Thursday, March 19, 2009
The New York Appellate Division for the Third Judicial Department declined to admit an applicant for admission who had passed the February 2005 New York bar examination. The character and fitness problem related to a finding of misconduct in taking the July 2005 Michigan bar examination. The applicant had continued writing after time had been called.
The court here denied the application for admission subject to renewal if the applicant is able to obtain admission in Michigan. There is an important lesson here for bar exam takers: carefully follow the rules of the road. It has been four years since this applicant passed the New York Bar and the question whether or not admission will be granted remains open. (Mike Frisch)