Attorney Admission Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I obtain the Application for Admission?
- What do I do after I complete the Application for Admission?
Submit the Application for Admission along with the items below to the Detroit Clerk's Office.
- Original Certificate of Good Standing issued within the last 30 days from a court of record identified in the application. (This must be issued from a court, not a bar association such as the Michigan State Bar.)
- A written statement of facts disclosing any previous disciplinary issues.
- A completed Declaration of Sponsor form (attached), if applicable.
- Application fee payable to: Clerk, U.S. District Court.
- How do I get sworn-in?
The Oath of Office must be administered by a judicial officer or designee. Attorneys should contact the chambers of the judge presiding over their case to arrange for the oath. If the attorney does not have a case with the court, contact the Clerk’s Office who will provide the attorney the name of the presiding or resident judge.
- Can I be sworn in remotely via telephone or video conference?
Yes, providing the attorney's office is located outside of the Eastern District of Michigan. If receiving the oath remotely, the attorney must provide a sponsor, per LR 83.20(d)(4).
- How do I obtain an electronic filing login and password?
Once you have submitted the application, fee, and Certificate of Good Standing, you will receive an email advising that you may register for electronic filing. For more information on registering for electronic filing, see electronic filing frequently asked questions.
- Do I need a sponsor?
There are two instances in which an attorney will need to provide a sponsor:
- If the attorney has disclosed previous disciplinary issues.
- If the attorney chooses to receive the Oath of Office remotely.
- Do you allow admission pro hac vice?
The Eastern District of Michigan does not grant pro hac vice admission. Exceptions have been made for multi-district litigation, appointed counsel in death penalty cases and for good cause, at the discretion of the Judge.
- I am out-of-state and have retained local counsel per E.D. Mich. LR 83.20(f). Do I still have to be admitted to the Court's bar?
Yes, if you plan to submit documents under your signature. Submitting signed documents is considered "practice in this court" and requires admission.
- Is your attorney application available online?
- What happens if I file a document and I am not admitted to practice in the Eastern District of Michigan?
Attorneys who submit documents for filing but are not admitted to practice in the Eastern District of Michigan will be contacted by the Clerk of Court. The Clerk's letter advises counsel of their non-member status and instructs them to make application to the local bar within 14 days.
- I have been contacted by the Clerk of Court, advising that I am not admitted to practice in the Eastern District of Michigan. However, I believe that I am admitted. How do I correct this?
Contact the Attorney Admissions Clerk at 313-234-5044.