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Are Felons Allowed to Practice Law?

Discussion in 'Business, Careers & Education' started by jpeirpont, Oct 1, 2009.

  1. odoreater

    odoreater Senior member

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    Three relevant (and real) cases:
    3. NYT reported a fella who passed the recent bar, but was denied admission b/c he owed too much in student loans. WTF??? How is he supposed to pay back the money without a lawyer job?


    I think the story was a little more complicated than that. He had something like $450,000 in student loan debt dating from the mid 1980s and made no effort whatsoever to pay it back at any point. Not saying it's right for them to deny him admission for that, but it's more than just some average kid with some student loan debt.
     
  2. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Senior member

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    I have seen this claimed elsewhere. If you have beat out film editors, that is impressive / horrifying.

    Or cooks.
     
  3. rnoldh

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  5. yerfdog

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    Wasn't there a white supremist, with a clean criminal record, banned from taking the bar in Ohio a few years ago?

    yeah
     
  6. jpeirpont

    jpeirpont Senior member

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    yeah

    That just seems wrong to me.
     
  7. DNW

    DNW Senior member

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    This Stanford Law grad might have a bit of trouble getting admitted, but probably not the least because she used to be a call girl.

    [​IMG]

    [I wonder why she turned down BigLaw?!? [​IMG]]
     
  8. chenc

    chenc Senior member

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    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?


    Isn't DUI a misdemeanor?
     
  9. rnoldh

    rnoldh Senior member

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    This Stanford Law grad might have a bit of trouble getting admitted, but probably not the least because she used to be a call girl.

    [​IMG]

    [I wonder why she turned down BigLaw?!? [​IMG]]


    She was able to make more money as a BigWhore[​IMG]
     
  10. lpresq

    lpresq Senior member

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    A DUI usually doesn't get you disbarred. If it did, there'd be a heck of a lot less practicing attorneys in this country because, as a profession, we have one of the highest rates (if not the highest) of alcoholics.

    Dark, you are an attorney?
     
  11. DNW

    DNW Senior member

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    She was able to make more money as a BigWhore[​IMG]
    She could've been BigWhore at BigLaw. Partner track in 5 yrs, tops. [​IMG]
    Dark, you are an attorney?
    Yes.
     
  12. Benzito

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    This Stanford Law grad might have a bit of trouble getting admitted, but probably not the least because she used to be a call girl.

    [​IMG]

    [I wonder why she turned down BigLaw?!? [​IMG]]


    It's too bad she couldn't stick with the Ask Jeeves guy. Maybe she's a sex addict or something. Would be fun to have around the office.
     
  13. baseball_guy

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    Three relevant (and real) cases:

    1. Peer of mine in law school was formerly imprisoned for either being a drug dealer or merely a money launderer for a drug dealer. Served two years or so and paid a huge fine, got a CPA license, cleaned up his shit and passed the bar. They denied him twice, but he ultimately got his ticket after several employers and other professionals vouched for him turning his life around.

    2. There is a current attorney in my jurisdiction who was caught jerking it in a mall parking lot while (allegedly) following around young women. Got a public reprimand (in the bar journal, no less), but still in practice.

    3. NYT reported a fella who passed the recent bar, but was denied admission b/c he owed too much in student loans. WTF??? How is he supposed to pay back the money without a lawyer job?


    #3 is messed up if it happened. Good thing there are 50 states. Somewhere is a state willing to grant a law license.
     
  14. crazyquik

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    #3 is messed up if it happened. Good thing there are 50 states. Somewhere is a state willing to grant a law license.

    He was denied, not only because he owed too much money in student loans, but because he had a history of missing payments, defaulting, debts going into collection, etc.
     
  15. baseball_guy

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    He was denied, not only because he owed too much money in student loans, but because he had a history of missing payments, defaulting, debts going into collection, etc.

    Still wrong IMHO to deny a person a job because they've had problems repaying loans.
     
  16. Benzito

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    Yeah, he "missed payments" because he had a serious accident and head injury or something like that. I might give the guy a pass and deferral for that.

    Either way, now he wants to get a job to pay the creditors back and they'd rather he work at McDonald's? Yeah, that makes sense.
     
  17. DBoon

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    (jpier's a felon?)
     
  18. x26

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    If criminals couldn't practice law, we'd have no lawyers.

    (awaiting odoreater F.U.!!!!!)



    This^^ [​IMG]
     
  19. BP348

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    He was denied, not only because he owed too much money in student loans, but because he had a history of missing payments, defaulting, debts going into collection, etc.

    Back when I still lived in the Chicago area there was a cable channel that would run a list of Doctors & Lawyers and other high profile types that were behind and or defaulting on their student loans.

    It was pretty surprising how many people were on the list.
     
  20. hws

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    If criminals couldn't practice law, we'd have no lawyers.

    (awaiting odoreater F.U.!!!!!)


    Must to be criminal for think similar of criminal! [​IMG]
     

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