Amazing! Felon Graduates From Yale Law, Allowed To Become A Lawyer
Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Those are definitely words that have proven to be true where Reginald Dwayne Betts is concerned. With three previous felony convictions, most people would probably think it would be impossible to become a man on the right side of the law. But, despite his checkered past, he’s been approved to practice law in the state of Connecticut.
A Fresh Start:
According to WTNH, Betts, 36, is now a graduate of Yale Law School and an award-winning author. But despite his accomplishments, there was one more hurdle he had to cross – being granted admission to the state bar. On Friday, September 29, a state panel for the Connecticut Bar Examining Committee reviewed Betts’ moral character and he has now been recommended to officially become an attorney. The only step left is his swearing-in ceremony.
While there are states that prohibit convicted felons from becoming attorneys, Connecticut is one that will make exceptions in cases of exceptional displays of moral character. Former Connecticut Judge Anne Dranginis, chairwoman of the Bar Examining Committee, shared her opinion of Betts and his accomplishments. In addition to commending him, she admitted that she believes he definitely has a lot to offer and will be a great asset to the state of Connecticut. “I think that his story is a remarkable story,” said Dranginis. “Mr. Betts demonstrated his commitment to others who may have lost their way. He has a great deal to offer, in addition to what he has already done.”
When asked about the committee’s decision, Betts admitted that he is grateful for all who have supported his dream. “I’m happy that they made that decision,” Betts said. “I’m just grateful for the huge amount of support people gave me.”
Betts’ accomplishment comes after three felony carjacking convictions that he received as a teenager in Virginia. But despite his past, at this point, the present and future are all that counts. Reginald Betts’ accomplishments will probably serve as a testimony for other teens hoping to better themselves after making mistakes in their youth. He is a prime example of how your past does not have to determine your future.