Monday, September 28, 2009

Ohio Supreme Court Proposes Rule Changes For Felon-Applicants

From the web page of the Ohio Supreme Court:

The Supreme Court of Ohio will accept public comment until Oct. 21 on a proposed rule change to expand mandatory Supreme Court review of the character, fitness and moral qualifications of applicants seeking to be admitted to the practice of law to anyone convicted of a first- or second-degree felony. The rule currently requires mandatory review of applicants convicted of aggravated murder, murder, attempted murder or rape.

In addition, the proposed amendments would allow the Board of Commissioners on Character & Fitness more discretion in reviewing and approving the character, fitness and moral qualifications of applicants convicted of other felonies.

View the text of the proposed rule. Comments on the amendments should be submitted in writing to: Lee Ann Ward, Director of Bar Admissions, Supreme Court of Ohio, 65 S. Front St., 5th Floor, Columbus, Ohio 43215 or leeann.ward@sc.ohio.gov.

(Mike Frisch)

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