Biden is an attorney by training if not by trade, having graduated from Yale Law School in 1996. He was admitted to the D.C. bar in 2007.
The bar’s official stamp of approval comes despite Biden’s seeming violation of the bar’s own code of professional conduct.
“It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to commit a criminal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects,” the bar notes in its official rules.
“Many kinds of illegal conduct reflect adversely on fitness to practice law, such as offenses involving fraud and the offense of willful failure to file an income tax return,” the rules note.
The First Son is facing multiple felony counts stemming from allegations that he dodged more than $1 million in income taxes which helped finance years of “extravagant” living, according to special counsel David Weiss. He currently faces up to 17 years in prison.
A criminal conviction is not required for bar discipline. Former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani’s D.C. bar status is currently suspended as punishment for his role in trying to overturn the 2020 presidential election. He has not been convicted of a crime.
Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz said Biden’s various legal troubles “merits investigation” by the bar.
“He has admitted to conduct that would probably constitute criminal behavior, use of drugs and things of that kind, so I think the bar would have to look into it,” the longtime lawyer said. “There is a double standard. Bar discipline has been weaponized by the left against the right.”
Hunter Biden’s attorney, Abbe Lowell, did not respond to a request for comment from The Post.
Hunter Biden pays $331 yearly to maintain his active membership in the bar. He has never actively practiced law in D.C. but did hold a cushy “of counsel” position at the Democratic law firm of Boies Schiller Flexner LLP while his father was vice president.