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marcus-aurelius

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Character and Fitness
« on: September 01, 2010, 05:36:16 PM »
This is for those of you who have gone through the C & F review.  I was going over the NJ application.  There are several questions I will have to answer yes to 1. a juvenile arrest 2. academic dismissal and 3.  not filing a tax return ( I was to receive a refund of $2 so I found it not worth my time).  By the time I attempt to be admitted to the bar, all these will have been over 10 years old.  I have changed much since that time.  Do you believe I will have a problem with the review?

PS: I already emailed them.  They told me it would take 2-3 weeks to get back to me.  So I am curious until then

marcus-aurelius

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Re: Character and Fitness
« Reply #1 on: September 01, 2010, 06:01:29 PM »
I may also add, I am currently a CASA and have other volunteer work since the above incidents

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Re: Character and Fitness
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2010, 08:51:53 AM »
you good.

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Re: Character and Fitness
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2010, 09:29:42 AM »
They will probably probe around a little more based on these, but unless the state rules provide that these will preclude bar admission, you should be good.

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Re: Character and Fitness
« Reply #4 on: September 02, 2010, 10:21:59 AM »
You'll be fine.  If you poke around some of the ethics decisions in your state you'll find that many have been let in for much more egregious conduct.  They might investigate it, but you will ultimately be admitted.

marcus-aurelius

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Re: Character and Fitness
« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2010, 06:21:34 PM »
Thanks for you opinion everyone.  I felt I would be fine, but needed some reassurances.  Made several mistkaes when I was younger and have been trying to rectify them since

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Re: Character and Fitness
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2010, 08:24:02 PM »
MA, I think there are a lot of people who have issues in their past that they'll have to report to the bar. It helps if the issues occurred at least several years before you apply to the bar. Community service is something the bar will look upon favorably when determining whether to admit you.

marcus-aurelius

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Re: Character and Fitness
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2010, 10:43:44 AM »
I have heard the stories of ex-convicts passing the character and fitness review.  I'm sure others have been arrested more than once, and not just as a juvenile.  But the stress for me is still there.  I am feeling better about it though

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Re: Character and Fitness
« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2010, 12:41:04 PM »
Just to pile on - I also didn't file tax returns for a while, but unlike you my missed filings were quite recent (like many students, it simply didn't occur to me that I was supposed to file returns).  By the time I had finished law school these matters had been addressed and rectified, and it never became an issue with the bar.  Now, if you have returns still unfiled when applying, I expect that would be a different matter.

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Re: Character and Fitness
« Reply #9 on: September 03, 2010, 01:30:16 PM »
So I just checked about filing old taxes, and it is after seven years so I cannot file my tax return according to http://backtaxeshelp.com/old-taxes.html

I guess I'll be explaining away that.  I am feeling more confident thanks to the responses.  I had a rough youth/early adulthood.  But it made me a better person and am now excelling, in part because of that.  So it is something I wouldn't change