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The Indiana Supreme Court has opened the Hoosier State’s doors to Hurricane Katrina-displaced attorneys from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. And it has opened them wider and holding them open longer than Texas, Arkansas, Florida and Arizona, the four other states that have so far temporarily waived their admissions requirements. Indiana Chief Justice Randall Shepard, the president of the Conference of Chief Justices (CCJ), e-mailed his peers last week and asked their courts to consider allowing some form of temporary practice for attorneys from hurricane-affected states. Indiana’s recent court order permits lawyers from those states to practice until June 30, 2006, as long as they associate themselves with an Indiana attorney. Unlike the other states, practice is not limited to serving clients in their home states. Texas gets 1,000 Texas was the first state to grant temporary admission on Sept. 2, but the Texas Supreme Court order expires on Oct. 2. “That was just the beginning,” said Osler McCarthy a court staff attorney and spokesman. “Better than 1,000 lawyers have come into the state,” and more are expected. He anticipates a more expansive order from the court. Arizona’s order allowing provisional practice for six months was issued by its supreme court on Sept. 12. The Arkansas 60-day emergency order was issued on Sept. 9. The Florida Supreme Court also relaxed admission rules on a temporary basis. Last week, Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears wrote to the chief justices of the affected states and asked if they would be willing to consider adopting a reciprocal admission rule, which would allow the State Bar of Georgia to immediately admit those states’ lawyers once they received certifications of fitness. On Sept. 9, American Bar Association President Michael Greco, a partner in the Boston office of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham, wrote to Shepard in his CCJ capacity. Greco suggested that the states’ high courts consider facilitating temporary practices by hurricane-affected lawyers, and pro bono legal services by out-of-state attorneys in the hurricane-affected states.

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