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16-055 Court to allow military spouses to practice law in Kansas

The Kansas Supreme Court adopted a rule Sept. 9 that allows attorneys living in Kansas with their spouses who are members of military branches stationed in the state to practice law in Kansas on a temporary basis without taking the state-administered uniform bar exam.

Rule 712A allows an attorney who has been admitted to practice law in another state or the District of Columbia and who is married to a military member currently stationed in Kansas to be admitted to practice law in the state without a written examination, after meeting certain criteria.

“Family members often make personal and professional sacrifices to support the military service of their spouse,” said Governor Sam Brownback. “Kansans value the service of the military and this rule is one way we can continue to support our military and their families.”

“Due to the nature of military life, most service members and their families find themselves transferred to military posts or bases outside of their home state,” said Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli, the adjutant general. “This ruling allows that pool of talented attorneys who hold a law license in another state to use those skills here in Kansas.”

“Kansas has a long tradition of support for the armed forces. This change in Supreme Court practice reflects the state’s strong commitment to supporting military families, and it will be important for those military families it affects,” said Attorney General Derek Schmidt.

The Court accepted comments on the Proposed Rule 712, and the proposed amendments to other rules affected (Rules 704, 707, 708, 720 and 721) until July 24.



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