Wednesday, June 24, 2020

From Barred To Disbarred

The South Carolina Supreme Court has disbarred an attorney for misconduct relating to multiple bar admission issues

In February 2018, Respondent submitted an application for admission to the South Carolina Bar based on an existing Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) score from  Wyoming. Respondent's application was approved, and she was sworn-in as a member of the South Carolina Bar on February 19, 2019. The day after the swearing-in, the South Carolina Office of Bar Admissions learned Respondent knowingly provided false and/or misleading information in her South Carolina application for admission.

Among the issues were several non-disclosures of required information

Respondent failed to include in her application for admission that she previously applied for admission to practice law in North Carolina in 2013 and 2014, and in Idaho in 2016.

An incomplete answer on withdrawing the Wyoming application

"It was incomplete because I didn't include the fact that part of the reason for my withdraw [sic] was due to some resistance from the Character and Fitness Board from the state of Wyoming when I initially applied."

Arrests

Respondent failed to disclose a 2005 arrest for driving under the influence (DUI) and resulting license suspension. Respondent also failed to disclose the same 2005 DUI in her applications for admission to practice law in North Carolina and Idaho. 

Other issues

Respondent also knowingly provided a false statement on her North Carolina Bar application when she failed to notify the North Carolina Bar her driver's license was suspended for three months following her 2005 DUI arrest. Respondent knowingly provided another false statement on her North Carolina Bar application when she failed to notify the North Carolina Bar of her 2005 DUI arrest.

In her original application for admission to practice law in Idaho, Respondent knowingly failed to inform the Idaho Bar she had previously applied for admission in Wyoming, and provided a false statement when she failed to include her 2005 DUI arrest on her Idaho Bar application. Respondent also failed to provide complete and truthful responses on her Idaho Bar application regarding her conduct during her attempt to seek admission in Wyoming.

Sanction

We find Respondent's misconduct warrants disbarment. Accordingly, we accept the Agreement and disbar Respondent, retroactive to the date of her interim suspension. 

(Mike Frisch)

 

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legal_profession/2020/06/the-south-carolina-supreme-court-has-disbarred-an-attorney-in-february-2018-respondent-submitted-an-application-for-admissi.html

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