The Virginia Supreme Court agreed yesterday to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling prohibiting a Northern Virginia woman from taking the state bar examination because she lives with a man to whom she is not married.
The court, however, declined to require Warren County Circuit Court Judge Dunean C. Gibb to certify the bar applicant for the exam immediately. No written opinion was issued.
The ruling means that Bonnie Cord, a federal government lawyer who lives in Linden, Va., may have to wait a year or longer for a final ruling.
Gibb refused to certify Cord's good character, a prerequisite for taking the exam, despite a 2-1 recommendation by a panel of lawyers that he do so. He said her living arrangement "would lower the public's opinion of the bar as a whole."
Georgia State Sdn. Julian Bond, a well-known black civil rights leader, said he is considering moving to the District of Columbia to run for the U.S. Senator if a constitutional amendment giving District residents voting rights in Congress is ratified, the Atlanta Constitution reported yesterday.
"I have always wanted to be a United States senator and I could stay here (in Georiga) for a decade or more and my chances would not measurably increase," Bond told The Constitution.
Although he is well-known among white liberals and blacks across the country, his reputation as a liberal and a black civil rights advocate means he is unlikely to ever win statewide office in Georgia.
In fact, Georgia legislators first refused to allow him to take his House seat, representing a largely-black Atlanta district, when he was first elected in the mid-1960s because of his strong anti-Vietnam war views.
Bond said he is not the only black leader thinking about migrating to Washington to run for a Senate seat.
"It's kind of a joke among many black politicians," Bond told The Constitution. "They run into each other and ask, 'when are you moving?'?"