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District of Utah
Honorable Ted Stewart, Chief Judge   |   D. Mark Jones, Clerk


The attorney admissions process is governed by DUCivR 83-1.1. Attorneys who wish to practice in the U.S. District Court or Bankruptcy Court for the District of Utah, must be active members in good standing of the Bar of the District Court or be approved by the Court to appear pro hac vice on a case-by-case basis.

Admission to the Bar of this Court

As is set forth in the DUCivR 83-1.1(b)(1), an attorney must be an active member in good standing of the Utah State Bar to become a member of the Bar of this Court.

All applicants:
To apply for admission to the Court's Bar, resident and non-resident applicants must seek a sponsor who is an active member of the Court's Bar to move the applicant's admission. The movant may accompany the applicant to the attorney admission proceeding and make an oral motion to the Court for the applicant's admission. If the movant cannot attend the proceeding, a written motion may be submitted for the oral motion. To schedule an attorney admission proceeding, contact the attorney admissions clerk at (801) 524-6100. Applicants also must complete a registration card, sign the attorney roll book, and pay a $176 fee at the time of admission. Checks should be made payable to "Clerk, US District Court."

Non-resident attorney applicants may either schedule an attorney admission proceeding before a district judge of this Court or request approval to have the attorney oath administered by a federal trial or appellate court judge in another federal district or circuit. To take the attorney oath before a judge outside of this district, the applicant's sponsor, an active member of this Court's Bar, should submit a motion to this Court requesting that the applicant be admitted to the Bar of this Court. The motion should include the reasons for seeking nonresident admission. Along with the motion, the applicant must submit:

  1. a proposed order authorizing a U.S. district or circuit court judge to administer the oath of admission to the applicant;
  2. a completed admission card; and
  3. the $176.00 initial admission fee.

Non-resident attorney admission applications should be sent to:

ATTN: Attorney Admissions
U.S. District Court
United States Courthouse
351 S West Temple, Room 1.100
Salt Lake City, Utah, 84101

After the applicant has taken the oath of admission, the applicant must submit an affidavit to the Court indicating the date the applicant was sworn in and the name and district/circuit of the judge who administered the oath of admission. Upon receipt of that information, an admission certificate will be issued by the Clerk of Court. When next in Salt Lake City, the newly admitted non-resident attorney should visit the Clerk's Office to sign the Court's attorney roll.

Admission Pro Hac Vice

Instructions and Forms

Attorneys who are not members of this Court's Bar may practice before this Court only after having been admitted pro hac vice pursuant to DU.Civ. Rule 83-1.1 (d). Non-resident attorneys who wish to be admitted must associate local counsel to sponsor their temporary admission. Local counsel shall move the admission of the pro hac counsel, and substitute in court if required. Local Counsel must file the following with the court:

  1. Motion by local counsel for admission of the pro hac vice attorney
    This may be filed electronically (under Motions, Admission Pro Hac Vice) and the $15.00 fee paid online.
  2. Attached to the motion as an exhibit is the completed application for admission pro hac vice completed by the attorney seeking admission
  3. Also attached as an exhibit should be a proposed order admitting the attorney.

Local counsel shall encourage pro hac vice attorneys to submit their electronic filing registration form as an exhibit to the application, noting that, if the pro hac vice attorney is a registered electronic filer in any other federal court, he or she will be given a Utah login and password upon submission of the application form.

The forms and fees must be paid for each case to which the attorney seeks admission. Attorneys for the United States from other districts are exempt from the payment of the $15.00 fee but must comply with the other requirements of the rule.

Law Student Admissions

Law students may enter an appearance in any civil or misdemeanor case before the Court if they meet the requirements set forth in DUCivR 83-1.6. Law students appearing before the Court must be supervised by an attorney who is an active member of the Court's Bar; have the client's written permission to appear on the client's behalf; and be certified in writing by an official of their law school as having good character and the necessary qualifications to provide the legal representation permitted by DUCivR 83-1.6. A Supervision Attorney Consent form, a Client Consent form, and a Law School Certification form must be submitted to the Court before the law student may enter an appearance.