Letter From the President Of The Research Triangle Area Chapter Of The Association of Corporate Counsel

2005-11-01 01:00

To the Readers Of The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel :

The Research Triangle Area and Charlotte Chapters joined ACC in its brief amicus curiae filed in the Fourth Circuit in August 2005, supporting and elaborating upon the practical implications posed by Steven Morrison, Appellee in Morrison v. Board of Law Examiners of the State of North Carolina . ACC has a long history of involvement in unauthorized practice of law cases involving in-house counsel, and has worked closely with the American Bar Association and state regulatory authorities in furtherance of reforms that seek to align state licensing requirements with the realities of modern, multi-jurisdictional corporate legal practice. It and its local chapters intervened in the Morrisoncase as amicus curiae, believing the case raises profound implications of interest to its members and their corporate clients, many of which are multistate and, indeed, multinational. The Morrisoncase concerns a challenge to the application of a North Carolina rule that would prevent Mr. Morrison from being admitted in North Carolina because he did not practice in his state of licensure (the comity state) for four of the last six years preceding his motion for admission by comity. The District Court ruled in his favor, finding that North Carolina's comity requirement has no rational connection with the state's interest to ensure that only competent attorneys are admitted to practice in the state, and, therefore, this requirement is an unconstitutional barrier to a lawyer's rights to travel and practice law. No one can seriously question that technological advances and the global economy have transformed transactions and the representation of corporate clients. Clearly, neither attorneys nor the clients they serve should suffer the effects of outdated practice barriers.

Along with the members of ACC's Research Triangle Area Chapter, I encourage you to join our efforts and enhance your professional and leadership skills. We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events. To find out more about our chapter and its planned events, please visit our website at www.acca.com.


Brian Klemm