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In re Mustafa

631 A.2d 45 (1993)

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In re Mustafa

District of Columbia Court of Appeals

631 A.2d 45 (1993)

Facts

John Mustafa II (defendant) attended law school at the University of California at Los Angeles (the law school). Mustafa was editor of the law review and one of two co-chief justices of the law school’s moot-court program. Mustafa shared control of the moot-court program’s checking account. Over a period of five months, Mustafa converted to his own use approximately $3,500 of the program’s monies, reimbursed himself for expenditures that had been or would be reimbursed by the university’s accounting department, and falsified the purpose of checks he wrote. Mustafa made restitution and disclosed his misconduct to the law school and the law firm at which he was employed as a law clerk. Mustafa passed the bar examination and applied for admission to the Bar of the District of Columbia (the D.C. bar). The D.C. bar’s character-and-fitness committee (the committee) held a hearing and found that Mustafa had always intended to repay the money, had made full restitution before any action by the law school, and had been honest and forthright during the law school’s investigation and before the committee. Relying on multiple references as to Mustafa’s current good character, the committee recommended that Mustafa be admitted.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Sullivan, J.)

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