NEW YORK -- Bernardine Dohrn, former Weather Underground mastermind and once one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives, has passed the New York bar exam, it was disclosed Friday.
But before she can practice law, Ms. Dohrn, 42, must be approved by the Committees on Character and Fitness of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court for the counties of New York and Bronx.
Ms. Dohrn, who graduated from the University of Chicago law school in 1967, took the New York state bar exam in February. She lives in Manhattan.
In the late 1960s, she rose to the leadership of the Students for a Democratic Society and following the violent 'Days of Rage' in Chicago in 1969 she went underground. She surfaced in 1980, when she was given probation for charges stemming from the 1969 riots.
James Donovan, executive assistant to the Appellate Division, confirmed that Ms. Dohrn was among 940 law students who learned this week they had passed the New York state bar exam and that she has been certified.
Though Ms. Dohrn has been convicted of a crime, Donovan said that would not mean she automatically would be rejected by the committee.
'It is up to the discretion of the committee,' Donovan said.
In 1968, after the tumultous Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Miss Dohrn was described as 'the most militant of all the Weathermen.' In 1970, the FBI placed Ms. Dohrn on its 10 Most Wanted list.
In 1974, federal charges against Ms. Dohrn were dropped and the FBI took her off the 'most wanted' list.
Ms. Dohrn was jailed for civil contempt for nearly seven months for refusing to cooperate with a federal grand jury investigating a $1.6 million Brink's robbery which occurred in October 1980. She was released in December 1982. She was never charged in the Brink's case.