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Famous for the wrong reasons

Famous for the wrong reasons

By Gino Dal Pont


There may be instances where a person’s fame can preclude membership of the legal profession. A person’s character, it has been said, “is the sum of his or her mental or moral qualities”.1 In two LIJ columns last year I probed the issue of whether character can change, through the lens of case law dealing with admission to practice, removal from practice and ultimately readmission to practice. But in these contexts the relevant inquiry is not confined to a person’s character. Both the general law and statute adopt the cumulative phrase “good fame and character”. Fame, as an ordinary word without any technical legal definition, evidently targets a person’s reputation in the relevant community.

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