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Obama's Law Licenses Are In Voluntarily Retired and Inactive Status-Truth!
Summary of the eRumor: A forwarded email that says that both Barack
and Michelle Obama voluntarily surrendered their law licenses.
The Truth: The law license of
was voluntarily retired and
Obama's license was voluntarily placed in inactive status according to the Attorney Registration and
Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois (IARDC).
Neither of them are practicing law at this time nor do their present jobs
require a law license. Both records indicate no public record of discipline
or pending proceedings and we have not found any evidence of
A spokesperson the
IlIARDC told TruthOrFiction.com that neither Barack nor Michelle Obama
had any history of disciplinary actions.
Screen shots from IARDC showing
Obama license status
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
Former Constitutional Law Lecturer and
US President Makes Up Constitutional Quotes During
State Of The Union (SOTU) Address.
1. President Barack Obama, former
editor of the Harvard Law Review, is NO longer a "lawyer".
He surrendered his license back in 2008 in order to escape charges he
lied on his bar application. A "Voluntary Surrender" is NOT
something where you decide "Gee, a license is not really something I
need anymore, is it?" and forget to renew your license. No, a "Voluntary
Surrender" is something you do when you've been accused of something,
and you 'voluntarily surrender" you license five seconds before the
state suspends you.
2. Michelle Obama "voluntarily surrendered" her law license in 1993.
3. So, we have the first black President and First Lady - who do NOT
actually have licenses to practice law. Facts.