(a) In general. - Subject to subsections (b) and (c) of this section, on a motion filed as required by rules adopted by the Court of Appeals, a court may grant special admission to practice law in a particular case to an individual who is:

(1) admitted to the bar of another state; and

(2) employed by a party in the case before:

(i) a court or other unit of the State government; or

(ii) a unit of a political subdivision of the State.

(b) Granting authority. - A special admission to practice law may be granted only:

(1) by the court hearing the case for which an individual requests the special admission; or

(2) if the case is before a unit other than a court, by:

(i) the circuit court for the county where the unit has its principal office; or

(ii) any circuit court to which the case may be appealed.

(c) Scope of special admission. - An individual may practice law under this section only in connection with the case for which the special admission is granted.

(d) Disciplinary proceedings. - An individual who practices law under this section is subject to disciplinary proceedings as the Maryland Rules provide.

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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