PUBLIC INFORMATION -- The Metropolitan News-Enterprise in Los Angeles reports that 23 people who have taken the California Bar Exam have filed a motion to join a suit in support of the State Bar’s refusal to turn over their records for academic research in evaluating law school admission policies, State Bar officials said yesterday.

The proposed intervenors, who are mostly Latino and African American, each applied to take the California Bar Exam at some point between 1972 and 2007, and claimed that they provided personal information to the State Bar because they were promised the information would be used for internal purposes only and not released to anyone outside the State Bar, the organization said in a release.