Like every law graduate, Sean Pevsner (pictured) was elated to learn last week that he passed the Texas bar exam. But the new lawyer and University of Texas School of Law graduate already has shown his tenacity when accomplishing difficult tasks: Pevsner is a quadriplegic who uses a wheelchair maneuvered by head movements. He says through an interpreter that he has “severe” cerebral palsy; he uses interpreters or a specialized computer to communicate.
In 1998, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Greek and Latin from the University of Texas at Austin. At the UT law school, assistants helped him prepare for classes and interpreted his questions, he writes in an email. He had additional time to complete exams, and his friend and interpreter traveled to Austin from Chicago to take dictation for his exams, Pevsner writes.
Pevsner writes that he took the bar exam before but he didn’t have “the accommodations and resources in place to prepare for and take the bar exam effectively.” In July, however, he successfully took the exam over eight days while using three interpreters.
Pevsner will be sworn in Nov. 14. He writes that he plans to open a solo practice in Austin to represent disabled people with educational- and employment-related matters.
“People did not believe I could even make it through the bar exam, much less pass it,” Pevsner says. “I hope that my passing the bar sends the message to others that they can do anything they set their minds to.”
-- Angela Morris