California Supreme Court to rule on law license for illegal immigrant
January 2, 2014
The California Supreme Court will rule Thursday whether a man living in the U.S. illegally can receive a license to practice law.
Undocumented immigrant Sergio Garcia has graduated from law school and passed the state bar exam. Federal law, however, prohibits a state agency from granting a professional license to an illegal immigrant
In September, the majority of the court justices appeared reluctant to approve a license for Garcia.
The California Legislature then passed emergency legislation, changing the state Business and Professions Code to allow the Supreme Court to approve law licenses for illegal immigrants. Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill into law in October.
The state Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday will weigh the new California law against the federal statute.
The California State Bar is petitioning the court to issue Garcia a law license.