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{tab=APPLICATION OF JEB F.}Issue: Did an applicant who was convicted of armed robbery in another state, but received a certificate from that state which absolved him from all civil liabilities and disabilities relating to his crime, merit admission to the Bar?

Admitted?: No.

Area of Concern: Criminal Misconduct, Insufficient Evidence of Rehabilitation.

Citation: 316 Md. 234, 558 A.2d 378 (1989)

{tab=Opinion}PANEL: MURPHY, C.J., ELDRIDGE, RODOWSKY, McAULIFFE, ADKINS, BLACKWELL and JAMES F. COUCH, Jr. (retired) Specially Assigned), JJ.

ORDER

The Court having considered the unfavorable recommendations of the State Board of Law Examiners and the Character Committee for the Eighth Judicial Circuit, and;

The Court having ordered that a hearing be held to allow Jeb F. to show cause why the unfavorable recommendations of the Board and Character Committee should be rejected and the applicant be admitted to the Bar of Maryland, and;

The burden being upon the applicant at all times to prove that he presently possesses the requisite moral character and fitness to be admitted to the Bar of Maryland, In Re Application of G.L.S., 292 Md. 378, 398, 439 A.2d 1107 (1982), and;

The recommendation of the Board that the applicant has failed to carry this burden of proof being entitled to great weight, In Re Application of Charles M., 313 Md. 168, 178, 545 A.2d 7 (1988), and; The Court having conducted a hearing and having made an independent evaluation of the applicant's present moral character based upon the records made by the Character Committee and the Board, and as supplemented by the applicant, In Re Application of Allan S., 282 Md. 683, 691, 387 A.2d 271 (1978), and;

The Court having considered the opinions of the Character Committee and the Board, and having also considered the reasons presented by the applicant in support of his position that he presently possesses the requisite moral Page 236 character and fitness to be admitted to the Bar of Maryland, and; The Court having also considered various constitutional arguments presented by the applicant to justify his admission to the Bar, namely that the holdings of the Board and the Committee constituted a denial of his constitutional right to equal protection, due process, privileges and liberties, and his right to have the Court give full faith and credit to a "Certification of Relief from Disability" granted to him by the State of New York, absolving him from all civil liabilities and disabilities, resulting from a conviction for armed robbery in that State, and; The Court having concluded that Jeb F. has failed to establish present good moral character and fitness at this time to be admitted to the Bar of this State, and the Court having found no merit in any of the applicant's constitutional arguments, it is, this 31st day of May, 1989 ORDERED, by the Court of Appeals of Maryland, that the unfavorable recommendations of the State Board of Law Examiners and the Character Committee for the Eighth Judicial Circuit be, and they are hereby, accepted and Jeb F. is denied admission at this time to the Bar of Maryland.

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When the Maryland Board of Law Examiners, DC Bar Committee on Admissions, or any 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 character committee hearings and in hearings before the Court of Appeals 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 or the DC Bar's NCBE application, you should strongly consider retaining bar admissions counsel if you want to avoid denial of a law license and get 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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