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Trisha Rich, left, and Laurie Webb Daniel of Holland & Knight. Trisha Rich, left, and Laurie Webb Daniel of Holland & Knight.

Thomas Skelton was poised to join the Illinois bar after graduating from John Marshall Law School and passing the statewide exam in 2017. But he was tripped by one final hurdle when the committee on character and fitness declined to certify him, pointing to ongoing symptoms of mental illness. Experiencing delusional thoughts while his application was under review, Skelton sent approximately 40 emails to the committee’s members impugning the integrity of their organization and the wider legal system.

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Dan Packel

Dan Packel covers change and innovation in the legal services market, and writes a weekly briefing for Law.com, "The Law Firm Disrupted," on these subjects. He is based in Philadelphia. Contact him at [email protected] On Twitter at @packeld

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