Sergio Garcia, an undocumented immigrant who passed the California bar exam on his first try, near his home in Durham, Calif., Sept. 13, 2013. The California Supreme Court ruled on Jan. 2, 2014, that Garcia and other immigrants living in the U.S. illegally can be admitted to the State Bar and practice law.
Sergio Garcia, an undocumented immigrant who passed the California bar exam on his first try, near his home in Durham, Calif., Sept. 13, 2013. The California Supreme Court ruled on Jan. 2, 2014, that Garcia and other immigrants living in the U.S. illegally can be admitted to the State Bar and practice law. MAX WITTAKER NYT
Sergio Garcia, an undocumented immigrant who passed the California bar exam on his first try, near his home in Durham, Calif., Sept. 13, 2013. The California Supreme Court ruled on Jan. 2, 2014, that Garcia and other immigrants living in the U.S. illegally can be admitted to the State Bar and practice law. MAX WITTAKER NYT
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Opinion: Big changes are needed in California’s State Bar

December 08, 2014 04:36 PM

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