Provisional Admission to NDGA Bar

ELIGIBILITY

Individuals who have been admitted provisionally to the State Bar of Georgia pursuant to the Georgia Supreme Court’s order dated April 17, 2020 are eligible for provisional admission pursuant to N.D. Ga. Administrative Order 20-04. Individuals who have been admitted provisionally must comply with the requirements set forth in this order. To be admitted provisionally, you must follow the process below. This process does not apply to attorneys for the United States government or any agency thereof who, pursuant to LR 83.1(A), have up to 18 months to become members of the State Bar of Georgia.

Process:

  1. If you do not already have one, obtain an upgraded, individual PACER account at https://www.pacer.uscourts.gov.
  2. From the PACER website, select Manage Your Account -> Manage My Account Login.
  3. Select Log in to Manage My Account.
  4. Click on the Maintenance tab.
  5. Click on Attorney Admissions/E-File Registration.
  6. Select Court Type:  U.S. District Courts.
  7. Select Court:  Georgia Northern District, and click Next.
  8. Click on Attorney Admissions/E-File.
  9. Select the button that corresponds with the type of PACER account you have currently, and click Done.
  10. Select the appropriate response as to whether you have ever e-filed in Georgia Northern District (does not include bankruptcy court), and click Done. [Note:  If you have e-filed in Georgia Northern District previously, you will be directed to a screen to link your current CM/ECF account for this district with your PACER account or to a screen directing you to upgrade your PACER account.]
  11. Select the Attorney Admissions and E-File button in response to the question, “What would you like to apply/register for?”  [Note:  If you are a Federal Attorney, click here for instructions.]
  12. Complete all sections of the Attorney Admissions request form. Be sure to indicate that you are applying for provisional admission pursuant to the Court’s Administrative Order 20-04. Electronically sign the form before submission. 
  13. Your request for admission will be sent through PACER to the Attorney Admissions desk in the clerk’s office for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia for review and approval. 
  14. After submitting the application in PACER, you must email the declaration of your supervising attorney required by Administrative Order 20-04 to:  GANDdb_efile_Atty_Admin@gand.uscourts.gov. The form declaration is available here.
  15. Your request will not be approved until the clerk’s office has received and approved the required declaration from a qualified supervising attorney.
  16. If your request is approved, you will receive an e-mail requesting payment of the $181.00 admission fee through PACER and Pay.gov. You must pay this fee within 30 days or your application will be rejected and you will need to re-apply for admission.
  17. If payment is received on time, you will be provisionally admitted to the bar of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia and will be given access to e-file in this Court. You must comply with the restrictions on provisional admission set forth in Administrative Order 20-04. including but not limited to the following:
    • At all times, a provisional admittee must be supervised in the practice of law before this Court by a qualified supervising attorney who fulfills the obligations set forth in Section III below.
    • A provisional admittee must expressly disclose to each of his or her clients at the outset of the representation that he or she is provisionally admitted to the practice of law before this Court and that he or she may practice only under supervision. A provisional admittee also must provide to each client in writing the name, mailing address, email address, telephone number, and bar number of the supervising attorney.
    • Any pleadings or other papers that a provisional admittee files in this Court expressly must disclose in the signature block that the person is provisionally admitted to practice before this Court and must include the name, mailing address, email address, telephone number, and bar number of the supervising attorney.
    • When appearing before any judge of this Court, a provisional admittee expressly must disclose to the judge that he or she is provisionally admitted to practice before this Court.
    • Any judge of this Court may exercise discretion to require the supervising attorney to attend any proceeding at which a provisional admittee appears.
    • A provisional admittee immediately must inform the Clerk of Court in writing of any changes in the admittee’s provisional status before the State Bar of Georgia.
    • A provisional admittee is not eligible to sponsor an attorney for pro hac vice admission to this Court.
    • Except as otherwise provided herein, a provisional admittee is subject to and must follow the same rules as a regular member of this bar of this Court, including but not limited to the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, local rules and orders of this Court, and state and federal laws.
  18. A certificate of admission will not be provided to provisionally admitted members unless they present to the Clerk proof of full admission to the State Bar of Georgia before their provisional admission to this Court is terminated. Proof of full admission may be emailed to: GANDdb_efile_Atty_Admin@gand.uscourts.gov.