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Louisiana to defend rule against foreign lawyers

by Amanda Luker

Oct. 7, 2004 – Arguments over whether Louisiana can keep foreigners from taking the bar exam will be heard Tuesday in a federal appeals court after two cases produced contradictory rulings. When the Louisiana Supreme Court wrote the rule, it never explained why it deemed the rule necessary, though some speculate the cause was xenophobia, according to The Advocate.

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Civil rights groups claim that keeping foreigners from taking the exam will make it harder for death row inmates to get good legal assistance, since, as Joe Cook, executive director of the Louisiana branch of the ACLU explained, foreign-born lawyers are often the only ones willing to take those cases.

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