Undocumented Resident Applies to Florida Bar
Jose Godinez-Samperio, 25, came to the U.S. on a tourist visa with his parents when he was 9. He stayed in the U.S. (a civil infraction, not a crime), was an Eagle Scout, the valedictorian of his high school and graduated from the Florida State University law school. He fully disclosed his status on every application. Florida's Rules of the Supreme Court Relating to Admissions to the Bar do not require proof of citizenship or immigration status. But now there's an issue as to whether he, as an undocumented immigrant, can be admitted to the Bar, and the Florida Supreme Court will decide.
Many Amicus Briefs have been filed on Jose's behalf. The Dream Bar Association's brief is really good, as is the brief by three former ABA Presidents, including two who are friends of mine, Martha Barnett and Reece Smith. Jose also has the support of his Congresswoman,Kathy Castor, of Tampa: [More...]
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