A fellow member of the Staten Island Trial Lawyers Association, Cesar Vargas, was victorious in his appeal to become a New York attorney.
I am also pleased to announce that our colleague and fellow member of the Staten Island Trial Lawyers Association, Cesar Vargas, was the victor in a long battle to obtain his license to practice law in New York State. Last week, the Appellate Division, Second Department decided that he was “fit” to practice law in this state.
Cesar was brought here as a young child from Mexico without a visa. He worked his way through high school, college, and law school and eventually sat for (and passed) the New York State Bar. He was interviewed by the Committee on Character and Fitness and was found to be of “stellar character,” however his lack of a visa presented a question on the issue of “fitness” to practice law.
Cesar, a resident of Greenridge, took the fight to the Appellate Division and made national headlines. His victory has paved the way for many other persons who were brought to this country as children without a visa, yet are in legal limbo to pursue professional licenses.