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Unauthorized practice of law bill falls short

Solo and small-firm attorneys hoping for a stronger statute to pursue those who practice law without a license will have to wait at least another year. Rep. John Burnett, D-Kansas City, succeeded in getting an unauthorized practice of law provision tucked into a broad judiciary bill in the House. The language would place the unauthorized practice of law under the state's Merchandising Practices Act and allow a private cause of action against violators. The provision generated little discussion in the House Judiciary Committee (Chairman Bryan Stevenson is pictured) and became a few lines in a nearly 200-page bill that passed the House.