Conduct Yourselves Accordingly: Amending Bar Character and Fitness Questions to Promote Lawyer Well-Being

26 Professional Lawyer, Jan. 2020

American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2020-03

16 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2020 Last revised: 19 Mar 2020

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David Jaffe

American University - Washington College of Law

Janet E. Stearns

University of Miami School of Law

Date Written: December 11, 2019

Abstract

A number of states have modified the questions on the Character and Fitness portion of their application for bar admission addressing an applicant’s substance use and mental health disorders. While some have eliminated the questions altogether, others continue to pose questions which authors and ABA members David Jaffe and Janet Stearns argue are overly broad and unnecessarily invasive. This article has been published in Vol. 26, no. 2 of the Center for Professional Responsibility’s magazine, The Professional Lawyer. Read the Jaffe and Stearns article, Conduct Yourselves Accordingly: Amending Bar Character and Fitness Questions To Promote Lawyer Well-Being, available here.

Keywords: Character and Fitness; Lawyer Well-Being; Substance Use, Mental Health

Suggested Citation

Jaffe, David and Stearns, Janet E., Conduct Yourselves Accordingly: Amending Bar Character and Fitness Questions to Promote Lawyer Well-Being (December 11, 2019). 26 Professional Lawyer, Jan. 2020, American University, WCL Research Paper No. 2020-03, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3504290 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3504290

David Jaffe (Contact Author)

American University - Washington College of Law ( email )

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Janet E. Stearns

University of Miami School of Law ( email )

Coral Gables, FL 33124
United States

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