I'm going to come off like a broken record, but have you consulted a c&f attorney? I personally had no idea that the issues you described would result in a denial. Just goes to show that it can be a minefield.Left Waiting wrote:Hello,
I passed the California Bar Exam in 2015. I am coming up to the Bar pass expiration date. I have been denied twice by the Moral Character Committee. I had two erroneous credit cards on my credit report that I disputed and have since been removed. When I pulled my credit report for the first Moral Character Application, I discovered a judgment that I didn't even know was there. I disputed the judgment, and eventually got in contact with the collection firm's attorney to bring that matter to a close. I have no other marks on my record, outside of my student loans for law school, which I am on a payment plan for.
My question now is where do I go from here? From talking with others so far it seems like the reality is that I will likely have to take the Bar Exam again, and reapply in 2 years for the Moral Character Application. It previously took me three attempts to pass the Bar the first time, and it wasn't cheap. Law School in itself was a big sacrifice both financially, emotionally, and socially and this entire process has been a big strain on those same factors as well. It feels like I've spent the last now 5 years in this limbo and it has caused some irreparable damage.
Should I really submit myself and by proxy family and friends to this process again, if and when I am able to pass the bar? I guess one question I keep asking myself is do I really want this, which becomes a more daunting question the more time passes. I was hoping that with this process I would be able to get a more secured economic future, but so far the opposite has happened. Maybe I should invest in a different pursuit given that the current record has cost me so much already. Thanks for the read.
PS: I wish someone had been there to give me this advice, but I will leave it here based on my experience. My two cents: do a mock run of putting together your Moral Character Application well before submitting it.Try to avoid having to supplement your record in anyway. If you get invited to an informal hearing, attend and bring counsel. The administrative hearings have the potential to trip you up and it is better to have someone in your corner rather than face them alone. Bring copies of everything. If you get assigned a moral character investigator, plan on waiting and plan accordingly.
As the poster above said, maybe you can appeal, but please talk to a c&f attorney.
Sadly, it sounds like you're kind of deep in the shit now, but the next avenues and steps you can take are probably best discussed with a c&f attorney who can give you an idea of your options, the cost of each option and an idea as to the likelihood of a positive outcome. No one can promise anything, but you would at least have a better idea of the options you have to weigh against each other.
Good luck. I mean it. I would say consider another jurisdiction but I've heard it's hard to get admitted by one jurisdiction if you've been denied in another (but maybe that's anecdotal)