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Are You The Target of a Florida Bar Investigative Hearing?
Florida has one of the most stringent and thorough character and fitness examinations. For a one time $99 fee we will review your application before filing. Why wait months for the Board to make requests when we can review your application and help you correct any deficiencies? This evaluation could save potentially thousands in legal fees and avoid a hearing before the Florida Board of Bar Examiners.
During the Florida Board of Bar Examiners character and fitness determination, the Board may request an applicant to appear for an informal investigative hearing. Fla. Bar Admiss. R. 3-22. At the conclusion of this informal hearing, the Board may make one of several determinations, including “that the applicant ... has established his or her qualifications as to character and fitness” or that further investigation is warranted or “that specifications be filed charging the applicant or registrant with matters which if proven would preclude a favorable finding by the Board.” Fla. Bar Admiss. R. 3-22.5. As a law student you do not want specifications to be filed against you. Do not go into the investigatory hearing unprepared. If the Bar files specifications that means you will have to attend a formal hearing where they can deny your application.
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Following a formal hearing, the Board may make one of the following recommendations to the Florida Supreme Court: that the applicant has established his qualifications as to character and fitness, that the applicant be “conditionally admitted” on certain conditions, or that the applicant has not established his qualifications as to character and fitness. Fla. Bar Admiss. R. 3-23.6. Where the Board recommends an applicant for admission, the Bar Admission Rules provide that “[i]f the Court is satisfied as to the qualifications of the applicant so recommended, an order of admissions shall be made and entered ...” Fla. Bar Admiss. R. 5-11.
When the Board does not recommend that the applicant has established his qualifications as to character and fitness, the Board must issue “written” findings of fact and conclusions of law; and such findings must be supported by “competent, substantial evidence in the formal hearing record.” Fla. Bar Admiss. R. 3-23.7. The applicant has the right to petition the Supreme Court of Florida for review of any such adverse recommendation. Fla. Bar Admiss. R. 3-40.1. In cases like that of the Plaintiff--involving an application for admission (as distinguished from an application for readmission)--the Board’s findings, conclusions and recommendation becomes “final if not appealed” to the Florida Supreme Additionally, any applicant whose character and fitness investigation exceeds nine months from the applicant’s submission of a completed bar application may petition the Supreme Court for an order directing the Board to conclude its investigation. Fla. Bar Admiss. R. 3-40.2. Court. Fla. Bar Admiss. R. 3-23.7.
A bar applicant who seeks Supreme Court review of the Florida Board of Bar Examiners character and fitness recommendation may raise federal constitutional and federal statutory claims. See Dale v. Moore, 121 F.3d 624, 627 (11th Cir. 1997) (Florida bar applicant had opportunity to raise ADA argument in applicant’s answer to specifications and in applicant’s petition to Florida Supreme Court for review of Board’s determination regarding applicant’s character and fitness); Florida Board of Bar Examiners re: Applicant, 443 So.2d 71, 76 (Fla. 1984) (considering federal constitutional claims of bar admission applicant, on petition to Florida Supreme Court).