Is Barack Obama disbarred?
No, President Obama was not disbarred. This is another of those internet myths that are circulated by his political opponents. When it became apparent to him (and to his wife, also a lawyer) that he was no longer going to actively practice law, since he was going into politics, he allowed his law license to lapse. Michelle Obama did the same. Both are now on "inactive" status, but since they both left the legal profession in good standing, they could return to it any time they want to, and would only need to do what is required to update their qualifications and pay the fee for renewal. I enclose a link to a very thorough report about the Obamas and their law licenses, which debunks the various myths surrounding them.
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44th President of the United States Barack Obama (born August 4, 1961), is the current president of the United States of America. He was the Democratic US Senator from Illin…ois who beat Republican rival Senator John McCain in the 2008 race for the US presidency. He was also re-elected after winning the 2012 election. President Obama is also the first African-American President in US history and a Nobel Prize Winner. Elected in November 2008, he ran as the nominee of the Democratic party. Prior to the Office of US President, Barack Obama served as the Junior Senator of Illinois, having been elected to serve as such in 2006. His rise to prominence mirrored that of the 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, whom also was elected as an Illinois Senator and became President two years into his first Senate term. Barack Obama wrote a best seller titled 'The Audacity of Hope'. The following is taken from Obama's official website bio (see Related Links for more): Barack Obama was raised by a single mother and his grandparents. They didn't have much money, but they taught him values from the Kansas heartland where they grew up. He took out loans to put himself through school. After college, he worked for Christian churches in Chicago, helping communities devastated when steel plants closed. President Obama turned down lucrative job oï¬ers after law school to return to Chicago, leading a successful voter registration drive. He joined a small law ï¬rm, taught constitutional law and, guided by his Christian faith, stayed active in his community. Barack Obama and his wife Michelle are proud parents of two daughters, Sasha and Malia.. Early Years Barack Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4th, 1961. His father, Barack Obama Sr., was born and raised in a small village in Kenya, where he grew up herding goats with his own father, who was a domestic servant to the British. Barack's mother, Ann Dunham, grew up in small-town Kansas. Her father worked on oil rigs during the Depression, and then signed up for World War II after Pearl Harbor, where he marched across Europe in Patton's army. Her mother went to work on a bomber assembly line, and after the war, they studied on the G.I. Bill, bought a house through the Federal Housing Program, and moved west to Hawaii. It was there, at the University of Hawaii, where Barack's parents met. His mother was a student there, and his father had won a scholarship that allowed him to leave Kenya and pursue his dreams in America. Barack's father eventually returned to Kenya, and Barack grew up with his mother in Hawaii, and for a few years in Indonesia. Later, he moved to New York, where he graduated from Columbia University in 1983. The College Years Remembering the values of empathy and service that his mother taught him, Barack put law school and corporate life on hold after college and moved to Chicago in 1985, where he became a community organizer with a church-based group seeking to improve living conditions in poor neighborhoods plagued with crime and high unemployment. The group had some success, but Barack had come to realize that in order to truly improve the lives of people in that community and other communities, it would take not just a change at the local level, but a change in our laws and in our politics. He went on to earn his law degree from Harvard in 1991, where he became the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review. Soon after, he returned to Chicago to practice as a civil rights lawyer and teach constitutional law. Finally, his advocacy work led him to run for the Illinois State Senate, where he served for eight years. In 2004, he became the third African American since Reconstruction to be elected to the U.S. Senate. Political Career It has been the rich and varied experiences of Barack Obama's life - growing up in different places with people who had differing ideas - that have animated his political journey. Amid the partisanship and bickering of today's public debate, he still believes in the ability to unite people around a politics of purpose - a politics that puts solving the challenges of everyday Americans ahead of partisan calculation and political gain. In the Illinois State Senate, this meant working with both Democrats and Republicans to help working families get ahead by creating programs like the state Earned Income Tax Credit, which in three years provided over $100 million in tax cuts to families across the state. He also pushed through an expansion of early childhood education, and after a number of inmates on death row were found innocent, then Senator Obama worked with law enforcement officials to require the videotaping of interrogations and confessions in all capital cases. In the U.S. Senate, he has focused on tackling the challenges of a globalized, 21st century world with fresh thinking and a politics that no longer settles for the lowest common denominator. His first law was passed with Republican Tom Coburn, a measure to rebuild trust in government by allowing every American to go online and see how and where every dime of their tax dollars is spent. He has also been the lead voice in championing ethics reform that would root out Jack Abramoff-style corruption in Congress. As a member of the Veterans' Affairs Committee, then Senator Obama has fought to help Illinois veterans get the disability pay they were promised, while working to prepare the VA for the return of the thousands of veterans who will need care after Iraq and Afghanistan. Recognizing the terrorist threat posed by weapons of mass destruction, he traveled to Russia with Republican Dick Lugar to begin a new generation of non-proliferation efforts designed to find and secure deadly weapons around the world. And knowing the threat we face to our economy and our security from America's addiction to oil, he's working to bring auto companies, unions, farmers, businesses and politicians of both parties together to promote the greater use of alternative fuels and higher fuel standards in our cars. Whether it's the poverty exposed by Katrina, the genocide in Darfur, or the role of faith in our politics, Barack Obama continues to speak out on the issues that will define America in the 21st century. But above all his accomplishments and experiences, he is most proud and grateful for his family. His wife, Michelle, and his two daughters, Malia, and Sasha are with him in the White House, along with Bo, the First Dog, a Portuguese Water Dog. Obama is the current president of the United States. Also known asBarack Obama, he is best known for his push on healthcare reform. barack O'Bama is the 44th president of America. He is also the first elected Coloured person to take the seat of the president. He won his election '09 against Mc Cann. he is the 44th and first African American President of the US. He is a puppit for our twisted government
No. Her Illinois bar license is on "voluntary inactive" status. As with any other person who does not choose to actively practice law, Michelle Obama has not kept up with t…he required Continuing Education coursework required to keep an active license. As such, the court has required her to give up her practice of law until such time she can take the required coursework to be up-to-date on Illinois law. She is not under any form of disciplinary restriction or order, merely she's chosen not to practice law while supporting her husband's political career (and raising their children). The relevant section of the Illinois Bar Association record is: . Illinois Registration Status: Voluntarily inactive and not authorized to practice law - Last Registered Year: 1993 Malpractice Insurance: (Current as of date of registration; consult attorney for further information) No malpractice report required as attorney is on court ordered inactive status..
She was not disbarred. "Voluntarily inactive" simply means she haslet her license expire, and thus, "not authorized to practice law".Why? There are many reasons attorneys allo…w their license toexpire. Retired. Moved to another state (as she did) and did notwish to renew license in the past state. Personal hiatus, such asconcentrating on raising a family (as she has). Career change.Death. At the time she voluntarily changed her status to inactive alawyer needed a court order approving the change. Here is the pertinent excerpt from the Attorney Registration &Disciplinary Commission ARDC of the Illinois Supreme Court: "E. Supreme Court - Non-Disciplinary Action" In addition to activity in disciplinary cases, the Supreme Courtentertains pleadings in non-disciplinary matters that affect anattorney's status. Chart 17 reflects the orders entered in suchcases during 2000. With the amendments to Rules 756 and 770, addingan inactive status registration category and deleting Rule 770court-ordered inactive status, effective beginning with the 2000registration year, transfers to inactive status are nowaccomplished without Court order, and, therefore, are no longerreflected in Chart 17. As was true in 1999 when the rule amendmentswere announced, many lawyers who had transferred to inactive statusunder Rule 770 petitioned to return to active status under Rule759, with the result that the number of petitions filed under Rule759 was significantly higher for 1999 and 2000 than in past years.The transition stage will end during 2001, and there should be asignificant drop-off in Rule 759 filings in future years. " 1) According to the ARDC, ALL lawyers who requested inactive statusprior to 2000 had to obtain a court order in order to receive it. 2) There are NO disciplinary actions against Michelle Obama. 3) Her license is listed as "VOLUNTARILY [emphasis is mine]inactive." In other words, before 2000, any lawyer who wanted to go onVOLUNTARY inactive status had to get a court order to do so.Therefore, ALL lawyers who voluntarily became inactive - did so viaCOURT ORDER. There were NO disciplinary actions against Mrs. Obama.She is eligible to return to active status at any time by payingher fees and completing the continuing education required of alllawyers. So, the ARDC's site indicates that her VOLUNTARILY inactive statuscame at HER request and was granted by a court order, as wasROUTINE before 2000. NOTHING on their site says or implies that there was a disciplinaryaspect to it.
No, this is an internet myth started by his political opponents andthere is no truth to it. Both Barack and Michelle Obama werepracticing attorneys in Chicago, but when Barack… began hispolitical career, gradually he phased out his practice to focus onpolitics. He left the legal profession in good standing, so anytime he wants to return to being a lawyer, he can simply renew hislicense and take any courses he needs to, in order to catch up onwhat he missed since leaving the legal field. Michelle phased out her license and went to work for a non-profitorganization; later, she decided to concentrate on raising theirdaughters and helping her husband with his political career. So,they voluntarily put their law licenses on "inactive" (expired)status which is a standard procedure when someone is no longergoing to be an active attorney. But since both of them left thelegal field in good standing, they could resume the practice of lawwhenever they want to renew their licenses. And no, neither wasdisbarred.
This is another of those internet myths. Neither Barack nor Michelle Obama has been disbarred. Both allowed their licenses to lapse, since they were not going to practice law …any more. But if they decide to go back to being lawyers, they can renew their licenses, since both left the legal profession in good standing.
No, this is an old and false story that has circulated on the internet since about 2008. Barack Obama was never disbarred. He was a lawyer in good standing when he decided to …voluntarily give up his law license to focus on politics. So, he let it expire. If he ever decides to renew it and return to being a lawyer, he can do so without any problem.
No she was not. This is a myth that is commonly found on conservative websites, spread by the president's political opponents. Michelle Obama decided she was not going to prac…tice law any more, since she was occupied with being a businesswoman and a mom, and then she became First Lady. But she could go back to law at any time, since she left the profession in good standing.
No he has not. This is an internet myth spread by his political enemies, but it has no truth to it. He voluntary allowed his law license to expire when he decided to go into p…olitics, but having left the legal profession in good standing, he can re-activate the license if he ever decides to return to practicing law.
No, that is a myth. Both the president and Mrs. Obama are lawyers in good standing. But they let their licenses lapse because they decided they were no longer going to practic…e law. Mr. Obama became a senator and then the president, and his wife became the First Lady. Either or both of them could return to the legal profession if they ever wanted to do so.
No, this is another internet myth. In fact, both the president and Mrs. Obama left the legal profession in good standing, and neither one was ever disbarred. They both let the…ir licenses expire because they decided they were no longer going to practice law. So their licenses were put on "inactive" status. Mr. Obama became a senator and then the president, and his wife became the First Lady. Either or both of them could return to the legal profession if they ever wanted to do so.
No, this is a very common internet myth, and it's false. Michelle Obama was a successful attorney, but she eventually decided to leave the profession to help her husband with …his political career, raise their daughters, and then be First Lady. She allowed her law license to expire (to be placed on "inactive status"), something that is not especially unusual. And because she left the legal profession in good standing, she can simply renew her license whenever she decides to return to the practice of law.
Absolutely not. This is an internet myth, and it is totally false. President Obama decided to voluntarily leave the legal profession in order to run for political office; so h…e allowed his law license to lapse, or as some sources call it, he put it on "inactive" status. This is not unusual when an attorney decides to change to another profession, such as running for political office. But because Mr. Obama left the profession in good standing, he can resume practicing law any time he chooses to-- he would simply have to renew his license by paying the appropriate fee for renewal, and in some states, he would probably have to take several courses to catch up on what he missed since he was an attorney.
No she is a lawyer in good standing. Her license to practice is voluntarily on inactive status due to her other duties as First Lady taking up most of her time.
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No. However, it is reported that the first lady 'surrendered' her law license at one point. At no time has she been 'disbarred.'
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No, this is an old internet myth that has been circulating since about 2008. Barack Obama was never disbarred, and there is nothing wrong with his "legal status." (There are a… group of people called the "Birthers" who spread the myth that he is not a legal citizen, but it has been shown repeatedly that he absolutely was born in Hawaii in 1961. He is an American citizen and always has been.) Regarding the disbarment myth, here is what really happened: Mr. Obama voluntarily gave up his law license and did not renew it when he decided to focus on being a political candidate. But since he left the legal profession in good standing, he can renew his license any time he wants and return to being a lawyer, if that is what he chooses to do someday.