The new president of the New York State Bar Association is announcing today that he’s launching a blue-ribbon committee to determine if the state should remove questions about mental health disorders from applications for the bar.

The move mirrors efforts underway nationwide. In February, the Conference of Chief Justices urged all states to remove mental health inquiries from its applications. Several states, including Connecticut, have already done so. Other states are studying the issue; a moral character working group convened by California’s bar association held its first meeting Friday in San Francisco.

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