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Latin. Exchange. The admission of a lawyer who is not licensed in a state to argue a case or a motion. Most courts have the discretionary power to allow an out of state lawyer to appear and litigate a particular case as a matter of reciprocity or comity with courts of the state in which the lawyer is admitted. Some states require that a such admission be premised by association of a local lawyer. The pro hac vice lawyer is subject to local professional standards and ethical rules and can be disciplined. If there are no adequate local lawyers, a court may not prohibit pro hac vice under civil rights cases. Once granted, a court cannot put an arbitrary limit on the number of appearances for the out of state counsel.

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