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Importance of local counsel for non-Pittsburgh litigants

The legal profession is notable for having a language all its own. Actually, it's not so much that it has its own language as that it continues to rely on a language (Latin) that is not in widespread use. There's even a little irony in this fact. Latin became the common legal language when the Roman Empire set the boundaries of what was then the known world. Today, the whole globe is the known world and Latin maintains its presence in the legal world.

While business and commerce takes place across myriad state and international borders, legal issues, including those that might be related to employment or transaction disputes, are dealt with at the local level. To be sure that these issues get handled in the most effective manner, it makes sense that you seek the help of someone who knows the local court system. The United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania considers this so important that out of state attorneys hire local counsel who move the Court for their pro hac vice admission, which means, for this occasion.

To meet the pro hac vice admission standard:

  • The attorney must be admitted to practice in the district court of the state in which he or she is admitted and be a member in good standing of the bar.
  • The attorney must attest by affidavit to being in active practice in his or her home state and to reviewing the local rules of the court to which he or she seeks temporary practice privileges.

These are requirements for out of state attorneys with cases in the Western District of Pennsylvania in Allegheny County. Local counsel services may also be needed if you are dealing with an employee discrimination complaint before the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission or the Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations. Whether you are called before the Western District of Pennsylvania or a Pennsylvania administrative agency, the Kisner Law Firm has the skill and experience to assist litigants and their out of state counsel in appearances before the local courts and agencies. 

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