16-18-2 Attorney licensing--Non-resident attorneys--"Pro hac vice" admission on motion--...
Attorney licensing--Non-resident attorneys--"Pro hac vice" admission on motion--Requirements.
A nonresident attorney, although not licensed to practice law in the State of South
Dakota, but licensed in another jurisdiction within the United States, may, after first complying with
the requirements hereinafter set forth, participate in the trial or hearing of any particular cause in this
state, provided a resident practicing attorney of this state, a member of the State Bar of South
Dakota, is actually employed and associated and personally participates with such nonresident
attorney in such a trial or hearing. If such admission is sought to any court of this state by a
nonresident attorney, the applicant shall first file with the court wherein he or she seeks admission
a written sworn motion requesting admission. The motion shall contain
The post-office address of the nonresident attorney;
The office address of an attorney of this state with whom the nonresident attorney is
associated in the trial;
A statement that the nonresident attorney is a member in good standing of the bar of the
state of his residence;
A statement that the nonresident attorney has not been the subject of disciplinary action
by the bar or courts of the state of his residence or of any state during the preceding five
A statement that the nonresident attorney has not been denied admission to the courts of
any state or to any federal court during the preceding five years;
A statement that the applicant is familiar with the rules of the State Bar of South Dakota
governing the conduct of members of the State Bar of South Dakota, and will at all times
abide by and comply with the same so long as such trial or hearing is pending, and he or
she has not withdrawn as counsel therein;
A statement that the nonresident attorney:
has completed an application for a South Dakota Sales and Use Tax License or that
such license has been issued to the nonresident attorney by the South Dakota
Department of Revenue; or
is not in private practice and is appearing on behalf of an employer for whom said
nonresident attorney is employed on a full time basis and that such appearance in
the courts of South Dakota is part of said nonresident attorney's duties without
additional compensation being paid for such appearance.
The motion of the nonresident attorney seeking admission shall be accompanied by a fee of two
hundred dollars and a motion of the resident practicing attorney of this state within whom he or she
shall be associated in the trial or hearing of a particular cause, which shall contain a statement that
the resident attorney finds the applicant to be a reputable attorney and recommends his or her
admission to practice before the court.
The judge may examine the nonresident attorney to satisfy himself that the nonresident attorney
is aware of and will observe the ethical standards required of attorneys of this state. If the judge is
not satisfied that the nonresident attorney is a reputable attorney and will observe the ethical
standards required of attorneys in this state, he may in his discretion deny the motion. If the motion
is not granted, the clerk shall refund the two hundred dollar fee. If the motion is granted, the clerk
shall remit one hundred dollars to such fund as may be hereafter designated by the Supreme Court
for the benefit of the Unified Judicial System and one hundred dollars to the State Bar.
If after admission to practice in this state, the nonresident attorney engages in professional
misconduct as that term is defined by the rules governing the State Bar of South Dakota, the
admitting judge may revoke his or her admission to practice and may cite him or her for contempt.
In addition, the admitting judge may refer the matter to the disciplinary board of the State Bar or
other proper authority as is deemed necessary and desirable.
The filing of a motion requesting admission to a court of this state by a nonresident attorney shall
constitute his or her submission to the jurisdiction of the disciplinary board of the State Bar and the
county in which the court is located shall be considered the county of his or her residence for the
purpose of determining venue in any disciplinary action taken against him or her.
The appearance of a nonresident attorney, unlicensed in the State of South Dakota, in an
administrative hearing under chapter 1-26 shall be in accordance with the requirements of this
section and subject to the approval of the circuit court for the county in which the hearing takes place
or the circuit court for Hughes County, South Dakota.
Source: SDC 1939 & Supp 1960, § 32.1102; Supreme Court Rule 75-6; Supreme Court Rule 78-1,
Rule XX (a); SL 1991, ch 430 (Supreme Court Rule 90-7); SL 1995, ch 316 (Supreme Court Rule
95-9); Supreme Court Rule 95-11; SL 2004, ch 331 (Supreme Court Rule 04-04), effective July 1,
2004; SL 2011, ch 1 (Ex. Ord. 11-1), § 161, eff. Apr. 12, 2011.