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Attorney Admissions

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I submit my petition for admission electronically?

No. Currently, all admission applications must be filed with the Court by regular mail, along with the fee.

What is the current admission fee?

As the fee is subject to change, please review the Attorney Admission Information document, located here on the Court’s website.

I am not admitted in the bar of the State of Maryland.  Can I apply for admission to the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland?

Please review Local Rules 701.1 and 701.2. These local rules detail the requirements, qualifications, and procedures for admission.

I am a federal government attorney.  Do I need to become a member of this Court’s bar in order to practice there?

Becoming a member of this Court’s bar is a choice attorneys make after they have reviewed Local Rule 701.1.b. This rule discusses the requirements of a federal government attorney. If you decide that you do not wish to become a member, you will be required to complete the Entry of Appearance on Behalf of Federal Government Agency form should the need arise for you to appear in this Court. The form is located here on the Court’s website.

I am an attorney with the federal government and a current member of this Court’s bar. I have received a renewal notice. Do I really need to complete the renewal form and, if so, is the fee waived?

If you plan to maintain your career with the federal government for the rest of your legal career, then there really is no need for you to maintain your membership with the Court. It is recommended that you notify our Attorney Admissions Office of your decision. Staff will amend your bar status to reflect that you are a government attorney, but you will no longer be a member in good standing of this Court’s bar.

As a federal government attorney, you will be required to complete the Entry of Appearance on Behalf of Federal Government Agency form should the need arise for you to appear in this Court. The form is located here on the Court’s website.

If you choose to maintain your membership with the Court, you must complete the renewal form, and you must pay the fee. The fee is waived for members of the judiciary, excluding administrative judges and masters.

I am admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, but I do not have a bar number. How do I get one?

In most cases, attorneys were issued a bar number at the time of admission. It was provided to them on the certificate of admission on the lower right-hand corner. Alternatively, you can search for your bar number on our website by clicking here

There are rare instances where an attorney was not issued a bar number. In this case, please contact the Court’s Attorney Admission Specialist, Catherine Scaffidi (410-962-3293) for assistance.

When I searched for my bar membership information on the Court’s website, I discovered I am "inactive." How did this happen, and what do I need to do to get back into good standing?

You were likely moved to "inactive" status by not renewing your bar membership. Reinstatement is available in various circumstances. Please contact the Court’s Attorney Admission Specialist, Catherine Scaffidi (410-962-3293) for assistance.

I am not an active member of this Court’s bar. Must I be a member in order to practice in a criminal case?

Please review Local Rule 201.1. This rule discusses who may appear as counsel in criminal cases. Once you have determined that you meet the requirements to practice in a criminal case, you must complete the Entry of Appearance in a Criminal Case form, as well as with the attached CM/ECF registration form that is attached. The form is located here on the Court’s website. After completing both forms, mail them to the Clerk’s Office.

After we process your entry of appearance, you will receive your CM/ECF login by email. Upon receipt of the email, you may begin filing your pleadings in the criminal case. Before attempting to file documents, you are strongly encouraged to review the Criminal Procedures Manual, which is available here on the Court’s website.

Note: You must complete the Entry of Appearance in an Criminal Case form for each criminal case in which you wish to practice.

Is training available for using CM/ECF?

Yes. We offer regular training classes in Baltimore and Greenbelt. You can register online by clicking here.

How do I update my contact information with the Court?

Attorneys can update their phone, fax, and email information through their ECF accounts. For instructions, review Updating Attorney Contact Information, which is available here on the Court’s website.

If you do not have an ECF account, either complete a Change of Address form, which is here on the Court’s website, or send a letter to the Clerk’s Office with your new contact information.

I lost my CM/ECF User ID and password.  How can I obtain this information?

You can retrieve your User ID and password from our website by clicking here.

How do I apply for admission Pro Hac Vice?

First review Local Rule 101.1.b. The materials for moving for admission pro hac vice are available here on the Court’s website. Please note that this form may change without notice and you should download this form each time you apply for admission pro hac vice.

You may file this document electronically, if you also pay the $50.00 filing fee electronically. Alternatively, you may file your motion and the accompanying $50.00 filing fee in paper format. The motion will not be processed until the fee is paid.

With either method, please verify that signature of the attorney serving as the movant and the signature of the proposed admittee are in compliance with the Civil Procedures Manual, which is available here on the Court’s website.

How can an attorney or staff receive news and announcements from the Court?

You can sign up for the Court’s electronic mailing list by clicking here. Simply enter your email address in the box and click Go.