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Lynne A. Battaglia

Lynne A. Battaglia

Former Judge, Court of Appeals of Maryland

APPLICATION OF GJINI

Issue: Does an applicant who failed to disclose a Petition to Violate Probation on his Bar Application possess the requisite character and fitness to be admitted to the Maryland Bar?

Admitted?: No. Considering his known obligations to candidly, accurately and currently disclose information reflecting upon his character and fitness to practice law, an applicant’s failure to disclose a Petition to Violate Probation on his Bar Application warranted the Court's denial of his application for admission to the Bar of Maryland. The applicant lost his bid for bar membership by a narrow 4-3 vote where the majority opinion was written by a retired judge who concluded that the applicant's "disregard of his obligation to disclose, whether because of ignorance or calculated error does not warrant his admission to the Bar of Maryland." Three dissenting judges would have adopted the unanimous recommendation of the Board of Law Examiners which did not believe that the charges or the conduct behind the charges should prevent the applicant from entering the practice of law.

Citation: Misc. Docket No. 32