The Controversy over a Law License

George Michael

in Theology of Hate

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033501
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038698 | DOI:
The Controversy over a Law License

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Shortly after graduating from Southern Illinois University's School of Law at Carbondale, Matt Hale passed the bar exam on his first attempt in July of 1998. When Hale first applied to the Illinois bar, Gregory K. McClintock, associate judge of the Ninth Circuit, decided not to recommend Hale's application based on the grounds that Hale's character rendered him unfit to practice law due to his unconventional political beliefs and thus he should not be granted a law license. Later, a hearing panel was formed to evaluate Hale's case. In a rare meeting of the minds, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) originally came out in favor of granting Hale a law license and issued a press release that criticized the panel's decision. The story took another strange twist when Alan Dershowitz, a high-profile attorney and outspoken member of the Jewish American community, represented Hale for a short time.

Keywords: Illinois Bar; Matt Hale; law license; Ant-Defamation League; Alan Dershowitz; Gregory K. McClintock

Chapter.  3345 words. 

Subjects: History of Religion

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