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BASF Files Amicus Curiae Letter in Support of Petition for Review in Sander v. State Bar of California

 

August 22, 2011 – San Francisco – The Bar Association of San Francisco has filed an amicus curiae letter in support of the Petition for Review in Sander v. State Bar of California.

The case centers on Professor Richard Sander's request to the State Bar of California for release of data relating to 246,000 people who applied for admission to the practice of law between 1972 and 2007. The state bar considers the information confidential and Sander's believes the information is "public record."

According to the author of BASF's letter, Dennis Peter Maio, an attorney with Reed Smith LLP, "This case presents important questions of law in need of settling by this Court involving the disclosure by the State Bar of sensitive confidential information relating to such matters as race, ethnicity, and examination scores that it obtained from a quarter of a million applicants for admission to the practice of law over a period of 35 years on its promise that it would keep the information confidential."

BASF's letter continues, "Because of the importance of the questions presented, this Court should grant review. Upon granting review, the Court should proceed to resolve the threshold question by holding that the sensitive confidential information in question does not constitute a 'public record' potentially subject to disclosure."

Read BASF's letter to Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye. (549KBPDFPDF)


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