Thursday, February 2, 2012

Practicing law before passing the bar or appearing pro-se?

The other day, I posted a note about whether a suspended lawyer can represent others in a setting where private individuals are allowed to do it (here).  Now comes this short transcript of an actual proceeding from "On the record in Cook County" which is a blog that provides humorous transcripts from proceedings in Cook County courts.  Today's entry is as follows:

Judge: Did you write this motion yourself, or do you have counsel present?

Defendant: Yes, I was aided by counsel who is here.

Judge: Counsel, would you care to stand up and tell me about this motion?

(no response for 20 seconds)

Judge: Counsel? Are you a lawyer?

Counsel: Well, I haven't passed the bar your honor.

Judge: Motion is denied.

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