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Oregon Bar Examiners Propose Rule Change: Request Reciprocity Admission

The Chair of the Oregon Committee of Bar Examiners, the Hon. Jill Tanner, writes: “One of the primary duties of a lawyer is to protect the public interest – to ensure that justice is served and that laws are followed. But how can a lawyer effectively protect the common good in a world of change? Oregon’s current rule allows reciprocal admission only with Alaska, Idaho, Utah and Washington. Each of those states is one of the qualifying jurisdictions in the proposed rule. If the rule is enacted, Oregon attorneys could seek admission in 37 qualifying jurisdictions without taking another bar examination. In addition, attorneys licensed in those same qualifying jurisdictions would be allowed to be licensed in Oregon without taking the Oregon bar examination. California is not one of the qualifying jurisdictions because it does not grant reciprocal admission on motion. Judge Hatter writes: “economic protectionism created by barriers to entry may invite constitutional challenges, and it shows little concern for those whom attorneys should serve. Finally, there is no evidence that a disproportionate number of disciplinary matters arise when attorneys are admitted without taking another bar examination.” All written comments should be directed to the Oregon Supreme Court in care of the Board of Bar Examiners to admission-on-motion@osbar.org. Written comments must be received no later than 5 p.m, Thursday, Oct. 1. http://www.osbar.org/publications/bulletin/09jun/member.html

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