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Friday Blitz is BACK!

The ever popular Friday Blitz is back!  This is an opportunity to spend an afternoon working  with a team of volunteer lawyers drafting responses to questions posted online by the public.

Wide range of topics but never dull!  Sept. 30, Oct. 14, and Nov. 18 from 2-5 at the SC Bar Building. Sign up is easy, click here

Bring your laptop, sense of humor and willingness to dissect questions and solve problems.

Don’t be stupid!

The New York Appellate Division for the Third Judicial Department denied admission to an otherwise qualified applicant on character and fitness grounds

Applicant, a 48-year-old resident of Maryland, graduated from law school in 2008 and passed the Uniform Bar Examination in the District of Columbia in February 2018. He transferred his Uniform Bar Examination score to New York and the State Board of Law Examiners certified him for admission to this Court.

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It is applicant’s burden to demonstrate that he possesses the character and general fitness requisite for admission (see Matter of Anonymous, 97 NY2d 332, 334 [2002]; Matter of Anonymous, 172 AD3d 1522, 1523 [2019]). The record before us demonstrates that, while in law school, applicant engaged in the unauthorized practice of law when he established a law firm, which firm was to include his father – a licensed Maryland attorney – and thereafter proceeded to forge his father’s signature on a cease and desist letter issued on the firm letterhead and further provided legal advice to an individual. His unauthorized practice of law in this regard is aggravated by the fact that, despite being made aware of this misconduct, he nevertheless continued to misrepresent the status of his licensure as an attorney in Maryland. Based on the foregoing, and his demonstrated lack of candor on his Maryland bar application, applicant was denied admission to the bar in that state.

Applicant has continued his troubling pattern of dishonesty and a lack of candor during the instant investigation by this Court’s Committee on Character and Fitness.m Significantly, we agree with the Committee’s conclusion that applicant knowingly made a false statement of material fact to this Court regarding the present location of his residence in order to gain a procedural benefit; namely, avoiding the temporary deferment of his application for admission while his reapplication for admission to the bar in Maryland, his home state, was pending. Such a deliberate misrepresentation, standing alone, is a sufficient basis to deny applicant’s petition. Accordingly, we conclude that applicant has failed to demonstrate that he presently possesses the character and general fitness requisite for an attorney and counselor-at-law and, therefore, his petition is denied (see Judiciary Law § 90 [1] [a]; Matter of Anonymous, 172 AD3d at 1523)

BREAKING NEWS

The Friday Blitz is back!!! and in person!  Join today and be partnered with a local lawyer to help draft and respond to questions posted online by the public. Some questions are serious and some are just plain nuts! Always entertaining and always something to learn

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The big news is that we welcome 1L’s, you have survived exams and know enough to be quite valuable as a member of a team.  

TAKE NOTE: WE START AT 11 ( LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED) AND WILL END WHEN WE REACH ZERO QUESTIONS REMAINING OR 5:00, WHICHEVER COMES FIRST!

 

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Palmetto Leader in Orangeburg and more

We had an eventful trip to Orangeburg on Sept. 24th A great team of problem solvers ( we had lots of problems to solve)

We even made the news!  The WLTX Street Squad came to visit.https://www.wltx.com/video/news/local/usc-school-of-law-program-provides-free-legal-services-across-the-state/101-709f8f21-09e1-464b-8186-1c64c45d780b

Yes, I need a haircut, no comments! But the words of the clients made everything worthwhile.

Wills and health care powers of attorney were prepared by lawyers with the able assistance of amazing law students.

Lisa Deitle was our printing and problem solving guru!

 

 

 

After a long day of helping people with legal issues the team took time out to visit the Cecil Williams SC Civil Rights Museum. Mr. Williams, 81, a noted SC photographer documented many of SC’s leading civil rights moments including the Briggs V. Elliott case and the Orangeburg Massacre. His museum is loaded with important first hand photos and memorabilia highlighting many important moments in SC’s civil rights struggle.  You may know the history but nothing can beat hearing from the people involved. A picture is worth a thousand words. Information about the Cecil Williams SC Civil Rights Museum and be found online. Worth a stop!