Settlement Announced in Federal Lawsuit
Challenging Wisconsin’s Diploma Privilege

March 31, 2010, 4:00 AM

CHICAGO—A federal lawsuit challenging Wisconsin’s “diploma privilege” was settled March 20 under an agreement in which the state paid plaintiff Corrine Wiesmueller $7,500 in legal fees (Wiesmueller v. Constantine).

Christopher Wiesmueller, who received his law degree in Oklahoma, sued the Wisconsin Board of Bar Examiners and the Wisconsin Supreme Court on his own behalf in 2007, arguing that the state’s policy allowing admission to the bar without examination to graduates of the two law schools in the state—Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin—unfairly discriminates against applicants who graduate from law schools in other states.

Judge Barbara Crabb, ...

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