TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on Jan 30, 2018

Should convicted felons be able to become lawyers, provided that they have moved on from their criminal past? ABA Bar Leader Weekly points out two states that had to grapple with this recently when two prospective lawyers with criminal records faced challenges with their character and fitness tests — one was initially blocked from taking the bar exam but successfully appealed, and the other prevailed after a two-day hearing, spending $25,000 in the process. The New York Times offers more details about their stories, and raises some questions about how boards of bar examiners can protect the public without being perhaps unnecessarily harsh.