If you are serving as house counsel in Alabama and are a lawyer licensed in a jurisdiction other than Alabama, you need to know about a new rule. Beginning October 1, 2006, lawyers who serve as house counsel in Alabama and are not licensed members of the Alabama State Bar must register to become authorized house counsel. The purpose of the rule is to facilitate the relocation of individuals who are employed by and provide legal services exclusively for business organizations in Alabama without the necessity of taking and passing the Alabama bar exam.
The requirements of the authorized house counsel rule promulgated by the Alabama Supreme Court are covered under Rule VIII of the Alabama State Bar Rules Governing Admission.
Pursuant to Rule VIII, Authorized House Counsel is required to pay a $25 annual mandatory assessment on October 1 of each year.