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Court of Appeals

Per Curiam [No Specific Judge]


Issue: Will the Court provide an advisory opinion on an individual's moral character and fitness to practice law when the applicant had no intention to take the Maryland bar examination or to practice law in the State of Maryland?

Holding: No.  In this case, the applicant's stated purpose for applying for admission was to "clear his record" with the State of Maryland.  As this is not the function of the Court of Appeals of Maryland, the Court dismissed his application.

Area of Concern: Character and Fitness; Justiciability.

Citation: 336 Md. 555, 649 A.2d 599 (1994)

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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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