Illegal aliens can practice law, but not sex offenders

It was a GOOD WEEK for…

Illegal aliens to practice law, after the California Supreme Court granted a law license to Sergio Garcia, who has lived in the U.S. illegally for two decades. Garcia graduated from Cal Northern School of Law, a non-ABA accredited school in Chico. He passed the bar exam in 2011. Under the law, he can't be hired by a law firm, but he can practice law. A 1996 federal law states that immigrants without legal status may not earn a professional licenses from the government. But the California state legislature enacted a law in October to provide a variance to the law. 

 

It was a BAD WEEK for…

For sex offenders to practice law, after a University of Kentucky College of Law graduate was denied an opportunity to take the Kentucky bar exam because he is a registered sex offender. Guy Padraic Hamilton-Smith graduated in the top third of his class at the University of Kentucky. The state Supreme Court blocked him from taking the bar exam because of his status as a sex offender. Additionally, the court rejected to create a categorical rule blocking all registered sex offenders from having the opportunity to take the bar. The court instead decided to look at each case on an individual basis. Hamilton-Smith was convicted of a charge related to child pornography in 2007. He has until Jan. 13 to ask the court to reconsider. Hamilton-Smith pleaded guilty in March 2007 and received a five-year suspended prison sentence. Hamilton-Smith graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2011.

 

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