Letter: Bar admission and mental health

Published: 7/4/2020 12:01:42 AM
Modified: 7/4/2020 12:01:29 AM

Thank you for the June 28 Sunday Monitorarticle on the role two UNH law students played in the decision to drop the mental health question on the bar application.

I just wanted to add that, in my opinion, the students during this process demonstrated impressive skill and judgment that was well beyond their years. Both understood that they needed to provide the Supreme Court and the Character and Fitness Committee with solid evidence that deleting the question would have the salutary effect of not discouraging law students from seeking treatment for mental health issues that might arise during law school while insuring that the public interest in competent lawyers was still protected. The letters and materials they submitted made that case.

I also think credit should go to the administrator and members of the Character and Fitness Committee and to the Supreme Court for their willingness to consider carefully and ultimately adopt this very positive change in the bar admission process.

MITCHELL M. SIMON

Contoocook

(The writer is professor emeritus of the University of New Hampshire School of Law.)


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