Wednesday, September 04, 2013

          Jim Wagstaffe '80 Argues for Undocumented Immigrant's Bar Card

          Oral arguments before the California Supreme Court, in The Recorder, Sept. 4, 2013.

          Sergio Garcia seemed to have the wind in his sails as he tried Wednesday to become the first undocumented immigrant lawfully granted a California bar card.

          The State Bar and Attorney General Kamala Harris support his application. He brings a compelling back story of self-sufficiency and perseverance. And there is no formal opposition.

          But on Wednesday Garcia appeared to lack one key ingredient: Four California Supreme Court justices willing to stick their necks out.

          Adjunct professor Jim Wagstaffe '80Indeed, all seven sounded inclined to strictly interpret a federal law that bars the issuance of professional licenses to undocumented immigrants, though the 1996 statute also gives states leeway to amend the standard through "enactment of a state law."

          Kerr & Wagstaffe partner James Wagstaffe, representing the State Bar, urged the court to exercise its plenary authority over lawyer licensing, but the court sounded dubious.

          After the arguments, Garcia said the Assembly and the Senate have passed resolutions supporting his application, but he acknowledged a resolution isn't the same as a law.

          In the meantime, he vowed to continue pursuing his dream of practicing. "I know all of us dream of something," he said.

          Read the full story from The Recorder.

          Go to News Archive

          Share this Story

          Share via Facebook
          Share via TwitterShare via EmailPrint Friendly Version

          Other Recent Stories/ RSS

          Wednesday, June 22, 2016

          UC Hastings Students Honored For Their Work in the Public Interest

          Establishment of New Fund Dedicated to Advancing Social Justice Work at UC Hastings
          Wednesday, June 22, 2016

          UC Hastings Entering Public Safety Partnership with UCSF Police Department

          Expanding police and support services for safety and security of campus, neighborhood.
          Tuesday, June 21, 2016

          Expensive Medicine: Prof. Robin Feldman’s Senate Testimony on the CREATES Act

          “An important safety program is being hijacked to block competition.”
          Monday, June 06, 2016

          Thinkers & Doers: May 2016

          UC Hastings community members in the news and making moves.
          Friday, May 27, 2016

          Prof. Veena Dubal's Objection on behalf of Uber Drivers featured in LA Times

          "When lawyer Veena Dubal heard last month that Uber drivers seeking to be recognized as employees rather than independent contractors might settle their class-action lawsuit before it went to trial, she cried."
          Go to News Archive