Two weeks before a blind UCLA law school grad is set to take the California bar exam, the administrators of the national portion of the test have thrown her a curveball.
The National Conference of Bar Examiners this week appealed the preliminary injunction Stephanie Enyart won two weeks ago from Northern District Judge Charles Breyer, who ordered that she be able to take the test with the assistive technology (free reg. req.) she used all through law school.
The exam administrators, represented at the preliminary injunction hearing by Cooley Godward Kronish partner Gregory Tenhoff, cited security concerns and also the worry that granting one blind student’s preferred accommodations would open Pandora’s box.
Indeed! Disabled law school grads everywhere getting the reasonable accommodations they say they need! Stand down, Americans with Disabilities Act.
Disability Rights Advocates, which is representing Enyart and where she also is working as a law clerk, told the Chronicle that the appeal was “flabbergasting … irrational and mean-spirited.”
Tenhoff didn’t immediately return a phone call seeking comment.