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CA Bar Backs Down Against Quadriplegic Student

•  State Bar News     updated  2009/07/28 10:13


According to The Recorder, late Monday the California Supreme Court ordered the State Bar to allow Sara Granda, a 29-year-old quadriplegic, to take the bar exam that starts today. The decision ended a tumultuous four-day legal battle for the graduate of UC-Davis School of Law.

Granda submitted her online exam application earlier this summer but left blank a space for credit card payment information. Granda, whose sole source of income is a monthly disability payment, doesn't have a credit card and contends that the state Department of Rehabilitation paid her $648 application fee.

Granda, who relies on a respirator, a wheelchair and aides to maneuver, continued months-long discussions over test accommodations with Bar staff. But then the Davis, Calif., resident learned earlier this month that the Bar wouldn't let her take the test on the grounds that she had not submitted her application; without the payment information the paperwork wasn't processed.

"The issue isn't the payment, because we didn't receive a completed application," Bar spokeswoman Diane Curtis said Monday morning. The Bar also said in court filings that staff had no record of receiving payment from the Department of Rehabilitation.

Granda's attorney, Stewart Katz of Sacramento, called the Bar's reasoning subjective nonsense.

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