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News Posted on September 6, 2012

Dean Johnson Signs Committee of Bar Examiners' Brief in Undocumented Immigrant's Bar Admission Case

Dean Kevin R. Johnson was among the attorneys representing the Committee of Bar Examiners in the case of Sergio Garcia, an undocumented immigrant who has applied for a license to practice law in California.  Also on the brief were Professor Emeritus Bill Ong Hing and attorneys from the State Bar of California and the law firms of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and Minami Tamaki LLP.

Garcia, who was brought to the United States by his undocumented immigrant parents when he was 17 months old, has earned a law degree and passed the California State Bar Examination and moral character check. His application was certified to the California Supreme Court for review.  The Court issued an order asking for clarification of several issues related to the practice of law by undocumented immigrants.  The Committee of Bar Examiners' brief argues that state and federal laws permit Sergio Garcia to be licensed as an attorney in California.

Kevin R. Johnson is Dean and Mabie-Apallas Professor of Public Interest Law and Chicana/o studies at UC Davis School of Law. He is an internationally recognized scholar in the fields of immigration law and policy, refugee law, and civil rights.

Committee of Bar Examiners' brief