New York removed questions about mental health from the bar so law students will no longer suffer in silence  02/27/2020 08:29:09 

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore announced the decision -- supported by educators and mental health organizations-- in her State of the Judiciary address and credited the NYSBA for raising the issue, the NYSBA said in a release Wednesday.

Two days later, State Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Brad Hoylman introduced legislation prohibiting the application from asking about mental health, the NYSBA said.

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New York is the 11th state to remove questions around mental health, the NYSBA said.

The questions have been removed voluntarily in some cases, but by the Department of Justice in the case of Louisiana.

The DOJ launched an investigation and concluded in 2014 that the Louisiana bar violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) through practices including making "discriminatory inquiries" about mental health, subjecting applicants to additional investigations because of their mental health conditions and making discriminatory admissions recommendations.

A settlement between the department and the state mandated changes including removing "intrusive" questions about mental health. The ADA has not yet been applied to any other state's bar.

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