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Mon Sep 24, 2012, 12:54 PM

10. Has she practiced law in Massachusetts?

From her Wikipedia bio, it seems that she was a practicing attorney in New Jersey early in her career but for most of her life she has taught law in New Jersey, Texas, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. I doubt that you have to be admitted to the bar or licensed in order to teach law.

Warren and her husband moved to New Jersey for his work, where she decided to become a stay-at-home mom after becoming pregnant with their first child. After her daughter turned two, Warren enrolled at the Rutgers School of Law–Newark. She worked as a summer associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft. Shortly before her graduation in 1976, Warren became pregnant with her second child, and began to work as a lawyer from home, writing wills and doing real estate closings.

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Throughout the late 1970s and the 1980s and 1990s, Warren taught law at several universities throughout the country, while researching issues related to bankruptcy and middle-class personal finance. Warren taught at the Rutgers School of Law–Newark from 1977-1978, the University of Houston Law Center from 1978–1983, and the University of Texas School of Law from 1981-1987, in addition to teaching at theUniversity of Michigan as a visiting professor in 1985 and as a research associate at the University of Texas at Austin from 1983-1987.

She joined the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1987, becoming a tenured professor. She began teaching at Harvard Law School in 1992 as a visiting professor, and began a permanent position as Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law in 1995.

In 1995 Warren was asked to advise the National Bankruptcy Review Commission. She helped to draft the commission's report and worked for several years to oppose legislation intended to severely restrict the right of consumers to file for bankruptcy. Warren and others opposing the legislation were not successful; in 2005 Congress passed the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005.

From November 2006 to November 2010, Warren was a member of the FDIC Advisory Committee on Economic Inclusion. She is a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference, an independent organization which advises the U.S. Congress on bankruptcy law. She is a former Vice-President of the American Law Institute and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Warren


One of the accusations against President Obama is that he has not maintained his law license, and that Michelle Obama has also suspended hers for "questionable reasons". Snopes has a very good article about why they have no reason to keep their licenses active. Many of the same factors could apply to Elizabeth Warren. See: http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/lawlicenses.asp

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