Thank you for sharing!

Your article was successfully shared with the contacts you provided.
Jeffrey R. Waxman, hired recently at the Wilmington, Del., office of Klett Rooney Lieber & Schorling, has made a name for himself by managing to experience the anguish of failing the Delaware bar examination and the euphoria of passing it — all within two days. Waxman was out of town on business Thursday when the examination results were listed by secret numbers, known only to the applicants themselves. He gave his number to a secretary, who checked the list and reported back with the grim news. Waxman had failed. Senior partners harrumphed and tut-tutted. “That’s all right,” they told him, according to William E. Manning, who was one of them. “You’re not going to get an infinite number of shots [to pass], but you’re not going to get fired.” Poor Waxman. It wasn’t until Friday that he realized that what he thought was his secret number actually was his seat number when he sat for the bar examination, a three-day exercise in excruciation given July 29-31. Nor was he sure what his secret number was. The names of those who passed finally were posted publicly late Friday afternoon. Waxman was one of them. “He goes down as the dumbest guy to have passed a bar exam in the history of the Delaware bar, but we love him dearly. He is on permanent latrine duty,” Manning said. Along with latrine duty, however, Waxman got a bottle of champagne. He was one of three lawyers at Klett Rooney to take and pass the Delaware exam, along with Kerri King Mumford in the Wilmington office and Brian Edward Farnan, who works in the Philadelphia office. Overall 157 out of 260 candidates passed the rigorous bar examination. Farnan is the son of U.S. District Judge Joseph J. Farnan Jr. Another notable son also made the “pass” list — Joseph R. “Beau” Biden III, an assistant U.S. attorney in Philadelphia and the son of U.S. Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., a five-term Democrat. The examination was administered by the Board of Bar Examiners, a 16-member panel appointed by the Delaware Supreme Court. Its chairman is Donald J. Wolfe Jr. of Potter Anderson & Corroon in Wilmington. The modern admission procedures largely have been in place since 1931, according to “The Delaware Bar in the Twentieth Century,” a bench and bar history published by the Delaware State Bar Association. At that time the Delaware Supreme Court adopted rules setting up a statewide Board of Bar Examiners to replace a county-based system in which there were separate boards, each with its own procedures, in New Castle, Kent and Sussex Counties.

This content has been archived. It is available exclusively through our partner LexisNexis®.

To view this content, please continue to Lexis Advance®.

Not a Lexis Advance® Subscriber? Subscribe Now

Why am I seeing this?

LexisNexis® is now the exclusive third party online distributor of the broad collection of current and archived versions of ALM's legal news publications. LexisNexis® customers will be able to access and use ALM's content by subscribing to the LexisNexis® services via Lexis Advance®. This includes content from the National Law Journal®, The American Lawyer®, Law Technology News®, The New York Law Journal® and Corporate Counsel®, as well as ALM's other newspapers, directories, legal treatises, published and unpublished court opinions, and other sources of legal information.

ALM's content plays a significant role in your work and research, and now through this alliance LexisNexis® will bring you access to an even more comprehensive collection of legal content.

For questions call 1-877-256-2472 or contact us at [email protected]


ALM Legal Publication Newsletters

Sign Up Today and Never Miss Another Story.

As part of your digital membership, you can sign up for an unlimited number of a wide range of complimentary newsletters. Visit your My Account page to make your selections. Get the timely legal news and critical analysis you cannot afford to miss. Tailored just for you. In your inbox. Every day.

Copyright © 2020 ALM Media Properties, LLC. All Rights Reserved.