Legal Ethics

For a Fourth Time, Would-Be Lawyer Is Rejected for Bar Admission on Moral Character Grounds

Marcia Denise Jordan won’t get a law license from the Louisiana Supreme Court—now or in the future—according to an opinion issued on Monday.

The court denied Jordan’s fourth application for admission because of evidence that she embezzled money from the student bar association and engaged in unauthorized practice of law, the National Law Journal reports.

“Given the egregious nature of petitioner’s wrongdoing, as well as a pattern of conduct occurring over many years, we can conceive of no circumstances under which we would ever grant her admission to the practice of law in the state,” the court said in its opinion (PDF).

By the third time she applied for admission, Jordan had repaid the money allegedly taken from the bar group for her own use while a student at Loyola University’s law school in New Orleans, the NLJ says. But new evidence emerged that she had engaged in UPL while working for a New Orleans lawyer who was later disbarred based on the allegations.

“Petitioner possesses serious and fundamental character flaws,” the court said.

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