My Life in Limbo Waiting for a Law License

An undocumented immigrant has overcome all hurdles to practice law, except the most important.

, The National Law Journal


An undocumented immigrant has overcome all hurdles to practice law, except the most important.

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  • Publius Lex

    Dear Author:

    Your argument advocating for admission to the bar is undercut by the fact that you are not a lawful resident of the United States. Besides the obvious "unclean hands" problem that this creates for your petition before the Court, even if you were admitted to the bar, every day that you live unlawfully in the United States would subject you to discipline for violation of the rules of professional conduct.

    You should consider yourself lucky that the Court did not moot the legal question presented by your petition by having the bailiff arrest you and turn you over to US ICE for deportation to your resident country. From there, you could lawfully wait for your visa, just as thousands of other people following the law do from hundreds of other countries. They all have compelling reasons to apply for legal residency. Yours is not more compelling than theirs.

    Lawyers are officers the Court. For that reason, they are expected to follow the laws (federal and state) in their own lives before they represent others before the Court. Your case would be much more compelling if you were applying for membership of the bar remotely from Mexico, patiently awaiting your green card.

    Sorry, but the hard truth is that you are not above the laws of the United States, including the laws you disagree with.

    Publius Lex

  • rtts

    Very unfortunate and I understand how this can be emotional. . .but the article plays almost exclusively to emotions without a short, precise explanation how the legislation involved prevents the writer's bar membership. I'm not doubting that it does, but all readers - not even all lawyers - are familiar with details of the legislation so that we can evaluate for ourselves the unintended consequences cited here..

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