Legal Ethics

California Lawyer Accused of Lying to Get More Time to Take Bar Exam


A California lawyer who was granted more time for the state bar exam based on a false statement has agreed to cancellation of her law license.

Leah Harmuth was granted time and a half and given a semi-private room to take the July 2009 bar exam because of an asserted disability, the Am Law Daily reports.

According to a recommendation (PDF) by the State Bar Court of California’s hearing department, Harmuth asserted that she was given disability testing accommodations as an undergrad at the University of Pennsylvania. Though one professor gave Harmuth test accommodations, there were no official accommodations, according to the stipulated facts.

The recommendation for cancellation of Harmuth’s license now goes to the California Supreme Court for approval.

Harmuth is a graduate of the University of California at Hastings law school. She identifies herself online as a 2008 summer associate at Morrison & Foerster, the Am Law Daily says. On her website, Harmuth describes herself a consultant who advises owners of art galleries, collectors and artists.

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