Monthly Archives: June 2013

CHARACTER & FITNESS UPDATE 2010

While the legal definition of character & fitness has not changed, the types of behaviors and past incidents which the SBM investigators focus upon reflects the views of the Standing Committee on Character & Fitness, the Board of Law Examiners and all m of the State members Bar of Michigan both directly and indirectly.  Since January Read More

MICHIGAN’S CONCEALED PISTOL LAW: TEN YEARS LATER

History:              In July 2001, the legislature authorized Michigan’s current concealed pistol license law.  Commonly referred to as a “CCW”, a concealed pistol license is now issued routinely unless the local gun board finds a reason not to grant the permit due to a legally recognized disability (criminal convictions, court recognized incompetence, questions of citizenship, Read More

MICHIGAN MEDICAL MARIJUANA MYTHS

            Since implementation of the 2008 voter initiative allowing for qualifying patients to possess and use marijuana as part of their treatment, there has been a flurry of legal activity surrounding this latest development in marijuana law.  While the law has created an exception for registered patients to possess and use marijuana, there exists a lot Read More

OUR NEW ARIZONA OFFICE

               Attorney Timothy A. Dinan, the principal and owner of Dinan & Associates, P.C., was recently admitted to the State Bar of Arizona in June 2011.  Mr. Dinan, a Michigan attorney with over seventeen years of practice experience, was admitted on motion before the Supreme Court of Arizona.  After passing a background investigation and presenting his Read More

CHARACTER AND FITNESS AS A NATIONAL STANDARD

I am passionate about attorney admissions issues and helping law students make the transition from student to practicing lawyer. I hope there is truth in the adage “if you do something long enough you will become an expert.” I still learn more each day from my clients, my colleagues and my students. I have been Read More

MICHIGAN CHARACTER & FITNESS 2012

CHARACTER AND FITNESS UPDATE 2012 Over the last year, I have observed some trends in the hearings at which I have participated in and from which I have information about the participants.  The following is strictly my opinion of the process. MORE PROOFS REQUIRED The panels for Standing Committee hearings are trending toward greater participation Read More

ISSUE TRANSITION FROM DISTRICT COMMITTEE HEARING TO STANDING COMMITTEE HEARING

ISSUE TRANSITION: FROM DISTRICT COMMITTEE TO STANDING COMMITTEE In the application process, Applicants who are called before the District Committee are informed ahead of time of the issues of greatest concern to the committee.  They are provided in a notice from the State Bar of Michigan and are given to the Applicants at least ten Read More

SHOULD YOU DO YOUR OWN BAR APPEAL?

If you are reading this before the results are released, you’re are too worried or just morbidly curious. The release of Michigan Bar Examination results is a time frought with joy and anguish. Not everyone gets the news they want. But before you start reading though your study materials again, you need to consider your Read More