Ohio Gov. Bar. R. 2

As amended through January 10, 2024
Section 2 - Application Procedure
(A) An applicant for a Certificate of Registration as a Foreign Legal Consultant shall file all of the following with the Office of Bar Admissions of the Supreme Court:
(1) A completed application and a character questionnaire on forms furnished by the Office of Bar Admissions, accompanied by a nonrefundable fee of five hundred fifty dollars;
(2) A certificate from the authority in such foreign country having final jurisdiction over admission to the practice of law or professional discipline, certifying as to the applicant's admission to practice and the date thereof, and as to the good standing of such attorney or counselor of law or the equivalent, together with an authenticated English translation of such certificate if it is not in English;
(3) A letter of recommendation from one of the members or a responsible official of the executive body of the authority having final jurisdiction over admission to the practice of law or professional discipline, or from one of the judges of the highest law court of original jurisdiction of the foreign country, together with an authenticated English translation if it is not in English;
(4) Letters of recommendation from at least two attorneys or counselors of law or the equivalent admitted to and practicing in such foreign country, setting forth the length of time, when, and under what circumstances they have known the applicant, and their appraisal of the applicant's character, fitness, and moral qualifications, together with an authenticated English translation if it is not in English;
(5) A letter of recommendation from at least one attorney who is licensed to practice law in the State of Ohio, who is not registered as a Foreign Legal Consultant under this Rule, setting forth the length of time, when, and under what circumstances he or she has known the applicant, and his or her appraisal of the applicant's character, fitness, and moral qualifications;
(6) A copy or summary of the law and customs of the foreign country that describes the opportunity afforded to members of the Bar of Ohio to establish offices for the giving of legal advice to clients in such foreign country, together with an authenticated English translation if it is not in English;
(7) Such other evidence as to the applicant's education, professional qualifications, character, fitness, and moral qualifications as the Supreme Court may require.
(B) When the applicant has filed the documents required by division (A) of this section, the Office of Bar Admissions shall forward a copy of the documents to the admissions committee in the county where the applicant resides or intends to practice as a Foreign Legal Consultant, or to such other admissions committee as the Office of Bar Admissions deems appropriate, in accordance with Gov. Bar R. I, Section 12. The admissions committee shall conduct an investigation of the applicant's character, fitness, and moral qualifications for registration as a Foreign Legal Consultant. In conducting its investigation, the admissions committee shall follow the standards and procedures required by Gov. Bar R. I, Section 12, except that a personal interview of the applicant shall not be required. The admissions committee shall report its recommendation in writing to the Office of Bar Admissions on a form prescribed by the Office. Any recommendation other than an unqualified approval shall be deemed a recommendation that the applicant not be issued a Certificate of Registration. An appeal from such recommendation may be taken as provided in Gov. Bar R. I, Section 13.
(C) The Supreme Court shall determine from the documents filed under division (A) of this section, the report of the admissions committee and, in those instances where it is submitted, the report and recommendation of the Board of Commissioners on Character and Fitness, whether the applicant shall be issued a Certificate of Registration as a Foreign Legal Consultant. The Office of Bar Admissions shall notify the applicant concerning the acceptance or rejection of the application.

Ohio. Gov. Bar. R. 2

Amended April 4, 2020, effective 6/1/2020.