Brown Claims Warren Is Practicing Without Law License

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown is claiming his Democratic rival, Harvard law professor Elizabeth Warren, is practicing law without a license.

Brown is also criticizing Warren's representation of another corporate client. This time, it's Dow Chemical.

"So once again, we find out that she's been working not for the little guy, not for the victims, as she said, in the middle class, but for the large corporation as a hired gun, and doing that, quite frankly, without a law license, something that I know is something that should be looked into," Brown told reporters in Winchester Wednesday.

"I know I have to be admitted to the bar," he added. "I took the test, passed the test, and any time you are giving out information, you need to have a license."

Warren has been a counsel on cases before the Supreme Court and federal appeals courts.

She has been licensed to practice in Texas since 1986. Her license has always been inactive, but she pays her inactive dues, and that allows her to be in good standing with the Supreme Court of Texas. The Supreme Court of Texas confirms that Warren is in good standing with the court. That good standing allows her to practice before the Supreme Court, which also allows her to appear before the lower federal appeals courts.

Warren advised Dow during the bankruptcy of one of its subsidiaries, Dow Corning, following complaints that its breast implant caused health problems. The Warren campaign says she helped Dow create a $2.3 billion trust fund to pay victims.

This program aired on October 3, 2012. The audio for this program is not available.

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