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In re Application of Converse

Nebraska Supreme Court
602 N.W.2d 500 (1999)


Paul Converse (plaintiff) was a 48-year-old law school graduate. During law school, he displayed a pattern of confrontational behavior against law school administrators, faculty, and other students based on perceived slights, his grades, and school policies. In these confrontations he publicized his grievances throughout the school community, to the media, and to the broader legal community, including courts and the state bar association. His behavior attacked his perceived adversaries personally and sought to intimidate and humiliate them, and at times included sexually inappropriate overtones. The Nebraska State Bar Commission (defendant) denied Converse’s request to take the Nebraska bar examination on the grounds of deficient moral character after a commission hearing uncovered this pattern of confrontational behavior. Converse appealed the commission’s decision, alleging that the commission’s decision should be reversed because it was based on conduct that was protected under the First Amendment.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Per curiam)

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