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Soviet Bar Admits N.Y. Jewish Lawyer

The first foreign citizen permitted to practice law in the Soviet Union is Henry Shapiro, a New York Jewish attorney, who was admitted yesterday to the Moscow bar.

Shapiro had spent the last two years studying Soviet law. Before that, he practiced in New York. He is a graduate of the Harvard Law School, class of 1932. He also attended the Geneva School of International Studies in Switzerland.

Shapiro said he intends to appear mainly in cases involving Americans. Under the Soviet law, foreigners are permitted to enter professions as freely as citizens, but Shapiro is the first attorney to take advantage of that law.