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Topeka Kansas 66612-1507
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Rules Adopted by the Supreme Court

RULES RELATING TO DISCIPLINE OF ATTORNEYS

Rule 208
Rules Relating to Discipline of Attorneys

Registration of Attorneys

(a) All attorneys, including justices and judges, admitted to the practice of law before the
Supreme Court of the State of Kansas shall annually, on or before the first day of July, register
with the Clerk of the Appellate Courts upon such forms as the Clerk shall prescribe; provided
that in the year of an attorney's admission to the bar, the attorney shall register within thirty days
after the date of admission. At the time of each registration, each registrant shall pay an annual
fee in such amount as the Supreme Court shall order. Attorneys may register as: active; inactive;
retired; or disabled due to mental or physical disabilities. Only attorneys registered as active may
practice law in Kansas, except that a retired or inactive attorney, who obtains a statement from
the disciplinary administrator that he or she is in good standing and has no pending disciplinary
proceedings, may practice on a pro bono basis through: (1) a not-for-profit provider of civil legal
services approved by the Supreme Court for this purpose, or (2) an accredited law school clinic
approved by the Supreme Court for this purpose.

(b) No registration fee shall be charged to (1) any attorney newly admitted to the practice
of law in Kansas until the first regular registration date following admission, (2) any attorney
who has retired from the practice of law and is age 66 or over on or before July 1, or (3) any
attorney who is on disabled status due to physical or mental disability.

(c) On or before June 1 of each year the Clerk of the Appellate Courts shall mail to each
individual attorney then registered in this state, at his or her last known address, a statement of
the amount of the registration fee to be paid on or before July 1. Failure of any attorney to
receive a statement from the Clerk shall not excuse the attorney from paying the required fee.
Every registrant shall within thirty days after any change of address notify the Clerk of such
change.

(d) Attorney registration fees received by the Clerk of the Appellate Courts after July 31
of the year in which due shall be accompanied by a $100 late payment fee.

(e) Any attorney whose registration fee is received by the Clerk of the Appellate Courts
after July 31 of the year in which due and who has not tendered the late payment fee may be
suspended from the practice of law in this state as prescribed in subsection (f). It shall be the
duty of each member of the judiciary of this state to prohibit any attorney who has been
suspended from the practice of law from appearing or practicing in any
court, and it shall be the duty of each member of the bar and judiciary to report to the
Disciplinary Administrator any attempt by an attorney to practice law after his or her suspension.
The practice of law after suspension constitutes a violation of Kansas Rule of Professional
Conduct 5.5.

(f) The Clerk of the Appellate Courts shall mail a notice to any attorney who has failed
to pay the registration fee and late payment fee, if applicable, that the right to practice law will be
summarily suspended thirty days following the mailing of notice if such registration fee is not
paid within that time. The notice shall be mailed to the attorney's last known address by certified mail, return receipt requested. The Clerk shall certify to the Supreme Court the names of
attorneys who fail to register and pay the fee within the stated period of time. Thereupon, the
Court shall issue an order suspending those attorneys from the practice of law in this state and
the Clerk shall mail a copy of the order to the administrative judge of the attorney's district. No
notice shall be mailed and no order of suspension issued to any attorney who is retired or who is
on disabled status.

(g)(1) An attorney who has registered as retired, or has registered as disabled due to
mental or physical disabilities, or has been transferred to disability inactive status by the Court
under Rule 220 shall thereafter be relieved from the annual registration process and shall not be
eligible to practice law in this state, except as permitted in subsection A. A retired or disabled
attorney may make written application to be reinstated to active status. The Supreme Court may
impose appropriate conditions, costs, and registration fees before or upon granting reinstatement.

(g)(2) An attorney whose authority to practice law ceased because of registration as an
inactive attorney may become registered as an active attorney by paying a $25 reinstatement fee
and the current annual registration fee, after completing any requirements imposed by the Kansas
Continuing Legal Education Commission. Any attorney whose inactive status has extended for a
period in excess of two years shall, in addition, complete an Application for Reinstatement or
Return to Active Status Form and comply with any conditions imposed by the Supreme Court for
reinstatement.

(g)(3) An attorney whose authority to practice law in this state has ceased because of
failure to register and pay the annual registration fee or who has been otherwise administratively
suspended may be reinstated by the Supreme Court. The attorney must complete an Application
for Reinstatement or Return to Active Status Form and tender payment for all delinquent
registration fees, a $100 reinstatement fee, and a $100 late payment fee, if applicable (payment
may be waived, in whole or in part, for good cause shown). Additional payments may be
ordered and conditions imposed by the Court. The attorney must complete any requirements
imposed by the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission prior to reinstatement.
A $30 service fee shall be assessed and paid prior to registration or reinstatement for each
check tendered in satisfaction of the requirements of this Rule which later is returned unpaid.

(h) The Clerk of the Appellate Courts shall issue to each attorney duly registered as
active hereunder a registration card, in a form approved by the Supreme Court, evidencing such
annual registration.

(i) All moneys collected as registration fees hereunder shall be deposited by the Clerk of
the Appellate Courts in the bar disciplinary fee fund, and disbursements shall be made for
compensation and expenses of the Office of the Disciplinary Administrator and the Kansas
Board for Discipline of Attorneys. Disbursements from such funds shall be made only upon
vouchers signed by a member of the Supreme Court or by some person or persons duly
authorized by the Court. By order of the Supreme Court any unused balance in the bar
disciplinary fee fund may be applied to such appropriate usage as shall be determined by the
Supreme Court.

(j) An attorney appearing in any action or proceeding in this state solely in accordance
with the provisions of Supreme Court Rules 116 or 1.10 shall not be subject to registration
hereunder.

(k) Payment of the annual CLE fee and any applicable late payment fee under Rule 808
of the Rules Relating to Continuing Legal Education shall be a prerequisite to completing
registration as an active attorney.

[History: Previously Rule 209, Am. effective January 8, 1979; Am. effective December 1, 1984;
Am. effective April 29, 1987; Am. effective June 26, 1987; Am. effective March 1, 1988; Am.
effective March 31, 1993; Am. effective May 16, 1996; Am. (f) effective December 30, 1996;
Am. (b) effective May 23, 2001; Am. (h) effective January 1, 2002; Am. (f)(3) effective January
23, 2004; Am. (h) effective March 12, 2004; Am. (b) and (h) effective January 14, 2010; Am.
effective July 1, 2012; Am. (a) and (g) effective April 1, 2013.]

See also: Rule 1001 - Electronic and Photographic Media Coverage of Judicial Proceedings