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Fla. Seeks Advisory Opinion on Bar Admission for Undocumented Law Graduates

"When Godinez-Samperio applied to take the bar exam last year, he sought a waiver because he didn’t have proof of his immigration status, which is required by the Florida Board of Bar Examiners who administer the test. States set their own requirements for those seeking to become a lawyer...

Immigrant: Obama Policy Clears Him for Bar Admission

"An undocumented immigrant who passed the Florida Bar exam but was denied the ability to practice law by examiners says an Obama administration change to U.S. immigration policy means he should be given his lawyer license. In April, José Godínez-Samperio filed a legal challenge after...

Immigrant Fights for Florida Law License

"A Florida man's bid to become the first undocumented immigrant to obtain a law license in the United States met skepticism Tuesday from most of the state's Supreme Court justices. Jose Godinez-Samperio came to the U.S. with his parents on visitors' visas when he was 9 years old, but...

Florida Supreme Court Punts on Licensure for DACA Lawyer

" An undocumented immigrant who applied for a law license in Florida cannot be admitted to the bar, the State Supreme Court said Thursday in a case being watched closely by both sides of the immigration debate. But the decision, according to legal observers, did not appear to be an actual rejection...

Florida Supreme Court rules immigrant cannot join Bar

"In a long-anticipated decision, the Florida Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday that Tampa immigrant Jose Godinez-Samperio cannot practice law because he’s not a citizen, and called on the Legislature to correct what it called an “injustice.” “The Florida Legislature...

Lawfully Present Lawyers - Wendi Adelson

"As both a participant and an observer in the case of Jose Manuel Godinez Samperio’s efforts to obtain a license to practice law in Florida, I am writing this Article to clarify the issues involved in his case, to discuss the larger questions presented as they relate to in-state tuition and...