Ethical Considerations in Applying for Humanitarian-Based Immigration Relief

(2373 Ratings)

Produced on: January 30, 2017

Course Format On Demand Audio

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Course Description

Time 90 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

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

Faculty

Matthew Blaisdell

Matthew Blaisdell, Esq.

Matthew Blaisdell is an attorney Brooklyn, New York, with full concentration in immigration law. He is the a former Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) National Consumer Protection and Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee and current Chair of AILA’s Consumer Protection Rapid Response Team. He frequently writes and presents on the topic of consumer protection and immigration fraud, and he has provided testimony to several cities considering legislation to protect immigrant consumers.

He also regularly provides trainings and lectures on topics related to attorney ethics, practice management, prosecutorial discretion and advocating before various government agencies, immigration legislation and policies, constitutional issues, immigration options for youth and unaccompanied minors, LGBTQ immigration issues, immigration consequences of criminal activity, humanitarian forms of relief, and non-immigrant visas.

He received his juris doctor, as well as an LL.M in environmental law, from Pace Law School, and is a graduate of the New York City Environmental Law Leadership Institute (NYCELLI).

Reviews

JP
Joe P.

thank you

KL
Kenneth L.

great program. very timely

MH
Miles H.

very very good course

KL
Kirk L.

great

MK
Mayer K.

Thanks.

RW
Richard W.

Listening to this course left me intrigued about immigration issues, procedures, and policies. I am not an immigration lawyer but there are more Lawline CLE courses on substantive immigration law. I picked this course because I needed an hour of professional ethics credit. I hit the jackpot with added insights into current immigration issues. What's published in current news reports is vague, emotional, and confusing so it's great to have a better understanding of the structure and procedures of the immigration system. I know a lot of my non-lawyer friends will be interested in knowing more about immigration too! Thanks!

EH
Edward H.

Well done presentation! Gets into some very dicey areas that will prove helpful to my work as a law school administrator who deals frequently with foreign law students and immigration related matters

CB
Chandler B.

Very informative CLE. Eye opening.

MB
Michael B.

good speaker

JR
Julia R.

useful presentation of these issues.

RG
Richard G.

a must for immigration practitioners

MP
Marcus P.

Outstanding !

PB
Peter B.

thank you, a very effective speaker.

DB
Donald B.

Excellent

IK
ira k.

Interesting with what is happening with immigration today.

CB
Carrie B.

Very straightforward with excellent references.

RM
Richard M.

Very well researched and presented

SD
Stephen H. D.

Effectively highlights the extreme complexity of this field. Presenter made good adjustment to unexpected absence of co-presenter.

JF
Jimmie F.

Great! Fantastic!

FB
Frederick B.

good content

CB
Candace B.

This was an excellent presentation on Immigration law and ethical practices. I am not an immigration lawyer, but followed the information presented without any issues. The instructor was very clear and knowledgeable of the subject matter.

SC
Stanley C.

great course. thanks

JM
Jacquelyn M.

Very good program.

JH
Jay H.

Excellent presentation.

ML
Mitchell L.

There was a very important issue of getting your client before the IC for cancellation that was ignored and chilled by the threat of attorney sanctions.

SD
Susan D.

Very clear and interesting presentation. Excellent!

LM
Linda M.

Informative and helpful.

TJ
Terrie J.

great information and presentation

JB
James B.

very interesting video

JR
Jeffrey R.

Very useful information for this day and age. Good presentation.

LD
Louis D.

Practical information on a very complex area.

DO
Debra O.

Comprehensive knowledge of subject

TM
Thomas M.

Excellent slides.

RB
Renee B.

excellent instructor

CB
Christopher B.

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

JB
Jonathan B.

good detailed commentary

JP
Jane P.

Excellent program

MZ
Mohammed Z.

excellent program

DF
David F.

very good presenter

TP
Tim P.

Very knowledgeable speaker.

RV
Ron V.

Excellent course on a very complicated field.

SG
Sandra G.

Interesting

PM
Peter M.

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.

JM
Jose M.

Very informative

EW
erick w.

interesting

KS
Kimberly S.

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

CD
Carol D.

Very interesting and important topic.

GK
Gregory A. K.

A tough subject well covered

LJ
Lydia J.

Quite understandable.

AP
Ann P.

Very informative. Thank you.

VN
Vasiliki N.

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

DF
Douglas F.

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.

GH
george h.

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

PA
Peter A.

Excellent presentation

TO
Thomas O.

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

OC
Otis C.

Not my thing, but enlightening

WB
William B.

Great Program, thank you!

KP
Karen P.

This was an excellent presentation.

LB
Lou Ann B.

Excellent speaker, and written materials. Very interesting issues.

JL
Joseph L.

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

KM
kay M.

Great information and so timely.

RR
Ricardo A. R.

Great speaker.

RC
Richard C.

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

BC
Barry C.

Good

JR
Jana R.

very interesting presentation

MH
Marsha H.

Excellent!

MM
Mark M.

Good course. Thank you.

CS
Christina S.

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

RL
Raymond L.

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

BN
Brian N.

helpful hypotheticals

JA
John A.

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

SG
Steven G.

great program, informative and hopefully useful.

FK
Frederick K.

Well done presentation.

ES
Elizabeth S.

Excellent. Very thorough and clear

CM
Colleen M.

Very good presentation.

LR
Linda R.

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.

JB
Julie A. B.

Masterful.

KA
Kathy A.

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

HR
Holly R.

Very helpful information. Thank you.

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