Saturday, June 1, 2013

How not to (start the) practice of law: fail to disclose information during the admission process

I have not updated the on-going "how not practice law" series in a while, so I thought I'd revive it by mentioning a topic I have written about before because it does not hurt to remind students and recent graduates about it: Failing to disclose information as part of the bar admission process can affect your chances even if what you fail to disclose would not have.

The most recent example comes from the Florida Supreme Court, which recently revoked the admission of an attorney for lack of candor in his application for bar admission. In that case, the candidate had passed the bar exam, but questions were raised in the character and fitness process. The court's opinion explains the obligation to update and supplement answers and underscores the crucial importance of absolute candor in the admission process, as the information that was not disclosed here would likely not have prevented the applicant from becoming a member of the Florida Bar.

Thanks to the Legal Profession blog for the information.

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