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Florida Bar Says Undocumented Status Does Not Automatically Disqualify Applicant from Practicing Law

The Florida Bar recently notified the Florida Supreme Court that there were "no good moral character and fitness issues" that would automatically disqualify an undocumented immigrant from being admitted to practice law in Florida.  The Bar had previously denied the application of Jose Godinez-Samperio, a Tampa resident who entered the United States with his parents under a tourist visa.  In its filing with the Court, the Board of Bar Examiners noted that it would wait for the Florida Supreme Court to issue an opinion before making a decision on Mr. Godinez-Samperio's application.  The Court has given no timeline for an advisory opinion on the matter.

Categories: Ethics & Professional Responsibility
Tags: Florida Supreme Court
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara