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July 27, 2020 Asked and Answered

2020 Harvard Law grad postpones bar exam and her wedding plans because of COVID-19

By Stephanie Francis Ward

This past spring, when few people realized that most July bar exams would ultimately be canceled, Molly Coleman decided to forgo the test, for the time being, despite her lawyer father’s objections.

There was too much uncertainty about how or when the exam would be offered, she reasoned, and she didn’t need bar admission to do her job as the executive director of the People’s Parity Project, a group that she co-founded in law school that focuses on ending harassment and discrimination in the legal profession.

As part of a special Asked and Answered podcast series, which looks at the ways that lives have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic for people in the legal profession, Coleman chats with ABA Journal Senior Writer Stephanie Francis Ward about moving back to St. Paul, Minnesota—her hometown—less than a week before the area erupted in protests following the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd in late May.

She was joined by her fiance—a University of Michigan Law School student—and the couple postponed their September wedding to 2021, given health concerns with large gatherings.

In This Podcast

Molly Coleman

Molly Coleman is the executive director of the People’s Parity Project, a group that she co-founded in law school that focuses on ending harassment and discrimination in the legal profession.

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