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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, May 9, 2014

Posthumous Law License Sought to Rectify Past Discrimination

Hong Yeng ChangIn 1890 Hong Yeng Chang was denied a law license in California because he was a native of China. Now, University of California-Davis law students and professors are applying for a law license on Chang’s behalf. California has not given a posthumous law license before, and the State Bar of California does not know how the Committee of Bar Examiners will treat the application. The license decision will be made in June. Two states, Pennsylvania and Washington, have given similar law licenses in response to past denial based on discrimination.

See Martha Neil, Law Students Seek License for Long-Deceased Would-Be Attorney, ABA Journal, May 5, 2014.

Special thanks to Brian Cohan (Attorney at Law, Law Offices of Brian J. Cohan, P.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.


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