Attorney Admissions

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RULE 2090-1. ATTORNEYS — ADMISSION TO PRACTICE
(a) Attorney Practice Before the Court.  Except for activities not requiring representation by an attorney pursuant to Local Rule 9010-2(a), attorneys may not practice before this court unless—
   (1) admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee and presently in good standing before the district court;
   (2) representing the United States and authorized to practice before the district court under Rule 83.5(h) of the Local Rules of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee; or
   (3) admitted to practice pro hac vice under subdivision (c) of this rule.
(b) General Admission.  The bar of this court consists of all attorneys admitted to practice before the district court in accordance with Rule 83.5 of the Local Rules of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee and presently in good standing before the district court.
(c) Admission Pro Hac Vice.  An attorney who is in good standing as a member of the bar of a state and is admitted to practice in a United States District Court may be admitted pro hac vice by comity to appear before this court in a particular case, contested matter, or adversary proceeding. Admission pro hac vice must be sought by written motion that includes or is accompanied by a statement signed by the attorney under penalty of perjury and setting forth—
   (1) the movant’s office address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address;
   (2) each court to which the movant is admitted to practice; and
   (3) that the movant is in good standing and eligible to practice in all courts to which he or she is admitted.
The movant must submit with the motion a proposed order granting the motion, approved for entry by the movant. Except in adversary proceedings, the court in its discretion may waive the requirement of a written motion and in lieu thereof may permit the motion to be made orally on the record by a member of the bar of this court.
 
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RULE 5005-4. ELECTRONIC FILING (b) Electronic Filing Mandatory. All attorneys practicing in this court must register as a Registered User of the Electronic Case Filing (ECF) system and file their pleadings and other papers electronically through the ECF system. Any attorney desiring to file a document in the traditional manner must file with the document a motion for leave to do so, alleging the facts and circumstances that the attorney believes constitute good cause for suspending the operation of the preceding sentence. The motion must be accompanied by a proposed order, approved for entry by the movant.

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Registration for the ECF System

      A.  Eligibility
           1.  General Rule
Any attorney in good standing who is admitted to practice in this court pursuant to E.D. Tenn. LBR 2090-1, including pro hac vice admissions, and any non- attorney trustee are eligible to register and be granted a log-in and a password to participate in the electronic retrieval and filing of documents in the ECF system.

           2.  Creditors and Court Reporters
A creditor or a claim agent may obtain a limited use log-in and password in order to electronically file proofs of claim, notices or evidence of transfers of claims, withdrawals of claims, notices of appearance and requests for notices, and reaffirmation agreements. In addition, limited use log-ins and passwords may be issued to court reporters and transcribers to facilitate the electronic filing of transcripts.

      B.  Registration Process
           1.  Registration Form
An individual desiring to register to file documents electronically must complete and submit the appropriate registration form for each account (available on the court's web site). The completed registration form must be delivered or mailed to one of the divisional offices of the clerk. In the event the information regarding email address(es), mailing address(es) or phone number(s) provided in the individual's registration form changes, the individual is responsible for updating that information in CM/ECF.

          2.  Training
After submission of a completed registration form, the individual must complete a training session provided by the clerk, who will notify the registrant of the available times and places for the training session. The clerk may waive the training requirement if the individual represents on the registration form that the individual: (a) is currently an ECF registered user in another bankruptcy court; (b) has reviewed a copy of this court's local rules and these Administra- tive Procedures; and (c) understands that all electronic filings are subject to these rules and procedures. Law office staff who are not attorneys or trustees may attend ECF training without registration, but are not eligible for a separate login or password.

          3.  Log-in and Password
               a.  Issuance
Upon completion of the training requirement, the registration process will be completed by the clerk issuing a log-in name and password to the individual, who will then become a Registered User, as this term is used in these Administrative Procedures, enabling the individual to file documents electroni- cally. Upon request, a Registered User may obtain multiple log-ins and pass- words.

               b.  Appropriate Usage
The password issued for electronic filing should only be used by the Registered User to whom the password is assigned and authorized agents and employees of the Registered User. No Registered User may knowingly permit his/her pass- word to be used by anyone who is not authorized to use the password, and no person may knowingly use the password of a Registered User unless such person is so authorized. In the event a Registered User suspects or knows that the security of the password has been compromised, the Registered User should immediately notify the clerk and obtain a new log-in and password.

     C.  Effect  of Registration
Registration as a Registered User constitutes:
          1.  waiver of the right to receive notice by first-class mail and consent to receive notice electronically;
          2.  waiver of the right to service by personal service or first-class mail and consent to electronic service, except with regard to service of a summons and complaint under Fed. R. Bankr. P. 7004; and
          3.  consent to electronic notice of the entry of a judgment or order under Fed. R. Bankr. P. 9022(a).

      D. Termination Or Withdrawal of Registration.
           1.  Termination
After notice and a hearing, the court may terminate a Registered User's use of ECF for cause, including abuse of ECF or failure to comply with these Admini- strative Procedures, and impose such sanctions as are appropriate.

           2.  Withdrawal
A Registered User may withdraw from participation in ECF by providing the clerk written notice of such withdrawal. Upon receipt of written notice, the clerk will immediately cancel the Registered User's log-in and delete the Registered User's name from any applicable electronic service list.
RULE 5005-4. ELECTRONIC FILING (b) Electronic Filing Mandatory. All attorneys practicing in this court must register as a Registered User of the Electronic Case Filing (ECF) system and file their pleadings and other papers electronically through the ECF system. Any attorney desiring to file a document in the traditional manner must file with the document a motion for leave to do so, alleging the facts and circumstances that the attorney believes constitute good cause for suspending the operation of the preceding sentence. The motion must be accompanied by a proposed order, approved for entry by the movant.