2 Darke County residents pass July bar exam


COLUMBUS — Two applicants from Darke County were among the 779 applicants who passed the Ohio Bar Examination during the July test, according to results released by the Ohio Supreme Court on Friday.

The passage rate for the 1,045 applicants who sat for the exam was 74.5 percent (779); out of 931 first-time test takers, 80 percent received passing scores. The exam took place July 28-30 in Wilmington.

The Darke County law school graduates who passed the July test were Joseph John Latas, of Greenville, University of Dayton, and Laura Elizabeth Waymire, of Ansonia, Ohio Northern University.

The oath of office will be administered during two special public sessions of the Ohio Supreme Court to successful applicants who have also satisfied all of the Court’s requirements for admission on Nov. 16, at the Ohio Theatre in Columbus. Latas is scheduled for the 10:30 a.m. session, and Waymire will take the oath in the 2 p.m. session.

The bar exam is administered twice a year by the Supreme Court, which regulates the practice of law in Ohio, including the admission of new attorneys, the registration of current attorneys, attorney discipline in cases of misconduct, and the administration of continuing legal education. The next exam will be administered on Feb. 23-25.