How do I write a good moral character reference for my friend?
November 15, 2012 4:56 PM Subscribe
My about-to-be-a-lawyer friend has asked me to complete an affidavit as to her "good moral character." She is a great person and I'm sure she will be a great lawyer, but I'm not sure what exactly to write or how to phrase it.
posted by JuliaJellicoe to Law & Government (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
This is the phrasing on the affidavit:
In answer to this question, affiants should provide the following: (1) the length and nature of affiant’s acquaintance with applicant; (2) affiant’s opinion as to applicant’s good moral character and general fitness to practice law; (3) the basis for affiant’s opinion; (4) any other information or facts which affiant believes would be helpful in evaluating applicant’s character and fitness to practice law; and (5) whether affiant recommends applicant for admission to the New York State Bar.
(1) is easy and I'll obviously recommend her for (5), but I'm slightly stumped about (2), (3), and (4).
a) How is "good moral character" defined? What kinds of examples/evidence should I provide?
b) How much do they want me to write? How specific should I be?
I would really appreciate any advice or examples you can provide. Thank you!