Despite being a recent law school graduate, I’m in imminent danger of losing the home I purchased in 2013. Back then, I was an evening law school student and a full-time DC government employee; however, the demands of law school quickly made that situation untenable. I resigned my position and attended school full-time. Thankfully, I had enough savings to keep up my mortgage payments and fulfill my other financial responsibilities from 2013 through to my graduation in October 2016.
Since then, I have been unable to secure permanent employment, even though I passed the Maryland Bar Exam on my first attempt in February 2017. The reason? An obscure committee - whose role it is to assess the moral fitness of anyone seeking to join the Maryland bar - decided, in its wisdom, not to exercise its normal “rubber stamp” function, but, instead, to attack my character and, in so doing, to victimize a domestic abuse survivor by forcing me to remember and relive painful and traumatic memories associated with my family's brief period of homelessness. I was even mocked for “allowing” myself to become a victim of domestic abuse.
The inherent unfairness of life is not a justification for cruelty and indifference. Yet that’s precisely what I endured as I was made to relive the pain and embarrassment of events that occurred twenty years ago and that today possess zero relevance to the work of the Maryland Character Committee. Yet this same committee deemed me unfit to be admitted to the Maryland Bar. I am now appealing their decision, but - in the meantime - I am unable to practice law and I have been unable to find sufficient employment to meet the relatively modest mortgage payments of our modest home in Anacostia, DC.
(I applied for - and was approved to participate in - my mortgage company’s Unemployment Forbearance program; however, that plan has since ended and I have not being able to make a mortgage payment since December 2017.)
Please donate today to help me save our home.
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