Wednesday, September 13, 2017
The Minnesota Supreme Court has denied a motion to extend the time allowed for a suspended attorney to pass the MPRE
We expressly stated that, by August 30, 2017, Obasi was required to file with the Clerk of the Appellate Courts proof of his successful completion of the written examination required for admission to the practice of law by the State Board of Law Examiners on the subject of professional responsibility and that failure to do so would result in automatic re-suspension, as provided in Rule 18( e )(3 ), Rules on Lawyers Professional Responsibility (RLPR). Obasi, No. Al6-l l32, Order at 2. The professional responsibility examination referred to in Rule 18( e )(3) is the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE). See Rule 4.A(S), Rules for Admission to the Bar...
We conditionally reinstated Obasi on January 19, 2017. In re Obasi, 889 N.W.2d 295, 295 (Minn. 2017) (order). We repeated the requirement that, by August 30, 2017, Obasi had to file with the Clerk of the Appellate Courts proof of successful completion of the MPRE and that failure to do so would result in automatic re-suspension, pending successful completion of the examination, as provided in Rule 18(e)(3), RLPR. Obasi, 889 N.W.2d at 296. Obasi filed a motion asking for an extension of time to provide proof of successful completion of the MPRE. Obasi states that he sat for the March 2017 MPRE but did not receive a passing score. He sat for the August 12, 2017 MPRE, but it will take longer than 1 month for the results to be reported, which will not allow him to comply with the deadline in our order. Obasi claims that he will not file proof of having passed the MPRE by August 30 through "no fault of [his own]" and for reasons "clearly beyond [his] control." Obasi asks the court to extend the deadline to provide proof of having passed the MPRE ''to a reasonable date immediately after the date of the publication of the results of the August examination."
He failed to show good cause for a further suspension
Obasi has not shown good cause for failing to comply with our August 30, 2017 deadline. In addition, Obasi has now failed to comply with the August 30, 2017 deadline to provide proof of his successful competition of the MPRE. Based on Obasi' s motion, it is clear he cannot comply with this deadline.
The court revoked the conditional readmission and imposed an indefinite suspension. (Mike Frisch)