Arizona offers special admission for spouses of military personnel and allows certain practices following a major disaster.
Rule 38(i) of the Arizona Supreme Court Rules allows temporary admission for spouses of military personnel.
Attorneys must advise clients that they are admitted under the military spouse exception and associate with local Arizona counsel before appearing in court. Attorneys must also complete 15 hours of CLE credit on Arizona practice, procedure and ethics.
Provisional licenses are valid for one year and may be renewed.
The attorney must cease all activities and may have their license terminated when:
Rule 39 of the Arizona Supreme Court Rules and the comments to that rule govern temporary admission for out-of-state attorneys following a major disaster.
In rare circumstances, the Arizona Supreme Court may declare a major disaster has occurred that affects all or part of the Arizona judicial system or the judicial system in another jurisdiction (as determined by the highest court in that jurisdiction) that has caused people in need of legal services to reside in Arizona. Following such a major disaster, out-of-state attorneys in good standing may be granted temporary admission for pro bono services. The pro bono legal services are supervised by a non-profit bar association or organization specifically designed by the Arizona Supreme Court. In addition, displaced attorneys from the affected region, that are in good standing, may provide temporary legal services in Arizona that arise out of or reasonably relate to the attorney’s practice in his or her home jurisdiction.
The temporary authorization ends 60 days after the Arizona Supreme Court determines the conditions causing the major disaster have ended. Attorneys representing clients in Arizona may continue their representation as reasonably necessary to complete the representations but cannot retain new clients.
Attorneys allowed to practice under this rule may not make court appearances except as otherwise provided under Arizona’s Pro Hac Vice requirements or the court grants blanket permission under this major disaster rule. Attorneys are subject to disciplinary procedures and the Arizona Rules of Professional Conduct. Attorneys licensed in other jurisdictions must also notify clients in Arizona of where they are licensed to practice law, the limits of their authorization, and that they are not licensed to practice law in Arizona except under the major disaster rule.
Attorneys are required to file for registration with Arizona Supreme Court Clerk within 30 days of the commencement of such legal services.