PRO HAC VICE FAQs
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You will be required to provide identifying information,
and your registration number will be presented to you.
Required Registration Information
No, you do not. Supreme Court Rule 756(e) requires that, as part of the annual registration process, you must report whether you carry
malpractice coverage and, if so, the dates of coverage for the policy. Rule 756(g) provides that a lawyer will be deemed not registered for the year if the
lawyer has failed to provide malpractice insurance information as required by Rule 756(e).
No, you do not. While Rule 756(f) does not require that Illinois lawyers provide pro bono services, the rule does require that Illinois
lawyers disclose in their annual registration their pro bono service hours and monetary contributions. Thus, Rule 756(f) serves "as an annual reminder to the
lawyers of Illinois that pro bono service is an integral part of a lawyer's professionalism". (Comment to Supreme Court Rule 756(f)). Information about volunteer
opportunities is available on www.illinoislegalaid.org
and more information about the Rule 756(f), including a list of organizations that are eligible for financial contributions under the rule, is available
Information reported pursuant to this Rule is deemed confidential, and can be reported publicly only in the aggregate. You must complete the Pro Bono section of
the Registration Form or your registration will not be complete.
Most lawyers in private practice need to have a trust account because they handle client or third party funds at some point in the course of
their practice. Lawyers should understand which funds are client and third-party funds that must be held in trust pursuant to Rule of Professional Conduct 1.15.
While most would recognize that escrow funds or settlement funds must be deposited into a trust account, some do not realize the same is true for funds advanced
by a client to pay filing fees, and for bond deposit refunds where the lawyer has agreed to retain only a portion of the refund as his fee and to pay over the
balance to the client or the client's relative. And very importantly, Rule 1.15 requires that funds received to secure payment of legal fees and expenses be
deposited in a client trust account, to be withdrawn by the lawyer only as fees are earned and expenses incurred.
See the Client Trust Account Handbook
for a detailed discussion of what
funds must be maintained in a trust account.
Minimum Continuing Legal Education
Supreme Court Rule 791(a)(1) provides that attorneys on inactive or retirement status pursuant to Supreme Court Rules 756(a)(5) or (a)(6),
respectively, are exempt from MCLE requirements under certain circumstances. You can find more information
Yes, attorneys returning to active status from inactive or retirement status, pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 791(e), are required to
complete the MCLE requirements. You can find more information at www.mcleboard.org