Rogers et al v. Wilmington Trust Company et al

Filing 22

ORDER re 20 Pro Hac Vice Application of Thomas L. Allen, signed by Magistrate Judge Stanley A. Boone on 6/29/17. Responses due by 7/7/2017. (Marrujo, C)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 FRIEDA MAE ROGERS, et al., 11 Case No. 1:17-cv-00392-AWI-SAB Plaintiffs, 12 ORDER RE PRO HAC VICE APPLICATION OF THOMAS L. ALLEN v. 13 RESPONSE DUE JULY 7, 2017 WILMINGTON TRUST COMPANY, et al., 14 (ECF No. 20) Defendants. 15 16 The court has read and considered the application of Thomas L. Allen, attorney for 17 18 Defendants, for admission to practice pro hac vice under the provisions of Local Rule 180(b)(2) 19 of the Local Rules of Practice of the United States District Court for this District. (ECF No. 20.) 20 Mr. Allen’s application indicates that he was admitted to practice in Pennsylvania on December 1 21 17, 1980, and in California on July 29, 2003. (ECF No. 20 at 2.) The application indicates that 22 Mr. Allen resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and his business address is in Pittsburgh, 23 Pennsylvania. (ECF No. 20 at 1.) Mr. Allen attached a certificate of good standing from the 24 court in his state of primary practice, Pennsylvania. (ECF No. 20-1.) Local Rule 180(b) states, “(e)xcept as otherwise provided herein, only members of the 25 26 Bar of this Court shall practice in this Court.” Admission to the Bar of this Court is limited to 27 1 A review of the State Bar of California’s website indicates that Mr. Allen is active and may practice law in 28 California. See 1 1 attorneys who are active members in good standing of the State Bar of California. L.R. 180(a). 2 For admission, an application must submit a petition for admission, proof of bar membership, the 3 oath, and the prescribed fee.2 L.R. 180(a)(1)-(3). However, attorneys who are not members of 4 this Court’s Bar may appear pro hac vice. Local Rule 180(b)(2) provides: 5 (2) Attorneys Pro Hac Vice. An attorney who is a member in good standing of, and eligible to practice before, the Bar of any United States Court or of the highest Court of any State, or of any Territory or Insular Possession of the United States, and who has been retained to appear in this Court may, upon application and in the discretion of the Court, be permitted to appear and participate in a particular case. Unless authorized by the Constitution of the United States or an Act of Congress, an attorney is not eligible to practice pursuant to (b)(2) if any one or more of the following apply: (i) the attorney resides in California, (ii) the attorney is regularly employed in California, or (iii) the attorney is regularly engaged in professional activities in California. 6 7 8 9 10 11 L.R. 180(b)(2). It is unclear to the Court why an attorney who is an active member of the State Bar of 12 13 California and eligible to practice law in California would seek or be eligible for admission pro 14 hac vice in this case instead of seeking admission to the Bar of this Court. Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Thomas L. Allen shall file a response on 15 16 or before July 7, 2017, indicating whether he still seeks admission pro hac vice in this case, and 17 if so, why he is seeking admission pro hac vice in this case instead of seeking admission to the 18 Bar of this Court. 19 20 IT IS SO ORDERED. 21 Dated: June 29, 2017 UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2 The Court notes that the fee for admission to practice in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California is $200.00 and the fee for a pro hac vice application is $225.00. 2

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