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Mental health questions on license apps violate disability law, says Dept. of Justice

Current questions about mental health on a national form used by the Louisiana state bar to screen applicants for attorney licensing violate the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the state must change its application policies, the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division says.

The Louisiana state bar requires candidates to submit a "Request for Preparation of a Character Report" to the National Conference of Bar Exami-ners. The form asks applicants whether they have been diagnosed or treated for any mental health disorders. At least 25 state bars, and many licensing boards, employ similar questions to screen . . .

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