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Emigre Lawyers Complain Against Absorption Ministry

A group of immigrant lawyers from the Soviet Union has complained to Justice Minister Yaacov Shimshon Shapiro that Israeli authorities are discouraging them from practicing their profession.

Their complaint was directed against the Ministry of Absorption, officials of which, they said, tried to persuade them to take clerical jobs rather than practice law. They asked the Justice Minister to permit them to take their-qualifying examinations in Russian and to help them find jobs where they can serve their apprenticeship for the period required to become articled lawyers. Shapiro reportedly promised to do his best to assist them.