Limited Certificate of Admission for Military Spouse Attorneys
Appellate Case No. 2015-001545.
M. Pleicones, C.J., Donald W. Beatty, J., John W. Kittredge,
J., Kaye G. Hearn, J., John Cannon Few, J.
South Carolina Military Spouse JD Network has petitioned the
Court to adopt a rule permitting Military Spouse Attorneys to
be issued a limited certificate of admission in South
Carolina. In recognition of the hardships faced by Military
Spouse Attorneys, who must frequently relocate when their
service member spouses are ordered transferred to new
locations, and after review of similar rules in numerous
other jurisdictions, we grant the request.
accordance with Article V, § 4 of the South Carolina
Constitution, we adopt Rule 430, SCACR, as set forth in the
attachment to this Order. Furthermore, we amend Rules 403 and
410, SCACR, to reflect the adoption of Rule 430. These
amendments are effective May 16, 2016.
430, SCACR, is adopted and provides as follows:
CERTIFICATE OF ADMISSION FOR MILITARY SPOUSE
purpose of this rule is allow military spouse attorneys to
obtain a limited certificate to practice law to represent
clients before a court or administrative tribunal in South
Qualifications for Admission.
Supreme Court may issue a limited certificate of admission to
practice in South Carolina to any person who:
is at least twenty-one (21) years of age;
is a person of good moral character;
has received a JD or LLB degree from a law school which was
approved by the Council of Legal Education of the American
Bar Association at the time the degree was conferred;
has been admitted to practice law in the highest court of
another state, the District of Columbia, or a territory of
the United States;
is a member in good standing in each jurisdiction where the
attorney is admitted to practice law;
has not been disbarred or suspended from the practice of law
and is not the subject of any pending disciplinary proceeding
in any other jurisdiction;
is the dependent spouse of an active duty service member of
the United States Uniformed Services as defined by the
Department of Defense (or, for the Coast Guard when it is not
operating as a service in the Navy, by the Department of
Homeland Security) and the service member is on ...