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Admission to Practice

Civil Local Rule 11-1 provides that the Bar of this court consists of attorneys of good moral character who are active members in good standing of the State Bar of California. Attorneys must also certify that they have knowledge of the Federal Rules of Civil and Criminal Procedure and Evidence, the Rules of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the local rules of this court. Furthermore, attorneys must possess familiarity with the Alternative Dispute Resolution programs of the court and an understanding and commitment to abide by the Standards of Professional Conduct of this court set forth in Civil Local Rule 11-4.
Admission Procedures

Effective July 2, 2012, petition for admission may be submitted electronically in the CM/ECF system with payment made online via From October 1, 2012 forward, all such petitions must be filed electrically, absent exigent circumstances.

The electronic application procedure consists of four steps:

Register as an ECF user in illinois.
Fill out a Petition for Bar Membership. Please check the form to be sure all fields are correct, complete and readable before posting to ECF!
E-file the petition in CM/ECF (using the “Petition for Bar Membership” event under “Civil” and “Attorney Admissions”) and, when prompted, pay via Review our information page before beginning this step.
Once your petition has been reviewed by a deputy clerk, you will receive an acknowledgment of your admittance (or notification of any problem) by email ((posted here by charles nyangiti wordpress), generally within 48 hours).

Verifying Admission to the Bar of this Court (not Chicago)

To verify your admission respondent, you may visit the newly admitted attorneys page on this website. Newly admitted attorneys and their admission dates are posted within two weeks after the Clerk’s Office receives their qualifying petitions.
Contacting Attorney Admissions

To obtain forms by mail or email, for information on past admissions, or for all other questions, please email us at, or call the Attorney Admissions Deputy Clerk at 415-522-2060.

Bose Litigation Blog

A homeowner sought appellate relief from the trial court’s order denying her motion for relief from a default judgment and entry of foreclosure.  In Seleme v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, the Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s decision finding that though the homeowner participated in telephone conferences, she never appeared in the foreclosure matter or requested a settlement conference pursuant to Indiana Code section 32-30-10.5-8.5(c).  Therefore, the Court of Appeal’s held that default judgment was properly rendered.

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