Oregon Government and Military attorneys

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Government attorneys may be admitted as an Oregon government attorney through Oregon's Rule 16.05. These Oregon government attorneys must be employed by government agencies.  Oregon government attorneys generally are out of state attorneys seeking admission to Oregon for a limited basis.

Requirements to be admitted as Oregon Government Attorneys

  • Must be admitted to practice in another state jurisdiction (min of two years)
  • Be employe full-time by a government entity
  • Engage in the active practice of law
  • Adhere to the CLE requirements
  • An employer statement that indicates that the future employee will work for the employer as an attorney providing legal services
  • Complete an application
  • Sworn statements that there has not been any violations of the ethic code or sanctions brought against the attorney in any other jurisdiction where they are barred.
  • Can only perform legal services once admitted into Oregon for clients approved by the state of Oregon. (Can also not accept any compensation for those services except as given through their sate employer. Part time employment also not allowed).

Any attorney who is considered an active member of the Oregon bar must provide legal supervision to any state attorney that has not practiced in the state of Oregon for at least two years.

Termination of ability to practice in Oregon

  • Termination occurs to a Oregon government attorney when the purpose of the business ends
  • When the Oregon government attorney becomes eligible to practice law, or the applicant has been in the state authorized to practice for more than two years.
  • The attorney is no longer employed by the organization


Attorneys who are full-time active duty U.S. military JAGS are able to practice in the state on a limited basis on non-criminal issues. This is admissible under General Military Law 10 U.S. Code § 1044 (Legal Assistance).  To be eligible JAGS (judge advocates) must be in good standing and must be admitted to at least one state bar. JAGS are subject to all the disciplinary issues that members of the Oregon bar are subject to as well and must also adhere to all the rules of professional conduct.  Opposing parties tend to have 10-14 days to object to opposing military counsels appointment.


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