DOJ: Bar Exam Mental Health Questions Violate ADA - Articles

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Posted by: Brittany Sims on Feb 14, 2014

The civil rights division of the U.S. Department of Justice says that asking would-be lawyers standard questions about their mental health, including their history of diagnosis and treatment, could violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In a letter to the Louisiana Supreme Court, the division says some, but not all, of the questions asked in a standard National Conference of Bar Examiners questionnaire are unduly broad and violate the ADA. The letter suggests  civil rights questions in character and fitness applications should focus on conduct rather than status of the applicant. The ABA Journal has more.