Florida Bar Now Says Nothing Disaqualifies Immigrant

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- The Florida Bar now says there's nothing that would disqualify an illegal immigrant from getting a law license.
But the Board of Bar Examiners said in a letter to his lawyer, former Florida State University President Talbot "Sandy" D'Alemberte, that it still wants an advisory opinion from the Florida Supreme Court before taking final action.
The board previously had declined to admit Jose Godinez-Samperio to the bar but asked the justices for an advisory opinion on whether illegal immigrants can get law licenses.
D'Alemberte, who now teaches law at Florida State, said on Tuesday the board's findings that Godinez-Samperio had no moral character or fitness issues was good news.
But he said he'd hoped the board would "just be done" and let his client and former student begin practicing law.


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