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Judicial Nominee Practiced Law Without License in Utah

by R Bibb / June 20, 2004 2:59 PM PDT

Thomas B. Griffith, President Bush's nominee for the federal appeals court in Washington, has been practicing law in Utah without a state law license for the past four years, according to Utah state officials.

Griffith, the general counsel for Brigham Young University since August 2000, had previously failed to renew his law license in Washington for three years while he was a lawyer based in the District. It was a mistake he attributed to an oversight by his law firm's staff. But that lapse in his D.C. license, reported earlier this month by The Washington Post, subsequently prevented Griffith from receiving a law license in Utah when he moved there.

Under Utah law, Griffith's only option for obtaining the state license was to take and pass the state bar exam, an arduous test that lawyers try to take only once. He applied to sit for the exam, but never took it, Utah bar officials confirm.


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Re: Judicial Nominee Practiced Law Without License in Utah
by Dan McC / June 21, 2004 1:37 AM PDT

You liberals will do anything to try to raise an issue on one of bush's nominees!

Who cares if he practiced law without a license.

Ummm, for six years.

Errr, in two different jurisdictions.

Never mind.


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(NT) (NT) Re: I like your sense of humor, Dan :-)
by Mary Kay / June 21, 2004 2:10 AM PDT
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(NT) (NT) Thanks, MK. You made my day! :-D
by Dan McC / June 21, 2004 4:17 AM PDT

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