Paul L. Caron

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Loyola-Chicago Grad Took Online Illinois Bar Exam While In Labor, Then Gave Birth And Finished Test In The Hospital

NBC Chicago, Woman Takes Bar Exam While in Labor, Gives Birth, Then Finishes Test:

Loyola ChicagoA Loyola University graduate took part of her bar exam while in labor, gave birth, and then finished her test.

Brianna Hill knew she'd be pregnant while taking her final test toward becoming a lawyer, but when the coronavirus pandemic changed the timing, she suddenly realized just how pregnant she would be. "It was supposed to be in July," she said.

Good Morning America, Woman Finishes Illinois Bar Exam While in Labor and Right After Giving Birth:

A law school graduate has given the term "supermom" a whole new meaning after completing the Illinois State Bar exam during labor and after delivery.

Brianna Hill, 28, was taking part one of the two-part test on Oct. 5 when her water broke. The test was administered remotely this year amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, Hill told "Good Morning America."

"I started the second section and 15 to 20 minutes in, I started having contractions," Hill said. "I had already asked for an accommodation to get up and go to the bathroom because I was 38 weeks pregnant and they said I'd get flagged for cheating. I couldn't leave the view of the camera."

"I was determined," Hill added as to why she didn't stop the exam after showing signs of labor. ...

After Hill finished day one of the exam, she and her husband, Cameron Andrew, eventually left for West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, Illinois.

A few hours later, Hill and Andrew's first child, a boy named Cassius Phillip Andrew, arrived, weighing 6 pounds, 5 ounces.

Meanwhile, Hill was still scheduled to finish part two of the Bar the following day, on Oct. 6.

Hill said her midwife and hospital staff reserved a private room for her on the labor and delivery floor so she could complete the exam. They even put a "do not disturb" sign on the door, Hill said. ...

Above the Law, Pregnant Woman Takes Bar Exam While In Labor, Finishes Test From Hospital After Giving Birth:

“The whole time my husband and I were talking about how I wanted to finish the test and my midwife and nurses were on board. There just wasn’t another option in my mind,” Hill said. So on Tuesday morning, the hospital prepared an empty room for her to test in and staff put a sign on the door so no one would disturb her as she completed the bar exam. “I took the rest of the test in there and was even able to nurse the baby in between sessions! Obviously, I really hope I passed but I’m mostly just proud that I pushed through and finished.” Absolutely amazing.

ABA Journal, Woman Goes Into Labor During Bar Exam and Finishes the Test

UpdateAnn Althouse (Wisconsin):

This is what women do. It's nice to get a news story as if this is way off the norm, but I believe this is how women from time immemorial have fit pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and childcare into a life full of other work. (And I'm saying this as someone who went through pregnancy and a C-section in my last year of law school.)

Update:  New York Times, She Was Going Into Labor. But She Had a Bar Exam to Finish.

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@ Douglas B, Levene,

But alas you are not partner in position to hire, and neither is anyone else in academia who consistently promote this type of character as a selling point.

Hiring committees at large and medium sized law firms are not at all interested in individual stories of fortitude. The want the same cookie-cutter, polished, privileged and credentialed young men and women every year. Bonus points for those who are attractive and/or carry an aura of being a "winner" in the generic Mitt Romney/ JFK type mold. Hiring decisions are made based on 15 minute interviews. I say this as someone who got hired as an associate in an AMLAW50 firm.

Posted by: JM | Oct 13, 2020 7:25:55 AM

My wife's labors lasted over 20 hours each. Not to take anything away.

Posted by: aircav65 | Oct 12, 2020 8:11:55 PM

If I was a partner in a law firm, I'd hire this young woman in an heartbeat. She's got grit and drive to spare.

Posted by: Douglas B. Levene | Oct 11, 2020 8:37:48 PM

There is a reason why Mother’s Day generates more heartfelt celebrations than Father’s Day.
So says a father of three.

Posted by: Bill Turnier | Oct 11, 2020 6:40:22 AM