Thursday, March 6, 2014

Florida Supreme Court rules illegal immigrants can't be admitted to practice

As you probably remember, back in January the California Supreme Court issued a long awaited decision holding that an undocumented immigrant should be allowed to practice law. Go here, here and here for older posts on the case, including a link to the oral argument.

A similar case had been making its way through the courts in Florida and today the Supreme Court issued its decision reaching the exact opposite result, holding "that unauthorized immigrants are ineligible for admission to the Florida Bar." Thus, applicants are required to demonstrate that they are legally present in the United States.  One of the judges concurred "reluctantly."  Go here for a copy of the opinion.  The Legal Profession Blog has more.

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