State Bar Issues Statement on Supreme Court’s Moral Character Case

Contact: Laura Ernde 


SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 27, 2014 – The State Bar of California released a statement today following the California Supreme Court’s ruling In re Stephen Randall Glass on Admission, S196374, which denied admission to practice on moral character grounds.

"The ruling today vindicates the idea that honesty is of paramount importance in the practice of law in California,” State Bar President Luis J. Rodriguez said.

In the late 1990s, Stephen Glass was fired from The New Republic for fabricating material in dozens of articles and inventing more lies to cover his tracks. The State Bar Court found he had overcome the problems that led to his misconduct and possessed the requisite moral character to become a lawyer.

The State Bar Committee of Bar Examiners appealed to the California Supreme Court, which ruled today that Glass “failed to carry his heavy burden of establishing his rehabilitation and current fitness.”


The State Bar of California is an administrative arm of the California Supreme Court, protecting the public and seeking to improve the justice system for more than 80 years. All lawyers practicing law in California must be members of the State Bar. Membership now stands at about a quarter million.