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LASC Adopts Revision to LA License Requirement Impacting Military Spouse Attorneys

Decorative Graphic featuring PMB partner Alexis Joachim

PMB partner Alexis Polk Joachim is featured in the June/July edition of the Louisiana State Bar Association Bar Journal.

Recently, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled to adopt a revision to the Bar License Requirements to better support military spouses who practice law. Military spouses in all fields face challenges. A military spouse pursuing or continuing a legal career, however, provides it's own unique challenges.

"Due to the need for the frequent relocation of active-duty service members of the United States Uniformed Services, as defined by the United States Department of Defense, attorneys who are the spouses of these members, stationed within Louisiana, may obtain a limited license to practice law without examination according to the terms of Louisiana Supreme Court Rule XVII, Section 15. Specifically, the rule allows for military spouse attorneys to practice in Louisiana for the duration of their spouse’s orders under the mentorship of another Louisiana attorney, similar to pro hac vice status." Alexis explains.

As a wife to a former Marine, Alexis Joachim has first-hand experience of the obstacles that these men and women face. She currently serves as the Louisiana Director of the Military Spouse JD Network and is optimistic that the partnership between the military and legal communities will be mutually beneficial.

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