Friday, September 13, 2013

Its Not Over 'Til Its Over: California Legislature Passes Bill that Would Allow Admission to the California State Bar to Sergio Garcia

Photo courtesy of Huffington Post

The saga of Sergio Garcia continues.  The Los Angeles Times reports that the California Legislature yesterday passed a bill introduced just last week to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain a license to practice law. The measure, by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) and backed by the Latino Caucus, was prompted by the case of Sergio Garcia, who was brought to the United States by his parents as a child and, having passed the California bar exam, is seeking to obtain a license to practice law.  The California Supreme Court heard oral arguments in his case last week; some of the Justices indicated that, absent express authorization of the California Legislature, federal law may prohibit undocumented immigrants from obtaining law licenses.  The California Legislature responded in lightening speed and the bill awaits Governor Brown's signature.

Cyrus Mehta offers strong arguments on why undocumented immigrants sghould be eligiblle for bar licensure.


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