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§ 3-1201. General provisions.

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§ 3-1201. General provisions.

   (A) A lawyer admitted to the practice of law in another U.S. jurisdiction or the District of Columbia, not admitted in Nebraska, who is in active status in that jurisdiction, who is employed in Nebraska as counsel exclusively for a single corporation, partnership, association, or other legal entity, as well as any affiliate thereof, whose lawful business consists of activities other than the practice of law or provision of legal services, and who has a continuous presence in the State of Nebraska shall register to act as in-house counsel within 90 days of the commencement of employment as a lawyer under this rule or if currently so employed then within 90 days of the effective date of this rule. Initial registration terminates on December 31 of the year of original application and annual renewal pursuant to § 3-1203 is required thereafter.

   (B) Registration under Neb. Ct. R. §§ 3-1201 to 3-1204 is not a matter of right. At the discretion of the Nebraska Supreme Court, any applicant for such in-house counsel registration may be required to provide proof of good moral character and fitness to practice law by the jurisdiction in which he or she was admitted to practice law or the Supreme Court may procure the character investigation services of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, at the lawyer's expense, in any matter in which substantial questions regarding the lawyer's character or fitness to practice law are implicated.

   (C) Any lawyer not licensed in Nebraska who is employed as in-house counsel in Nebraska on the effective date of Neb. Ct. R. §§ 3-1201 to 3-1204 shall not be subject to discipline under the Nebraska Rules of Professional Conduct, Neb. Ct. R. Prof. Cond. §§ 3-501.0 to 3-508.5, if application for registration is made within 90 days of the effective date.

   (D) Pro bono practice. A lawyer registered under this section is authorized to provide pro bono legal services through an established not-for-profit association, pro bono program or legal services program or through such organizations specifically authorized in Nebraska

§ 3-1201(A) amended April 10, 2013.