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July 09, 2012

D.C. Bar Opinion re: EDD Vendors' Ownership

DcSean Doherty reports about a new opinion from The District of Columbia Bar Ethics Committee this month -- Opinion 362 -- stating that e-discovery vendors cannot practice law in the District and be partially owned by non-lawyers.

The ethics committee did not define the activities of e-discovery vendors that constitute the practice of law, but the Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law recently issued a detailed opinion (21-12, Jan. 12, 2012) on the matter, explaining what activities conducted by e-discovery vendors constitute the practice of law in the context of the unauthorized practice of law, prohibited by D.C. Bar Rule 49.

Rule 49 prohibits any person from engaging in the practice of law in the District of Columbia unless they are enrolled as an active member of the District of Columbia Bar.

Read full story here. 


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