Politics & Government

Schwarzenegger appoints paralyzed lawyer to Health Care Services post

Sara Granda, the UC Davis law school graduate who is paralyzed and drew national attention last year when State Bar officials nearly prevented her from taking the exam, has been named by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to a legal position in the state Department of Health Care Services.

Granda, 30, passed the July exam after the state Supreme Court ordered the State Bar to allow her to take the test.

State Bar officials initially said Granda had missed their June 15 registration deadline since she did not submit credit card information online. Granda did not have a credit card, however. Because she was a low-income disabled resident, the state Department of Rehabilitation covered her $600 registration fee and had submitted payment by check.

Civil rights lawyers took up her cause, and she sued the state. Schwarzenegger wrote to the California Supreme Court, urging it to intervene.

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