Thursday, February 9th, 2017

California Supreme Court to Decide Bar Entrance for Undocumented Immigrants

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"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 as a licensed attorney.  Garcia has graduated from law school in California and has passed the California bar examination, but is currently an undocumented immigrant.

After reviewing his application and performing a moral character review, the Committee of Bar Examiners certified his name to the Supreme Court for admission to the State Bar.  The bar notified the court of Garcia’s immigration status at the time the motion was filed. 

The Supreme Court’s order directs the Committee of Bar Examiners and Garcia to file opening briefs in support of the Committee’s motion by June 18, 2012, and invites others to file amicus