Paul L. Caron

Friday, July 22, 2022

Judge Dismisses Harvard Grad's Lawsuit Claiming Bar Examiners Derailed Her BigLaw Career When She Failed Bar Twice After Denial Of Disability Accommodation

Law360, Ex-Ropes & Gray Atty Loses Bar Exam Disability Bias Suit:

A New York federal judge dismissed a disability bias suit from a fired Ropes & Gray LLP attorney who sued the state agency that administers the bar exam after failing the test, ruling Tuesday that the agency is subject to sovereign immunity as an arm of the Empire State's government [T.W. v. New York State Board of Law Examiners, No. 16-cv-3029 (E.D.N.Y. July 19, 2022)].

U.S. District Judge Raymond J. Dearie dismissed with prejudice the suit from the Harvard Law School graduate identified in court papers by the initials T.W., who claims test administrators with the New York State Board of Law Examiners failed to accommodate her disability stemming from a brain injury and anxiety. The judge found that by most pertinent measures, the board is an arm of the state and therefore immune from the suit under the 11th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. ...

T.W. sued the board in June 2016, claiming she failed the bar exam twice after the board refused to accommodate her disabilities.

ABA Journal, Harvard Law Grad Loses Suit Claiming Lack of Bar Exam Axcommodations Nixed Her BigLaw Career:

The suit claimed that bar examiners’ failure to accommodate T.W.’s disability led to her firing at Ropes & Gray. T.W. passed the bar exam on her third try in 2015 after she was given double time to take it.

T.W. had sought the accommodations for anxiety and cognitive deficits caused by an incident in an all-terrain vehicle.

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