Tuesday, April 6, 2010
The Louisiana Supreme Court denied admission to an applicant who originally sat for the July 2001 bar exam. The Committee on Bar Admissions was advised by the applicant's law school that "he had been disciplined for committing fraudulent acts in the course of his employment as a student research assistant." He was allowed to sit for the exam but did not pass.
He passed the February 2002 bar exam but moved the withdraw his application when an investigation by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel found evidence of unauthorized practice in assisting a lay person with legal analysis and pro se pleadings. The court allowed him to withdraw his application.
He again applied for admission in November 2009. The committee opposed the application and asserted that the applicant had engaged in unauthorized practice in Maryland (the applicant's last name is Maryland) by entering an appearance as counsel in a domestic matter. As a result, the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission sought an injunction and a consent order was issued prohibiting further acts of unauthorized practice. (Mike Frisch)