A law professor, a Cherokee, and a lawyer walked into a bar. The bartender looked up and said "Hello, Elizabeth!".
Is this a joke? Props to Bill Jacobson, who dug deep to discover that Elizabeth Warren does not seem to have a law license in Massachusetts, Texas, New Jersey, or anywhere else, although she has cashed some huge checks for Federal court work.
If she restricted her practice to arguing before the Federal courts this might be OK. Under the supremacy clause of the US constitution, states can not bar a person from practicing before the federal courts, which set their own rules.
However! Sorting through those rules would take a lawyer (or law professor). I glean this from Wikipedia:
Many federal district courts require attorneys to be members of the state bar where the court sits. This is not necessarily consistent within a state; for example, in Ohio, the Southern District generally requires membership in the Ohio state bar for full admission, while full admission to the Northern District is open to all attorneys in good standing with any U.S. jurisdiction.
An attorney wishing to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States must apply to do so, be admitted to the bar of the highest court of a state, be sponsored by two attorneys already admitted to the Supreme Court bar, pay a fee and take either a spoken or written oath.
Ms. Warren has appeared before the Supreme Court, leaving us wondering which highest court of which state qualified her to do so.
This may even be sorted out before the question of her Indian heritage is resolved, although it will be a dark cloud for Dems if Ms. Warren begins to explain that her mother always told her that she was going to be a lawyer someday.
As to the possibility that Ms. Warren, in her role as leader of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and head cheerleader for the nanny state, is more comfortable writing rules for others to follow than she is in following rules herself, well, time may tell.
FWIW: Earlier this September Ms. Warren officially dropped her NJ law license, thereby moving the whole NJ inquiry process off-line. Will this buy enough time for her to slide this past the election? The suspense mounts!