CrossingtheBar.Com, a Web site devoted to providing information and commentary on the multijurisdictional practice of law, has ceased to operate. On the site’s homepage, George Riemer, president of Ethics Northwest Inc., posts the following message:
“Having put in over five years of effort into providing information and commentary on the multijurisdictional practice of law, I have come to the conclusion that people are not willing to support an independent web-based source of such information. I am not able to continue to contribute the time and money needed to maintain and improve CrossingtheBar.Com as that independent voice on the topic of the multijurisdictional practice of law. I hope lawyers and others interested in this topic can find the information they need through other channels.
“Thanks to those of you who have given me (both positive and negative) feedback and encouragement regarding CrossingtheBar.Com over the course of time. I am sorry I can’t continue, but reality has finally penetrated my idealism. People expect a web-based Encyclopedia Britannia (sic) of MJP for free. I have come to realize I just can’t provide it.”
For those unfamiliar with CrossingtheBar.com, here is what I wrote about it in my book:
“Thinking about moving to warmer climes? Ahh, but there’s that nasty issue of bar admission. Here is help: a Web site that provides a state-by-state guide to reciprocity rules. Beyond reciprocity, it also includes rules for admission pro hac vice, rules regarding the unauthorized practice of law, special licensing procedures for corporate counsel, and information on how other professions deal with multi-state practice. The site covers all U.S. states, territories and possessions. The site hosts a discussion forum for lawyers interested in multi-state practice issues, although it shows little activity.”