Who may practice before the Service or Board
(1) Admission to practice not prerequisite. At one time
there was a general requirement, subject to some exceptions,
that no person would be permitted to practice before the
Service or the Board unless he had applied for and been
admitted to practice. However, this requirement was
eliminated in 1958, and special admission to practice is no
longer a prerequisite.
(2) Attorneys in the United States. A general statute
applicable to all federal agencies now authorizes any at
torney in good standing to represent others before any
federal agency, upon filing a written declaration that he is
currently qualified and is authorized to represent the party
for whom he appears.
Any attorney in good standing now
may represent persons before the Service or Board.
(3) Law students and law graduates. The regulations
authorize representation under prescribed conditions by a
law student enrolled in the final year of an accredited law
school or a law school graduate not yet admitted to the bar.
(4) Foreign attorneys. Attorneys residing and practicing
law in foreign countries are now authorized to represent
persons before the Service or Board.
(5) Accredited representatives of recognized social agen
cies. A person may be represented by an accredited rep
resentative of a non-profit religious, charitable, social serv
ice, or similar organization recognized by the Board.