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In re De Bartolo - 111 Ill. 2d 1, 94 Ill. Dec. 700, 488 N.E.2d 947 (1986)

Rule:

An applicant for admission to the bar must show that he possesses the good moral character and general fitness necessary for the practice of law.

Facts:

Petitioner, a candidate for admission to the state bar of Illinois, petitioned for relief from the Committee's decision refusing to certify his character and fitness for admission to the bar. The candidate had successfully graduated from law school and passed the bar exam, but the Committee found out after investigation that there were inconsistencies in his application, along with the accrual of between 200 and 400 parking tickets and his alleged impersonation of a police officer.

Issue:

Does the petitioner candidate for bar admission possess the necessary qualifications for admission in the bar of Illinois?

Answer:

No.

Conclusion:

The court affirmed the Committee's decision refusing to certify the candidate for admission to the bar. Based on the record, the petitioner did not at that time demonstrate the good moral character and general fitness that are necessary to qualify him for admission to the bar of this State.  The committee's decision to refuse to certify that the petitioner possessed those qualities is not harsh and unwarranted.

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