On December 29, 2023, the Supreme Court of Maryland issued an order admitting attorney Ian Patrick Wright to the State Bar.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of the Application of Ian Patrick Wright for Admission to the Bar of Maryland.”
The majority of the court accepted the favorable recommendations provided by the Character Committee for the Third Appellate Judicial Circuit and the State Board of Law Examiners. Consequently, Wright is granted admission to the Bar of Maryland upon taking the oath prescribed by statute.
However, the decision was not unanimous, as Justice Hotten dissented. In his dissenting opinion filed on the same day, Justice Hotten expressed reservations about Wright’s suitability for admission. He highlighted a pattern of omissions and failures to appear at court proceedings, questioning Wright’s judgment and character.
Justice Hotten emphasized the demanding requirements placed on those seeking admission to the Bar, stressing that character, honesty, and integrity are the cornerstones of the legal profession. He argued that Mr. Wright’s conduct, including DUI incidents, trespassing, disorderly conduct, and a failure to disclose his criminal record during the hiring process, raises concerns about his fitness to practice law.
Despite Hotten’s dissenting opinion, the court’s majority prevailed, and Ian Patrick Wright is now granted admission to the Bar of Maryland.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.