SCR 10.10   Committee to review bar performance.
SCR 10.11   Executive director.
SCR 10.12   Official publication; notice to members.
SCR 10.13   Amendment.
SCR 10.14   [Deleted.]
APPENDIX   State Bar By-laws.
SCR 10 Note Judicial Council Committee's Note, 1979: The following rules, called the state bar rules, govern the state bar of Wisconsin and its members. SCR 10.01 is in the 1977 Wisconsin statutes as section 758.25. SCR 10.02 to 10.14 were originally adopted by the supreme court on December 7, 1956, effective January 1, 1957. They were amended on February 9, 1972; June 16, 1975; November 1, 1976; November 18, 1977; March 6, 1978; and December 14, 1978. The rules were originally numbered 1 to 14 and have been clarified and numbered SCR 10.02 to 10.14 for uniformity and convenience. See appendix for bylaws for state bar of Wisconsin. Certain provisions relating to fees will be contained in SCR 40.16.
SCR 10 Note Note: SCR Chapter 10 was amended November 11, 1980; June 1, 1983; January 21, 1986; February 21, 1986; October 21, 1987; April 11, 1989; January 22, 1990; November 6, 1990, March 13, 1992; May 7, 1992; July 1, 1992; April 14, 1993; March 21, 1995; July 1, 1996; October 30, 1998; March 7, 2001; April 10, 2001; November 14, 2001; January 28, 2002; April 1, 2002; July 1, 2005; November 14, 2007; February 12, 2008; October 31, 2008; January 1, 2009; April 1, 2009; November 24, 2009; July 1, 2010; January 1, 2012; January 1, 2014; July 1, 2014; July 3, 2014; March 6, 2015; January 1, 2017; February 12, 2019; July 1, 2019; December 10, 2019.
10.01 SCR 10.01 State bar of Wisconsin.
10.01(1)(1) There shall be an association to be known as the “state bar of Wisconsin" composed of persons licensed to practice law in this state, and membership in the association shall be a condition precedent to the right to practice law in Wisconsin.
10.01(2) (2) The supreme court by appropriate orders shall provide for the organization and government of the association and shall define the rights, obligations and conditions of membership therein, to the end that the association shall promote the public interest by maintaining high standards of conduct in the legal profession and by aiding in the efficient administration of justice.
10.02 SCR 10.02 Organization of the state bar of Wisconsin.
10.02(1)(1)Creation of Association. All persons licensed to practice law in this state are organized as an association to be known as the “state bar of Wisconsin," subject to the provisions of this chapter. The rules of this chapter, which are adopted in the exercise of the court's inherent authority over members of the legal profession as officers of the court, may be referred to as “state bar rules." The state bar may, for the purpose of carrying out the purposes for which it is organized, sue and be sued, enter into contracts, acquire, hold, encumber and dispose of real and personal property.
10.02(2) (2)Purpose. The purposes of the association are to aid the courts in carrying on and improving the administration of justice; to foster and maintain on the part of those engaged in the practice of law high ideals of integrity, learning, competence and public service and high standards of conduct; to safeguard the proper professional interests of the members of the bar; to encourage the formation and activities of local bar associations; to conduct a program of continuing legal education; to assist or support legal education programs at the preadmission level; to provide a forum for the discussion of subjects pertaining to the practice of law, the science of jurisprudence and law reform and the relations of the bar to the public and to publish information relating thereto; to carry on a continuing program of legal research in the technical fields of substantive law, practice and procedure and make reports and recommendations thereon within legally permissible limits; to promote the innovation, development and improvement of means to deliver legal services to the people of Wisconsin; to the end that the public responsibility of the legal profession may be more effectively discharged.
10.02(3) (3)Definition. In this chapter, “ state bar" means the state bar of Wisconsin.
10.03 SCR 10.03 Membership.
10.03(1)(1) Persons included in membership. As of the effective date of this rule, membership of the state bar consists of all those persons who on that date are licensed to practice law in this state. After the effective date of this rule, the membership includes all persons who become licensed to practice law in this state; subject in each case to compliance with the conditions and requirements of membership. Residence in this state is not a condition of eligibility to membership in the state bar.
10.03(2) (2)Enrollment. Every person who becomes licensed to practice law in this state shall enroll in the state bar by registering his or her name and social security number with the association within 10 days after admission to practice. Every change after enrollment in any member's office address or social security number shall be reported promptly to the state bar. The social security number of a person enrolling in the state bar may not be disclosed to any person or entity except the supreme court and its agencies, or as otherwise provided by supreme court rules.
10.03(3) (3)Classes of membership.
10.03(3)(a) (a) The members of the state bar are divided into 4 classes: active members, judicial members, inactive members and emeritus members. The class of active members includes all members of the state bar except the judicial members and inactive members. The class of inactive members includes those persons who are eligible for active membership but are not engaged in the practice of law in this state and have filed with the secretary of the association written notice requesting enrollment in the class of inactive members. The class of judicial members includes the following persons: supreme court justices, court of appeals judges, circuit court judges, full-time circuit court commissioners, full-time municipal court judges, supreme court commissioners, court of appeals staff attorneys, federal district court judges, federal appellate court judges, federal bankruptcy judges, federal magistrate judges, federal administrative law judges, and retired justices and judges who are eligible for temporary judicial assignment and are not engaged in the practice of law. Any judicial member may elect to become an active member with all rights of active membership except to hold office as an officer or governor or to practice law. The class of emeritus members includes those persons who are either active or inactive members in good standing but who are at least 70 years of age and have filed with the executive director of the association a written notice requesting enrollment in the class of emeritus members. An emeritus member has all the privileges of membership in the state bar and need not pay membership dues for the years following the year in which he or she attains the age of 70.
10.03(3)(b)1.1. Any inactive member in good standing who has actively practiced law in this state during the last 10 years may change his or her classification to that of an active member by filing with the secretary a written request for transfer to the class of active members and by paying the dues required of active members.
10.03(3)(b)2.a. a. Any inactive member in good standing who has not actively practiced law in this state during the last 10 years may change his or her classification to that of an active member by filing with the secretary a written request for transfer to the class of active members, paying the dues required of active members, and obtaining supreme court approval as provided in subd. 2. b.
10.03(3)(b)2.b. b. Any inactive member described in subd. 2. a. seeking to change his or her classification to that of an active member shall file a copy of his or her request for transfer to active membership with both the board of bar examiners and the office of lawyer regulation. The member shall pay $200 each to the board of bar examiners and the office of lawyer regulation, which payment shall accompany the copy of the request. Within 90 days after receipt of the copy of the request, the board of bar examiners shall make a determination regarding compliance with continuing legal education requirements and file its finding with the clerk of the supreme court. Within 90 days after receipt of the copy of the request, the director of the office of lawyer regulation shall investigate the eligibility of the requestor and file a response with the clerk of the supreme court in support of or in opposition to the request. Following receipt of the determination of the board of bar examiners and the response of the office of lawyer regulation, the supreme court shall consider and approve or disapprove the inactive member's request for transfer to active membership.
10.03(3)(bf) (bf) Any judicial member who is no longer serving in a judicial office may change his or her classification to that of an active member by filing with the secretary a written request for transfer to the class of active members and paying the dues required of active members.
10.03(3)(bm) (bm) Any inactive member in good standing may change his or her classification to that of an emeritus member if otherwise qualified to become an emeritus member provided that no inactive member who has not actively practiced law in this state or in another state during the last two years may be transferred to emeritus status until the board of bar examiners certifies that the member has completed the continuing legal education requirements required for transfer to active status and the transfer is approved by the supreme court.
10.03(3)(c) (c) No judicial or inactive member may practice law in this state or hold office or vote in any election conducted by the state bar. No person engaged in the practice of law in this state in his or her own behalf or as an assistant or employee of an active member of the state bar, or occupying a position, the duties of which require the giving of legal advice or service in this state, may be enrolled as an inactive member.
10.03(4) (4)Only active members may practice law.
10.03(4)(a)(a) No individual other than an enrolled active member of the state bar may practice law in this state or in any manner purported to be authorized or qualified to practice law.
10.03(4)(b) (b) A court or judge in this state may allow a nonresident counsel to appear and participate in a particular action or proceeding in association with an active member of the state bar of Wisconsin who appears and participates in the action or proceeding. An order granting nonresident counsel permission to appear and participate in an action or proceeding shall continue through subsequent appellate or circuit court actions or proceedings in the same matter, provided that nonresident counsel files a notice of the order granting permission with the court handling the subsequent appellate or circuit court action or proceeding.
10.03(4)(b)1. 1. Counsel who seek to provide legal services under SCR 10.04 (4) (b) shall provide the information listed in Appendix A to this rule. The applicant may also include additional information supporting the request for admission pro hac vice.
10.03(4)(b)2. 2. Counsel who seek to provide legal services under SCR 10.04 (4) (b) shall pay a nonrefundable fee of two hundred and fifty dollars ($250) for each application for admission pro hac vice. The fee shall be waived if the application certifies that the attorney is employed by an agency providing legal services to indigent clients and will be appearing on behalf of an indigent client, or that the applicant will otherwise be appearing on behalf of an indigent client in the proceeding and will be charging no fee for the appearance.
10.03(4)(c) (c) A court in this state may allow a nonresident military counsel to appear and participate in a particular action or proceeding representing military personnel without being in association with an active member of the state bar of Wisconsin and without being subject to any application fees required by this rule.
10.03(4)(cm) (cm) A court in this state may allow a nonresident attorney who seeks to appear for the limited purpose of participating in a child custody proceeding pursuant to the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, 25 U.S.C. s. 1901, et seq., while representing a tribe, without being in association with an active member of the state bar of Wisconsin and without being subject to any application fees required by this rule.
10.03(4)(d) (d) If representing a party before an agency of this state is limited to lawyers, an administrative law judge or hearing examiner for a state agency may, using the same standards and procedures as a court, allow a nonresident counsel who has been retained to appear in a particular agency proceeding to appear and participate in that proceeding without being in association with an active member of the state bar of Wisconsin.
10.03(4)(e) (e) A court or judge may, after hearing, rescind permission for a nonresident counsel to appear before it if the lawyer by his or her conduct manifests incompetency to represent a client in a Wisconsin court or unwillingness to abide by the rules of professional conduct for attorneys or the rules of decorum of the court.
10.03(4)(f) (f) Counsel not admitted to the practice of law in this jurisdiction but admitted in any other U.S. jurisdiction or foreign jurisdiction, who is employed as a lawyer in Wisconsin on a continuing basis and employed exclusively by a corporation, association, or other nongovernmental entity, the business of which is lawful and consists of activities other than the practice of law or the provision of legal services, shall register as in-house counsel within 60 days after the commencement of employment as a lawyer or if currently so employed then within 90 days of the effective date of this rule, by submitting to the Board of Bar Examiners the following:
10.03(4)(f)1. 1. A completed application in the form set forth in Appendix B to this rule;
10.03(4)(f)2. 2. A nonrefundable fee of two hundred and fifty dollars ($250) to the Board of Bar Examiners;
10.03(4)(f)3. 3. Documents proving admission to practice law in the primary jurisdiction in which counsel is admitted to practice law; and
10.03(4)(f)4. 4. An affidavit from an officer, director, or general counsel of the employing entity attesting to the lawyer's employment by the entity and the capacity in which the lawyer is so employed.
A lawyer registered under this subsection may provide pro bono legal services without fee or expectation of fee as provided in SCR 20:6.1.
SCR 10.03 Note NOTE: See SCR 10.03 (4) Appendices A-1, A-2, and B following this section.
10.03(5) (5)Membership dues and reduction of dues for certain activities.
10.03(5)(a)(a) The annual membership dues for state bar operations for an active member shall be established as provided herein. Other classes of members shall pay the fraction of the dues of an active member as follows: Supreme Court Justices, the full amount; inactive member, one-half; judicial members, two-thirds; and members admitted to practice for 3 years or less, one-half. For purposes of determining an active member's dues status based on the number of years admitted, there shall be no proration based on the exact month and year of admission. A fiscal year for which any dues are required to be paid under Bylaw 1, Section 2 shall count as a full year and a fiscal year for which no dues payment is required shall not count as a year. A change in the dues of an active member for state bar operations may be made by the board of governors or as set forth herein. The state bar shall include in the dues statement each year the amount necessary to pay the costs of the Lawyer Regulation System and of the continuing legal education functions of the Board of Bar Examiners as approved by the Supreme Court. Judicial members other than Supreme Court Justices are not liable to pay the portion for the costs of these boards, as reflected in the dues statement. The state bar shall also include in the dues statement each year an assessment to support the public interest legal services fund, as approved by the supreme court. The state bar shall show separately on its annual dues statement the portion of the total dues for state bar operations, the assessments for each of the boards, and other assessments imposed by the supreme court.
10.03(5)(b)1.1. The State Bar may engage in and fund any activity that is reasonably intended for the purposes of the association set forth in SCR 10.02 (2). The State Bar may not use the compulsory dues of any member who objects pursuant to SCR 10.03 (5) (b) 3. for activities that are not necessarily or reasonably related to the purposes of regulating the legal profession or improving the quality of legal services. Expenditures that are not necessarily or reasonably related to the purposes of regulating the legal profession or improving the quality of legal services may be funded only with voluntary dues, user fees or other sources of revenue.
SCR 10.03 Note Comment: The term voluntary dues in SCR 10.03 (5) (b) 1. refers to the dues of members who do not withhold dues pursuant to SCR 10.03 (5) (b) 2. or successfully object pursuant to SCR 10.03 (5) (b) 3.
10.03(5)(b)2. 2. Prior to the beginning of each fiscal year, the state bar shall publish written notice of the activities that can be supported by compulsory dues and the activities that cannot be supported by compulsory dues. The notice shall indicate the cost of each activity, including all appropriate indirect expense, and the amount of dues to be devoted to each activity. The notice shall set forth each member's pro rata portion, according to class of membership, of the dues to be devoted to activities that cannot be supported by compulsory dues. The notice shall be sent to every member of the state bar together with the annual dues statement. A member of the state bar may withhold the pro rata portion of dues budgeted for activities that cannot be supported by compulsory dues.
10.03(5)(b)3. 3. A member of the state bar who contends that the state bar incorrectly set the amount of dues that can be withheld may deliver to the state bar a written demand for arbitration. Any such demand shall be delivered within 30 days of receipt of the member's dues statement.
10.03(5)(b)4. 4. If one or more timely demands for arbitration are delivered, the state bar shall promptly submit the matter to arbitration before an impartial arbitrator. All such demands for arbitration shall be consolidated for hearing. No later than 7 calendar days before the hearing, any member requesting arbitration shall file with the arbitrator a statement specifying with reasonable particularity each activity he or she believes should not be supported by compulsory dues under this paragraph and the reasons for the objection. The costs of the arbitration shall be paid by the state bar.
10.03(5)(b)5. 5. In the event the decision of the arbitrator results in an increased pro rata reduction of dues for members who have delivered timely demands for arbitration for a fiscal year, the state bar shall offer such increased pro rata reduction to members first admitted to the state bar during that fiscal year and after the date of the arbitrator's decision.
10.03(6) (6)Penalty for nonpayment of dues. If the annual dues or assessments of any member remain unpaid 120 days after the payment is due, the membership of the member may be suspended in the manner provided in the bylaws; and no person whose membership is so suspended for nonpayment of dues or assessments may practice law during the period of the suspension.
10.03(6m) (6m)Petition for reinstatement from suspension for nonpayment of dues or failure to file a trust account certificate.
10.03(6m)(a)(a) An attorney whose suspension for nonpayment of annual membership dues for state bar operations or assessments imposed by the supreme court has been for a period of less than 3 consecutive years shall be reinstated as a member by the state bar board of governors if he or she makes full payment of the amount owing and an additional payment of $20 as a penalty. The secretary of the state bar shall certify the reinstatement to the clerk of the supreme court.
10.03(6m)(b) (b) An attorney whose suspension for nonpayment of annual membership dues for state bar operations or assessments imposed by the supreme court has been for a period of 3 or more consecutive years may file a petition for reinstatement with the supreme court. A copy of the petition shall be served on the board of bar examiners and the office of lawyer regulation. Separate payments in the amount of $200 each shall be made to the board of bar examiners and the office of lawyer regulation and shall accompany the petition. Within 90 days after service of the petition for reinstatement, the board shall make a determination regarding compliance and file its finding with the supreme court. Within 90 days after service of the petition for reinstatement, the director of the office of lawyer regulation shall investigate the eligibility of the petitioner for reinstatement and file a response with the supreme court in support of or in opposition to the petition.
10.03(6m)(c) (c) An attorney suspended from the practice of law for failure to comply with the trust account certification requirement under SCR 20:1.15 (g) shall be reinstated as a member by the state bar board of governors if he or she files the prescribed certificate. The secretary of the state bar shall certify the reinstatement to the clerk of the supreme court.
10.03(7) (7)Voluntary resignation of membership.
10.03(7)(a)(a) If a member of the state bar files with the executive director a written notice of the member's surrender of his or her license to practice law and the acceptance by the supreme court of his or her resignation in the state bar, the person shall then cease to be a member of the state bar and his or her name shall be removed from the membership register. Before accepting a resignation, the supreme court shall request from the office of lawyer regulation information concerning whether the attorney is the subject of any pending grievances, investigations, or proceedings.
10.03(7)(b)1.1. An attorney who has resigned as a member of the state bar may be readmitted to the state bar with approval of the supreme court as provided in subd. 2.
10.03(7)(b)2. 2. The attorney shall file an original petition for readmission to the state bar with the clerk of the supreme court and shall file copies of the petition with the board of bar examiners and the office of lawyer regulation. The member shall pay $200 each to the board of bar examiners and the office of lawyer regulation which payment shall accompany the copy of the petition. Within 90 days after receipt of the copy of the petition for readmission, the board of bar examiners shall make a determination regarding the eligibility of the petitioner for readmission and file its finding with the clerk of the supreme court. Within 90 days after receipt of the copy of the petition for readmission, the director of the office of lawyer regulation shall investigate the eligibility of the petitioner for readmission and file a response with the clerk of the supreme court in support of or in opposition to the petition. Following receipt of the determination by the board of bar examiners and the response of the office of lawyer regulation, the supreme court shall consider and approve or disapprove the petition for readmission.
10.03(8) (8)Avoidance of hardship. The board of governors may, in any case in which to do otherwise would result in hardship or injustice, permit the retroactive enrollment of members and waive penalties prescribed for delinquency in the payment of membership dues.
SCR 10.03 History History: Sup. Ct. Order No. 00-05, 2001 WI 37, 242 Wis. 2d xix; Sup. Ct. Order No. 01-12, 2001 WI 120, 247 Wis. 2d xiii: Sup. Ct. Order No. 01-12A, 2002 WI 8, 249 Wis. 2d xiii; Sup. Ct. Order No. 04-05, 2005 WI 35, 277 Wis. 2d xiii; Sup. Ct. Order No. 06-06, 2008 WI 109, filed 7-30-08, eff. 1-1-09; Sup. Ct. Order No. 08-26, 2008 WI 123, filed and eff. 10-31-08; Sup. Ct. Order No. 08-27 and 06-09, 2009 WI 101, 319 Wis. 2d xv; Sup. Ct. Order No. 09-08, 2011 WI 98, 337 Wis. 2d xiii; Sup. Ct. Order No. 13-03, 2013 WI 183, filed 10-1-13, eff. 1-1-14; Sup. Ct. Order No. 13-11, 2014 WI 42, filed 6-20-14, eff. 7-1-14; Sup. Ct. Order No. 13-11A, filed and eff. 3-6-15; Sup. Ct. Order No. 15-05, 2016 WI 77, filed 7-21-16, eff. 1-1-17; Sup. Ct. Order No. 18-04, 2019 WI 12, filed and eff. 2-12-19; Sup. Ct. Order No. 13-11B, 2019 WI 52, filed 5-16-19, eff. 7-1-19.
SCR 10.03 (4) APPENDIX A-1
STATE OF WISCONSIN, CIRCUIT COURT   COUNTY
CASE CAPTION:   APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION   PRO HAC VICE
  Case Number:
I declare under penalty of perjury:
(1) That I seek to appear pro hac vice in order to represent ______________ in the above-captioned matter;
(2) That I am admitted to practice law in the highest court(s) of the state(s) or country(ies) of ;
(3) That there are no disciplinary complaints filed against me for violation of the rules of those courts (if so, please explain);
(4) That I am not suspended or disbarred from practice for disciplinary reasons or reason of medical incapacity in any jurisdiction (if yes, please explain) _________________________;
(5) That I am associated with Attorney ____________, State Bar No. , an active member of the State Bar of Wisconsin (name the member of the State Bar of Wisconsin and provide his/her Member Number)
(6) That I do not practice or hold out to practice law in the State of Wisconsin;
(7) That I acknowledge the jurisdiction of the courts of the State of Wisconsin over my professional conduct, and I agree to abide by the rules of the relevant division of the Circuit Court of the State of Wisconsin and the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and the Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys, if I am admitted pro hac vice;
(8) That I have complied fully with SCR Rule 10.03 (4);
(9) That I am applying for admission pro hac vice for the following reasons:                            
I have applied for admission pro hac vice in the courts of the State of Wisconsin _____ times previously in this calendar year.
I attach hereto evidence of my payment or prior payment of the pro hac vice fee to the Office of Lawyer Regulation.
Signature:      
Print Name:
Date:
Address:
Telephone Number:
SCR 10.03 (4) APPENDIX A-2
STATE OF WISCONSIN, CIRCUIT COURT   COUNTY
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