The ABA Journal
published an article summarizing a law school graduate's petition to the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can be applied to state bar admissions. The graduate, Thomas Skelton, argues that Illinois officials discriminated against him when they refused to admit him to the state bar, citing his history of mental illness. The petition contends that Mr. Skelton met the requirements for admission and that his mental health history did not negate those requirements. In addition, it argues the decision further stigmatized individuals with mental health conditions and discouraged them from seeking professional help. Mr. Skelton is represented by Litigation Attorneys Trisha Rich, Laurie Webb Daniel, David Elkanich, Matthew Friedlander and Christopher Heredia.
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