Wednesday, January 26, 2011
The New Hampshire Supreme Court has denied the application for bar admission of an applicant (identified as "G.W.") who sat for the bar exam seven times between 1991 and 2007 before passing in 2008.
Several criminal convictions occured over that period of time, including an 1993 April Fool's Day incident where he "pretended to be a robber," six violations of a restraining order in 1999, criminal threatening in 2001 and a 2004 driving while intoxicated. He owes almost $140,000 in student loans.
He passed the February 2008 bar exam (eighth time the charm) but ran into character and fitness troubles as a result of the crimes and "financial irresponsibility." The Standing Committee on Character and Fitness recommended that he not be admitted. The committee was concerned that he has "not held gainful employment since his law school graduation almost twenty years ago." He also had picked up a 2008 DWI charge.
The court found that, while the criminal conduct did not serve as an automatic bar to admission, the applicant had failed to accept responsibility for his conduct. His outstanding debts "are equally of concern." He had not displayed candor throughout the process.
We appreciate that the applicant...has overcome mental and physical difficulties. However, taken as a whole, the record reflects an individual with a long history of evading his financial obligations, as well as failing to accept responsibility for the consequences of his poor judgment and criminal behavior. We see no evidence that, as an attorney, the applicant would conduct himself any differently.
Application denied. (Mike Frisch)