Issue: Did the applicant establish present good moral
character which merits admission to the Bar of Maryland?
Area of Concern: Criminal Misconduct, Rehabilitation.
Citation: 304 Md. 394, 499 A.2d 935 (1985)
PANEL: MURPHY, C.J., and SMITH, ELDRIDGE,
COLE, RODOWSKY, COUCH and McAULIFFE, JJ.
The Court having considered the unfavorable
the State Board of Law Examiners and the favorable
recommendation of the Character Committee of the Eighth Judicial
The Court having ordered that a hearing be held to allow J.L.L. to
show cause why the unfavorable recommendation of the Board should be
rejected and the applicant, J.L.L., be admitted to the Bar of Maryland,
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 supplemented
by the applicant, Rule 4c of the Rules Governing Admission to the Bar
of Maryland; In Re Application ofAllan S., 282 Md. 683,
691, 387 A.2d 271
(1978), and having considered the fact that the burden rests at all
times upon the applicant to prove her good moral character, In Re
Applicationof G.L.S., 292 Md. 378,
398, 439 A.2d 1107
A majority of the Court having concluded that J.L.L. has established
present good moral character and fitness to be admitted to the Bar of
this State, it is this 7th day of November, 1985
ORDERED, by the Court of Appeals of Maryland, a majority of the
Court concurring, that J.L.L. be admitted to the Bar of Maryland upon
taking the oath prescribed by the statute, subject only to the filing
of an updating oath as to character information.
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.