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Minds Over Matters: An Examination of Mental Health in the Legal Profession

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Attorneys applying for admission to the New York State Bar would no longer be asked for details about their mental health, as they currently are, under legislation set to be introduced Monday by state Sen. Brad Hoylman, D-Manhattan.

The legislative proposal follows a meeting Saturday from the New York State Bar Association’s governing body, which voted to recommend that the state stop asking applicants about their mental health.

Hoylman, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, decided to sponsor the legislation after a working group convened by the State Bar recommended that prospective attorneys not be asked about their mental health while applying for admission.

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Dan M. Clark

Dan M. Clark is the Albany reporter for the New York Law Journal. He covers the state Court of Appeals, the state legislature, state regulators, and more. Email Dan anytime at [email protected]

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