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Step 1 - Register as Pro Hac Vice Attorney

This process permits out-of-state attorneys who desire to appear in an Iowa case under Iowa Court Rule 31.14 (the pro hac vice rule), to register with the Office of Professional Regulation (OPR) and pay a fee of $250. Registration and payment of the fee are conditions precedent to an application to appear pro hac vice before an Iowa court or administrative agency. Out-of-state attorneys for purposes of rule 31.14 include an attorney licensed in another US state, territory, or the District of Columbia, or a foreign legal consultant registered in another US state, territory, or the District of Columbia.

An out of state attorney desiring to appear pro hac vice in an Iowa case is required to submit the information requested during the next step (Step 2) and then pay a fee of $250 that is deposited in the Client Security Trust Fund. The registration and fee payment allow the registering attorney to apply to appear pro hac vice in Iowa cases, subject to the limits and requirements of Iowa Court Rule 31.14, for a period of up to five years. Attorneys who register and pay the fee appear in the OPR database with the status of "Pro Hac Vice." They do not have any annual reporting or continuing legal education (CLE) responsibilities. The database of attorneys who have registered and paid the fee is searchable using the attorney search capabilities on the Supreme Court Commissions / Office of Professional Regulation (SCC/OPR) web site.

Registration has an expiration date of five years. Once that five year period has expired, an out-of-state attorney may submit a new registration and fee payment and acquire a new five year period in which to make pro hac vice applications. All registrations - the first one with its expiration period, and any subsequent registrations with their expiration dates - are visible in the database to persons searching the pro hac vice registrations.

Click "Continue" if you want to continue to Step 2 to register, or "Back to Front" Page to return to the SCC/OPR front page.

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