Larry Pascal in The Wall Street Journal: Texas Proposal Urges Foreign Legal Talent

01/15/2013

Nine foreign attorneys sat for the Texas bar exam in February 2012. At the same time, 1,677 foreign attorneys took the bar exam in New York.

A global legal hub Texas is not. But it has certain traits to recommend it. More Fortune 500 companies are based in Texas than in any other state. It has the No. 2 economy. It borders another country. So why are foreign lawyers so scarce in the Lone Star State?

Texas, at some point in the past, wanted it that way. State rules prohibit foreign-educated lawyers with no significant foreign legal experiences from sitting for the bar exam. They have to be in good standing with their country's licensing body, assuming it has one, and show a certificate saying so. They also must have, at minimum, a work visa...

Haynes and Boone, LLP Partner Larry Pascal, who chaired the task force behind the proposal, said an increase in foreign lawyers would give Texas firms more depth as they pursue international clients.

Excerpted from Wall Street Journal, January 15, 2013. To view full article, click here (subscription required).

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