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What Makes This State
(And the Practice of Law Within It)
“Different” from the Rest

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Adams and Reese attorney Taylor Brett had his article “Louisiana’s Pro Hac Vice Admission Process: What Makes This State (And the Practice of Law Within It) Different from the Rest” published in the Louisiana Bar Journal, the magazine of the Louisiana State Bar Association.

“The bottom line is that, when working with out-of-state lawyers on a case pending in one of Louisiana’s state courts, Louisiana lawyers should apprise them of the state’s rules governing pro hac vice admission and get the ball rolling on that process as early as possible if the out-of-state lawyer wishes to act as counsel in the case,” Brett writes.

“If there are multiple cases in which an out-of-state lawyer intends to seek pro hac vice admission, the Louisiana lawyer should warn the out-of-state lawyer of the possibility that the court or courts where those cases are pending could deny pro hac vice admission based on the out-of-state lawyer’s ‘frequent appearances’.”

Brett adds that if that presents a problem, then the out-of-state lawyer always has the option to sit for the Louisiana Bar Exam and gain full-time admission.

Brett is an Associate in the Adams and Reese New Orleans office, with a diverse litigation practice representing clients across multiple industries, predominantly in the energy and natural gas sections. Through his practice, Brett tracks civil litigation-related bills introduced during legislative session and notifies clients of the potential effects of the proposed legislation upon passage.

Brett was recently appointed as a Louisiana representative on the DRI Center for Law and Public Policy’s State Legislation and Rules Task Force. The task force monitors legislative and rulemaking developments at the Louisiana state level and around the tort reform landscape. Brett is a frequent author on issues around the Louisiana state court system and legislative issues.