Kansas Pro Hac Vice

Rule 1.10 (Appeals Courts) and Rule 116 (District Courts) of the Kansas Supreme Court Rules provide the rules regarding admission for attorneys licensed in other jurisdictions who are seeking pro hac vice admission.

Supreme Court and Court of Appeals – Rule 1.10

Eligible attorneys are not admitted in Kansas but are regularly engaged in the practice of law in another state, territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia and are in good standing.

Attorneys must associate with a Kansas lawyer of record in the case who is regularly engaged in the practice of law in Kansas and is in good standing. The Kansas lawyer of record must be actively engaged in the conduct of the case, is required to sign all pleadings, documents, and briefs, and must be present at oral argument. Service may be made on the Kansas lawyer as if personally made on the out-of-state attorney.

Attorneys are subject to the order and any disciplinary action of the appellate courts of Kansas.

The Kansas lawyer is required to file a written Motion that includes a Verified Petition by the out-of-state attorney. The fee is $100 for each case. Attorneys employed by a governmental agency or an attorney who represents an indigent party may move for waiver of the fee for good cause shown. A separate motion must be filed in each case.

The motion should be filed at the time of docketing. If the motion relates to briefing or oral argument, the motion should be filed no later than 15 days before the brief due date or oral argument date. The motion and verified petition will be served on all attorneys of record and the out-of-state attorney’s client. The verified statement includes:

  • A statement identifying the party or parties represented;
  • The name, business address, telephone number, and Kansas attorney registration number of local counsel;
  • The applicant’s residence address, business address, and business telephone number;
  • The bars to which the applicant is admitted, the dates of admission, and the applicable attorney registration numbers;
  • A statement that the applicant is a member in good standing of each bar;
  • A statement that the applicant has not been the subject of prior public discipline, including but not limited to suspension or disbarment, in any jurisdiction;
  • A statement that the applicant is not currently the subject of a disciplinary action or investigation in any jurisdiction or, if the applicant is currently the subject of a disciplinary action or investigation, the application shall provide a detailed description of the nature and status of the action or investigation as well as the address of the disciplinary authority in charge; and
  • The case name, case number, and the court in which the applicant has been granted permission to appear pro hac vice in Kansas within the preceding 12 months.

The applicant has a continuing obligation to notify the clerk of the appellate courts if a change occurs in any of the information provided.

It is in the discretion of the appellate court whether to grant or deny the motion.

District Court – Rule 116

Rule 116 is substantially similar to Rule 1.10 and applies to the Kansas district courts and administrative agencies.