I was afraid this would happen. Orly Taitz has filed an application in Fulton County Superior Court for admission pro hac vice (pronounced “pro hack wee-chay”) and she messed it up. She asks the court to let her represent ballot challenger plaintiffs appealing Judge Malihi’s decision, although she is not admitted to the Georgia bar. Such one-time-only admission is common, and Orly’s request was granted (unopposed) by Judge Malihi before, but that was just for an administrative hearing.
Rule 4.4 governs pro hac vice admission in Georgia and Orly apparently didn’t read the rules. Here are the application requirements:
The Domestic Lawyer’s application shall include:
1. the applicant’s residence and business address; [OK!]
2. the name, address and phone number of each client sought to be represented; [no addresses or phone numbers]
3. the courts before which applicant has been admitted to practice and the respective period(s) of admission; [no periods of admission]
4. whether the applicant (a) has been denied admission pro hac vice in this state, (b) had admission pro hac vice revoked in this state, or (c) has otherwise formally been disciplined or sanctioned by any court in this state. If so, specify the nature of the allegations; the name of the authority bringing such proceedings; the caption of the proceedings, the date filed, and what findings were made and what action was taken in connection with those proceedings; [no statement; sanction in Rhodes v. MacDonald not disclosed]
5. whether any formal, written disciplinary proceeding has ever been brought against the applicant by a disciplinary authority in any other jurisdiction and, as to each such proceeding: the nature of the allegations; the name of the person or authority bringing such proceedings; the date the proceedings were initiated and finally concluded; the style of the proceedings; and the findings made and actions taken in connection with those proceedings; [no statement. Orly once mentioned that she had to prepare a response for the California bar, but I don’t know any details]
6. whether the applicant has been held formally in contempt or otherwise sanctioned by any court in a written order for disobedience to its rules or orders, and, if so: the nature of the allegations; the name of the court before which such proceedings were conducted; the date of the contempt order or sanction, the caption of the proceedings, and the substance of the court’s rulings (a copy of the written order or transcript of the oral rulings shall be attached to the application); [no statement. Orly was also sanctioned in Taitz v. Liberi for violating an order]
7. the name and address of each court or agency and a full identification of each proceeding in which the applicant has filed an application to appear pro hac vice in this state within the preceding two years; the date of each application; and the outcome of the application; [no address]
8. an averment as to the applicant’s familiarity with the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct, local rules and court procedures of the court before which the applicant seeks to practice; and [no statement, but her inept filing indicates that she is not familiar with the rules]
9. the name, address, telephone number and bar number of an active member in good standing of the bar of this state who will sponsor1 the applicant’s pro hac vice request. The bar member shall appear of record together with the Domestic Lawyer. [no sponsor]
One out of 9 correct is a flunking grade in my book.
1Mark Hatfield is sponsoring Van R. Irion pro hac vice in the Welden appeal.