Judge won't alter Bar exam

Man seeking a rescoring served lawsuit on wrong office.

By Michael Zeigler
Rochester Democrat Chronicle Staff writer

(May 20, 2004) — A judge refused Wednesday to order the state Board of Law Examiners to regrade the latest Bar exam taken by a would-be lawyer from Rochester who has failed the exam nine times.

Without ruling on the merits of the case, state Supreme Court Justice Robert J. Lunn ruled that a legal action filed by Zeljko “Zach” Kuvizic was fatally flawed.

Kuvizic works as an editor for West Publishing, the legal publishing company [Editor's Note: West Publishing is the parent company of Bar/bri Bar Review].

Instead of serving the papers personally on the state Attorney General’s Office, which represents the Board of Law Examiners, Kuvizic’s lawyer served them by mail on the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, said Assistant Attorney General Charles D. Steinman.

Undaunted, Kuvizic said he’ll attempt to file the action again.

Kuvizic, 39, immigrated to the United States from Serbia in 1995 and became a U.S. citizen in 2000.

Although he hopes to practice corporate law as he did in Serbia, he has failed the Bar exam every time he has taken it since July 1998.

Kuvizic’s petition claimed that he deserved a higher score on the essay portion of the Bar exam, which consists of an essay section and multiple-choice questions.

Applicants need 660 points out of 1,000 to pass the exam, but he fell 13 points short.