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Blind Vt. law student sues over test accommodation

July 5, 2011

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A 44-year-old Vermont Law School student says she might like to devote her legal career to representing people with disabilities. But it appears she'll have to win her own battle first.

Deanna Jones, who is blind, is suing the National Conference of Bar Examiners, saying the testing group isn't providing the accommodations she needs in order to take the legal ethics exam all lawyers must take before they practice in Vermont.

Jones, a Middlesex resident, says the testing group has agreed to make some accommodations, including having someone read the exam questions aloud to her. But she says she's used special computer software to help her read through law school. She says that helps her read at her best level.

There's no immediate reply from the bar examiners' group.

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