Prospective Lawyers in California No Longer Can Be Asked About Mental Health - Articles

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Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on Aug 1, 2019
The California State Bar will be banned from seeking a prospective lawyer’s mental health records as part of its moral character assessment process under legislation signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Gavin Newsom, Law.com reports. The law is aimed at ending the bar’s practice of requiring applicants to sign broad waivers allowing the Committee on Bar Examiners to access documents or data related to their medical and mental health. “There is no reason why perfectly capable people with PTSD or depression, who suffered with those issues, can’t practice law and do so effectively,” the legislations's author, Sen. Tom Umberg, said in a statement.