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Janie Paulson is a licensed attorney in California, Minnesota and the District of Columbia. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, CA. Janie has clerked for Judge J. Thomas Mott of the Minnesota Second Judicial District and interned at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Currently, Janie provides compliance research and analysis to Bank of America and lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is a member of the Junior League. Janie can be reached at

Entities Appearing in District Court Need Attorney Representation

The answer to the question of whether an entity needs an attorney in court is simply "yes." Despite the fact that the legislature has attempted to create exceptions to the common law rule and some courts may allow a non-attorney appearance, the longstanding common law rule still applies. Failing to appear with an attorney representative may have a consequence of dismissal or default.

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