United States District Court
Eastern District of New York
Local Civil Rule 1.3. Admission to the Bar
Requirements for Admission
Fee
Scheduling Admission Ceremonies
Update Previously Entered Information
Local Civil Rule 1.3. Admission to the Bar
From: Local Rules of the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
Effective April 15, 1997 including Amendments through February, 09 2011

                 (a) A member in good standing of the bar of the state of New York, or a member in good standing of the bar of the United States District Court in Connecticut or Vermont and of the bar of the State in which such district court is located, provided such district court by its rule extends a corresponding privilege to members of the bar of this court, may be admitted to practice in this court on compliance with the following provisions:
                 In the first instance, each applicant for admission is required to file an application for admission in electronic form on the Court's Web site (www.nyed.uscourts.gov). This one application will be utilized both to admit and then to provide the applicant to the bar of this Court with a password and login for use on the court's Electronic Case Filing (ECF) system. The applicant shall adhere to all applicable rules of admission.
                 The applicant shall (a) complete the application on-line, (b) submit the application electronically, (c) print and sign a copy of the application, and (d) file the printed application and fee with the clerk, together with a certificate(s) of good standing and a supporting affidavit(s).
                 After submitting the application in electronic form, each applicant for admission shall file with the clerk, at least ten (10) days prior to hearing (unless, for good cause shown, the judge shall shorten the time), the signed paper copy of the verified written petition for admission stating: (1) applicant's residence and office address; (2) the time when, and courts where, admitted;
(3) applicant's legal training and experience; (4) whether applicant has ever been held in contempt of court, and, if so, the nature of the contempt and the final disposition thereof; (5) whether applicant has ever been censured, suspended, disbarred or denied admission or readmission by any court, and, if so, the facts and circumstances connected therewith; (6) that applicant has read and is familiar with (a) the provisions of the Judicial Code (Title 28, U.S.C.) which pertain to the jurisdiction of, and practice in, the United States District Courts; (b) the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure; ) the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure; (d) the Federal Rules of Evidence; (e) the Local Rules of the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York; and (f) the New York State Lawyer's Code of Professional Responsibility as adopted from time to time by the Appellate Divisions of the State of New York; and (7) that applicant will faithfully adhere to all rules applicable to applicant's conduct in connection with any activities in this court.
                 The petition shall be accompanied by a certificate of the clerk of the court for each of the states in which the applicant is a member of the bar, which has been issued within thirty (30) days and states that the applicant is a member in good standing of the bar of that state court. The petition shall also be accompanied by an affidavit of an attorney of this court who has known the applicant for at least one year, stating when the affiant was admitted to practice in this court, how long and under what circumstances the attorney has known the applicant, and what the attorney knows of the applicant's character and experience at the bar. Such petition shall be placed at the head of the calendar and, on the call thereof, the attorney whose affidavit accompanied the petition shall personally move the admission of the applicant. If the petition is granted, the applicant shall take the oath of office and sign the roll of attorneys.
                 A member of the bar of the state of New York, Connecticut, or Vermont who has been admitted to the bar of this court pursuant to this subsection and who thereafter voluntarily resigns from membership in the bar of the state pursuant to which he was admitted to the bar of this court, and who does not within 30 days of that voluntary resignation file an affidavit with the clerk of this court indicating that such person remains eligible to be admitted to the bar of this court pursuant to other provisions of this subsection (as because he is still a member of the bar of another eligible state and, where applicable, a corresponding district court), shall be deemed to have voluntarily resigned from the bar of this court as of the same date the member resigned from the bar of the underlying state, provided that such resignation shall not be deemed to deprive this court of jurisdiction to impose discipline on this person, pursuant to Rule 1.5 infra, for conduct preceding the date of such resignation.
                 (b) A member in good standing of the bar of either the Southern or Eastern District of New York may be admitted to the bar of the other district without formal application (1) upon filing in that district a certificate of the Clerk of the United States District Court for the district in which the applicant is a member of the bar, which has been issued within thirty (30) days and states that the applicant is a member in good standing of the bar of that court and (2) upon taking the oath of office, signing the roll of attorneys of that district, and paying the fee required in that district.
                 (c) A member in good standing of the bar of any state or of any United States District Court may be permitted to argue or try a particular case in whole or in part as counsel or advocate, upon motion and upon filing with the Clerk of the District Court a certificate of the court for each of the states in which the applicant is a member of the bar, which has been issued within thirty (30) days and states that the applicant is a member in good standing of the bar of that state court. Only an attorney who has been so admitted or who is a member of the bar of this court may enter appearances for parties, sign stipulations or receive payments upon judgments, decrees or orders.
                 (d) If an attorney who is a member of the bar of this court, or who has been authorized to appear in a case in this court, changes his or her residence or office address, the attorney shall immediately notify the clerk of the court, in addition to serving and filing a notice of change of address in each pending case in which the attorney has appeared.
                 [Source: Former Local General Rule 2.]
Requirements for Admission
  1. Fill out the Petition for Admission form with your registration information. Please enter and verify all required information for petitioner. If you need any help filling out the form you can call the Intake Section (Brooklyn Courthouse) at 718-613-2285 OR the Intake Section (Central Islip Courthouse) at 631-712-6030.
    Any deficient petitions will be returned for correction.
  2. Click 'SUBMIT' button to submit your information OR 'CLEAR' button to clear form contents.
  3. The completed Petition for Admission Form will be displayed on your screen. Print the form by clicking on the printer icon in the Adobe Acrobat reader. (All forms are displayed full screen in PDF format. This allows you to print the full page on your printer.)
  4. Please provide a suggested date of admission and attach certificates of good standings which are in-compliance with Local Civil Rule 1.3 (issued w/in 30 days of filing paper copy of petition).
  5. Submit your completed forms to the direct attention of the Attorney Admission Clerk below at whichever location is more convenient to yourself and sponsor.
Brooklyn Courthouse
Intake Section
225 Cadman Plaza East
Brooklyn, NY 11201
718-613-2285
Central Islip Courthouse
Intake Section
Attorney Admission Clerk
100 Federal Plaza
Central Islip, NY 11722
631-712-6030
* You will be contacted by the Court to confirm your admission date.
Fee
At its September 2011 session, the Judicial Conference of the United States approved changes to the miscellaneous fee schedule for the District Courts.
These changes will take effect on November 1st, 2011, and will apply to all transactions occurring on or after that date.
Each applicant upon admission to practice in the Eastern District of New York shall pay to the Clerk
  • $176.00 the statutory admission fee
  • $10.00 the Court Purpose fund fee
  • $10.00 fee for the Pro Bono Fund
    for a total of $196.00.
Please add an additional fee of $18.00 for a duplicate certificate of admission or certificate of good standing
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FEE IS TO BE PAID ON THE DATE OF ADMISSION, AND IS NOT TO BE INCLUDED WITH YOUR PETITION FOR ADMISSION
All checks received prior to the admission date will be returned to the sender.
Scheduling Admission Ceremonies
Admissions are held in each of the Courthouses according to the following schedule:
    Brooklyn, Every Friday at 9:30 a.m. 718-613-2285
    Central Islip, Third Wednesday of every month at 2:00 p.m. 631-712-6030

YOU AND YOUR SPONSOR MUST BE ABLE TO APPEAR FOR THE HEARING DATE THAT YOU SELECT FOLLOWING THE SCHEDULE ABOVE.

PETITIONS FOR ADMISSION MUST BE RECEIVED AT LEAST TEN (10) DAYS PRIOR THE ADMISSION DATE YOU HAVE SELECTED.
Update Previously Entered Information
If you would like to change any previously entered data
    - select 'Update My Previously Entered Information' option from the Application for Admission to Practice page;
    - enter your first and last names, barcode, and Zip Code of your office(firm) location;
    - press button 'Submit'.
Form populated with previously entered data will appear on your screen.
    - make necessary changes;
    - press button 'UPDATE'.
Completed Petition for Admission will be displayed on your screen in a new browser window.
Print this form and submit it by mail to the direct attention of the Attorney Admission Clerk at whichever location (Brooklyn or Central Islip) is more convenient to yourself and sponsor.

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