U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren has been attacked by the right-wing blogosphere for practicing law in her home state of Massachusetts without actually having a licence there.
Warren – a renowned Harvard law professor and consumer advocate – admits she lacks a Massachusetts law licence.
But her campaign says it was perfectly fine for her to “take on cases from time to time to defend important principles of bankruptcy law” and that she never “hung out a shingle” in the state.
So, what does the rule for lawyers in Massachusetts say? Well, like most laws, it’s open to interpretation, but it appears Warren might have at least severely bent the rule.
The rule says lawyers without a licence in Massachusetts can practice there “on a temporary basis,” especially if they’re working on cases with attorneys who are licensed in the state.
Still, it’s not clear that Warren was practicing law on just a temporary basis since she was heavily involved in a number of cases while serving as a full-time law professor.
Warren has also reportedly listed the state of Massachusetts as her “primary practice location” in official correspondence.
See the relevant text from the rule below:
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