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Judge Sally Adkins

Judge Sally Adkins

Judge, Court of Appeals of Maryland


Issue: Does an applicant who was suspended from the practice of law in another state, failed to provide a credible explanation for failing to disclose that state's second denial of reinstatement, did not fully disclose a jury conviction for resisting arrest, and failed to supplement his application with information requested by the State Board of Law Examiners possess the requisite character and fitness to be admitted to the Maryland Bar?

Admitted?: No. The applicant failed to meet his burden of establishing that he possessed the requisite moral character and fitness for admission. Not only was he suspended in another state following several instances of misconduct, he was twice denied reinstatement, failed to disclose the second denial, failed to properly supplement his application in response to the Board's request, and failed to fully disclose a jury conviction for resisting arrest. Lacking a credible explanation for these omissions, the Court denied his admission to the Bar of Maryland.

Citation: Misc. Docket No. 16 (September Term, 2017)

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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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