Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Georgia Declines To Waive Requirements For Admission Without Examination

The Georgia Supreme Court concluded that an appeal of the denial of admission on reciprocity was untimely but nonetheless without merit.

The applicant was admitted in New York in 2015.

In order to waive into the Georgia Bar, one must have actively practiced law for five of the preceding seven years.

Andrews provided an explanation and summary of her law practice between 2015 and 2021, including her work in the following positions: (1) general counsel for New York State Senator Phil Boyle from September 2015 until January 2017; (2) Senior Policy Analyst with the Georgia General Assembly Senate Research Office from January 2017 until October 2018; and (3) Director of Government Relations at the Georgia Department of Public Health from October 2018 to present.


We note that Andrews appears to be asserting that she has actively practiced law in Georgia from January 2017 to the present without being licensed to practice law in this state.

Waiver of the requirement

We conclude that the Board did not abuse its discretion in denying Andrews’s waiver request as there was ample support in the record for refusing a waiver. Further, as explained above, the Board is without authority to extend the applicable time limits imposed by this Court on when an applicant must file an appeal for our review. Additionally, Andrews failed to present any authority in support of her contention that the Board abused its discretion in failing to grant her a hearing. No such hearing is required by or even contemplated under the Rules.

(Mike Frisch)

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