Can I file breach of contract ( K) for accommodations during California Bar Exam-ADA?

Asked 9 months ago - Walnut Creek, CA

I took the Feb 2011 California State Bar. I have a disability in my hands. I was granted accommodations of additional time to take the exam in a hotel room. My proctor was unreasonable sick and had unreasonable coughing attacks that distracted me. I complained 1/2 through the exam (Wednesday afternoon). The CSB switched my proctor. I failed the exam by 10 points 1430/1440. I petitioned to the committee bar examiners. My petition was denied. I filed a petition pro per in the California Supreme Court. My petition was denied due to it being untimely. I would like to file a claim in Federal Court for breach of K under the ADA guidelines.

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  1. David Herman Hirsch

    Contributor Level 19


    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . Its funny to see a prospective attorney ask the question in a way that you have. While you might be able to pursue an ADA action, it wouldn't be a breach of contract action in federal court. Anyway, it sounds like the State Bar did provide you with an accommodation. Still, you could consult with an attorney experienced in ADA and matters such as this and see if he or she thinks you have any recourse, although I don't think you do...

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  2. Neil Pedersen

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . My first response to your question is why would you want to go to all the trouble, expense and angst to sue the Bar rather than simply take the test in six months and pass it? However, I see this happened two years ago, so I must conclude that you either stopped trying, passed it, or took it several times and failed. If you stopped trying you failed to mitigate. If you passed it, your damages are limited. If you failed it several times, it suggests you have no damages.

    Furthermore, you state no basis for alleging a contract. The ADA creates a statutory basis for a claim, not a contractual one. Unless you had a contract that you entered into separate and apart from the Bar's statutory duties under the ADA, I see no viable contract claim.

    Good luck to you.

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