The Chronicle of Higher Education. January 2, 2014.
The California Supreme Court on Thursday granted a man who had graduated from law school and passed the state bar examination, but was living in the United States illegally, a license to practice law.
In a unanimous ruling, the court found that there was no reason to deny Sergio Garcia’s bid for a law license, citing a new state law that authorizes the court to admit qualified applicants who are not yet citizens to the state bar.
The Obama administration had argued that federal law prevented such licensing unless a state adopted a law allowing licenses for immigrants in Mr. Garcia’s position. Federal lawyers abandoned their opposition to Mr. Garcia’s bid once Gov. Jerry Brown signed the legislation to allow such licenses in the state.