Admission into the Federal Bar for the U.S. District Court, District of Oregon (the Court) is described by Local Rule 83.
Admissions applications are to be e-filed, and the admissions fee is to be paid electronically. Attorneys seeking to apply for pro hac vice admission to the Court should work with local counsel to file a Motion for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice in the case in which the attorney wishes to appear (see Appearing Pro Hac Vice below).
General Admission, Bankruptcy Pro Bono Panel Admission, and Admission of Government Attorneys
- Complete and submit the online form Request to Seek Admission to the Bar of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. Note: this is not an application for admission. It is a notification to the Admissions Clerk to set up a limited CM/ECF account so that the application may be e-filed.
- A Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) that includes your admissions case number and user login for CM/ECF will be delivered to your e-mail account. Click on the document number of your NEF to be taken to the CM/ECF login page to set your password.
- Log into CM/ECF and complete the personal information within your user account. Instructions for maintaining your user account are available under "Filing" above. Failure to update your personal information could delay your admission.
- Complete the appropriate Application for Admission (the Application) for the type of admission sought.
- Electronically file the Application in the case number displayed in the "Notification of New CM/ECF Account." During filing, you will be prompted to pay the admissions fee via Pay.gov. Note: applicants applying for admission to the Bankruptcy Pro Bono Program are required to submit an Order Granting Request for Waiver and Reimbursement of Attorney Admission Fee, signed by a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge, as an attachment to the General Admissions Application. Contact the District of Oregon Bankruptcy Court or Legal Aid Services of Oregon for more information.
- After your Application is verified and processed, an NEF "Notice of Admissions Ceremony" will be sent to applicants for general admission and Bankruptcy Pro Bono Panel admission. This notice will include the date and time for your admissions ceremony or information on the procedure for taking the Oath of Admission in absentia. If attendance at an in-person admissions ceremony would present a hardship, information about requesting a good cause exception to the in-person admission ceremony may be obtained from the Attorney Admissions clerk using the form to the right. Out-of-state applicants may use the same procedure if completion of the oath in absentia at a federal courthouse outside the district would present a hardship. Government attorneys will receive notice that their CM/ECF account has been activated. (Government attorneys are not required to take the Oath of Admission.)
- Take the Oath of Admission at the scheduled admissions ceremony or, file the completed oath of admission if an exception to the in-person ceremony was granted, or take the oath in another district if in absentia admission was requested. Note: only out-of-state applicants may take the Oath of Admission In Absentia.
- After the admissions clerk receives verification that the oath has been administered, an NEF notifying you of your admission to the bar will be sent to your e-mail account.
Appearing Pro Hac Vice
Attorneys who are not active members of the Oregon State Bar must file an Application for Pro Hac Vice Admission in the case in which they wish to appear. Pro Hac Vice applications may be filed via CM/ECF, by mail, or at the Intake Counter and must be accompanied by the application fee, payable to "Clerk, U.S. District Court" (in the case of CM/ECF filing, payment may be made via Pay.gov). If your application is granted, a Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) that includes your user login for CM/ECF will be delivered to your e-mail account. Click on the link in your NEF to go to the CM/ECF login page, where you will be able to set your password. After setting your password, you will be able to log in to CM/ECF and make filings in your case.
Appearing in Multi-District Litigation Matters
Attorneys appearing on MDL matters transferred to the District of Oregon must complete an Application for Special Admission for MDL Purposes to the Bar of the United States District Court for the District of Oregon in order to obtain a CM/ECF user account, login, and password. Completed applications may be mailed to the address listed above or delivered in person to the Clerk's Office. No admission fee is required.
Attorney applicants will become registered users of the District's case management and electronic filing system, CM/ECF. Once an Application is approved, a CM/ECF login and password will be issued to the applicant. Applicants will receive an email with their login information.
Reinstatement After Suspension, Disbarment, or Return to Active Status
Pursuant to LR 83-6, an attorney returning to active status following supsension, disbarment, or a voluntary period of inactive status must separately apply for membership to the bar of the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon after reinstatement to the Oregon State Bar by the Oregon Supreme Court. To apply for reinstatement to this bar, submit the Application for General Admission to Practice, proof of reinstatement to the Oregon State Bar, and the requisite application fee.