Supreme Court blog www.scotusnewz.com reports that the Court has approved Rule 23.4.1, Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which will require all attorneys wishing to represent clients in class actions in federal courts to be specially licensed as “Class Action Counsel.” Licensing requirements are to include
- successful completion of a 3-hour Class Action Bar examination,
- an affidavit of good standing acknowledged by an Article III judge or existing member of the Class Action Bar,
- a completed background check, to be administered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation,
- 100 hours of continuing legal education (CLE) annually,
- 100 hours of pro bono legal service for indigent plaintiffs and defendants in class actions.
Attorneys wishing to be considered for licensing must apply with the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals on or before April 1, 2011. The new licensing rules become effective on April 1, 2012.