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Postby badgerdude » Wed Jan 14, 2015 3:54 pm

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Re: A few legal troubles, will this be an issue?

Postby antiworldly » Wed Jan 14, 2015 4:15 pm

It most likely won't hurt you. Some youthful indiscretions can be explained away in the C&F section, just be gracious about it and say how you've learned your lesson and improved. Read the questions they ask carefully before you decide not to disclose something. It's always better to over-disclose than under. If you disclose something they don't care about, no big deal, they won't pay any attention to it. If you don't disclose and you should have and either they find out or the bar C&F question finds it out and finds out you didn't disclose on your law school application, you're in a world of trouble. So play it safe and over-disclose.

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Re: A few legal troubles, will this be an issue?

Postby LET'S GET IT » Wed Jan 14, 2015 4:52 pm

When in doubt--disclose. And yeah, keep your nose clean and it won't be a huge thing. Write an addendum, that and the time between the incidents and your apps. should be sufficient.

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Re: A few legal troubles, will this be an issue?

Postby PDaddy » Mon Jan 19, 2015 4:04 am


A former University of Kansas School of Law student who was expelled for failing to disclose criminal convictions on his application has hit another legal roadblock.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit has affirmed the dismissal of Robert Brown’s lawsuit against the university, law dean Stephen Mazza, former dean Gail Agrawal, and a number of university administrators.

A three-judge panel ruled on Tuesday that due-process protections Brown claimed he was denied likely would not have changed the outcome of his disciplinary case.

“The risk of unfair expulsion is minimal because Mr. Brown knew what he had done, knew it constituted ground for expulsion, and took various opportunities to urge mitigation,” Judge Robert Bacharach wrote for a three-judge panel.

Brown, who represented himself and personally deposed Agrawal, first sued in 2010, claiming the law school violated his due-process rights. He also asserted state claims of wanton and gross negligence, tortious interference with prospective business advantage and civil conspiracy. He sought injunctive relief and more than $2 million in damages.

According to court documents, Brown applied to the law school in 2009, was waitlisted and offered a seat in the first-year class that August. He did not disclose, as requested on the application, his criminal history. He had been arrested for driving under the influence three times during the late 1970s and 1980s. Additionally, he’d been arrested three times and charged four times with domestic battery between 1994 and 1996. He was convicted of two counts of DUI and three counts of domestic battery.

Brown wrote in his complaint that he’d thought the misdemeanor convictions were so old that they were no longer relevant to his application. However, he decided to disclose them after arriving on campus and hearing from an assistant dean and others that not disclosing a criminal background could create problems when he sought admission to practice.

The admissions committee determined that Brown would have been rejected had he disclosed his convictions and charged him with academic misconduct. The three-member panel later dismissed that charge but concluded expulsion would be justified. The panel deferred to Agrawal, who informed Brown in May that he would be expelled effective the following month.

Brown requested another review by the university’s judicial board, but was denied another hearing.

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren of Wichita granted summary judgment in April 2014 against Brown, saying there was no dispute that he had knowingly lied on his application.

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Re: A few legal troubles, will this be an issue?

Postby Tomasz » Mon Jan 19, 2015 4:27 am

sounds like typical dumb kid stuff. Disclose and write an addendum.

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Re: A few legal troubles, will this be an issue?

Postby Dr. Nefario » Mon Jan 19, 2015 3:04 pm

Disclose it where required and you'll be fine. Disclosure won't hurt you in the end. Especially with minor offenses like this.

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