Thursday, October 1, 2009

"Inappropriate and Offensive" Pattern Of Conduct Prevents Bar Admission

The New York Appellate Division for the Third Judicial Department has denied the admission application of a person who passed the bar exam in 2005. According to the court, the applicant had "engaged in a pattern of inappropriate and offensive behavior at work and in law school [not described in the opinion] extending from 1990 until recently." The applicant also exhibited a lack of candor in the New Jersey admissions process, where admission was withheld for a year pending evidence of "personal reform and current good character."

The court here allowed renewal of the character and fitness inquiry after a year. Unfortunately, the absence of any description of the conduct at issue gives little guidance to future applicants. (Mike Frisch)

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I really am disappointed there is nothing more there, Mike. The phrasing is already nebulous enough, but to give no facts to back it up abandons the educational function of such decisions. What am I supposed to tell my students?

Posted by: Alan Childress | Oct 1, 2009 10:58:35 AM

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