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Connecticut State Division of Public Defender Services
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Assigned Counsel Guidelines
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1) To qualify as an authorized house counsel (AHC) under Connecticut Practice Book section 15A an applicant must:
2) Transition – Safe harbor provision
An applicant who files an application for registration as an authorized house counsel between 01 January 2008 and 30 June 2008:
- will not be denied registration as AHC on the grounds of employment by an “organization” in Connecticut prior to 01 January 2008 and
- shall not be subject to an enforcement action for unauthorized practice of law for action as counsel to an “organization” prior to 01 January 2008 if the applicant ultimately becomes certified as an AHC in Connecticut pursuant to Section 15A.
An applicant that should have filed within the safe harbor provision but instead files an application for registration as an authorized house counsel after the safe harbor provision:
3) Application and forms
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The following forms and any supporting documentation may be submitted with the application or within 1 year of the initial filing date:
If applicable to you, the following forms may be submitted with the application or within 1 year of the initial filing date:
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Connecticut Bar Examining Committee Authorized House Counsel Department 100 Washington Street, 1st Floor Hartford, CT 06106
The application must be typewritten or completed on our fill-in form. Handwritten applications will be returned unprocessed.
(A) is a member in good standing of the entity governing the practice of law of each state (other than Connecticut) or territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia or any foreign jurisdiction in which the member is licensed; (B) has been certified on recommendation of the bar examining committee in accordance with this section; (C) agrees to abide by the rules regulating members of the Connecticut bar and submit to the jurisdiction of the statewide grievance committee and the superior court; and (D) is, at the date of application for registration under this rule, employed in the state of Connecticut by an organization or relocating to the state of Connecticut in furtherance of such employment within 3 months of such application under this section and receives or shall receive compensation for activities performed for that business organization.
(A) the giving of legal advice to the directors, officers, employees, and agents of the organization with respect to its business and affairs; (B) negotiating and documenting all matters for the organization; and (C) representation of the organization in its dealings with any administrative agency, tribunal or commission having jurisdiction; provided, however, authorized house counsel shall not be permitted to make appearances as counsel before any state or municipal administrative tribunal, agency, or commission, and shall not be permitted to make appearances in any court of this state, unless the attorney is specially admitted to appear in a case before such tribunal, agency, commission or court.
(A) a certificate from each entity governing the practice of law of a state or territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia or any foreign jurisdiction in which the applicant is licensed to practice law certifying that the applicant is a member in good standing; (B) a sworn statement by the applicant: (i) that the applicant has read and is familiar with the Connecticut Rules of Professional Conduct for attorneys and Chapter 2 (Attorneys) of the Superior Court Rules, General Provisions, and will abide by the provisions thereof; (ii) that the applicant submits to the jurisdiction of the statewide grievance committee and the superior court for disciplinary purposes, and authorizes notification to or from the entity governing the practice of law of each state or territory of the United States, or the District of Columbia in which the applicant is licensed to practice law of any disciplinary action taken against the applicant; (iii) listing any jurisdiction in which the applicant is now or ever has been licensed to practice law; and (iv) disclosing any disciplinary sanction or pending proceeding pertaining or relating to his or her license to practice law, including but not limited to reprimand, censure, suspension or disbarment, or has been placed on inactive status;
(A) the termination or resignation of employment with the organization for which registration has been filed, provided, however, that if the authorized house counsel shall commence employment with another organization within 30 days of the termination or resignation, authorization to perform services under this rule shall continue upon the filing with the bar examining committee of a certificate as set forth in subsection (d) (1) (C); (B) the withdrawal of registration by the authorized house counsel; (C) the relocation of an authorized house counsel outside of Connecticut for a period greater than 180 consecutive days; or (D) the failure of authorized house counsel to comply with any applicable provision of this rule. Notice of one of the events set forth in subsections (e) (1) (A)-(C) or a new certificate as provided in subsection (e) (1) (A) must be filed with the bar examining committee by the authorized house counsel within 30 days after such action. Failure to provide such notice by the authorized house counsel shall be a basis for discipline pursuant to the Rules of Professional Conduct for attorneys.
5) Filing Deadline for New AHCs in CT
An individual that commences employment in CT with an organization after January 1, 2008 (the effective date of the original AHC rule) may file an application for AHC status within three (3) months before or after commencement of such employment. See Sec. 2-15A (b) (1) (D). If such an individual files an AHC application more than three (3) months after commencing such employment, then the application will be accepted and processed, an explanation for the late filing should be provided with the application, and a referral will be made to the Office of the Chief Disciplinary Counsel for possible investigation for the unauthorized practice of law.
7 ) Updated Certificate – Employer Name Change
An individual who is sworn in as an AHC and who needs an updated certificate because his/her employer has changed its name can obtain one through the following procedure:
- Submit a new Form AHC11 to the Connecticut Bar Examining Committee.
- Return the current certificate to Rose Ann Rush at Superior Court Operations, together with the new company name and address:
Rose Ann Rush, Court Management Specialist Superior Court 123 Hoyt Street Stamford, CT 06905
Update information with the Statewide Grievance Committee.
An individual who ceases to be employed by the organization for which registration had been filed but commences employment with another organization within 30 days may maintain his/her AHC status pursuant to Practice Book § 2-15A (e) (1) (A) and may obtain an updated certificate when the following procedure is followed:
New certificates will be issued to those individuals who comply with the above instructions. There is no cost for the new certificate.
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Assigned counsel attorneys handle a variety of matters statewide in Connecticut. They are independent contractors who contract with the Office of Chief Public Defender to practice in specific areas of law, in particular court locations. Contracts and assignments are based on agency need.
Connecticut State Division of Public Defender Services ... Assigned Counsel Guidelines. Assigned Counsel Guidelines (187kb) Appellate Billing Standards (10kb)
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