Tuesday, July 28, 2009

California Supreme Court Issues Order Permitting Paralyzed Law School Graduate to Take State Bar

Yesterday, there were a number of articles about Sara Granda, a 29-year-old law school graduate attempting to take the California Bar Exam. The graduate is an indigent quadriplegic who receives disability benefits. According to the Sacramento Bee, "But the bar's online vendor did not process the application because the credit card information was lacking." However, she does not have any credit cards and paid the fee with a state issued check.

The bar, until now, had refused to allow her to take the exam. After a federal lawsuit was dismissed on jurisdictional grounds, she sought relief in state court and had the support of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger whose letter in support can be found here.

The California Supreme Court's one page opinion can be found here. The court granted the petitioner's "Petition for Mandate" and directed the state bar association to permit her to take the exam with her ultimate admission to the bar conditioned upon her providing a complete bar application by September 1, 2009.

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