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Petitioning Duke Richard Schmalbeck and 19 others
This petition was delivered to:
Duke
Richard Schmalbeck
Arkansas (Finance & Legal Affairs Committee Chair)
Cyndi Nance
Wayne State
Ricardo Villarosa
North Carolina
Michael States
Washington University
Janet Bolin
Nova
Athornia Steele
Michigan
Christina Whitman
DePaul
Michael Burns
Nebraska (Chair, Board of Trustees)
Steven Willborn
Iowa
Carolyn Jones
Harvard (Services and Programs Committee Chair)
Cassandra Williams
Stanford
Faye Deal
Virginia (Past Board Chair)
Daniel Ortiz
Calgary
Ian Holloway
Richmond
Michelle Rahman
St. Mary’s (Chair Diversity Committee)
Reynaldo Valencia
Idaho (Audit Committee Chair)
John Miller
Louisiana State (Chair, Investment Committee)
Christopher Pietruszkiewicz
Tulane (Test Development & Research Committee Chair)
Susan Krinsky
CEO of LSAC
Dan Bernstein

LSATs should NOT disadvantage nursing mothers!

The Law School Admissions Council, the organization that administers the LSAT, has a blanket policy of denying all requests for accommodation from nursing mothers who need to pump breast milk during the exam. Without the ability to pump, nursing women will be in increasing discomfort and even pain as the test progresses—causing a serious distraction that could impact their test scores. Not pumping when you need to can also pose significant health risks.

Nursing mothers should not have to choose between feeding their babies and applying to law school. And they should not have to subject themselves to distracting pain and potential health risks simply to take a required admissions test.

Tell the Law School Admissions Council that it needs to change its discriminatory policy and allow nursing moms to take the test on equal footing!


Letter to
Duke Richard Schmalbeck
Arkansas (Finance & Legal Affairs Committee Chair) Cyndi Nance
Wayne State Ricardo Villarosa
and 17 others
North Carolina Michael States
Washington University Janet Bolin
Nova Athornia Steele
Michigan Christina Whitman
DePaul Michael Burns
Nebraska (Chair, Board of Trustees) Steven Willborn
Iowa Carolyn Jones
Harvard (Services and Programs Committee Chair) Cassandra Williams
Stanford Faye Deal
Virginia (Past Board Chair) Daniel Ortiz
Calgary Ian Holloway
Richmond Michelle Rahman
St. Mary’s (Chair Diversity Committee) Reynaldo Valencia
Idaho (Audit Committee Chair) John Miller
Louisiana State (Chair, Investment Committee) Christopher Pietruszkiewicz
Tulane (Test Development & Research Committee Chair) Susan Krinsky
CEO of LSAC Dan Bernstein
I am writing to ask that you change the Law School Admissions Council's policy of categorically refusing accommodations for breast feeding women during the LSAT. This policy ignores nursing mothers' physical needs puts them at a significant disadvantage in taking the test.

Nursing mothers need to express milk every two to three hours when they are not with their babies; not doing so can cause pain, possible infection, and reduction in milk supply. Without the ability to pump during the LSAT, these women will become increasingly uncomfortable as the test progresses, which poses serious health risks and could impact their test scores.

Because the LSAT is one of the key gateways to law school admission, this policy creates a barrier to women's entry into the entire legal profession. Nursing mothers should not have to choose between feeding their babies and applying to law school. And they should not have to subject themselves to distracting pain and potential health risks simply to take a required admissions test.

Sincerely,