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UPL concerns with WFH - mixed signals?

Post by Anonymous User » Tue Sep 14, 2021 8:49 pm

So is remote work from a state in which you are NOT barred allowed on a firm-by-firm basis? From what I'm reading, seems like the ABA rules will allow remote work so long as the attorney (1) does not represent him/herself as being barred in the state and (2) only works with clients based in the state that he/she is barred in (what this means for MNCs and large corporate clients, I have no idea...nerve center?).

I guess from an associate perspective, if the website simply makes one look as though they are based in their barred state and makes no mention of where he/she actually lives, there should be no problems?

Seems like some firms are looking to hire remote only if the worker is located in a state in which the firm does not have a presence. Others don't specify and are flexible.

All of this is to say, f- the bar exam and I'm not taking it again if I can help it. Anyone have experience looking to work from another state that he/she is not barred in? What was the firm's response? Would going into work at the local office branch count as "holding yourself out" under the ethics rules?


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