Shoemaker, who took the exam in 1992, suggested in his letter that the bar gives credibility to attorneys and that clients “deserve to have confidence that their attorney possesses some level of legal acumen associated with admission to the Bar.” The letter was signed by Shoemaker, Del. Jason Buckel of Allegany County — who assisted with the letter, Shoemaker said — Del. Daniel Cox of Carroll and Frederick counties; Del. Susan McComas of Harford County; and Sen. Chris West of Baltimore County. They have all worked as attorneys and are all Republicans.