January 21, 2013
DACA Recipient Seeks Attorney License in Florida
The ABA Journal reports that a law graduate who is seeking to be admitted to the Florida bar has received relief under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. José Godínez-Samperio is awaiting a Florida Supreme Court ruling on whether he is eligible for a state license to practice law. The court heard arguments in October and was waiting for a decision on Godínez-Samperio's deferred-action application before ruling. He has also obtained a state driver's license.
Godínez-Samperio came to this country with his family on a visitor's visa from Mexico when he was 9 years old. He has passed the Florida bar exam.
Undocumented immigrants who arrived as children in the United States are also seeking admission to the bar in New York and California.
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