Julius Hobbs, a law student and decorated combat veteran of the U.S. Army, has received the green light from a federal judge to proceed with a suit against the Florida Board of Bar Examiners, which handles bar admissions.

Hobbs, who left the armed service with the rank of captain, claimed the state’s court licensing board has used his history of mental illness against him, forcing him to undergo additional screening by the bar’s psychiatry experts, despite records from his treating physician indicating he’s fit to practice law. He disclosed his medical history in response to two questions on the bar admissions form asking about mental illness and treatment over the past years — questions he now challenges in court, along with the board’s follow-up process for applicants who answer in the affirmative.

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