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Shirley M. Watts

Shirley M. Watts

Court of Appeals of Maryland


Issue: Does a bar applicant who displayed a pattern of financial irresponsibility, applied for a car loan with false information, and failed to disclose a recent bankruptcy qualify for admission to the Bar of Maryland?

Admitted?: No. After considering the unfavorable recommendations of the Character Committee and State Board of Law Examiners, the Court held that the bar applicant had not met the burden of proving that he possesses the moral character and fitness required for admission to Bar of Maryland because applicant: (1) had demonstrated consistent pattern of financial irresponsibility; and (2) completed and signed a car loan application which included false financial information and failed to include information about recent bankruptcy.

Citation: 441 Md. 65 (2014)