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Democratic AG candidate in Wisconsin faces law license review

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September 20, 2010

MADISON, Wisconsin: With roughly six weeks left before the general election, the Wisconsin State Board of Bar Examiners, the state agency that evaluates attorneys, has told Scott Hassett, the Democratic nominee for State Attorney General, that he lacks the necessary credits to practice law within the state. For five years starting in 2004, Hassett's law license was placed on inactive status as he focused his attention on his duties as Secretary of the State Department of Natural Resources. He had "sent the board a letter saying he had completed the 30 credit hours of continuing legal education he thought he needed to regain active status" in July 2009.[1] Two months earlier, however, an amendment was passed that required "anyone who was inactive for two or more years to obtain 60 credits, not 30, to regain active status."[1] In spite of this, the board cleared Hassett to reinstate his active status as a lawyer within the state.

The board is set to convene a meeting on Friday, September 24 to determine whether Hassett and six other lawyers facing the same issue will be required to take more credits to reactivate their law license. While state law does argue that the state attorney general must hold a law license, it does, however, reflect badly in the eyes of voters.

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