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Fri Oct 9, 2020, 10:09 PM

Woman finishes bar exam while in labor and right after giving birth

A law school graduate has given the term "supermom" a whole new meaning after completing the Illinois State Bar exam during labor and after delivery.

Brianna Hill, 28, was taking part one of the two-part test on Oct. 5 when her water broke. The test was administered remotely this year amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, Hill told "Good Morning America."

"I started the second section and 15 to 20 minutes in, I started having contractions," Hill said. "I had already asked for an accommodation to get up and go to the bathroom because I was 38 weeks pregnant and they said I'd get flagged for cheating. I couldn't leave the view of the camera."

"I was determined," Hill added as to why she didn't stop the exam after showing signs of labor. "Also, I've never been pregnant before, so I was [thinking], 'I don't know what this feels like.'"

Hill's original due date was Oct. 19. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago's School of Law in May, and was initially set to take the Bar July 28 and 29, though the exam was postponed due to COVID-19.

A few hours later, Hill and Andrew's first child, a boy named Cassius Phillip Andrew, arrived, weighing 6 pounds, 5 ounces.

Meanwhile, Hill was still scheduled to finish part two of the Bar the following day, on Oct. 6.

Hill said her midwife and hospital staff reserved a private room for her on the labor and delivery floor so she could complete the exam. They even put a "do not disturb" sign on the door, Hill said.

The hospital confirmed to "GMA" that Hill finished her exam after giving birth.

"There were all these professional women supporting me and my professional goals, even though I just became a mother and it was their job to support me in that," Hill said of the medical staff.

"My biggest takeaway is that I have an incredible support system from my mom ... I called my husband to tell him my water broke and he said, 'OK, we're going to figure out how you're going to finish this test' and all my law school friends texting saying, 'You got this,'" Hill said.

"I'm really thankful," she added. "Life throws curve balls at you but when I have a goal, I'm going to see it through."

One of Hill's professors, Miranda Johnson, recently sang her praises on LinkedIn, writing, "My former student/advisee Brianna Hill (now a Loyola Law and Civitas ChildLaw Center graduate) and brand new mom is a superhero!"

In January, Hill will start a job as a legal aid organizer in Chicago doing housing work associated with eviction defense, subsidized housing and landlord-tenant issues in low-income communities.

As for baby Cassius, Hill said he's doing great and loves snuggling with mom and dad.


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Reply Woman finishes bar exam while in labor and right after giving birth (Original post)
Ponietz Oct 2020 OP
NCjack Oct 2020 #1
CaliforniaPeggy Oct 2020 #2
al bupp Oct 2020 #3
Ponietz Oct 2020 #4
al bupp Oct 2020 #8
MontanaMama Oct 2020 #5
Hoyt Oct 2020 #7
Liberty Belle Oct 2020 #6
Progressive Law Oct 2020 #13
Marie Marie Oct 2020 #9
dawg day Oct 2020 #10
Demovictory9 Oct 2020 #11
Gothmog Oct 2020 #12
peggysue2 Oct 2020 #14

Response to Ponietz (Original post)

Fri Oct 9, 2020, 10:11 PM

1. Is that legal? Seriously, congratulations on the birth of your child. And

completion of the exam.

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Response to Ponietz (Original post)

Fri Oct 9, 2020, 10:22 PM

2. Wow, Congrats, Brianna!

Talk about multi-tasking!

All the best in your future endeavors.

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Response to Ponietz (Original post)

Fri Oct 9, 2020, 10:23 PM

3. This is most definitively the feel good story of freaking day!

Wow, what a woman. I have no words.

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Response to al bupp (Reply #3)

Fri Oct 9, 2020, 10:25 PM

4. When I read she'll be working for Legal Aid I knew it had to be posted here

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Response to Ponietz (Reply #4)

Fri Oct 9, 2020, 10:35 PM

8. That was the kicker, for sure!

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Response to Ponietz (Original post)

Fri Oct 9, 2020, 10:26 PM

5. Women are amazing.

for real.

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #5)

Fri Oct 9, 2020, 10:34 PM

7. +10000

 

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Response to Ponietz (Original post)

Fri Oct 9, 2020, 10:33 PM

6. I hope she passed the bar exam! The article doesn't say.

Good for her for persevering. I couldn't have imagined doing this. There should be an option to postpone, especially with remote exams, if you are in labor or delivery, for heaven's sake.

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Response to Liberty Belle (Reply #6)

Sat Oct 10, 2020, 03:13 AM

13. Bar exam results are usually released between 1 to 3 months after the exam depending on state.

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Response to Ponietz (Original post)

Fri Oct 9, 2020, 11:28 PM

9. Women - getting it done!!!

Trump does more whining in one tweet than I'll bet this woman did through this whole ordeal. Brava!!

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Response to Ponietz (Original post)

Fri Oct 9, 2020, 11:39 PM

10. Women are TOUGH-

I graded final exams during my 17-hour labor.

I'm not vouching for the accuracy of the grades, of course.

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Response to dawg day (Reply #10)

Fri Oct 9, 2020, 11:45 PM

11. ...

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Response to Ponietz (Original post)

Sat Oct 10, 2020, 02:06 AM

12. Mazel Tov

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Response to Ponietz (Original post)

Sat Oct 10, 2020, 03:22 AM

14. Okay. Having given birth myself, I am seriously impressed.

This is what I'd expect of a RBG clone. Kudos to this woman and



Amazing story.

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