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‘The Decision Is Difficult,’ Says Jurist Failing To Seriously Consider Decision
Posted on Wednesday July 29, 2020
While bar exams around the country this week face hurdle after hurdle and infection rates continue to rise, there are still some authorities willing to forge ahead with plans for a bar exam even as the foundations of the bar exam’s entire being crumbles under even the slightest scrutiny.
As Iowa’s daily infections continue to plug along unabated, the Iowa Supreme Court denied a petition for diploma privilege offering this extremely detailed reasoning in an email provided to the Iowa City Press-Citizen:
“Graduates taking the exam should be assured that we have carefully considered those communications on all sides of the issues and weighed all the available alternatives,” said Iowa Supreme Court Justice Thomas D. Waterman, in an email provided to the Press-Citizen. “Although the decision is difficult, we have concluded that a waiver of the bar exam requirement is not in the best interests of the legal profession or the public.”
Based upon…? There’s certainly no data backing up that claim. On the other hand, there seems to be an abundance of evidence in Iowa right now that refusing to heed public health advice is not in the best interests of the public.
Honestly, it’s not even that these people keep declaring fealty to their antiquated hazing ritual in a time of crisis — bad though that may be — it’s the profound laziness of it. This recalls the Minnesota Supreme Court opinion that blundered through three pages of empty buzzwords en route to ignoring public health risks and declaring that the bar exam will go on. Say what you will about the NCBE’s shoddy anti-diploma privilege arguments, at least they tried!
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