Importance of Candor

Lack of candor is considered by the Board to be one of the most serious character and fitness issues, and applicants must respond with complete candor when answering questions and supplying detailed explanations. Honesty and integrity constitute the very foundation of the legal profession, and must serve as guideposts for the determination of good moral character. As a licensing agency, the Board's foremost responsibility is the protection of the public by prohibiting licensure of incompetent or corrupt applicants or applicants whose conduct may injure an unsuspecting client. The burden is on the applicant to prove good moral character. If an applicant is uncertain whether a situation falls within the scope of a particular question, they should assume that it does. False statements or deliberate omissions will result in a denial of the application and/or subsequent discipline under the Rules of Professional Conduct.