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Notice of Appearance

Local Rule Number: 
Rule 9010-1
9000 Series

(A)       Requirement of Notice of Appearance.  Every attorney representing a party or witness in any case or proceeding in this court must file a notice of appearance in the case or proceeding, except that the notice need not be filed when the appearance has previously been evidenced by the filing of a paper on behalf of the client.  For the purpose of this rule, the filing of any paper (other than a ballot or proof of claim) shall, unless otherwise specified, constitute an appearance by the attorney who signs or electronically files it.  An appearance filed in the main bankruptcy case is not an appearance in the adversary proceeding nor is an appearance in an adversary proceeding an appearance in the main case.  To receive service in both a main case and a related adversary proceeding, a notice of appearance must be filed in the main case and another notice of appearance must be filed in the adversary proceeding.

(B)       Appearing Without an Attorney.

(1)        Corporations and Other Artificial Entities. A corporation, partnership, trust, or other artificial entity cannot appear or act on its own behalf without an attorney in a case or proceeding, except that it may take the following actions without an attorney:  file requests for service of notices pursuant to Bankruptcy Rule 2002, file proofs of claim, file notices under Local Rule 3070-1(B), or file a ballot, and attend and participate at the meeting of creditors held under 11 U.S.C. §341.

(2)        Parties Already Represented by Attorney.  A party who has appeared by attorney cannot thereafter appear or act in his or her own behalf in the case or proceeding–unless the attorney shall first have withdrawn as the attorney pursuant to Local Rule 2091-1–except to file a proof of claim, notices filed under Local Rule 3070-1(B), or a ballot, or to attend and inquire at the meeting of creditors; provided, that the court may in its discretion hear a party in open court, notwithstanding the fact that the party has appeared by or is represented by an attorney.