After nearly two years of effort, the Arizona Supreme Court granted Mr. Burr's petition for Admission on Motion. The rule change takes effect Jan. 1, 2010. A Model Rule on Admission by Motion was adopted by the American Bar Association's Commission on Multijurisdictional Practice and most states now have similar versions in place.

The adoption of Admission on Motion will permit experienced Arizona attorneys to gain access to admission in other reciprocal states without taking another bar exam.

Mr. Burr proposed the rules change, saying it would recognize changes in the legal profession and make Arizona's lawyers more competitive by providing lawyers the ability to practice across state lines, represent existing clients and solicit new clients in larger legal markets, and help law firms and public agencies recruit experienced talented attorneys from other jurisdictions. In addition, in this mobile society, Arizona attorneys need to be able to join other states' bars if they and their families move to other states.

The petition had support from Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard, along with many other law firms, attorneys and organizations, including the Association of Corporate Counsel, which recognizes the business need for such specialized lawyers who can practice in multiple jurisdictions.

This victory was reported by the Associated Press, local print, television and radio media, the ABA Journal, and culminated in the cover article in the December 2008 issue of the Arizona Attorney magazine. Mr. Burr’s Martindale Visibility ranking (based upon weekly page views) reached a peak of no. 1 in the City of Phoenix, no. 1 in the State of Arizona, and no. 95 out of nearly 900,000 lawyers nationwide and remained there for several months.

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