Raising the Bar: Mental Health Advocacy in the N.H. Legal System Panel
For decades, states have required law students to answer questions about their mental health treatment before they can practice law. However, a wave of support has been building to remove questions about mental health from what's known as the character and fitness reviews of bar applicants. In this discussion, we will hear from Sofia Hyatt and Victoria Saxe, two 3L UNH Law School students who successfully advocated to eliminate the mental health questions on the character and fitness portion of the NH Bar Exam. In our conversation, we will explore their advocacy efforts and the impact these discriminatory questions have on applicants and the diversity of the legal profession. The panel will be moderated by New Futures' CEO and President, Michele Merritt and will also feature John Broderick, Dartmouth-Hitchcock's Sr. Director of External Affairs, former Chief Justice of the NH Supreme Court, and outspoken mental health advocate.