Originally Posted by theincumbent
Depends on the State, and is usually not a matter of having the conviction "cleared."
The admission to the Bar of a state is governed by that particular Board of Bar Examiners with each
state having certain requirements for Character and Fitness. The easy answer to your question is "maybe," depending upon the severity of the conviction.
A common conviction in law school that did not prevent bar admission (in most cases) was DUI.
Thinking of taking the jump; going to law school?[/QUOTE]
No, just curious. I was reading a discussion where someone said some couldn;t become a lawyer if they were ever convicted of a felony and I wonder "why not" if they record was cleared.
In some jurisdictions, a conviction for a felony deemed a crime of moral turpitude can be grounds for summary disbarment. I would imagine that if the felony were expunged (which is often very difficult to accomplish) it probably would eliminate the conviction as a basis for automatic disbarment. However . . .
Originally Posted by Piobaire
Wasn't there a white supremist, with a clean criminal record, banned from taking the bar in Ohio a few years ago?
In most jurisdictions I know of, one can be disbarred for conduct demonstrating unfitness regardless of whether there is a corresponding criminal conviction. (I assume that was what happened in the case Pio mentions.) Thus, I would imagine that even if the conviction were expunged, the underlying conduct, if proven by whatever standard of evidence is generally applied in disbarment proceedings under the law of the relevant state, could still serve as grounds for disbarment regardless of the expungement.
In other words, I think that in many jurisdictions getting a conviction expunged would improve one's chances of being able to practice, but certainly would not guarantee it.