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Judge’s Daughter Flunks Bar Exam—Until High-Court Grade Change

Posted Nov 9, 2007 11:25 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A trial judge’s daughter is among 20 law grads who flunked and then passed the state bar exam, due to a grading change by the South Carolina Supreme Court.

The court said the section of the exam on wills, trusts and estates will be dropped from test scoring, but gave no reason for its decision, TheState.com reports.The 20 were among 124 people who flunked out of 552 who took the test.

Judge Paul Burch’s daughter, Kendall, is among the 20, although no formal appeal was filed on her behalf. He told the publication that he contacted the chairman of the state board of law examiners to find out if there was any way his daughter could appeal the results. He learned there was no such process and relayed that information to Kendall. Nothing more was done.

He said he did not contact the supreme court because of ethical concerns. “Even though I am a circuit judge, I have to be careful,” he said.

State Rep. Jim Harrison went further. He said he contacted both the chair of the law examiners and the clerk of the supreme court on behalf of his daughter. But rather than complaining, he merely asked if there had been an unusually high failure rate on the wills and trusts question.

A hat tip to How Appealing, which posted the story.

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