Banana1 wrote:Hey guys,
How does character and fitness apply to foreign trained lawyers as in how do they investigate across borders?
As part of your application, you are required to submit the following:
"(a) A certificate from the authority having final jurisdiction over professional discipline
in the foreign country in which the applicant was admitted to practice, which shall be
signed by a responsible official or one of the members of the executive body of such
authority and shall be attested under the hand and seal, if any, of the clerk of such
authority, and which shall certify:
(1) As to the authority's jurisdiction in such matters:
(2) As to the applicant's admission to practice in such foreign country and the
date thereof and as to his good standing as an attorney or counselor at law or the
equivalent therein, and
(3) As to whether any charge or complaint has ever been filed against the
applicant with such authority, and, if so, the substance of each such charge or
complaint and the disposition thereof.
(b) A letter of recommendation from one of the members of the executive body of such
authority or from one of the judges of the highest law court or court of general original
jurisdiction of such foreign country, certifying to the applicant's professional
qualifications, together with a certificate under the hand and seal, if any, of the clerk of
such authority or of such court, as the case may be, attesting to the office held by the
person signing the letter and the genuineness of his signature.
(c) Affidavits as to the applicant's good moral character and fitness from three
reputable persons residing in this State and not related to the applicant, one of whom
shall be a practicing New York attorney.
(d) Affidavits from two attorneys or counselors at law or the equivalent admitted in
and practicing in such foreign country, stating the nature and extent of their
acquaintance with the applicant and their personal knowledge as to the nature,
character and extent of the applicant's practice, and as to the applicant’ s good
standing, as an attorney or counselor at law or the equivalent in such foreign country,
and the duration and continuity of such practice.
(e) Such additional evidence as the applicant may see fit to submit with respect to his
educational and professional qualifications and his good moral character and fitness.
(f) A duly authenticated English translation of every paper submitted by the applicant
which is not in English.
(g) A duly acknowledged instrument designating the clerk of this court the applicant's
agent for service of process"
I am assuming that the above documents will determine whether they will investigate further or not.