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article imageDid Democrat Elizabeth Warren practice law without a license?

By Larry Clifton     Sep 25, 2012 in Politics
Boston - Elizabeth Warren, the embattled senate candidate from Massachusetts, never applied for a license to practice law, even though she was paid $212,000 for a case defending big corporations against thousands of asbestos victims.
Warren is already under fire for claiming to be Native American on law school applications in the 1990s and for recent revelations that have her defending coal producers against legislation providing funding for their worker's health care benefits, according to a Fox News report.
Now, the Democrat is facing accusations of practicing law in Massachusetts without a license.
This time, it is not Republican opponent Sen. Scott Brown making the charges, but Cornell law professor and legal blogger William Jacobsen.
According to Jacobsen, Warren's legal practice is listed as the “Bay State” but no records show her having a license to practice law there.
The new charges could prove difficult for Warren to dispute since Jacobsen found no law license under Warren’s last name or her maiden name, Herring, during an exhaustive search of state records.
Jacobsen also stated that Warren has never applied for a license after checking with a clerk at the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers who confirmed Warren has never applied for a license.
Questions about Warren’s legal practices surfaced last week in her first debate with Republican Sen. Scott Brown. The two are in a close race for a Senate seat that could determine the balance of power in Congress.
In addition, Warren, as a Harvard Law professor in 1995, assisted LTV steel avoid paying $140 million in benefits to retired coal miners, according to a The Boston Herald report published Monday.
Warren authored a petition to the Supreme Court challenging a lower court ruling for the miners. Even though the high court refused to hear the case, Warren was paid roughly $10,000.
Warren was required to have an active Massachusetts state bar license to try cases before the high court, according to the Supreme Court.
With the elections in about six weeks, Warren will be expected to prove she did not practice state-level law from her Harvard office without a Massachusetts license, which would have been illegal.
The allegations could be a game changer in the close elections unless Ms. Warren can produce a legitimate Massachusetts law license for the periods she practiced law in the state.
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