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Ethics for the Immigration Law Practitioner


Created on August 30, 2016



Dual representation is common in immigration matters, both in family-based cases (including removal proceedings with family-based relief from removal) and employment-based cases. But what happens when conflicts arise, as they inevitably do between family members and employers/employees? This course discusses how these conflicts arise, and the ethics rules that govern the attorney's response. We will learn how to prepare in advance for conflicts, approaches to resolving conflicts, and when and how to withdraw from representation. The course also defines the tribunal in the immigration context, and examines the attorney's ethical obligations to the tribunal when withdrawing from representation.

The course is presented by Julie Kruger, Esq., an immigration attorney who devotes her practice to family-based immigration cases, deportation and removal cases, appeals before the Board of Immigration Appeals and other Courts, immigrant and non-immigrant waivers of inadmissibility, and other complex immigration matters. 

Learning Objectives:
  1. Develop an understanding of the attorney client relationship in the immigration context, focusing on dual representation
  2. Learn how to prepare for conflicts between clients in a dual representation case
  3. Explore four approaches to resolving conflicts in a dual representation case
  4. Assess when to withdraw from representation, and best practices of doing so
  5. Review the duties to the tribunal when withdrawing from representation

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