Commmittee of Bar Examiners Argues for Law Licenses for the Undocumented in Opening Brief

   The Committee of Bar Examiners has filed its opening brief In re Sergio C. Garcia on Admission. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out, particularly in view of President Obama’s recent order granting deferred action to DREAMers. Continue reading

$1000+/Hour Attorney Fees

   The Justice Department’s U.S. Trustee Program is asking law firms, whose billing rates approach or exceed $1000/hour in Chapter 11 reorganization cases, to justify their rates according to the Wall Street Journal. The rates allowed professionals in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy to be paid more than $1.4 billion according to the WSJ article.


Can An Undocumented Immigrant Be Admitted to Practice Law?

   After Sergio C. Garcia passed the bar, the California State Bar certified his admission to the California Supreme Court but also advised the Court that Garcia was an undocumented immigrant. The Court has requested the Bar and Garcia to explain why an illegal immigrant should be granted a law license. The case is Sergio C. Garcia On Admission, S202512, filed May 15, 2012. A recent story concerning the case appears in the Los Angeles Times. More about the case is at ImmigrationProf Blog.

  UPDATE: On January 2, 2014 the California Supreme Court granted the State Bar’s motion to admit Mr. Gracia to the State Bar based on legislation passed by the state legislature and signed into law by the governor, which legislation became effective January 1, 2014. The opinion is here. Congratulations, Sergio Garcia!