“Membership in the bar is a privilege burdened with conditions.”
— In re Rouss, 21 N.Y. 81, 84 (1917) (Cardozo, J.)
Herring & Panzer has advised many law students, recent graduates, and lawyers from other states who wish to become licensed to practice law in Texas, but who encounter problems in the admissions process.
Law Student Application to the Bar
For students and recent graduates, proceedings before the Board of Law Examiners often involve “character and fitness” issues. Frequently the issue stems from an alleged failure to disclose a past event or legal or disciplinary problem, such as:
In these cases we can provide counsel concerning the process and options, and when a hearing is necessary, representation during the proceedings before the Board.
Lawyers From Other States and Countries Seeking Bar Admission
Lawyers from other states or countries who are seeking admission to practice law in Texas also sometimes encounter issues before the Board of Law Examiners concerning past events or discipline in another jurisdiction. At times, an out-of-state or foreign lawyer needs to request a waiver of specific requirements set out in the rules governing admission to the Bar. These issues can include:
Reinstatement After Disbarment or Resignation In Lieu of Discipline
At Herring & Panzer, we have handled petitions for reinstatement for lawyers who have been disbarred or have resigned in lieu of discipline and who seek reinstatement. Typical issues in these matters include:
Whatever the issue, Herring & Panzer can provide advice concerning both how the process works and practical considerations involved in handling these post-disbarment or post-resignation issues.