Woman allowed breaks during bar exam to pump breast milk
A North Suburban woman who is expecting a baby is going to get extra time to pump breast milk while she takes the Illinois State Bar Exam.
Kristin Pagano is planning to take the two-day test in February.
At first she was denied permission to stop the clock for the 20- to 30-minute breaks she thinks she’ll need.
The board that oversees the exam reconsidered after Pagano refuted the ruling, saying it was discriminatory.
In the second vote, members ruled unanimously for Pagano, who was told Tuesday she’d be allowed to take up to a 30-minute break during each three-hour testing session.
“This, of course, is great news,” Pagano, already licensed to practice law in California, told the Chicago Tribune in an email. “I am very happy that the board reviewed my reconsideration request and agreed to provide reasonable accommodations so that I will be able to pump and take the exam.”