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Are Felons Allowed to Practice Law?

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

  1. DNW

    DNW Senior member

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

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  2. zalb916

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    Before my bar admission, I had to provide a report showing my driving record. I had an unpaid speeding ticket from a different state from over a decade earlier. It was requested that I clean that up. When I interviewed with a member of my state bar, which was required as part of my character and fitness evaluation, she told me a story about not allowing an applicant admission, because he had too many unpaid tickets.
     
  3. baseball_guy

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    Before my bar admission, I had to provide a report showing my driving record. I had an unpaid speeding ticket from a different state from over a decade earlier. It was requested that I clean that up. When I interviewed with a member of my state bar, which was required as part of my character and fitness evaluation, she told me a story about not allowing an applicant admission, because he had too many unpaid tickets.

    Unpaid parking tickets? What does any of this have to do with the ability to practice law?
     
  4. crazyquik

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    Unpaid parking tickets? What does any of this have to do with the ability to practice law?

    It shows a general disregard or disdain for the law. Has nothing to do with ability. It's about character and fitness.
     
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    It shows a general disregard or disdain for the law. Has nothing to do with ability. It's about character and fitness.
    It appears then that it's all downhill from admission onwards, no? [​IMG]
     
  6. Kris

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    I can (but don't) practice law in CA, in spite of having a permanent federal felony conviction for a violation of the Controlled Substances Act. Did hard time in the federal pokey and er'thang.
     
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    I can (but don't) practice law in CA, in spite of having a permanent federal felony conviction for a violation of the Controlled Substances Act. Did hard time in the federal pokey and er'thang.
    Watch out for cornhole?
     
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    Unpaid parking tickets? What does any of this have to do with the ability to practice law?

    It shows a general disregard or disdain for the law. Has nothing to do with ability. It's about character and fitness.

    CQ makes the main point, but fwiw nobody said anything about parking tickets.
     
  9. jpeirpont

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    (jpier's a felon?)

    No certainly not. Atleast not a convicted one...lol
     
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    In the UK you can pretty much do anything and still practise as long as it's not a dishonesty related offence. I think Louise Woodward, that nanny that shook a baby to death a few years back, went into law after she was released.

    Actually, just looked her up and apparently she started her training but dropped out before she was admitted.
     

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