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“People who thumb their noses at the rules of the bar shouldn’t be judges.” Mark Foster, a partner at Washington, D.C.’s Zuckerman Spaeder, was commenting to The Washington Post in June about Thomas Griffith’s licensing problem. After Griffith became the GC for Brigham Young University in 2000, he was unable to get a law license in Utah because his District of Columbia license had lapsed for nonpayment of dues. Griffith renewed his D.C. license but remains unlicensed in Utah, according to the Post. President George Bush has nominated Griffith for the U.S. Court of Appeals. According to a U.S. Department of Justice spokesman, Griffith sought and followed advice from the Utah State Bar about how to avoid ethical missteps because of his lack of a license.

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