State Rule Change Efforts

MSJDN advocates for licensing accommodations for military spouses, including bar membership without additional examination. Each state supreme court and bar association sets its own rules regarding bar admission in that jurisdiction. Accordingly, we have adopted a state-by-state approach to our advocacy efforts.

We have drafted a Model Rule to assist jurisdictions interested in supporting military families by enacting licensing accommodations for military spouses.

Current Status

States that have passed rule accommodations: Idaho, Arizona.
States currently considering rule accommodations: California, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, and Maryland.

If adopted by state licensing authorities, this would allow military spouse attorneys to practice in the jurisdiction if they are in good standing in another jurisdiction and in the state due to military orders.

Supported by ABA, Conference of Chief Justices, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Military Family Association, and many other nonprofits and associations that support military families.


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