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Glass Loses Bid For Law License

Publication Date: 
January 28, 2014
Los Angeles Times
Maura Dolan

Professor Deborah Rhode weighs in on the California Supreme Court decision to deny Stephen Glass a law license in The Los Angeles Times.

A former journalist who fabricated magazine articles lost a years-long bid to become a lawyer Monday in a court ruling that faulted his character and a failure to atone for his prior misconduct.

In a unanimous decision, the California Supreme Court said Stephen R. Glass must be denied a law license not only because he deceived readers and editors as a journalist but because he failed to be completely candid in later years about his transgressions.


Stanford Law professor Deborah L. Rhode, an expert in legal ethics, said the court gave “short shrift” to the many positive character references Glass received. “I don’t think that is a good signal to other potential applicants to the bar who really do want to turn their lives around,” she said.