(a) Composition; appointment. - (1) The Board consists of 7 members.

(2) Each member shall be a lawyer.

(3) The Court of Appeals shall appoint the members of the Board.

(b) Qualifications. - Each member of the Board shall have been a lawyer for at least 5 years.

(c) Tenure; vacancies. - (1) The term of a member is 5 years and begins on January 1.

(2) The terms of members are staggered as required by the terms provided for members of the Board on October 1, 1989.

(3) At the end of a term, a member continues to serve until a successor is appointed and qualifies.

(4) A member who is appointed after a term has begun serves only for the rest of the term and until a successor is appointed and qualifies.

(5) The Court of Appeals may reappoint a member.

(d) Quorum. - A majority of the authorized membership of the Board is a quorum.

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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