Sunday, April 1, 2012

Blood, Turnips And Bar Admission

An application for bar admission was denied by the Louisiana Supreme Court.

The court found that the applicant had failed to demonstrate good moral character and fitness to practice due to (1) her failure to disclose a pending civil suit in a 2005 bankruptcy matter; (2) adverse information from her former employment as a hospice nurse; and (3) misrepresentations concerning the termination of the hospice employment.

The failure to disclose in the bankruptcy proceeding caused harm to creditors and the trustee to abandon creditor claims.The applicant claimed reliance on her bankruptcy counsel and rasoned that: "you can't get blood out of a turnip."

Two justices dissented. One would grant conditional admission. (Mike Frisch)

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