Ten years after the Texas Board of Law Examiners found Kristofer Thomas Kastner did “‘not possess the present good moral character required for admission to the practice of law in Texas,’” a three-justice panel of Austin, Texas’ 3rd Court of Appeals on July 29 unanimously affirmed a lower court decision dismissing a suit Kastner had filed against the board and others.
According to the 3rd Court’s opinion in Kastner v. Texas Board of Law Examiners, et al., the BLE in a 2000 order declined to admit Kastner into the State Bar of Texas after considering his “criminal arrest record; the fact that he failed to disclose his arrest record when applying to two law schools, including one Texas law school; and the board’s determination that Kastner suffered from a chemical dependency.” However, the opinion noted that the order permitted Kastner to “‘petition the board for redetermination of his moral character and fitness no earlier than July 19, 2001,’” and set forth various “‘curative measures’” with which Kastner was to comply.
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