Pro Hac Vice Admission

Pro Hac Vice Admission

An attorney who is not a member of the bar of this Court may appear and practice before this Court pro hac vice. The attorney seeking to practice pro hac vice before this Court, must have local counsel who is a member of the Court’s bar:

  1. file an appearance on the case (civil or criminal); and
  2. file a motion to appear pro hac vice on behalf of the attorney to be admitted

In order to be admitted to the bar of this court pro hac vice, the motion cannot be filed by the attorney seeking admission but must be signed and filed by a member in good standing of the bar of this court. It is the duty of the moving attorney to first verify the bar admission status of the attorney he or she is sponsoring for admission to the court pro hac vice.

The motion must be accompanied by a Certification stating that the attorney seeking pro hac vice:

  • is a member of the bar in good standing in every jurisdiction where admitted to practice.
  • has no disciplinary proceedings pending against them.
  • is familiar with the Local Rules of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Refer to Local Rule 83.5.3.
  • include a full address of the attorney seeking admission, including a phone number.

A filing fee is required with the filing of the motion for each attorney seeking admission. The amount of the fee is posted on the court's fee schedule and is not refundable should the motion be denied.

The court may at any time revoke pro hac vice admission for good cause without a hearing. An attorney permitted to practice before this Court pro hac vice in a particular action shall at all times remain associated in the action with a member of the bar of this court. All process, notices, and other papers shall be served on the attorney admitted pro hac vice and on the member of the bar of this court. The attendance of the member of the bar of this court is required at all proceedings, unless excused by the Court.