Rule 14-709. Application denial.

(a) Notice from Bar. An Applicant whose application is denied because she or he does not meet the qualifications for admission under this article will receive written notice from the Bar that her or his application has been denied, along with a statement explaining the deficiency and reason(s) for denial.

(b) Request for review. A request for review of the decision must be filed with the Bar in writing within 15 calendar days. The request for review shall contain a short and plain statement of the reasons that the Applicant is entitled to relief. A review panel consisting of no fewer than three members of the Admissions Committee shall review all relevant evidence. The review panel shall make a decision on the request for review and shall notify the Applicant in writing of its decision in the form of a final decision.

(c) Supreme Court appeal. Within 30 calendar days after the date of the final decision, the Applicant may appeal to the Supreme Court by filing a written notice of appeal with the clerk of the Supreme Court and serving a copy upon the General Counsel. At the time of filing the notice of appeal, the Applicant shall pay the prescribed filing fee to the clerk of the Supreme Court. The clerk will not accept a notice of appeal unless the filing fee is paid.

(c)(1) Record of proceeding. A record of the proceedings shall be prepared by the Bar and shall be filed with the clerk of the Supreme Court within 21 calendar days following the filing of the notice of appeal.

(c)(2) An appeal petition shall be filed with the Supreme Court 30 calendar days after the record of proceedings has been filed. The appeal petition shall state the name of the petitioner and shall designate the Bar as respondent. The appeal petition must contain the following:

(c)(2)(A) a statement of the issues presented and the relief sought;

(c)(2)(B) a statement of the facts necessary to an understanding of the issues presented by the appeal;

(c)(2)(C) the legal argument supporting the appeal; and

(c)(2)(D) a certificate reflecting service of the appeal petition upon the General Counsel.

(c)(3) Within 30 calendar days after service of the appeal petition on the Bar, the Bar, as respondent, shall file with the clerk of the Supreme Court a response. At the time of filing, a copy of the response shall be served upon the petitioner.

(c)(4) Format of appeal and response petitions. Except by permission of the Supreme Court, the appeal petition and the Bar's response petition shall not exceed 25 double-spaced pages, each. These documents shall be typewritten on 8 inches by 11 inches paper. The text, including footnotes, shall be in type no smaller than ten characters per inch for monospaced typeface and 13-point or larger for proportionally spaced typeface. An original and six copies of the appeal petition and the response petition shall be filed with the clerk of the Supreme Court.

(c)(5) The clerk of the Supreme Court will notify the parties if any additional briefing or oral argument is permitted. Upon entry of the Supreme Court's decision, the clerk shall give notice of the decision.