IN THE SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF OREGON

In the Matter of Adoption of
Amendments to Rule for
Admission of Attorneys 8.10

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No. 06-061

ORDER ADOPTING AMENDMENTS

The Oregon State Bar Board of Bar Examiners has proposed amending Rule for Admission of Attorneys 8.10, relating to clarifying that applicants are not only to "take" the Oath of Office, but that they must also "file" the Oath of Office with the Court, within specified periods of times as set out in the Rules for Admission. The matter came before the court at its public meeting of November 14, 2006, at which time the court approved the proposed amendment.

Rule for Admission 8.10 as amended is set out on the attached page with new text shown in bold print and deleted text shown in italic print, bracketed, and lined through.

Rule for Admission 8.10 as amended by this order shall become effective immediately.

Dated this 16th day of November, 2006.

Paul J. De Muniz
Chief Justice


8.10 Qualifications for Admission; Oath of Office

(A) Examination Applicants

(1) In order to be qualified to be admitted to the practice of law in Oregon, an applicant must have passed the Oregon Bar Examination and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination, be at least 18 years of age at the time of admission, and be approved for admission by the Supreme Court on moral character and fitness grounds.

(2) Each qualified applicant must execute a prescribed oath of office to be filed with the State Court Administrator at the admission ceremonies, or as provided in subsections (3), (4) or (5) of this rule. Each applicant's date of admission shall be the date the oath of office is received by the State Court Administrator.

(3) A qualified applicant who does not take and file the oath of office at the time of the admission ceremonies may take such oath before any person authorized by law to administer oaths in the jurisdiction within which the applicant may be. The date of admission cannot be prior to the admission ceremonies next following the date that notice is mailed advising that the applicant passed the bar examination.

(4) An applicant who does not take and file the oath of office within thirteen months after the mailing of the notice advising that the applicant passed the bar examination shall, prior to admission, file an application for admission as prescribed by the Board of Bar Examiners and pay the fees prescribed by Rule 4.10(4). Such applicant shall be permitted to take the oath of office when found by the Supreme Court to have the requisite moral character and fitness to practice law, learning and ability. Such oath of office must be filed within one year of being advised that applicant is eligible for admission pursuant to this subsection.

(5) An applicant who does not take and file the oath of office within three years after the mailing of the notice advising that the applicant passed the bar examination shall, prior to admission, file an application for admission as prescribed by the Board of Bar Examiners and pay the fees prescribed by Rule 4.10(4), and shall be required to either (a) demonstrate that the applicant has been actively, substantially and continuously engaged in the practice of law for at least three of the five years immediately preceding the application or (b) take and pass the bar examination and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination within the provisions of Rule 7.05. Such applicant shall be permitted to take the oath of office when found by the Supreme Court to have the requisite moral character and fitness to practice law, learning and ability. Such oath of office must be filed within one year of being advised that applicant is eligible for admission pursuant to this subsection.

(6) An applicant who does not take and file the oath of office within five years after the mailing of the notice advising that the applicant passed the bar examination shall, prior to admission, file an application for admission as prescribed by the Board of Bar Examiners and pay the fees prescribed by Rule 4.10 and take and pass the bar examination and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination within the provisions of Rule 7.05. Such applicant shall be permitted to take the oath of office when found by the Supreme Court to have the requisite moral character and fitness to practice law, learning and ability.

(B) Other Applicants

(1) In order to be qualified to be admitted to the practice of law in Oregon, an applicant must meet the requirements of the rules under which he or she seeks admission and be approved for admission by the Supreme Court on moral character and fitness grounds.

(2) Each qualified applicant must execute an oath of office prescribed by the Supreme Court. The applicant shall file the executed oath of office with the State Court Administrator. Each applicant's date of admission shall be the date the oath is received by the State Court Administrator. Applicants must comply with the requirements of Admission Rule 8.15 (Resident Agent for Service of Process) and 8.20 (Address and Telephone Designation).

(3) An applicant who does not take the oath of office and file it with the State Court Administrator within ninety (90) days after the mailing of the notice advising that the applicant has been approved for admission shall be required to fully reapply for admission.


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