Immigrant In US Illegally Can Join Bar, Calif. Justices Say

Law360, Los Angeles (January 2, 2014, 4:37 PM EST) -- The California Supreme Court on Thursday granted a state license to practice law to an immigrant living in the U.S. without legal permission, citing a new statute that authorizes the court to admit undocumented immigrants who have fulfilled the requirements to practice law.

The unanimous decision comes four months after California’s Committee of Bar Examiners urged the state’s high court to admit Sergio C. Garcia to the State Bar, arguing that a federal law prohibiting publicly funded agencies from providing professional licenses to noncitizens doesn't apply...
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