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I fulfill the requirements of 2.01: I have a Ph.D. and also a J.D. from an accredited law school (certified by Dean).
I am basing my charge of discrimination on other factors too lengthy to discuss here.
However, as you suggest, I will file an appeal with the TN Supreme Court. I will also file a complaint with the ACLU and with the Southern Poverty Law Center and with TN Senator Lamar Alexander.
Thank you for your time.
Although the Senator may not be able to do what I need to be done, it doesn't hurt to try because he does know people who might help. I think it more likely that the ACLU or other organizations of the type might be interested in pursuing this further. Even, as you say, there is no case law or ethics decisions of the TN Supreme Court, a civil rights group might consider a test case. I certainly cannot afford a private attorney since my sole income is a modest social security stipend and even paying the $36. for your advice constitutes a hardship for me.
I, and others I have consulted, have a strong sense there is an indication that the barriers that have been placed before me may have to do with age/race/sex/national origin/political affiliation. I need to find a group to undertake the arduous task of finding out what screen(s) are preventing me from getting my license in TN.
I do intend to give positive feedback because you have been responsive, attentive and kind and I appreciate it.
It would be interesting to do the research that a civil rights groups can do to find out how many persons in my demographic(s) have applied to take the bar exam in TN in the past ten years and how many have passed and received their licenses.
Very briefly, I want you to know of some of the barriers of which I speak. The TN bar examiners want me to:
1. file a new (not updated) application with the NCBE which means an increased fee plus getting all the original documents and recommenders once again;
2. three new and original letters of recommendation from either law professors or attorneys I've worked with. They already have three original letters from my law school professors;
3. undergo another personal interview with a local attorney. I've already undergone three interviews and passed them.
4. retake the MPRE, the professional responsibility exam which I've already taken and passed. This involves an additional fee. The former Executive Director of the TN bar examiners thinks it unnecessary since I already passed it once.
In a flurry of emails, phone calls, letters (including a certified one from the bar examiners) I found misinformation, ommisions, and a reluctance to answer my questions. The last email said that they would not give clarification on any further matters at all. Thus began my quest to find answers elsewhere. They also indicated that I could sit for the Feb. 2014 bar exam if I fulfilled their requirements, which in addition to the fee I already paid and which they will not return or apply to the next exam ($300), the additional work will cost $748.
I understand that you are not in a position to assist me any further, however, I want to thank you for your helpful information.
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