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(a) Proceedings Before Accommodations Review Committee, Character Committee, or Board. Except as provided in sections (b), (c), and (d) of this Rule, the proceedings before the Accommodations Review Committee and its panels, a Character Committee, and the Board, including related papers, evidence, and information, are confidential and shall not be open to public inspection or subject to court process or compulsory disclosure.

(b) Right of Applicant.

(1) Right to Attend Hearings and Inspect Papers. An applicant has the right to attend all hearings before a panel of the Accommodations Review Committee, a Character Committee, the Board, and the Court pertaining to his or her application and, except as provided in subsection (b)(2) of this Rule, to be informed of and inspect all papers, evidence, and information received or considered by the panel, Committee or the Board pertaining to the applicant.

(2) Exclusions. Subsection (b)(1) of this Rule does not apply to (A) papers or evidence received, considered, or prepared by the National Conference of Bar Examiners, a Character Committee, or the Board if the Committee or Board, without a hearing, recommends the applicant's admission; (B) personal memoranda, notes, and work papers of members or staff of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, a Character Committee, or the Board; (C) correspondence between or among members or staff of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, a Character Committee, or the Board; or (D) an applicant's bar examination grades and answers, except as authorized in Rule 19-207 and Rule 19-213.

(c) When Disclosure Authorized. The Board may disclose:

(1) statistical information that does not reveal the identity of an individual applicant;

(2) the fact that an applicant has passed the bar examination and the date of the examination;

(3) if the applicant has consented in writing, any material pertaining to the applicant that the applicant would be entitled to inspect under section (b) of this Rule;

(4) for use in a pending disciplinary proceeding against the applicant as an attorney or judge, a pending proceeding for reinstatement of the applicant as an attorney after suspension or disbarment, or a pending proceeding for original admission of the applicant to the Bar, any material pertaining to an applicant requested by:

(A) a court of this State, another state, or the United States;

(B) Bar Counsel, the Attorney Grievance Commission, or the attorney disciplinary authority in another state;

(C) the authority in another jurisdiction responsible for investigating the character and fitness of an applicant for admission to the bar of that jurisdiction, or

(D) Investigative Counsel, the Commission on Judicial Disabilities, or the judicial disciplinary authority in another jurisdiction;

(5) any material pertaining to an applicant requested by a judicial nominating commission or the Governor of this or any other State, a committee of the Senate of Maryland, the President of the United States, or a committee of the United States Senate in connection with an application by or nomination of the applicant for judicial office;

(6) to a law school, the names of individuals who graduated from that law school who took a bar examination, whether they passed or failed the examination, and the number of bar examination attempts by each individual;

(7) to the Maryland State Bar Association and any other bona fide bar association in the State of Maryland, the name and address of an individual recommended for bar admission pursuant to Rule 19-209;

(8) to each entity selected to give the orientation program required by Rule 19-210 and verify participation in it, the name and address of an individual recommended for bar admission pursuant to Rule 19-209;

(9) to the National Conference of Bar Examiners, the following information regarding individuals who have filed applications for admission pursuant to Rule 19-202 or petitions to take the attorney's examination pursuant to Rule 19-213: the applicant's name and any aliases, applicant number, birthdate, Law School Admission Council number, law school, date that a juris doctor or equivalent degree was conferred, bar examination results and pass/fail status, and the number of bar examination attempts;

(10) to any member of a Character Committee, the report of any Character Committee or the Board following a hearing on an application; and

(11) to the Child Support Enforcement Administration, upon its request, the name, Social Security number, and address of an individual who has filed an application pursuant to Rule 19-202 or a petition to take the attorney's examination pursuant to Rule 19-213.

Unless information disclosed pursuant to subsections (c)(4) and (5) of this Rule is disclosed with the written consent of the applicant, an applicant shall receive a copy of the information and may rebut, in writing, any matter contained in it. Upon receipt of a written rebuttal, the Board shall forward a copy to the individual or entity to whom the information was disclosed.

(d) Proceedings and Access to Records in the Court of Appeals.

(1) Subject to reasonable regulation by the Court of Appeals, Bar Admission ceremonies shall be open.

(2) Unless the Court otherwise orders in a particular case:

(A) hearings in the Court of Appeals shall be open, and

(B) if the Court conducts a hearing regarding a bar applicant, any report by the Accommodations Review Committee, a Character Committee, or the Board filed with the Court, but no other part of the applicant's record, shall be subject to public inspection.

(3) The Court of Appeals may make any of the disclosures that the Board may make pursuant to section (c) of this Rule.

(4) Except as provided in subsections (d)(1), (2), and (3) of this Rule or as otherwise required by law, proceedings before the Court of Appeals and the related papers, evidence, and information are confidential and shall not be open to public inspection or subject to court process or compulsory disclosure.