Ethical Considerations in Applying for Humanitarian-Based Immigration Relief

Production Date: January 30, 2017 Practice Areas: Ethics, Immigration Law, and Public Interest Law Estimated Length: 5451 minutes


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As advocates for immigrants pursuing humanitarian-based relief, we often seek to use whatever legal means are available to secure relief for our clients, whose life, freedom, and/or ability to remain in the country they grew up in may depend on securing particular benefits from USCIS or in obtaining relief from an immigration judge. However, such advocacy must be guided by the rules governing attorney conduct, including confidentiality, candor before the court, unauthorized practice of law, and conduct prejudicial to the administration of justice, to name but a few.

The desire to secure benefits and relief for clients in desperate circumstances may cause attorneys to step into ethical grey areas. For example, some clients may be eligible to apply for a form of relief that may lead to permanent residence, but only if they find themselves before a judge in removal (deportation) proceedings. This has caused some attorneys to file applications for asylum specifically to place their clients into such proceedings. What are the ethical considerations surrounding these practices, and what is the possibility that attorneys may face discipline?

This course, led by attorney Matthew Blaisdell, examines these and related practices in the context of pursuing humanitarian-based relief, as well as issues involving the use of translators and paralegals, working with children and victims of crimes or persecution, and dual representation, with the objective of empowering attorneys to better manage their risk while advocating for their clients. 

Learning Objectives: 
  1. Provide an overview of different forms of humanitarian-based benefits and relief in immigration

  2. Identify practices that may subject attorneys to discipline, and examine the relevant rules governing these practices

  3. Review examples where attorneys have been disciplined for engaging in misconduct when pursuing humanitarian-based relief for immigrant clients

Thomas M.
Lee's Summit, MO

Excellent slides.

Renee B.
Chicago, IL

excellent instructor

Christopher B.
Dallas, TX

Mr. Blaisdell presented an excellent overview of a complex area. Thank you.

Jonathan B.
Stratford, CT

good detailed commentary

Jane P.
Lewisville, NC

Excellent program

Mohammed Z.
Richmond, TX

excellent program

David F.
Dixon, IL

very good presenter

Tim P.
Eureka Springs, AR

Very knowledgeable speaker.

Ron V.
Greenwood Vil, CO

Excellent course on a very complicated field.

Sandra G.
Katy, TX


Peter M.
Safety Harbor, FL

Mr. Blaisdell gave a comprehensive review of ethical considerations and best practices applicable to every area of legal specialization. This course should be specifically recommended by Lawline, as such or Mr. Blaisdell should be asked to give a course on general principles of ethics as a 2 hr credit course. Brilliant presentation. Peter Monroe, Safety Harbor, FL.

Jose M.
Houston, TX

Very informative

erick w.
el paso, TX


Kimberly S.
Springdale, AR

Very relevant for me as an immigration practitioner, although the beginning was a little basic for me.

Carol D.
Alexandria, VA

Very interesting and important topic.

Gregory A. K.
Cincinnati, OH

A tough subject well covered

Lydia J.
Nashville, TN

Quite understandable.

Ann P.
Seattle, WA

Very informative. Thank you.

Vasiliki N.
Lake Oswego, OR

In-depth discussion of ethical immigration issues Very timely subject.

Douglas F.
Jupiter, FL

Truly exceptional. Best CLE course I've ever taken in over 20 years of practice. The presentation itself and the written materials are going to prove very valuable to me as I continue to explore this new area of my practice.

george h.
Crawfordville, FL

The presenter was easy to understand, and concise in his message. I thought the presentation was well put together. Thank you.

Peter A.
Hazlet, NJ

Excellent presentation

Thomas O.
Portland, OR

I liked the presenter's use of hypotheticals to illustrate the application of the rules. A best practice for a canned training? Probably.

Otis C.
Cleveland, TX

Not my thing, but enlightening

William B.
Alpharetta, GA

Great Program, thank you!

Karen P.
Houston, TX

This was an excellent presentation.

Lou Ann B.
San Francisco, CA

Excellent speaker, and written materials. Very interesting issues.

Joseph L.
Casselberry, FL

Scary area to practice in with the Trump Administration. Thank God for people like this Presenter!

kay M.
Houston, TX

Great information and so timely.

Ricardo A. R.
McAllen, TX

Great speaker.

Richard C.
Kerrville, TX

Excellent course. Good ethics reminders that go beyond just immigration law.

Barry C.
Metairie, LA


Jana R.
San Antonio, TX

very interesting presentation

Marsha H.
Newbern, TN


Mark M.
Fort Worth, TX

Good course. Thank you.

Christina S.
Richmond, TX

Who knew this was so fraught with ethical issues? Good seminar!

Raymond L.
LIberrtyville, IL

Great course. The presenter did well. Especially going solo on short notice.

Brian N.
Chicago, IL

helpful hypotheticals

John A.
Winnsboro, TX

The speaker is highly competent and made very dry material palatable.

Steven G.
Woodstock, NY

great program, informative and hopefully useful.

Frederick K.
Dayton, NV

Well done presentation.

Elizabeth S.
St. Louis, MO

Excellent. Very thorough and clear

Colleen M.
Fort Worth, TX

Very good presentation.

Linda R.
Roslyn Heights, NY

100% Very detailed teaching on complex issues. Presented flawlessly with hint of respectful humor but also with great concern for pending changes under the Trump Administration.

Julie A. B.
Hiles, WI


Kathy A.
Athens, GA

Exceptionally thorough materials and lecturer. Really appreciate the Checklist on Slide 50.

Holly R.
New York, NY

Very helpful information. Thank you.