« on: February 06, 2014, 07:08:44 AM »
Law Dean - thanks for the stats. Note that DC has it right - more admissions by motion than anyone else by far. Most states including California are violating the Commerce Clause by engaging in restraint of interstate trade by erecting barriers to practice and free movement. Surely, one can expect a competent attorney with 5-10 years continuous experience to be able to seamlessly move between jurisdictions. The differences in law between DC and California for example are minimal - at least DC thinks so and permits all California attorneys including non ABA to motion in after 5 years practice. Even going to another commmon law country is not difficult for a seasoned lawyer who can read the rules and statutes.
Apparently the "public" needs protection from lawyers who cannot read or comprehend statutes but then again what bar did they pass I wonder?
Then there is the crazy quilt of federal district court jurisidictions - I can be a member of federal court bar for example in North Dakota but not Nevada - why? Bar protectionism and restraint of trade.