Following my afternoon training with Claire Thomas on Representing Unaccompanied Children in Immigration Court, I will be co-moderating the three-hour ethics training for the NY Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Rebecca Sosa will be moderating a panel on issues facing new attorneys, Victoria Neilson will be leading the panel on current issues in asylum, and I’ll be focusing on disciplinary issues.
We’ve put together an all-star lineup, with Linda Kenepaske, Cyrus Mehta, Deborah Klahr (Supervisory Asylum Officer at the Newark Asylum Office), Prof. Dan Smulian, Jun Hwa Lee (Principal Staff Attorney at the Departmental Disciplinary Committee, First Judicial Department), Raluca Oncioiu (Director of the Immigration Legal Services Department of Catholic Charities Community Services, Archdiocese of NY and of the New Americans Hotline, and Sherry K. Cohen (former First Deputy Chief Counsel of the Departmental Disciplinary Committee).
The packed agenda will include:
- navigating common ethical pitfalls for new attorneys;
- best practices in setting up ethical practices for solo attorneys and small practices;
- ethical implications of filing certain applications to pursue relief in Immigration Court;
- ethical issues involved in representing minors, including dual representation of their parents;
- ethical duties to correct misrepresentations;
- ethical issues raised by prolonged backlogs at the Asylum Office and Immigration Courts;
- common complaints against attorneys and measures that attorneys can take to avoid complaints; and
- non attorney partnerships, supervision of employees, and other scenarios involving the unauthorized practice of law.
There will also be plenty of hypos and time for audience questions.
Attendance is free for NY AILA members and $75 for nonmembers, with reduced fees for instances of financial hardship.