Vandrilla v. Connecticut Bar Examining Committee
An individual who passes the Connecticut bar exam may be required to prove that the individual possesses good moral character and fitness to practice law, prior to admission to the bar. The plaintiff, David Vandrilla, went to college at Trinity University. Allegedly, when Vandrilla applied to law school, he submitted a recommendation from Adam Grossberg, an economics professor at Trinity College. Grossberg denied that he wrote the recommendation. Vandrilla claimed that Grossberg did not recall writing the letter and implied that the professor might suffer from dementia. In 2010, Vandrilla passed the Connecticut bar exam. The Connecticut Bar Examining Committee conducted a hearing on whether Vandrilla possesses good moral character. Trinity Professor Grossberg continued to deny that he wrote the recommendation. Allegedly, Grossberg claimed that there were certain uses of words or writing styles that indicated to him that he did not write the recommendation, and that he did not typically forward recommendations directly to students. A handwriting expert testified that the signature on the recommendation did not belong to Grossberg. The bar examining committee found that Vandrilla allegedly wrote the letter, and it denied his request for admission the bar of the State of Connecticut. Vandrilla appealed to Superior Court. Evidence existed in the record, wrote the court, that Vandrilla allegedly wrote the recommendation. The bar examining committee did not abuse its discretion, when it denied Vandrilla's application for admission to the bar, because Vandrilla allegedly failed to prove good moral character. The Superior Court affirmed.