Senator doesn't pass the bar

May 3, 2011
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Of 264 people who sat for the bar in February, 184 passed. Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, was not one of the lucky ones. The list of successful bar applicants was posted Monday and his name wasn’t on the list.

You may recall that Delph sat for the bar exam in February, in the middle of the legislative session. In fact, because he was taking the bar, he missed voting for his controversial illegal immigration bill.

I’m not going to rub salt in the senator’s failed-exam wounds. I’ve never sat for the bar exam, but I’ve heard it can be a difficult test and time-consuming to prepare for. There are quite a few people who have to take it multiple times before they pass. This time, only 70 percent passed. That’s 80 people who will have to sit for it again if they want to become an attorney.

But I do wonder why the senator decided to take the exam in February during the legislative session instead of scheduling it when he may have had more time to prepare and focus. The exam will be given again in July.

Does anyone care to fess up and say how many times they had to take the bar exam until they passed it?

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  • Surprise?
    I'm sorry but when has anyone thought that the members of our Indiana legislature were the brightest bulbs in the hardware store?
  • Delph
    For several years, I have wondered, as a Carmel voter, why a well-educated, affluent community could support Delph's agenda. He wants less government but has proposed that the state dictate the start of the school year when that should rest with locally-elected school boards and the community. Why did he not wait to take the bar? Perhaps the embarrassment regarding his immigration bill?
    He's not the first to fail the bar. I was lucky and passed the first time. Perhaps in the future he can concentrate on issues that are important to the citizens of Indiana,not the social conservatives who wish to impose their will on others.
  • Really?
    This post is low. There's no point to it other than to ridicule this man. While the writer claims she's "not going to rub salt in the [S]enatorâ??s failed-exam wounds", that's exactly what she did and-- telling from the structure of the post--what she intended to do. Maybe she wasn't trying to levy an ad hominem attack, but the post only serves to bring ridicule and further embarrassment to Delph. Why even attempt to pretend otherwise? This is demeaning to the IL and the writer.

    If there isn't anything meaningful to post, then don't. That said, it did make a mundane topic sensationalistic--a sad commentary itself.
  • ignoble gloating
    I passed first time in the middle of a lot of difficulties. But I know people who came from more difficult law schools with good grades who botched it up. What does it mean? Sometimes not much. Here, with the announced bias of this publication against his anti-immigration bill, this sure seems like gloating.
    • what about the kennedy kid eh?
      I am reminded of course, a famous young man, now decased, who failed the bar many times. His Uncle Teddy was one of the biggest advocates of the 1965 Immigration reform act, Ted Kennedy. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Immigration_and_Nationality_Act_of_1965 That law is often criticized by anti-immigration advocates whereas today's illegal immigrant lobby adores it.

      So lets not make to much of this fellow failing the bar. Its pretty much totally irrelevant to the issue at hand.
    • Not the point
      He took the bar and passed. Not a big deal and also not the point of the article (from my understanding).

      Seems to be focusing more on why he chose to take that exam while missing his proposed bill, instead of postponing until the next exam.

      Good article. Sure fire way to get people commenting is to write about controversy.

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