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Board says “no” to breastfeeding during licensing exam

Illinois law states that a person may breastfeed anywhere at anytime in the state. But recently that policy collided with the policies of the Illinois Bar Exam Board, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Based on the state law, bar candidate Kristin Pagano expected to be able to breastfeed her infant during the February 2014 bar exam, but the Illinois Bar Exam Board denied Pagano’s requests for extra time and clean, sanitary space for breast pumping. Pagano, already licensed to practice law in the state of California, is seeking attorney licensure in Illinois where she and her husband have moved.

In rejecting Pagano’s accommodation requests, the board asserted: “Nursing… is not a physical disability and therefore not covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act and would not require you to complete Non Standard Testing Accommodation forms.”

The board stated Pagano could bring her breast-pumping equipment with her and leave it with staff for use during set breaks in the restroom. However, the board would not give Pagano extra time or a sanitary room or access to a refrigerator.

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