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Legally blind Vt. law school student sues to use computer software, takes required law test
MIDDLESEX, Vt. (AP) ' A legally blind law school student has won her first big court victory.
Deanna Jones of Middlesex, Vt., sued the National Conference of Bar Examiners in July, accusing it of violating the Americans With Disabilities Act. The examiners would not let her take a legal ethics exam with software she's used for reading in college and in law school.
A federal judge ruled last week the NCBE must provide her a computer equipped with the software. She took the test with it Friday and thinks she passed.
NCBE had argued that the security of its pencil-and-paper test could be jeopardized when the test is taken electronically.
The examiners, who will appeal, offered someone to read the exam to Jones, and offered the test in Braille, as an audio CD and in enlarged print.