Friday, January 24, 2020
Adam S. Minsky (Forbes), Court Cites Student Loans As Reason To Deny Bar Admission To New Lawyer:
For one recent graduate of law school [Cynthia Marie Rogers (J.D. 2019, Capital University Law School)], ... student loan debt played a major role in the Ohio Board of Bar Commissioners denying her admission to the Ohio bar to practice law as an attorney there.
According to the Ohio Supreme Court, Rogers graduated from law school with over $300,000 in student loan debt. Her husband also has significant student loan debt, and the Court noted that together, their combined balance is nearly $900,000.
The Board was concerned about the size of their debt, as well as testimony from Rogers where she stated that neither she nor her husband were repaying their loans because their income was too low to require making payments. ...
[T]he Board found that her testimony that she “knew there was no way for twenty years that I would ever be able to pay all that back” to be “troubling,” particularly in light of her statement that she intended to work only part-time in legal services once she became a licensed attorney. The Board ultimately denied her admission to the Ohio bar, finding that she “openly neglected financial responsibilities, and knowingly incurred a substantial amount of student loan debt that she admits will probably never be repaid.” ...
The Board invited Rogers to reapply for admission in 2024.
(Hat Tip: Naomi Goodno.)