of military families who support the defense of our nation.” The Court received 56 favorable comments after publishing the proposed amendments late last year.

The Court’s Task Force on Access to Justice and the Ohio State Bar Association recommended the rule adoption. Twenty-one states have adopted a military spouse attorney program.

On an interim basis, the Court adopted amendments to account for military spouses in Ohio seeking to practice law on a temporary basis. As part of the adoption of the final amendments, the Court repealed the temporary amendments.

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