16-17-4.1 Senior emeritus status.
Senior emeritus status.
Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, there is
hereby created emeritus status for members of the State Bar.
Eligibility: A member of the State Bar who is or has maintained active status in the State Bar and
is retired or is retiring from the judiciary or the active practice of law.
Privileges: A lawyer taking emeritus status shall have all the rights and privileges of an active
member of the State Bar except that the lawyer may not practice law except as hereinafter provided:
emeritus status lawyers may represent, on a pro bono basis, only such clients as are referred to the
lawyer by East River Legal Services, Dakota Plains Legal Services, Access to Justice, or such other
pro bono program recognized and approved by the State Bar.*
Dues: Annual dues for emeritus status are such dues as are approved by the Supreme Court from
time to time for inactive status.
Registration: Lawyers taking emeritus status shall file an emeritus registration form prepared by
the Secretary-Treasurer of the State Bar, who shall thereafter advise the legal services programs,
Access to Justice and other approved pro bono referral programs of the availability of the emeritus
lawyer to take pro bono referrals.
* Comment: Emeritus status is intended only to allow a retired judge or lawyer to contribute to
society and the profession by taking pro bono referrals from an approved legal services program.
Representation of friends, neighbors and relatives, even if no fee is charged, is not permitted.
Source: SL 2008, ch 283 (Supreme Court Rule 07-04), eff. Jan. 1, 2008.