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Robert C. Murphy

Robert C. Murphy

Former Chief Judge, Court of Appeals of Maryland


Issue: Did a candidate who overcame a history of criminal misconduct related to drug addiction possess the requisite good character for admission to the Bar of Maryland?

Admitted?: Yes.

Area of Concern: Addiction, Criminal History, Rehabilitation

Citation: 286 Md. 507, 408 A.2d 1023 (1979)

  • Decided on .
When the Board of Law Examiners or a Character Committee questions your character and fitness for bar admission, bar applicants should retain an attorney to assist in disclosing information relevant to character and fitness, to guide them through the bar admissions process, and to represent applicants in hearings before the Character Committee, Board of Law Examiners and Court of Appeals of Maryland to determine whether they are fit to practice law. Character and fitness concerns may arise in connection with prior criminal convictions, academic dishonesty and honor code violations, addictions, drunk driving, neglected debts, and a failure to disclose material information on law school applications or on bar applications. If you have a history of misconduct, traffic citations, crimes, arrests and other facts to disclose in response to the character portion of the Maryland Bar Application, you should strongly consider retaining bar admissions counsel if you want to avoid denial of a law license and be granted a license to practice law. This is even true for applicants for admission to law schools as these applications ask similar questions about character. A failure to disclose facts material to your admission could result in a denial of bar admission.

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