As we all know, the rightwing lie machine has been spewing out the lie that the Obama's were forced to surrender their Illinois law licenses and therefore, neither of them is an attorney.
THIS CLAIM IS A LIE.
For the full story, read Snopes:
For the short version: Attorneys are licensed by states. An attorney passes the state bar exam and is issued a license to practice law in that state. Some states have reciprocity -- my daughter, for example, passed the Virginia bar exam (which, with NY is one of two most difficult in the nation) -- with her VA license, she was also admitted to the MD and DC bars. She completed an 8-hour professional education course and was admitted to the federal bar.
To practice law, an attorney must keep his/her license current, which requires paying fees and agreeing to do certain things -- continued professional education, pro bono work, represent indigent people, and the like.
It is not unusual for an attorney who finds other work to let his/her license go inactive so he/she is not subject to various state bar requirements. In fact, the Old Redneck has three neighbors who are attorneys -- I asked them about the status of their law licenses:
-- One lives across the road, works from home, his license is active.
-- One lives in Richmond, his wife lives down the road, he is here on weekends; his license is active.
-- One is a former Asst SECNAV for Research, Development, and Acquisition, now working as consultant with General Dynamics. He's a Harvard Law grad, passed the VA bar, never practiced law, his license has been inactive for decades.
The guy who lives across the road, who works from a law office in his home, told me that he stays in touch with a dozen or so people who graduated from law school with him and at least half of those are inactive because they don't practice law and don't want to pay the VA bar dues of $350 a year plus $150 for a practice membership plus meet the continuing education requirements.
The rightwing lie machine claims that the Obamas' law licenses have been hidden from public view. LIE. Here they are:
The rightwing lie machine also claims that Michelle Obama was subject to disciplinary action as an attorney. ANOTHER LIE. Prior to 1999, Illinois required an attorney to petition the court to let their license go inactive and that's what she did.
The rightwing lie machine claims that the Obama's have "hidden" information about their law licenses. Again, ANOTHER LIE. If you check their licenses online, you find that their business address and phone are "not available online" -- well, no shit -- because their law licenses are inactive, they are not eligible to practice law in Illinois, so, they have no address or phone where they don't practice law.
If they ever want to activate their law licenses, all they do is pay the state a small fee and they are back in business.
Did you expect the truth from the rightwing lie machine?