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Supplemental Remarks (continued )

      Montana An applicant found guilty of a felony is conclusively presumed not to have present good moral character and fitness. The presumption
      ceases upon completion of the sentence and/or period of probation.

      Ohio Applicants convicted of a felony must meet specific conditions and undergo additional review before they can be approved.
      Oregon An applicant shall not be eligible for admission after having been convicted of a crime, the commission of which would have led to disbar­
      ment in all the circumstances present, had the person been an Oregon attorney at the time of conviction.

      Texas Felony conviction or probation for a felony offense with or without an adjudication of guilt is a bar to application for 5 years after completion
      of sentence/probation; thereafter, the applicant must demonstrate present good moral character.

      Northern Mariana Islands Ineligible unless applicant has been granted full pardon.
      Palau Ineligible unless applicant has been granted full pardon.

     Does a separate entity evaluate character and fitness?

      Alabama The Committee on Character and Fitness of the Alabama State Bar conducts hearings and makes a determination for law student regis­
      trants and applicants seeking admission by bar examination, reciprocity, and transfer of UBE score.

      Georgia The Board to Determine Fitness of Bar Applicants is separate and distinct from the Board of Bar Examiners. The Fitness Board makes
      character and fitness determinations. The Office of Bar Admissions reports to both Boards, and both Boards must certify an applicant to the
      Supreme Court.

      Illinois Committee appointed by the Supreme Court determines whether applicants having been assigned to the committee for certification pos­
      sess good moral character and general fitness for admission to the practice of law.

      Indiana The Indiana Supreme Court’s Committee on Character and Fitness interviews each applicant and then submits a report and recommen­
      dation to the Board of Law Examiners, which makes a final determination.

      Kentucky The Character and Fitness Committee is responsible for determining the eligibility of applicants for admission to the Kentucky Bar.
      Maryland Character Committees appointed by the Court of Appeals of Maryland perform character investigations and interviews and make rec­
      ommendations to the State Board of Law Examiners.

      Mississippi The Board of Bar Admissions appoints persons to serve on the Committee on Character and Fitness. This committee reviews appli­
      cations, conducts conferences and hearings with applicants, and makes recommendations to the Board. The Board makes the final determination
      to approve or deny an applicant on character and fitness grounds.

      Montana Montana’s Character & Fitness Commission, which is separate from the Board of Bar Examiners, evaluates all applicants to determine
      certification.

      New York Character and fitness applications are processed by 1 of 4 appellate departments.
      Ohio Local bar association admissions committees make recommendations to the Board of Commissioners on Character and Fitness, which
      makes final determinations. This Board is separate from the Board of Bar Examiners.

      Rhode Island The Rhode Island Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness makes character and fitness determinations for the Court.
      The Committee on Character and Fitness is separate from the Rhode Island Supreme Court Board of Bar Examiners, which deals with testing
      content and administration.

      Washington The Washington Supreme Court makes the final character and fitness determinations.
      West Virginia District Character Committee conducts character and fitness investigation and interviews each applicant, then submits report and
      recommendation to the Board of Law Examiners.

     Do your rules provide for conditional admission?

      Texas Rule provides for probationary licensing for chemical dependency and other circumstances in which the Board determines that the protec­
      tion of the public requires temporary monitoring.

     What categories of conditional admission do your rules permit?

      Maine The Board evaluates each applicant’s character and fitness after he or she passes the bar exam. According to the rule, the Board can
      advise the Court to grant a conditional admission. However, the rule does not state categories of cases in which the Board should recommend a
      conditional admission.

      Puerto Rico Committee on Character evaluates each examinee’s character and fitness after he/she passes the bar exam. According to the rule,
      the Committee can advise the Court to grant a conditional admission. However, the rule does not state categories of cases in which the Committee
      should recommend a conditional admission.

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