Colorado Supreme Court: Provide an Alternative to the Colorado July Bar Exam

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Meredith Stone
Jul 21, 2020
No one should have to put the lives of themselves and their families at risk to take an exam. No one should be unnecessarily without an income in the midst of a global crisis

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Ashlyn Whitbeck
Jul 16, 2020
In light of this pandemic, it has been extremely difficult coping with taking a second bar exam. I took the Hawaii February 2019 bar exam and passed with a score high enough to practice law in any jurisdiction. I took the exact same exam as Colorado bar examiners, though Hawaii has an additional ethics portion. I registered to take this exam since I was expecting to move back to Colorado by the end of the year. I have been studying every day for 10 weeks, and have been doing the best I can while working full-time as a Deputy Public Defender. For me, the test itself is not the issue. Rather, it is the traveling and the risk of being infected with COVID.

If I delay taking the exam to February, I am not any more confident that the pandemic will be over, and I will likely be in a similar position I am in now. I hope that Colorado and Hawaii will have reciprocity in the future, but as of now, it does not seem likely. I am scared that if I travel to Colorado, that has much higher cases of COVID-19 than Hawaii, that I will become sick. I am also terrified of getting sick before taking the exam, since I would not be able to sit for the exam, and I will have to study for 10 weeks again and possibly be in the same situation in February. It is stressful to say the least.

Another hurdle I have is that Hawaii is mandating a 14-day quarantine for travelers who come to Hawaii, regardless of residency. So once I arrive back in Hawaii, I will need to stay in my apartment for two weeks. Fortunately, Hawaii has some of the lowest cases of COVID-19, as they are focused on keeping their Ohana safe. However, this will be extremely burdensome to be quarantined once I come back to Hawaii, since I will have to miss work and court appearances for two weeks. So in total, I will be missing 3 weeks of work to take this exam.

I really hope you consider my request to allow attorney privilege for this exam. Again, I understand your need for applicants to demonstrate their abilities. I believe that by attending a highly-regarded accredited law school, passing the February 2019 bar exam with a score high enough to practice in any jurisdiction, and being a licensed attorney in Hawaii for over a year, that I have demonstrated by abilities to the Supreme Court. Additionally, I would be one less person at the testing site, who, frankly, does not need to be there. I sincerely hope you consider my request in light of these unprecedented circumstances.

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rob knickerbocker
Jul 15, 2020
it’s hypocritical & ridiculous

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Lauren Valledor
Jul 13, 2020
I am a future Colorado Law student and want to support the fellow recent graduates

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Jacob Sheler-Zamarripa
Jul 13, 2020
I'm supposed to take this exam at the end of the month. And it seems extraordinarily unsafe.

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Lane Sheldon
Jul 9, 2020
I'm a graduate of UF Law's ℅ 2019 and a licensed attorney in the state of Florida. I am an applicant to the Colorado Bar and an immunocompromised person. As a type 1 diabetic, my chances of developing a serious illness should I catch COVID-19 is higher, but this is a risk I am expected to take in order to get licensed and earn wages despite the availability of reasonable alternatives.

COVID-19 has changed the world around us in impossibly stressful ways, though aware of the additional challenges this "new normal" presents, the gatekeepers of our profession display an embarassing lack of empathy for 2020 test takers. Proceeding demonstrates a blatant disregard for the health and wellbeing of your newest crop of attorneys. How are we supposed to invest in a profession that actively refuses to listen to our concerns and act accordingly?

The CO legal profession needs to take serious stock of the options it has available and choose a suitable alternative to an in-person exam.

Best,
Lane Sheldon, Esq.

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Jodi Wallace
Jul 8, 2020
I'm signing because I know an in-person bar exam will place individuals in a high risk situation, and I know some of those individuals are at particular risk of death if exposed to the coronavirus. I'm signing because I know the alternatives to an in-person bar exam are more than reasonable and can be implemented quickly and efficiently. I'm signing because I find it unreasonable to force individuals to risk their lives when reasonable, alternative approaches are available.

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Emily Hostetter
Jul 7, 2020
My sister is immunocompromised and has worked too hard to be put in this position.

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Sara Shapiro
Jul 7, 2020
There are lots of people who will be flying in to Colorado to take the bar. They have been home since Covid started or are planning to move from Colorado. It is dangerous to have people who have been that exposed sitting in a room together, even with social distancing and masks. The air will circulate two days in a row from about 8:30 to 5 pm. This is cruel and unsafe.

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Sara Shapiro
Jul 7, 2020
There are lots of people who will be flying in to Colorado to take the bar. They have been home since Covid started or are planning to move from Colorado. It is dangerous to have people who have been that exposed sitting in a room together, even with social distancing and masks. The air will circulate two days in a row from about 8:30 to 5 pm. This is cruel and unsafe.