Irwin R. Kramer

Attorneys with Experience in the Bar Admissions Character and Fitness ProcessA former law professor who has lectured to thousands of bar candidates nationwide, Irwin Kramer has devoted a large part of his career to supporting the careers of law students, bar applicants and young lawyers.

Taking a personal interest in the success of his clients, Irwin regularly assists applicants in responding to challenging items on character questionnaires, crafting key disclosures to avoid future problems, and advocating for their admission before character committees, the Board of Law Examiners, and the Court of Appeals.

As managing partner of the AV-rated litigation firm of Kramer & Connolly, Irwin has served as lead counsel on behalf of Fortune 500 companies, insurance carriers, and businesses throughout the world in complex civil lawsuits, commercial and real estate cases, intellectual property and media law, class action lawsuits, serious personal injury, D&O cases and business disputes.  Combined with significant trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts, Irwin's law firm management experience gives him an appreciation for the pressures of law practice and the ethical issues confronting attorneys on a daily basis.  Thus, in addition to his work with bar applicants, Irwin regularly represents his fellow attorneys in professional malpractice and disciplinary matters.

Avvo Rating: 10.0 SuperbProfiled in Who's Who in America and in A.M. Best's Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys, Irwin has taught at some of the most prestigious law schools in the nation, and continues to publish and to lecture nationally on trial advocacy and legal ethics. Dedicated to making the law "user-friendly" for those who must live by it, Irwin founded The Legal Television Network, where he produces features designed to enhance public access to legal information. Honored by the Maryland Bar Foundation with its Award for Legal Excellence in The Advancement of Public Understanding of the Law, Irwin has also hosted legal programs on C-SPAN, and appears regularly as a television legal analyst.

After graduating summa cum laude from Towson University, Irwin earned his Juris Doctor with high honors from the University of Maryland School of Law, where he won the school's moot court championship and was inducted into the Order of the Coif for his high academic standing. He received a Master of Laws degree from Columbia University School of Law and served as a Vice President of the Columbia Law School Alumni Association of Washington, D.C. Irwin is a member of the bar in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and several federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States.

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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