Granting Kassech a license to practice law in Michigan
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In 2014, Kassech earned her Juris Doctorate degree and subsequently passed the Michigan Bar Exam. In November 2014, Kassech's Character and Fitness application was "flagged" by the State Bar for having "poor credit", and she was required to meet with a panel of attorneys to determine whether or not she should be granted character and fitness clearance -- a requirement for licensure by the State Bar in addition to passing the bar exam.
In December 2014, Kassech received the 21-page report notifying her that she was not cleared for character and fitness and would be required to wait 2-5 years before re-applying again. In the report the committee members specifically made negative reference to the fact that Kassech, had to at one point, rely on public assistance while in college, as well as criticized her for continuing her education by enrolling in law-school rather than paying off the debt she had already acquired from her undergraduate education.
If Kassech is not granted clearance by the character and fitness committee by December 10, 2017, her passing bar exam score will become null and void and she will be required to re-take the Michigan bar exam.
Individuals should not be punished for being economically disadvantaged, and criticized for having bad credit. Kassech completed all objective requirements to become a licensed attorney and is being punished because of the subjective nature of the character and fitness requirement of the State bar.
Please sign this petition and support Kassech being granted the law license she rightfully earned.
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