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On top of this, my milk production would be disrupted.

To pump throughout the exam, I needed an accommodation.

If you are looking for a job, be sure to always thank those who have provided contacts and assistance.

Not only is this an instance to show good manners – it’s also a politic way of laying a solid groundwork for a continuing, mutually beneficial networking resource.

I gave birth to my first child 8 weeks ago and took the bar exam last week.

For a time, this grueling combination did not seem possible – and not because of the exhausting nature of both experiences.

I applaud the Illinois Bar Examiners for making this change, meaning that I and other nursing women can pursue the requirements of this profession while meeting their personal and family needs.

Now it is time for every state’s bar examiners to do the same.

We look forward to welcoming you and your partner for this special occasion.

I was shocked when I received a letter denying my request because nursing “is not a physical disability and therefore not covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act.” They said I could leave the exam to pump in a restroom only during certain times – as opposed to when it was physiologically required – and that I would not be given any additional time to make up for the time it took to pump.

The complicated process would take approximately 50 minutes each time I needed to pump: signing out of the exam room, going to the Help Center where my pump would be stored, finding the nearest “family restroom,” pumping for about 20 minutes, cleaning up, storing the breast milk, returning the pump to the Help Center, returning to the exam room, and signing back in.

I knew that the bar examiners already make these kinds of accommodations for those protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

It seemed possible that the bar examiners might make minor adjustments to my requests, but it never occurred to me that they would deny my request outright.

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