State Restricts Mental Health Questions To New Lawyers

The Connecticut Bar Examining Committee has unanimously voted to change some of the questions it asks of new law license applicants regarding any mental health conditions they might have, making it less likely that law students will avoid being treated for substance abuse or depression out of fear it might ruin their careers.

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  • Elizabeth A. Richter

    Ok, this is great. But when litigants with disabilities approach the CT Judicial Branch, particularly those with invisible disabilities such as depression, and request their reasonable modifications which they are entitled to under Title II of Federal ADA law, judges and court administrators routinely deny them, unless the litigants are deaf, in which case a 2003 Settlement agreement with the DOJ has forced the CT Judicial Branch to provide deaf interpreters. In what world is it acceptable to accord attorneys their ADA rights, but not their clients. Where is the outcry there from the CBA or the ACLU?

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