"Eight members of Congress on Monday joined four former American Bar
Association presidents in urging the state Supreme Court to grant a law
license to an [unauthorized] immigrant whose parents brought him to the United
States from Mexico on a visitor's visa when he was 9 years old. Seven
U.S. representatives and Puerto Rico's nonvoting resident commissioner
sent a letter to the justices supporting Jose Godinez-Samperio's
admission to the Florida Bar. They also expressed support for a
"friend of the court" brief being submitted by three ex-ABA presidents.
The fourth, former Florida State University President Talbot "Sandy"
D'Alemberte, is representing Godinez-Samperio. D'Alemberte, now a
professor, was one of his teachers at Florida State's law school. "Here's a kid who came over not speaking any English, learned to
speak English, went to school, became an Eagle Scout, continued helping
as an assistant scoutmaster, graduated valedictorian from his high
school class," D'Alemberte said. Godinez-Samperio, 25, graduated from Florida's New College, earned a law degree at Florida State and passed the bar exam. The
Florida Board of Bar Examiners, though, declined to admit him, instead
asking the justices for an advisory opinion on whether [unauthorized] immigrants can be licensed as lawyers." - Associated Press, Apr. 2, 2012.