Immigration Law

Undocumented Fla. bar applicant gets 'deferred action' work permit; will law license be next?

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Jose Manuel Godinez-Samperio.
Photo by Doug Scaletta.

A Florida State University law graduate has won a deportation deferral and a work permit under the deferred-action program for young immigrants living in the U.S. without proper documentation that was started last year by the executive branch.

And that could help José Godínez-Samperio win a Florida Supreme Court ruling that he qualifies for a state license to practice law, CBS Miami reports.

The court, after hearing oral arguments in October, was waiting for the result of Godínez-Samperio’s deferred-action application before ruling in the case. He has also obtained a state driver’s license, he recently notified the court.

Godínez-Samperio came to this country with his family, on a visitor’s visa, when he was 9 years old, but never returned to Mexico. He has already passed the state bar exam.

Additional and related coverage:

ABA Journal: “The Dream Bar: Some Children Illegally Living in the United States Grow Up to Want to Be Attorneys”

ABA Journal: “Should Public Policy Favor Inclusion When It Comes to Bar Admissions?” “Undocumented Law Grad Can’t Get Driver’s License, But Hopes for Fla. Supreme Court OK of Law License” “Florida Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Case of Undocumented Immigrant Seeking Law License”

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