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California Supreme Court to Decide Bar Entrance for Undocumented Immigrants

"The California Supreme Court today unanimously issued an order directing the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California to show cause before the Supreme Court why the court should grant the Committee’s motion to admit Sergio C. Garcia to the State Bar of California...

California Supreme Court To Rule on Undocumented Immigrant's Law License

"In 2009, Garcia passed the California bar exam on his first try. But 2009 was also the first year the state bar started asking applicants their immigration status, and Garcia’s application was flagged for review. University of Houston immigration law expert Michael Olivas says a 1996...

Cal. Sup. Ct. Considering Undocumented Bar Applicant

"When the state Supreme Court asked for briefing on whether an undocumented immigrant can be admitted as a lawyer in California, it didn't ask simple questions. ... [T]he court also asked for briefing on any "legal and public policy limitations" on an undocumented immigrant's ability...

Cyrus Mehta: Can An Undocumented Lawyer Practice Immigration Law?

"All eyes are focused on whether the California Supreme Court will grant an undocumented lawyer a law license in the case of Sergio Garcia . If an undocumented lawyer like Garcia is granted a license, what would happen if he chooses to practice immigration law? In the past, undocumented lawyers...

California OKs Driver Licenses for Immigrants

"California on Thursday joined the growing list of states that allow immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally to obtain driver's licenses — a measure supported not only by Latino activists but by police chiefs and insurance authorities. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill in front...

Cal. Sup. Ct. to Release Garcia Decision on Jan. 2, 2014

"In re GARCIA (SERGIO C.) ON ADMISSION, S202512, Argued in San Francisco 9-04-13 In this proceeding, the court ordered the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California to show cause before this court why its motion to admit applicant Sergio C. Garcia, an undocumented immigrant, to...

Cal. Sup. Ct. Admits Sergio Garcia to Bar

"In light of the recently enacted state legislation, we conclude that the Committee‟s motion to admit Garcia to the State Bar should be granted. The new legislation removes any potential statutory obstacle to Garcia‟s admission posed by section 1621, and there is no other federal statute that purports...

Sergio Garcia Sworn In As California Lawyer

"He’s living in California illegally, but now he can legally practice law. California has allowed an undocumented immigrant into the state bar. His swearing-in ceremony was today, following a legal debate decades in the making. The steps of the California capitol served as the stage for Sergio...