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Florida Board of Bar Examiners Re: Amendments to Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admissions to the Bar

Supreme Court of Florida
No. SC06-1074, 2007 WL 3024353
October 18, 2007

Facts of the Case

The Florida Board of Bar Examiners petitioned the Supreme Court of Florida to amend the Supreme Court Rules for Admission to the Florida Bar. In pertinent part, the amendment to rule 4-17.1 “Accommodations” stated that “In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), test accommodations are provided by the board at no additional cost to applicants.” Other significant amendments included combining the applications for taking the bar exam and for admission to the bar into one application, and requiring that all applications are completed and submitted online.

Ruling

The Court adopted the proposed amendments, which will take effect on May 1, 2008.

Policy & Practice

Equal Benefit

With this decision, the Court acknowledges its obligations under Title II of the ADA to ensure that qualified bar applicants with disabilities enjoy equal participation in the benefits, services, programs, and activities of the Florida State Bar.

Online Bar Application Requirement

This requirement may pose barriers to applicants with visual impairments if the Florida Supreme Court website does not meet minimum accessibility guidelines.

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Disclaimer:

These materials do not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon in any individual case. Please consult an attorney licensed in your state for legal advice and/or representation. These materials were prepared by the legal research staff of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University in partnership with the Southeast ADA Center to highlight legal and policy developments relevant to civil rights protections and the impact of court decisions in the Southeast Region under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). These materials are based on federal disability rights laws and court decisions in effect at the time of publication. Federal and state disability rights law can change at any time.  In addition, state and local laws and regulations may provide different or additional protections. Materials are intended solely as informal guidance, and are neither a determination of your legal rights nor responsibilities under the ADA or other federal, state, and local laws, nor binding on any agency with enforcement responsibility under the ADA. The accuracy of any information contained herein is not warranted. Any links to external websites are provided as a courtesy and are not intended to nor do they constitute an endorsement of the linked materials.

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