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William H. Adkins II

William H. Adkins II

Former Judge, Court of Appeals of Maryland


Issue: Did a former law professor's work with an Annapolis law firm qualify as the practice of law because it demonstrates a degree of professional proficiency sufficient to make a full bar examination redundant?

Admitted?: Yes.

Area of Concern: Interestingly, the Board refused to find the applicant's years of work with the Annapolis law firm as the "practice of law" because, if that were true, the applicant would have been engaging in the unauthorized practice of law without the required license.  However, the Court found that the "practice of law" for purposes of taking the shorter "attorney's examination" could be distinguished from the unauthorized practice of law and, combined with his service as a law professor, qualified him for the less strenuous examination.

Citation: 312 Md. 626, 541 A.2d 977 (1988)

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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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