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STATE OF WISCONSIN
IN THE SUPREME COURT
In the Matter of the proposed amendment of Wisconsin Statute
§ 809.85, relating to the pro hac vice admission, substitution and
PETITION 20-___
withdrawal of retained counsel in appellate court proceedings
For the reasons set forth in the accompanying supporting memorandum, the petitioner, the Wisconsin Judicial Council,
respectfully petitions the court to amend the Rules of Appellate Procedure, Wis. Stat. 809.85, to establish a procedure for pro
hac vice admission, substitution and withdrawal of retained counsel in appellate court proceedings. This petition is filed pursuant
to the court’s rulemaking authority under Wis. Stat. § 751.12.
PETITION
The Judicial Council respectfully requests that the Supreme Court adopt the following:
SECTION 1. 809.85 (title) of the statutes is amended to read:
809.85 (title) Rule (Counsel to ContinueContinuation, Appearance, Substitution or Withdrawal of Counsel).
SECTION 2. 809.85 of the statutes is renumbered 809.85 (1) and amended to read:
(1) Appointed counsel to continue. An attorney appointed by a lower court in a case or proceeding appealed to the court shall
continue to act in the same capacity in the court until the court relieves the attorney or as allowed under subs. (3), (4) or (5) (b).
SECTION 3. 809.85 (2) of the statutes is created to read:
809.85 (2) Nonadmitted counsel. (a) Counsel not admitted to practice law in Wisconsin but admitted pro hac vice in the circuit
court case shall provide the appellate clerk with a copy of the circuit court’s order admitting counsel pro hac vice and then may
appear before the court in association with counsel admitted to practice law and in good standing in Wisconsin. Wisconsin counsel
shall sign every document filed in the court and shall be present in person in all proceedings unless excused by the court.
(b) Counsel not admitted to practice law in Wisconsin may move the court for pro hac vice admission and shall state by affidavit that
they are admitted to practice law and are in good standing to practice law in another jurisdiction and that they have complied with
SCR 10.03 (4). If the motion is granted, counsel may appear before the court in association with counsel admitted to practice law
and in good standing in Wisconsin. Wisconsin counsel shall sign every document filed in the court and shall be present in person
in all proceedings unless excused by the court.
(c) For good cause the court may revoke the privilege granted herein of any nonadmitted counsel to appear in any proceeding.
SECTION 4. 809.85 (3) of the statutes is created to read:
(3) Notice of limited appearance. If an attorney’s scope of representation is limited, notices under s. 802.045 of limited
appearance and of termination of limited appearance shall be filed with the court and served on the client and all parties. Upon the
filing of the notice of termination of limited appearance, the clerk of court shall enter the withdrawal of counsel on the court docket
without a court order.
SECTION 5. 809.85 (4) is created to read:
(4) Substitution of counsel. (a) Applicability. This subsection does not apply to counsel appointed for a person under s.
809.107, 809.30 (2) (e) or ch. 977 or by the circuit court for postconviction, postcommitment, or postdisposition proceedings under
s. 809.107, 809.30 or 809.32.
(b) Substitution by mutual consent.
1. An attorney for a party to an appeal or other appellate court proceeding may withdraw upon the party’s consent by filing a notice
of withdrawal signed by the party and withdrawing counsel and accompanied by a notice of substitution of counsel signed by
substitute counsel. The notice of substitution of counsel must provide the substitute attorney’s name, mailing address, electronic
mail address, if any, and telephone number. Upon the filing of a notice of withdrawal and notice of substitution of counsel, the clerk
of court shall enter the substitution on the court docket without a court order.
2. Substitution of counsel without the signature of withdrawing counsel may be allowed for good cause shown and upon such
terms as shall be just.
(c) Entry of appearance by members or employees of law firms, professional corporations, legal assistance clinics, and agencies.
The entry of an appearance as attorney of record by an attorney who is a member or an employee of a law firm, professional
corporation, legal assistance clinic, or agency representing a party to the appeal or other appellate court proceeding shall relieve
other members or employees of the same law firm, professional corporation, legal assistance clinic, or agency from the necessity
of filing a notice of withdrawal and substitution of counsel. Upon entry of such appearance, the clerk of court shall enter the
substitution of counsel on the court docket without a court order unless the entry of appearance indicates that the attorneys will
serve as co-counsel.
SECTION 6. 809.85 (5) is created to read:
(5) Withdrawal of counsel. (a) Applicability. This subsection does not apply to counsel appointed for a person under s. 809.107,
809.30 (2) (e) or ch. 977 or by the circuit court for postconviction, postcommitment, or postdisposition proceedings under s.
809.107, 809.30 or 809.32.
(b) Withdrawal by consent. Other than in an appeal under s. 809.107 or 809.30, an attorney for a party to an appeal or other
appellate court proceeding may withdraw as counsel of record upon the party’s consent by filing a notice of withdrawal signed by
the party indicating consent. The notice shall indicate the party’s last known address unless disclosure of the address would violate
a standard of professional responsibility. Upon the filing of a notice of withdrawal indicating the party’s consent, the clerk of court
shall enter the withdrawal on the court docket without a court order.
(c) Withdrawal by motion. An attorney desiring to withdraw as counsel of record for a party to an appeal or other appellate court
proceeding who is unable to obtain the party’s consent under sub. (5)(b), or in an appeal under s. 809.107 or 809.30, must file
a motion to withdraw. The motion shall be filed in the court in which the appeal or other appellate court proceeding is pending.
(d) Referral for appointment of counsel by the state public defender. If the appeal or other appellate court proceeding is one
in which the client may be eligible for the appointment of counsel under s. 809.107, 809.30 (2) (e) or ch. 977, and if the client
requests representation by the state public defender, the attorney shall serve a copy of the motion to withdraw on the appellate
division intake unit in the Madison appellate office of the state public defender and refer the client to the appellate division intake
office for indigency determination and the possible appointment of counsel. When a client is referred to the state public defender,
within 20 days after receipt of a motion to withdraw filed and served under par. (e), the state public defender shall notify the court
in which the motion was filed of the status of the determination of the client’s indigency and whether the state public defender will
appoint counsel.
(e) Content of motion to withdraw as counsel. A motion to withdraw as counsel must include all of the following items:
1. The client’s name and last known address, unless disclosure of the address would violate a standard of professional responsibility.
2. A statement that at least fourteen days before the motion was filed the client was notified in person, by mail, by electronic mail,
or by phone of all of the following information:
a. Counsel’s intent to withdraw.
b. Of the right to object to the motion within 11 days after service of the motion.
c. That unless the client retains or obtains new counsel, the client is personally responsible for keeping the court and the other
parties informed where notices, briefs, or other papers may be served and complying with all court orders and time limitations
established by the rules of appellate procedure or by court order, and that if the client fails or refuses to comply with court orders
and established time limitations, the client may suffer possible dismissal, default or other penalty.
d. The date of any pending deadline or required filing in the appeal or other appellate proceeding.
e. If the client is not a natural person, that the client must be represented by counsel unless the appeal is taken from a small
claims case.
3. When referral to the state public defender is required under par. (d), a statement that the referral was made and the date it
was made.
4. A statement that the motion was served on the client, all parties to the appeal, and the appellate division intake unit in the
Madison appellate office of the state public defender when referral to the state public defender is required under par. (d).
5. If counsel was unable to give the client the notice required under subd. 2., a statement that attempts to give notice have failed
and an explanation of what good faith efforts counsel made to satisfy the notice requirement.
6. The reasons for withdrawal under SCR 20:1:16 and the facts relevant to the reasons or factors in the withdrawal determination
under par. (f), unless an explanation of the reasons and facts would violate a standard of professional responsibility.
(f) Factors in withdrawal determination. The court may approve withdrawal under appropriate terms and conditions. The court may
consider the following factors in deciding the attorney’s motion to withdraw:
1. Whether the client has been given reasonable notice and opportunity to obtain substitute counsel.
2. Complexity of the case, the length of time the attorney has served as counsel of record, and preparatory work completed.
3. The amount of fees paid or owed.
4. Whether the request is made to manipulate the appellate process.
5. Whether the attorney-client relationship is irrevocably broken.
6. Prejudice to any party.
7. Delay caused by the withdrawal of counsel of record.
8. Whether the Office of the State Public Defender will appoint counsel.
9. Such other factors as the court may determine to be relevant.
(g) Time tolled. The filing of a motion to withdraw under this section automatically tolls the time for performing an act required by
the rules of appellate procedure or court order from the date the motion was filed until the date motion is disposed of by order. The
time for filing a petition for review under s. 808.10 is not tolled.
(h) Motion not necessary. Upon the filing of a petition for review by a self-represented person or new counsel, the clerk shall enter
the withdrawal of counsel or substitution of counsel on the court docket without a court order.
SECTION 7. 809.85 (6) of the statutes is created to read:
(6) Client’s file. The withdrawing attorney shall surrender to the client or successor counsel the papers and property to which
the client is entitled within fourteen days of counsel’s receipt of the client’s or successor counsel’s request, unless the court
orders otherwise.
SECTION 8. Following s. 809.85 a Judicial Council Note is created to read:
Judicial Council Note: Subsection (5) (a) is not intended to supersede Rule 809.30 (4), which governs the withdrawal of appointed
counsel. Subsection (6) is consistent with SCR 20:1.16 (d) and only adds a time limit in which counsel must act. Subsection (6)
allows the court to defer the surrender of papers and property to the client when the appointment of new counsel is anticipated.
The Wisconsin Judicial Council respectfully requests that the Court publish the Judicial Council Note to § 809.85.
Dated ____________________, 2020.
Respectfully submitted,
WISCONSIN JUDICIAL COUNCIL
/s/ William C. Gleisner, III
Acting Secretary, Wisconsin Judicial Council
19125 Killarney Way
Brookfield, Wisconsin 53045
wgleisner@sbcglobal.net
/s/ Judge Thomas M. Hruz
Chair, Appellate Procedure Committee
District III, Wisconsin Court of Appeals
2100 Stewart Avenue, Suite 310
Wausau, Wisconsin 54401-1700
Thomas.hruz@wicourts.gov
PUB: WSJ: Febraury 17, 24 & March 3, 2021
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