March 24, 2010

The end of the constitutional challenge to Wisconsin's diploma privilege.

The case was settled with a $7500 payment to the plaintiff. Back in December, the judge — Barbara Crabb — decertified what had been a class action (including all the graduates of out-of-state law schools who sought to practice law in Wisconsin and were required, under state law, to take a bar exam when the graduates of Wisconsin law schools — the University of Wisconsin and Marquette — had a "diploma privilege" to skip the exam).

7 comments:

traditionalguy said...

The likely winner quit just to keep from losing money she would need to spend to win while the state had its usual free attorneys on salary and delays granted at every possible turn of the procedure.

Seven Machos said...

The plaintiff should have sought a change of venue.

However, just because something is unfair to you doesn't mean it's illegal or wrong.

MadisonMan said...

does Wisconsin actually require their law schools to be useful for practicing law

My recollection from earlier comment threads on this topic (IANAL) is that there are required classes that deal only with the vagaries of Wisconsin Law.

Seven Machos said...

The Vagaries of Wisconsin Law is a fabulous band or album name.

David said...

Barbara Crabb decertified a class in a class action? That's the most amazing news.

Too bad it didn't get decided on the merits.

I had to take the Wisconsin bar exam. It was actually a good experience. I learned a lot of stuff that I had never encountered in law school. Plus it postponed real work for another few weeks.

Anga2010 said...

It will give all the out of state graduates their first opportunity to practice. The judge is a genius!

Sarah said...

Where do I line up for my $7500 for having to take the Wisconsin Bar Exam? And will there be another line for my next doctor check-up, or can I deal with both at once?