Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Practice of Law Without a License?

I am still researching the issue, but ask yourself the following question: If this is a basic contract claim not involving any real federal Indian gaming issues (which it is), then why do we need an attorney who is not admitted or domiciled in Massachusetts to handle the litigation? Handling an arbitration looks like the practice of law in Massachusetts requiring a license to do so. Why hire an out of state big firm lawyer to do this contract case -- which is governed by the laws of the Commonwealth -- to handle a domestic contract case? It seems to be something that the BOS has not considered. The BOS should think about this, and if an indian gaming law expert is needed for a run of the mill Massachusetts contract dispute, then hire him on a limited basis to give expert testimony.

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