Irwin R. Kramer

Attorneys with Experience in the Bar Admissions Character and Fitness ProcessA former law professor who has lectured to thousands of bar candidates nationwide, Irwin Kramer has devoted a large part of his career to supporting the careers of law students, bar applicants and young lawyers.

Taking a personal interest in the success of his clients, Irwin regularly assists applicants in responding to challenging items on character questionnaires, crafting key disclosures to avoid future problems, and advocating for their admission before character committees throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia.

A proud member of the bar in both jurisdictions, Irwin is the managing partner of the AV-rated litigation firm of Kramer & Connolly, where he has served as lead counsel on behalf of Fortune 500 companies, insurance carriers, and businesses throughout the world in complex civil lawsuits, commercial and real estate cases, intellectual property and media law, class action lawsuits, serious personal injury, D&O cases and business disputes.  Combined with significant trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts, Irwin's law firm management experience gives him an appreciation for the pressures of law practice and the ethical issues confronting attorneys on a daily basis.  Thus, in addition to his work with bar applicants, Irwin regularly represents his fellow attorneys in professional malpractice and disciplinary matters.

Avvo Rating: 10.0 SuperbProfiled in Who's Who in America and in A.M. Best's Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys, Irwin has taught at some of the most prestigious law schools in the nation, and continues to publish and to lecture nationally on trial advocacy and legal ethics. Dedicated to making the law "user-friendly" for those who must live by it, Irwin founded The Legal Television Network, where he produced features designed to enhance public access to legal information. Honored by the Maryland State Bar Association with The David Hjortsberg Award for Professionalism & Civility, by the Maryland Bar Foundation with its Award for Legal Excellence in The Advancement of Public Understanding of the Law and by The Daily Record as Innovator of the Year and for his Leadership in Law, Irwin has also hosted legal programs on C-SPAN, and appears regularly as a television legal analyst. Appointed to serve on the Supreme Court of Maryland's Standing Committee on Rules of Practice & Procedure, Irwin works on a team of prominent judges, legislators and attorneys which review and revise court rules including those which govern admission to the Maryland Bar.

After graduating summa cum laude from Towson University, Irwin earned his Juris Doctor with high honors from the University of Maryland School of Law, where he won the school's moot court championship and was inducted into the Order of the Coif for his high academic standing. He received a Master of Laws degree from Columbia University School of Law and served as a Vice President of the Columbia Law School Alumni Association of Washington, D.C. In addition to the Maryland and DC Bars, Irwin is a member of the bar in several federal courts and the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States.

When the Maryland Board of Law Examiners, DC Bar Committee on Admissions, or any character committee questions your character and fitness for bar admission, bar applicants should retain an attorney to assist in disclosing information relevant to character and fitness, to guide them through the bar admissions process, and to represent applicants in character committee hearings and in hearings before the Court of Appeals to determine whether they are fit to practice law. Character and fitness concerns may arise in connection with prior criminal convictions, academic dishonesty and honor code violations, addictions, drunk driving, neglected debts, and a failure to disclose material information on law school applications or on bar applications. If you have a history of misconduct, traffic citations, crimes, arrests and other facts to disclose in response to the character portion of the Maryland Bar Application or the DC Bar's NCBE application, you should strongly consider retaining bar admissions counsel if you want to avoid denial of a law license and get a license to practice law. This is even true for applicants for admission to law schools as these applications ask similar questions about character. A failure to disclose facts material to your admission could result in a denial of bar admission.


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