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
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.
Provide an overview of different forms of humanitarian-based benefits and relief in immigration
Identify practices that may subject attorneys to discipline, and examine the relevant rules governing these practices
Review examples where attorneys have been disciplined for engaging in misconduct when pursuing humanitarian-based relief for immigrant clients
This course is pre-approved for CLE credit in the following states. If your state is not listed, contact support for more information on how to receive credit
Matthew Blaisdell is an attorney Brooklyn, New York, with a full concentration in immigration law. He is the former Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) National Consumer Protection and Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee and is 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).
Fascinating and well presented
Lots of information. Very important. Good citations to rules. And laying groundwork and teaching basic or intermediate information before trying to explain the more complicated stuff. This was great because then when he explained the complicated stuff we could follow it because he laid the ground work already. Very well done.
Way to explain the ethics regarding immigration cases.
Very informative and very good tips on how to avoid violations in a very complicated area of law
Good ethics presentation under immigration umbrella
This was a great presentation. The best, yet.
This was very informative for lawyers like me without experience in this important field.
Awesome information by highly competent and articulate attorney.
This is not my area of practice, but I am interested in the subject matter and the instructor did a nice job of presenting the material.
very knowledgeable presenter
This program would be especially helpful for attorneys who specialize in immigration law
Thorough presentation. Knowledgeable faculty.
great program. very timely
very very good course
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!
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
Very informative CLE. Eye opening.
useful presentation of these issues.
a must for immigration practitioners
thank you, a very effective speaker.
Interesting with what is happening with immigration today.
Very straightforward with excellent references.
Very well researched and presented
Effectively highlights the extreme complexity of this field. Presenter made good adjustment to unexpected absence of co-presenter.
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.
great course. thanks
Very good program.
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.
Very clear and interesting presentation. Excellent!
Informative and helpful.
great information and presentation
very interesting video
Very useful information for this day and age. Good presentation.
Practical information on a very complex area.
Comprehensive knowledge of subject
Mr. Blaisdell presented an excellent overview of a complex area. Thank you.
good detailed commentary
very good presenter
Very knowledgeable speaker.
Excellent course on a very complicated field.
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.
Very relevant for me as an immigration practitioner, although the beginning was a little basic for me.
Very interesting and important topic.
A tough subject well covered
Very informative. Thank you.
In-depth discussion of ethical immigration issues Very timely subject.
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.
The presenter was easy to understand, and concise in his message. I thought the presentation was well put together. Thank you.
I liked the presenter's use of hypotheticals to illustrate the application of the rules. A best practice for a canned training? Probably.
Not my thing, but enlightening
Great Program, thank you!
This was an excellent presentation.
Excellent speaker, and written materials. Very interesting issues.
Scary area to practice in with the Trump Administration. Thank God for people like this Presenter!
Great information and so timely.
Excellent course. Good ethics reminders that go beyond just immigration law.
very interesting presentation
Good course. Thank you.
Who knew this was so fraught with ethical issues? Good seminar!
Great course. The presenter did well. Especially going solo on short notice.
The speaker is highly competent and made very dry material palatable.
great program, informative and hopefully useful.
Well done presentation.
Excellent. Very thorough and clear
Very good presentation.
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.
Exceptionally thorough materials and lecturer. Really appreciate the Checklist on Slide 50.
Very helpful information. Thank you.